Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) extended the deadline to apply for a disaster recovery loan to September 16, 2020 for Los Angeles County business owners who suffered physical or property damage due to the civil unrest incidents that began on May 26, 2020.
As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to rise, the County of Los Angeles is expanding testing capacity at current sites and opening new sites in high-need areas. Due to this expansion, County-supported testing sites will have the capacity to test up to 55,000 residents a week.
With temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County expected to rise into the triple digits this weekend, various public facilities located throughout the County will serve as Emergency Cooling Centers starting on Friday, July 31st. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge.
As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to rise, the County and the City of Los Angeles are working together to ensure and expand testing capacity at current sites. Due to this expansion, County and City operated testing sites have a combined capacity to test over 140,000 people.
As cases and hospitalizations rise, many residents believe they need to get tested for COVID-19. However, Los Angeles County health officials stress that not everyone needs to be tested and emphasize the basic ways individuals and businesses can and should protect themselves from this virus.
Los Angeles health officials today announced details of a focused effort to expand testing capacity by over 65% in targeted “hot-spot” communities in response to data showing a disproportionately higher burden of COVID-related illness in communities of color and those with higher rates of poverty.
Los Angeles County is changing scheduling platforms for COVID-19 testing at its nine operated testing sites. The new platform was developed by Fulgent Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLGT), the lab used at the County-run sites. Scheduling on the new platform will begin later today.
With temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County expected to rise into the triple digits this weekend, several public facilities located throughout the County will serve as Emergency Cooling Centers on Saturday and Sunday. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge. All centers will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, and will operate in compliance with physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety criteria from the current Health Officer Order.
As part of its commitment to ensure access to testing during a critical new phase of the epidemic, Los Angeles County has committed $400,000 in one-time bridge funding to support staffing-related costs at COVID-19 testing sites operated by CORE within the City of Los Angeles.