Los Angeles County – Staying vigilant against this deadly virus, small business stabilization loan program and more

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Remaining vigilant against this deadly virus,
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, and
COVID-19 Security Compliance Certification Program

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Stay vigilant against this deadly virus

We are at a critical moment in the pandemic. We are all still living the nightmare of a power surge; Last week, on average, 217 people died each day from COVID 19, and two days last week we reported that more than 300 people died each day. This is the very real cost of complying with public health rules.

The revised health worker order released on Friday is a detailed plan that everyone must follow to ensure we see a continuing downward trend in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Some restrictions have been lifted, but now is not the time to relax. Now is the time to stay very vigilant against this deadly virus and continue to stay home as much as possible.

Let us continue to remind ourselves how important it is to play by the rules in order to protect ourselves, our friends, our essential workers. Together, Los Angeles County can continue to work to reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

Los Angeles County has launched the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program designed to offer eligible businesses a competitive interest rate on loans ranging from $ 50,000 to $ 3 million.

The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program application portal opened on January 28 and will remain open indefinitely. The program offers technical assistance from partners who offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an assessment of a company’s readiness to submit an LACDA loan application. Technical support is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean.

For more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.org.

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Update 01/19/21

Important updates on the COVID-19 vaccine

Los Angeles County residents aged 65 and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Residents in this priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which will begin Wednesday, January 20. Residents who do not have access to a computer can call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.

The vaccine supply is still extremely limited, and Los Angeles County continues to urge patience as we urgently work with our federal and state partners to increase capacity and supply in the coming weeks.

To ensure that those at high risk of transmission and disease are vaccinated first, Los Angeles County has implemented a tiered system. In addition to those 65 and over, the priority for current immunization goes to frontline healthcare workers, residents, and staff in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities.

This strategy aims to protect our entire community by ensuring that our most vulnerable and critical healthcare workers do not fall ill.

The opening of appointment registration for a new level comes today as the county opens five high-capacity vaccination sites across the county.

The five sites established, which were chosen for their regional accessibility and their capacity to manage large capacities of people, are:

  • Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
  • The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305
  • California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330
  • LA County Office of Education, 12830 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valence, CA 91355

These large-scale vaccination sites began operating on Tuesday, January 19, and will be able to vaccinate around 4,000 people per day at each site, dramatically increasing the number of people vaccinated. Large-scale vaccination sites will aim to vaccinate 500,000 Los Angeles County residents in one month.

Vaccinations are free and accessible to everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. For those with insurance, coverage information may be requested as part of the appointment booking process.

In addition to the sites operated by LA County, residents have other options for making an appointment for a vaccine. Currently, over 75 pharmacies have signed up to provide vaccines, and we will continue to add more as more vaccines become available. Vaccine allocations also go to large healthcare provider organizations like Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health and Services. Additionally, residents can also call their health care provider, who can direct them to a preferred location for the vaccine.

For up-to-date information on the LA County vaccination program, visit VaccinateLACounty.com.

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01/13/21

COVID safety in the workplace, more critical than ever

There are currently 540 open outbreak investigations in LA County, the highest we have ever had. Businesses MUST continue to follow public health protocols to slow the spread.

Visit the following resource center with information designed to help county businesses communicate the steps they are taking to operate as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic: Safer at Work Los Angeles County.

Vaccine deployment continues

The vaccine is free for everyone and is offered to different groups in phases. Groups currently vaccinated include staff who work in acute care hospitals, residents and staff of trained nursing facilities, as well as emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

It is likely that the vaccine will be available to the general public in spring / summer 2021. Click here to see where you stand for vaccine deployment.

For regular updates and to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine email newsletter, click here.


This press release was produced by the Venice Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed are those of the author.

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