From Mayor Eric Garcetti <[email protected]>
Subject Have you been tested for COVID-19?
Date May 23, 2020 3:45 PM
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Hi ,

From the start of this crisis, experts and public health leaders have made one thing crystal clear: COVID-19 testing saves lives. Testing is how we can track the virus, get ahead of outbreaks, identify who needs to be isolated. Testing is the first step in determining how, when, and whether we can safely reopen more businesses and public spaces.

Los Angeles was the first big city ([link removed]) to scale up access to free testing for anyone, and we will keep leading the charge this coming week: we are opening a new testing site at Dodger Stadium, where we’ll be able to test up to 6,000 people each day — three times greater than any other testing site in the County.

I know that we all have fond memories of summer nights at Chavez Ravine, taking in a game and cheering on our boys in blue. Now, even with baseball season on hold, we can still go to the stadium to find help and hope. And we have specifically designed this site to move people through the process quickly, alleviating long lines and wait times.
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You can sign up for a free COVID-19 test ([link removed]) today, with or without symptoms. Spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues.

Don’t wait and don’t wonder. Make an appointment and get tested today.
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Our first responsibility is to protect the health and economic wellbeing of our most vulnerable neighbors — seniors, Angelenos experiencing homelessness, health care workers on the front lines, women and men at the highest risk of contracting this virus.

From day one, we acted to meet this charge — and those steps saved lives.

Protecting our seniors
Early on, we deployed LAFD rapid response teams to deliver testing to our skilled nursing facilities ([link removed]) , and we’ve already tested more than 25,000 residents and workers at nearly every skilled nursing facility in the City.

All skilled nursing facilities in the city are now required to test all residents and workers at least once a month. If they cannot provide testing on their own, our mobile team has set them up with a regular supply of test kits, free of charge.

Housing our homeless neighbors
This week, I announced that we’ve secured two new hotels — one downtown, another in Mid-City — for Project Roomkey ([link removed]) , our program to rent rooms for unhoused Angelenos.

Together, these additions increased our total available rooms to more than 3,500 countywide in the last six weeks. And our partners at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority have filled most of them within two to three days, providing a critical lifeline to those who need help.

My office will continue to work with more hotels and motels to bring people indoors.

Supporting our small businesses
L.A.’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they’re hurting. So we're helping them reopen safely ([link removed]) for delivery and curbside/doorside pickup, and keep workers on the job.

We’re making it easier for businesses to receive microloans ([link removed]) to navigate this crisis by changing eligibility criteria and prioritizing loans that had been previously denied.

Finally, our city’s Department of Transportation has expanded its pickup zone program ([link removed]) so that any retail shop in the city can reserve a parking spot right out front for customers to pick up their orders.
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Keeping our public spaces safe
This weekend, we have reopened the beach bike paths, as well as city parking lots at Cabrillo and Venice Beach, while the County has opened paths and lots at partial capacity at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach.

Remember: Beaches are still only open for active recreation, like swimming, surfing, running, walking, and now biking along the beach. Sunbathing, group sports, and gathering of any kind remain prohibited. Do not meet up with anyone who lives outside your household.

We are not moving beyond COVID-19 — we are simply learning to live with it. And we know what we have to do to keep moving, slowly but surely, in our new, safer reality: Stay safer at home. Keep practicing physical distancing — stay six feet away from others. Wash your hands every time you return home and frequently throughout the day, and sanitize surfaces regularly. And wear a face covering when you leave your home and will be near other people.

If we use these tools, and protect our neighbors, we can make it through this chapter together. I know we will, with strength and love.

Thank you for all that you do.

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Eric Garcetti
Your Mayor
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