COVID-19 Resources for Vernon Residents
The City of Vernon continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health to remain informed on the latest developments related to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as the situation continues to evolve. The City of Vernon is closely monitoring the situation.
COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Its symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure. Please see these FAQ for more information.
Residents of Vernon are encouraged to stay home as much as possible while only participating in essential activities, such as critical work functions and shopping for necessities. Social distancing will help to protect all in our community.
IMPORTANT CITY INFORMATION
Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), City Hall Non-essential services have been suspended until further notice. City Hall facilities are now closed to the public.
While the City is committed to supporting all residents and will continue to provide essential services, the closure of City Hall is a necessary step to help protect the public and prevent the spread of the virus.
For your convenience, a payment drop box has been installed on the exterior wall of the 1st floor entrance to City Hall (to the left of the double-door lobby entry). As an alternative, you may mail payments* to:
City of Vernon
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
*Late fees and shutoffs will be suspended.
FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 9-1-1
- City of Vernon Hotline (323) 826-3648 (www.cityofvernon.org/COVID19)
- Vernon City Hall is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. The City continues to provide essential services to businesses and residents. The City's hotline is available to respond to (non-emergency requests and inquiries.)
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/)
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline is providing immediate counseling to anyone seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- GoldenTALK (888) 603-6533 (www.ididsomethinggoodtoday.org)
- GoldenTALK is a chat and crisis line for seniors who are 60 years of age and older. The chat line assists seniors facing social isolation through warm conversations and also provides referrals and works closely with multiple agencies within Los Angeles County in the event of a crisis. GoldenTALK team members also make outbound calls for wellness checks and appointment and referral follow-ups.
- 2-1-1 LA
- 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. The 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
- The Veterans Crisis Hotline (800) 273-8255 Press "1" (www.veteranscrisisline.net)
- The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that is available to anyone, even if you are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, caring, qualified VA responders are standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- DCBA Consumer and Business Line (800) 593-8222 (www.dcba.lacounty.gov/coronavirus)
- If you believe you have been the victim of a price increase or suspect that a business is abusing consumers with price increases, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.
Do's and Don'ts
Critical Delivery Service
Food Access/Grocery Supplies
How Can You Help?
Last week, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released its Roadmap to Recovery plan for COVID-19, a phased approach to reopening safely in Los Angeles County. The plan is a five-stage re-opening process based on risk. As of May 8th, the County will commence Stage 2 of the plan allowing for the reopening of a select few types of businesses and recreational activities including: some retailers, car dealerships, florists, golf courses, and trails. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued specific reopening protocols for these businesses and activities to ensure appropriate measures are in place that will protect employee health and that of the public, and to ensure physical distancing. The County will continue to allow for the reopening of other businesses and activities as they continue to asses efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and following directives from the State government.
On May 4, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-60-20 directing residents to continue to obey state public health directives as the state moves toward allowing the re-opening of lower risk businesses. On May 7, the State Public Health Officer & Director of the California Department of Public Health issued a new health order to allow all local health jurisdictions in the state to begin gradual movement into Stage 2. As of May 8, the State made made available industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers. The Resilience Roadmap stages that California is using to guide its gradual reopening process are:
Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
Stage 2: Lower-Risk Workplaces
Stage 3: Higher-Risk Workplaces
Stage 4: End of Stay at Home Order
California has been in Stage 1 of the Resilience Roadmap since the statewide Stay at Home Order took effect on March 16. On May 4, Governor Newsom issued a state "Report Card" for how the state is doing in meeting key measures for moving into Stage 2. State officials will continue to evaluate key metrics as they consider further modifications to the Stay at Home order.
Recognizing the threat that COVID-19 continues to have on public health, on May 8, Governor Newsom issued executive orders in order to continue to protect the health and safety of Californian's and extending deadlines impacted by COVID-19. Executive Order N-63-20 extends for 60 days the expiration dates for notaries public whose commissions are set to expire. The order also makes it clear that notaries public can use an expired Department of Motor Vehicle driver's license or identification card to confirm identification, consistent with prior action that extended expiration dates for driver's licenses and identification cards. The order also extends by 60 days certain procedural deadlines of the Department of Industrial Relations, including the deadline for workers to file wage claims with the Labor Commissioner; the deadline for employers to appeal Cal/OSHA citations; and the deadline for Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judges to issue decisions. N-64-20 ensures that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the General Election this November. The order requires that each county's elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election to all registered voters. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities – including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others – will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities.
The Federal government unveiled the "Guidelines for Opening Up America Again", a three-phased approach based on advice of public health experts. These guidelines will assist state and local officials when reopening economies and are implementable on a statewide or county-by-county basis at the Governors' discretion. For his part, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled six key indicators that will guide California's thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State's stay-at-home remains in effect until further notice. The Los Angeles County "Safer at Home" Health Officer Order was updated on April 10, 2020, and is now in effect until May 15, 2020. The Order has new social (physical) distancing requirements for individuals and businesses. For an overview of the Safer at Home Order click here.
The Los Angeles County launched new interactive digital dashboards, connecting residents to the latest updates on COVID-19 impacts. The digital dashboards include information on the number of COVID-19 cases, emergency proclamations, and information on the openings and closings of parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County. The dashboards are available online at www.lacounty.covid19.gov/dashboards.
On April 3, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-43-20 to extend protections to medical providers, as the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine medical appointments is amplified in an effort to reduce the patient's exposure to COVID-19. The order relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for medical service providers so that they can offer telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. In addition, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-44-20, which expands consumer protection against price increases as California continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order generally prohibits sellers of any kind from raising the prices of food, consumer goods, emergency or medical supplies, and certain other items by more than 10 percent. The purpose of the order is to ensure that consumers can buy what they need, at a fair price. If you believe that you have been the victim of a price increase or suspect that a business is abusing consumers with price increases, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222.
On April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-42-20 which restricts the shutdown of water service to homes and small businesses as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the executive order will restore water for occupied residences that may have had their water service turned off as of March 4, 2020, which is when the governor declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. This executive order will serve to help people who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 1, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a guide on facial coverings. Read that guide here. While there is no need to wear a face mask/covering when you are in public, it is an additional way to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Please note, however, that it does not replace the requirement for social distancing.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Stay at Home order and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced its Safer at Home order. These orders require that residents must stay at home unless food, a prescription, or a quick jaunt for fresh air is needed.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued two additional Public Health Emergency Orders dictating new Quarantine and Isolation measures. These new Orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for a specified period of time. Also, on March 27, LA County Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis issued an addendum to the Safer at Home order announcing closures to beaches, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points in LA County. These sets of closures are in addition to the previously announced closures of public trails, and will remain in effect until April 19, 2020.
On March 25, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major financial relief package for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Secretary of the Treasury has announced that the income tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers and businesses will have until that date to file and make any necessary payments without penalty or interest.
On March 27, 2020, U.S. lawmakers approved a $2 trillion emergency relief package designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan marks the largest rescue package in American history. The legislation covers an array of programs, including direct payments to Americans, an aggressive expansion of unemployment insurance, billions of dollars in aid to large and small businesses, and a new wave of significant funding for the health care industry. The agreement is an expansion the CARES Act — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — to provide relief to virtually every rung of the U.S. economic ladder. This Q & A offers information on how this stimulus package will impact you.
The Department of Finance moved $1.3 billion emergency reserve fund dollars, part of the State's overall reserves, to immediately combat COVID-19. These funds will go to personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies, enhance the surge capacity of hospitals and medical facilities and procure other items necessary to support the State's efforts to protect public health and safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
With the ever-evolving COVID-19 health crisis, access to information and education is critical. Please continue to check here for the latest updates.
Free testing is available across the County of Los Angeles. Priority is given for those who meet criteria below in accordance with new State guidelines:
- Symptomatic persons with the following symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell
- Asymptomatic persons:
- Persons over age 65
- Those with a chronic medical condition
- Essential workers, which includes: Social service employees; Critical government personnel; Health care professionals; Grocery and food service workers; Utility and other public employees
For LA County Residents, there are now three types of testing sites. Testing is by appointment only. Eligibility for a COVID-19 test is not affected by:
- Immigration status,
- Health Insurance status,
- Age, or
- Underlying health issues.
There are five testing sites within 5 miles of Vernon:
- Kedren Community Health Center (2.38 mi)
- Altamed Evaluation and Testing Site – Pennsylvania (3.69 mi)
- PIH City of Bell (3.84 mi)
- Exposition Park (3.91 mi)
- Good Samaritan Hospital (4.68 mi)
For information on all available county testing sites and to schedule an appointment, please visit: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ and https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs. LA County residents with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.
AltaMed has expanded their care with "outdoor assessment" areas to triage patients. With these Evaluation Centers, members of the community do not need to seek medical support at large hospitals, but rather, they may use clinics to access the care they need. To initiate a visit to an AltaMed Outdoor Evaluation Area, please call their Patient Service Center at (888)-499-9303 toll free or (562)205-4390. This initial call will determine if patients should stay home or if their condition warrants a visit for evaluation.
Please note that COVID-19 testing is also available to those at risk in the City of Los Angeles. More information is available at corona-virus.la.
COVID-19 Screening Tool
Created in partnership with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA, Apple has released a COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app. If you think you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19, you can evaluate symptoms via the in-home screening tool and obtain information about your next steps. More information is available at: www.apple.com/covid19.
The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center is partnering with hotels, motels, and other providers to offer medical sheltering for individuals who need to either self-isolate or follow quarantine orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to do so on their own. Nearest location for medical sheltering is at the Bell Gardens Quality Inn and Suites. More information is available here.
Critical Delivery Service
The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888- 863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.
Do's and Don'ts
- Stay home
- Avoid people outside your household
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house
- Self-isolate if you suspect you have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Call your medical provider if you suspect you have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Leave the house except for essential activities
- Shake hands
- Touch your face
- Go to the doctor if you aren't sick
- Stockpile masks or gloves
Food Access/Grocery Supplies
Meal and Grocery Delivery
Through a coordinated effort among City staff and the YMCA, pre-packaged meal delivery is now available to Vernon residents at no cost to residents. YMCA staff members will deliver to individual households in Vernon on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until resources are depleted.
Great Plates Delivered Program
Beginning May 11, LA County will provide three home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are high-risk as determined by the CDC, while also stimulating the economy by bringing employees back to work from the restaurant, hospitality, and transportation industries. Individual participants may apply for 'Great Plates Delivered' by calling 2-1-1.
Individuals may qualify to receive meals if you:
- Meet age requirements:
- Are 65 or older; OR
- Are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or are at high risk as defined by the CDC
- Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
- Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
- Earn less than $74,940 (single) or $101,460 (two-person household)
- Have difficulty accessing food resources or preparing your own meals
- Live in unincorporated LA County or a city that does not have its own 'Great Plates Delivered' program
Additional information about the program is available at: https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates/.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The LA Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to help those in need of food assistance throughout Los Angeles County. If you are in need of food assistance, visit their pantry locator or dial 211.
Free Meals at LAUSD Grab & Go Food Centers
Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Grab & Go Food Centers are staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each student can take home two nutritious meals. Grab & Go Food Centers within 5 miles from Vernon are located at:
- Linda Marquez Senior High School
- 6361 Cottage St., Huntington Park 90255
- Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES) Magnet
- 5800 King Ave., Maywood 90270
- 5800 King Ave., Maywood 90270
Additional food resource information is available at https://www.211la.org/food.
To connect residents with Vernon businesses that are open and selling essential food items to the public, the City has contacted the businesses below and arranged the following:
3305 Bandini Blvd
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Vernon residents should call to request pricing and items in stock or scroll through the product list on the company's website. To pre-order items, Vernon residents should request an online login through the company's website.
4510 Alameda Ave
Hours: Anytime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Vernon residents should call ahead to place their order and will be advised of a time frame for pick up.
Glen Rose Meats Services
4561 Loma Vista Ave
Vernon residents can call in their order and will be advised of a time frame for pick up. The company will launch an online ordering process soon. A product list and Family Bundles and prices are available on the company's Instagram Page (@Glenrosemeatco).
Almost Anything Inc.
Hours: Daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
If you prefer that your groceries be delivered to your doorstep, Almost Anything Inc. offers a food and grocery delivery service. The company picks up your order from local shopping centers or supermarkets and delivers your order to your address. The company will soon launch an online ordering process using a mobile app. Visit www.almostanythinginc.com/aai-app for more information.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20 banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
At a Special Meeting of the Vernon Housing Commission on April 29, 2020, the Commission adopted Temporary Rent Repayment Procedures for Existing Tenants Experiencing Hardship due to the COVID-19 Emergency. Current City of Vernon lessees who experience a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 should contact the City at (323) 826-3648.
Housing at Vernon Village Park
Tenants who have been financially affected by COVID-19, should contact the property management office. Management will work with residents to arrange Promise to Pay Agreements. No late fees will be charged in April.
Starting April 11, the day after property taxes expire, individuals who are unable to pay on time for COVID-19 related reasons can submit a penalty cancellation request online at the website www. ttc.lacounty.gov. See the Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact of COVID-19 on Property Taxes.
LA METRO will be offering frequent updates about service throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Visit www.metro.net/covid19 for the latest information, and follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates. LA Metro to hold a virtual meeting its Board of Directors meeting in April. The Board meeting will be on Thursday, April 23. For information on how to access the meetings click here.
Metrolink continues to operate with a temporary service reduction. To view the schedule, click here. Metrolink developed this temporary schedule to ensure essential service during peak times, and maintain as many connections as possible, while also ensuring riders and conductors have the space necessary to maintain appropriate social distancing.
Pentagon Rides is available for your next ride, whether it be non-emergency medical transportation, black car service, courier service, and more. Visit www.PentagonRides.com for more information. They are a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation throughout California.
U.S. Lawmakers passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA establishes paid sick leave for affected workers, additional unemployment provisions, free testing, and other health and welfare components.
The State of California's Employment and Development Department created a site with information regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If you became unemployed or have had your hours reduced because you may have contracted the coronavirus, or may be quarantined, or may be unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member, you may be eligible to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim. You will need to file your claim in the first week that you lose your job or have your hours reduced. Your claim begins on the Sunday of the week you submitted your application. For more information on benefit programs available to help California workers who are losing wages due to the impacts of the Coronavirus and how to file your claim online, by phone, or by fax or mail, please visit www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm .
Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19. In a separate executive order on March 17, Newsom allowed Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants and In-Home Supportive Services recipients to continue receiving program benefits for three months without interruption or a reassessment of their eligibility.
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation. For information on Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks and additional mental health resources, visit dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus. Veterans are able to contact their medical provider through the VA Video Connect mobile app. For information on available telehealth options and what the VA is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit www.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.
All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) public offices are temporarily closed. Please use other service options to complete your DMV transactions. The California DMV has also asked CA law enforcement to use discretion on enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration for 60 days, beginning March 16th, 2020. For more information, please visit the CA DMV website at www.ca.dmv.org .
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, blood donations are dangerously low across the U.S. The demand for blood is strong. Eligible donors are strongly urged to donate: www.redcrossblood.org .
Help a neighbor in need. Build hygiene kits and drop them off at local shelter for people experiencing homelessness. We're in this together. Conduct a wellness check on older family, friends, and neighbors. Call, text, or speak to them through their door. Learn more about ways you can help during the COVID-19 emergency at: www.covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19/how-you-can-help/ or https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/ .
- Sater at Home Order Addendum Issued 5.8.2020
- Safer at Home Order Review Updated 5.8.2020
- Safter at Home Order What it Means for Me Updated 5.8.2020
- Safer at Home Order Updated 4.10.2020
- Executive Order N-37-20
- COVID-19: Notice of Emergency Closure
- Emergency Proclamation 2020-01
- COVID-19: Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues
- Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order
- Public Health Emergency Isolation Order
- Addendum to Safer at Home Order
- UPDATE on Testing Sites, Health Orders & Incident Report
- Free Same Day COVID-19 Testing Available in Los Angeles County
- LA County Emphasizes Protections for Tenants Affected
- Los Angeles County Opens New Drive-Up Testing Sites, Increasing COVID-19 Testing Capacity for Residents Throughout LA County
- LA County Alerts Public About Increasing COVID-19 Scams
- City of Vernon Declares State of Emergency
- City of Vernon Closes City Hall to the Public
- How to Help During COVID-19
- Importance of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Beach Closures and New County Business & Worker Help Center
- LA County Launches New Interactive Digital Dashboards
- LA County Issues New Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation Orders
Los Angeles County, the State of California, and the U.S. Federal Government have declared emergencies to allow greater authority to take measures necessary to protect and preserve public health and safety, including seeking aid from state and federal authorities as necessary. The Federal Communications Commission is ensuring that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.fcc.gov/coronavirus for information. Here are the best sources of official information on the coronavirus:
- Los Angeles County Food Guide
- Roadmap to Recoverty PowerPoint
- At-Home Learning
- Guidance for Social Distancing
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings
- Critical Delivery Service
- Safer-at-Home What it Means for Me
- DCBA Emergency Resources for Small Business