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The City of Los Angeles and has partnered with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) to provide all L.A. County residents with free COVID-19 testing, whether or not they are showing symptoms.
Priority will still be given to residents who are showing symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For more information, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
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TORRANCE, Calif., April 25, 2020- The City of Torrance has taken great care to assure our most vulnerable populations have received essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The elderly care facilities in the city have been at the top of the list. Patients and caregivers in these facilities are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.
The Torrance Fire Department partnered with all of the care facilities in Torrance since the first reported case of COVID-19 in LA County. Daily calls were conducted with each business to assure staff and patients were following LA County Public Health and CDC guidelines. The care facilities were also provided with contact information to assure that all caregivers were wearing the proper personal protective equipment.
As the COVID-19 response has grown within the LA County area, Torrance has followed the same trend. The City of Torrance continues to partner with medical directors, hospitals, LA County Department of Public Health and the care facilities to assure patients are provided with the best care. Our team remains focused on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to work with all agencies to assure the highest levels of safety for everyone. For additional questions about care facilities affected by COVID-19, please refer to the LA County Department of Public Health website www.PublicHealth.LACounty.Gov/Media/Coronavirus/Locations.htm
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City of Torrance Offers Farmers Market Curbside Pick-Up to Torrance At-Risk Population to Slow COVID-19
TORRANCE, Calif., April 25, 2020- Beginning today, the City of Torrance will be accepting Torrance Certified Farmers’ Market curbside pick-up orders from Torrance residents in the at-risk population. Torrance Cares: Farmers Market Curbside Pick-Up will allow Torrance seniors, those with disabilities and residents with underlying health conditions to pre-order produce directly from the farmer and pick it up at the Wilson Park without having to get out of the car.
Customers will pre-order and pay the Farmer directly in advance. Customers will drive by for pick-up between 11 a.m. and noon on their designated pick up day. Staff will deliver orders to customers in the comfort of their vehicle, at the Wilson Park roundabout.
At-Risk residents can customize orders or choose from a variety of pre-selected produce boxes. All sales will be final. To view participating Farmers and explore produce options visit www.CityofTorranceCA.com/TCFarmersMarket.
The Torrance Cares: Farmers Market Curbside Pick-Up is the newest program the City of Torrance has rolled out in their Torrance Cares Campaign. Other programs rolled out in their effort to slow the spread include Torrance Cares Connections, Torrance Cares 4 Business, Torrance Cares 4 Seniors and Torrance Cares 2-Go. To learn more visit www.CityofTorranceCA.com.
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TORRANCE, Calif., April 19, 2020- Beginning Tuesday, April 21st, the City of Torrance will now be providing free, in home, COVID-19 testing to at-risk seniors (65 and older) who live in the City of Torrance. The Torrance Cares 4 Seniors, COVID-19 nasal swab test (currently the most reliable indicator of the presence of Coronavirus infection) will be administered by Torrance Fire Department personnel in the comfort of your home. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes and results will be available between 3-4 days.
Torrance residents who are in the highest-risk categories are eligible for in-home testing if they currently have symptoms. This includes those individuals with COVID-19 symptoms who are:
Torrance Cares 4 Seniors is the newest program the City of Torrance has rolled out in their Torrance Cares Campaign. Other programs rolled out in their effort to slow the spread include Torrance Cares Connections, Torrance Cares 4 Business and Torrance Cares 2-Go, the successful grocery delivery service that recently exceeded 1000 completed deliveries. To learn more visit CityofTorranceCA.com.
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Los Angeles, CA (Friday, April 17, 2020)--Free, same-day tests are now available for all LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:
Appointments are necessary. Here are the steps for getting a test appointment:
For more information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.
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City Manager Signs Public Order Delegating Authority to Close Parks as Needed To The Director of The Community Services Department
WHEREAS, Government Code Section 8634 empowers the City Council and delegated officials to promulgate orders and regulations necessary to provide for protection of life or property during a local emergency; and;
WHEREAS, the City Council has specifically delegated this authority to the City Manager as Director of Emergency Services in Chapter 6 of Division 1 of the Torrance Municipal Code. Further, the City Council confirmed this delegation of authority by Resolution on March 16, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the March 19, 2020, Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom, Order N-33-20 wherein the Governor ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.aov/identifvinq-critical-infrastructure-durina-covid19: and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the March 13,2020, Proclamation and Order of the President of the United States declaring a national emergency in response to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the March 12, 2020 Proclamation by the City Manager proclaiming a local emergency as a result of the threat of COVID-19, which said Proclamation and order was ratified by the City Council on March 17, 2020; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the March 4, 2020, Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom, Order N25-20 wherein the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend guidelines to maintain hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing to protect public health and slow the transmission of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the California Department of Public Health has issued guidance to postpone or cancel all gatherings across the State of California to protect public health PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-8 and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. Gathering is defined as any event that brings together people together in a single room or single space at the same time; and
WHEREAS, the California Department of Health states that the timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance and those that reduce dose contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Order of March 16, 2020. The Order states that in the absence of a specific immunization or treatment for COVID-19, social distancing is the only and most readily available tool to prevent this disease; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 of March 21, 2020 which amended and supplemented the March 16, 2020 and March 19, 2020 orders; and
WHEREAS, this order is issued in accordance with, an incorporates by reference the Health Officer of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Home Isolation Order (issued March 25, 2020) and Home Quarantine Order (issued March 25, 2020); and
WHEREAS, despite the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended guidelines to maintain social distancing and despite the California Department of Public Health's issued guidelines to postpone or cancel all gatherings across the State of California, individuals have continued to congregate at parks and disregarded social distancing guidelines; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to close parks and park parking lots as needed to slow the transmission of COVID-19, so that residents and visitors in Torrance remain safe and secure.
By virtue of the authority vested in me as City Manager of the City of Torrance pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code 8634, the City Charter, Torrance Municipal Code 16.2.6, the laws and the Constitution of the State of California to promulgate, issue, and enforce rules, regulations, orders, and directives, I hereby declare the following orders to be necessary for the protection of life and property, effective immediately.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The Director of Emergency Services delegates authority to close any parks and park parking lots as needed to the Director of the Community Services Department to comply with the various orders issued by the Governor of the State of California, the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the City of Torrance's Public Orders to slow the transmission of COVID-19. PUBLIC ORDER NO. 2020-8
2. The Director of the Community Services Department is directed to inform the public by posting signs at any park and park parking lot that is ordered to be closed.
3. The Director of the Community Services Department is directed to use its Park Ambassador program to inform the public of any park and park parking lot that is ordered to be closed.
4. The Director of the Community Services Department is directed to use the City's website and the City's social media to inform the public of any park that is ordered to be closed.
5. If the Director of the Community Services Department decides at any point to close Wilson Park and the Wilson Park parking lot, he has the authority to allow the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market to remain in operation on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Wilson Park Parking Lot.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that violation of this Order and any Order or Directive by the Director of the Community Services Department closing parks as a result of this order shall be punished as provided by Torrance Municipal Code Section 16.2.13, California Government Code Section 8665, or any applicable state or municipal law. The violation of any provision of this Order is declared to be a nuisance and may be abated by the City in accordance with its authority to abate nuisances. The remedies listed in this Order are not exclusive of any other remedies available to the City under any applicable Federal, State, or local law and it is within the discretion of the City to seek cumulative remedies. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED this Order shall apply Citywide until rescinded by the City Council or City Manager.