Friday, April 10, 2020

Local COVID-19 news update 04/10/2020

 April 10, 2020, Updated 1:58 pm

La Mirada- City officials are urging residents to continue exercising social distancing while using city parks which remain open for exercising and other passive activities to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

City parks are still receiving regular maintenance and have seen a sharp increase in the number of users including entire family units despite activities being limited to passive ones.

Playground equipment and park restrooms are not open for use.

County-owned Regional Park also remains open to only passive activities just as at city parks with baseball fields, tennis courts, disc golf course, and park restrooms remaining off-limits until further notice.

Regional park, as well as other parks operated by the county including Adventure Park and Mayberry Park in South Whittier, will be closed Easter Sunday in an effort to enhance the social distancing push that is showing success at minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak,  The Surgeon General announced this morning that social distancing is reducing the spread from one infected person from over five new infections to 1.5.

The county golf course remains closed.

City Hall, Resource Center and other city facilities including Splash! will remain closed to public access until at least mid-April

Extending the closures will likely be on the city council agenda on April 14. 

The city has suspended issuing parking citations for street sweeping day violations but asks that those that can park off the road do so. 

The city continues to provide core services including graffiti removal, building inspections, and transit services (Dial-a-Ride).

City Hall is closed to public access but will continue to process building permits, project reviews, and business licenses through its website

All city commission and committee meetings have been canceled.

More COVID-19 related news 


On April 6 the district announced it will shutter campuses for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The district will continue to educate students through what it terms 'distance learning' through the rest of the school year ending June 2nd.

Instruction will resume after spring break which begins today (April 10) and runs through the 17th.

The district will continue to offer take-home meals of five breakfast and lunch meals for youths aged 1 - 18 through two distribution locations once a week.

The distributions are each Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm, and are available each week while supplies last, at Los Coyotes Middle School, 14640 Mercado Rd (cross street Rosecrans Av.) and at the district central kitchen, 12244 Rosecrans Av. (cross street Norwalk Blvd).

For further school district news and information check their website at

Community effort gets necessities to local seniors

Grocery Outlet owners Amanda Paez and Steven Hernandez,  Neighborhood Life Church led by Pastor Dave Newman and volunteers throughout the community have teamed up to help seniors in need that are having a difficult time obtaining hard to find necessities including food and cleaning products.

Funded through donations from the community and the generosity of the owners of the Grocery Outlet located in the Ross4Less center, volunteers assemble and deliver the packages to the homes of seniors need.

A donation from the foundation run by councilmember Ed Eng and his wife Cathy towards 100 care packages in the first days of the projects and followed by an article in the La Mirada Lamplighter, resonated with the community. 

The result has been an increase in donations and volunteers according to reporter Tammye McDuff.

At the following link, you will find an updated article by the La Mirada Lamplighter that includes information on how you can contribute or volunteer to this relief project.

Misc notes

The total number of confirmed cases in La Mirada inched up to 19 with two new cases reported Thursday, April 9th.  In unincorporated South and East Whittier, the number of confirmed cases is 25, Norwalk 64, and Cerritos 29.

Throughout Los Angeles County there were 7,955 confirmed cases including 223 deaths. 

With the number of people infected with the virus hard to pin down since many people suspected of having the virus are told to just go home and self-quarantine without being tested there is another way to look at the progression of the virus locally.

PIH Health in Whittier began offering the data daily last Friday on the number of hospitalized of confirmed and suspected cases. This morning the 592-bed hospital reported 11 confirmed cases with seven in ICU beds and another 21 suspected cases of which one was in the ICU for a total of 39, an increase of two from 37 reported yesterday. Last Friday that number was 26.

In California, deaths from the coronavirus are expected to reach an apex on Wednesday, April 15, with the last death occurring May 15 according to researchers at the University of Washington who are tracking the daily progression of COVID-19 in the United States and Europe. The forecasted dates assume social distancing continues through the end of May.


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