West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico Provides Update on City’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico provided an update on the City’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic via the City’s official Twitter account @wehocity.

Mayor D’amico tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in March. The mayor said he felt sick on March 16 with a cough and fever. He tested for COVID-19 on March 17 and on March 18 the results came out positive. He self-quarantined upon learning the results. The City of West Hollywood immediately sent out a press release to inform the community of his diagnosis. City Manager Paul Arevalo issued an order for all staff members to leave work. City facilities were closed to the public and staff were transitioned to work-from-home schedules for continuity. All City facilities went through immediate sanitization procedures. D’Amico was well enough to go for a stroll with his dogs by March 29 with the approval of his doctor and a LA County DHS surveillance person, who both said that his period of isolation was over based on the recently released LA County guidelines for people infected with COVID -19. He continues to stay at home in social-isolation during the pandemic.

The transcript to his recent statement is as follows:

“Hi West Hollywood. This is Mayor John D’Amico. This is a video update to communicate with you to share the latest updates on the coronavirus emergency and to provide details about what we’re doing in the city of West Hollywood to respond and take action to support residents and businesses. Lots of us adapting lately to more screen time less face-to-face interactions, so just pretend I drop by and we’re having coffee. And listen I’m sorry I’m late, but the traffic was terrible. I want to acknowledge that this is an unprecedented moment in our community, our region, our state, our nation–in fact, the globe. It’s scary and it’s real. There are many things we don’t know yet about where this crisis will take us. What we do know is that the City of West Hollywood is prepared to face this challenge and do whatever it takes. We are passionate, resourceful and engaged. Working together as city government and as a community, we will emerge on the other side of this. In mid-March the City of West Hollywood canceled all non-essential events and meetings through the end of June and declared a local emergency. This declaration allows our city government to access State and Federal resources as we coordinate directions from health officials at the Los Angeles County of Public Health. As you are aware by now, Governor Newson has directed California residents to stay at home and Los Angeles County has issued a Safer at Home order. That means you stay at home. Nothing could be more important right now. Each of us must stay at home whenever possible. If you leave your home for essential needs such as grocery shopping, picking up medications, taking your pet for a walk, or essential work, please practice social distancing of at least six-feet and wash your hands often consider new recommendations for wearing protective cloth covers, home made, or bandanas, on your face while in public too. It’s important we save medical masks for healthcare professionals, but there are several online tutorials about how to make your own mask from a paper towel, a couple of bandaids and two staples. It’s kind of fun actually. I made one myself. Our focus in West Hollywood is doing our part to flatten the curve of coronavirus transmissions. We will defeat this virus if we stay at home. And I have some experience in staying at home. You may know that I tested positive for COVID-19 in March and I stayed home. For fifteen days I stayed in my house. I did walk up and down my driveway to give myself some exercise, but if I can stay home, then everyone can and everyone must to protect ourselves and our neighbors and our loved ones. I want to reassure you that West Hollywood City Hall is prepared to continue to serve the public through the coronavirus crisis. Right now our city government is working around the clock to maintain services and expand resources for community members in need. Seniors and people with underlying medical conditions are particularly impacted by stay at home orders and our social services team are working with JFS and Project Angel Food to make sure residents have the food and the support they need and we’ve passed an eviction moratorium to keep renters in their housing if they are facing hardship. We’ve created a space on our city’s website to explain programs and protections for renters with details on how to communicate with your landlords. The City has issued an emergency executive order to assist local businesses and workers too. There is a helpful new city toolkit. We’re also working real hard to support West Hollywood’s workers with information and resources. And we’ll have further discussions at upcoming council meetings about how to help workers and businesses through this crisis and once it’s over. All of this information is in our city’s website at weho.org/coronavirus. We’re constantly providing updates. We want you to know about what’s happening. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, call city hall at 323-848-6400. And someone will get back to you with the information you want. You can even call me or text me on my mobil number, which is 310-489-5783. During the coming days and weeks ahead, I urge everyone to lead with their hearts. Support our local businesses that provide takeout and delivery. Check on your older neighbors. Give them a call. Make sure they are cared for and have food and medications that they need. And with great love in your hearts please make every effort to use lots of social distancing. If you or someone you know develops COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever, or shortness of breath, or pain, call, do not immediately visit your healthcare provider to determine your next steps. Your doctor may recommend testing or self-quarantine. And like every community, we’re concerned about expanding testing and we’re doing everything we can to get more test kits and more testing into our community. Let’s all continue to remain calm. Take care of yourselves and each other. Wash your hands and stay safe and together we will make it through this. Thank you all very much.”

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus pandemic updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:

www.weho.org/wehotv
www.youtube.com/wehotv
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For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.

For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information about the pandemic in multiple languages, please visit websites for:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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