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Monday, April 6, 2020
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information for the City of Los Angeles

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COVID-19 Resources: LAFD continues to be guided by CDC, Department of Public Health, and Mayor Garcetti regarding best practices for protecting our members and preventing the spread of the virus. For more information regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, the following are resources for you to use:

Telephone Hotline: 2-1-1 - "211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time. Our community services go far beyond phone referrals – explore our website to learn more. If you are calling from outside Los Angeles County or cannot directly dial 2-1-1, call (800) 339-6993

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Los Angeles City Coronavirus Information, including public applications for COVID-19 testing of Los Angeles residents.

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health - This link will show updated confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths for the County of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

California Department of Public Health

World Health Organization

Community COVID-19 Response Volunteer Sign-Up List - Volunteer Information

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UPDATE: Monday April 6, 2020

All City of Los Angeles  COVID-19 testing sites will resume operations on Tuesday 7 April.  They will be open from 10AM - 4PM. 

Registration is required and can be completed at COVID TEST REGISTRATION SITE

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas went live on social media this morning with a COVID-19 update.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 26, 2020

LAFD PIO Captain Erik Scott answers six important questions regarding COVID-19.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Last Friday, the LAFD began offering COVID-19 tests to our firefighters who had symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus. As of today, 79 individuals have been tested. Two firefighters have received positive test results and are both home at this time recovering from the illness.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Last Friday, the LAFD began offering COVID-19 tests to our firefighters who had symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus. As of today, 79 individuals have been tested. Two firefighters have received positive test results and are both home at this time recovering from the illness.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 23, 2020

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas urges fire stations to support local businesses by ordering take-out from local restaurants instead of struggling to shop and cook every shift.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 20, 2020  12:00PM

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas addressed re-occurring questions regarding LAFD's actions relative to COVID-19 in an Instagram Live session

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:00PM

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.

The full order and the FAQ can be found on the the City of Los Angeles website

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UPDATE: Monday, March 15, 2020

Mayor Garcetti announces new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

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UPDATE: 3:00 PM Friday, March 13, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, six LAFD firefighters are undergoing self-quarantine after exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Captain Erik Scott provides the details:

 

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UPDATE: 9:00 AM Friday, March 13, 2020

Your Los Angeles Fire Department continues to take precautions to both protect our crews and prevent potential transmission if we respond to a possible COVID-19 patient. Captain Erik Scott explains our procedures in place not just for Los Angeles International Airport but citywide.

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in large public settings, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has postponed several events to ensure the health and safety of our firefighters, civilian employees and the communities that we serve. These postponements are in line with directions from Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom.  The LAFD has postponed the Girls Camp scheduled for this weekend. Effective immediately, all youth programs are also postponed indefinitely. Additionally, public meetings and events scheduled at the community rooms at nine LAFD fire stations have been postponed and the community rooms closed until further notice. “The LAFD is taking necessary steps to protect our members and the public as we work to manage the effects of COVID-19,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “We strongly encourage the public to heed the social distancing recommendations and the directive to restrict public events to slow the spread of this virus.” The LAFD is monitoring the ongoing public health situation and will continue to make determinations about the status of future scheduled public events and non-essential Department activities.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

LAFD instructs members to be hypervigilant with limiting the spread of germs. Firefighters will wash hands often, avoid handshakes, and disinfect fire station surfaces (especially exercise equipment).

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

City and County of Los Angeles leaders made an important announcement regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. LAFD continues modifying policies and procedures to address the dynamic situation.

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Fast Moving Fire Damages Vacant Hollywood Building

HOLLYWOOD - The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an greater alarm structure fire on March 1, 2020 at 6015 West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The flames were extinguished in just 44 minutes and there were no injuries. LAFD Public Information Officer Captain Branden Silverman provides this quick video overview.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Fiery Explosion in Downtown L.A. Sends Three to Hospital

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire on February 29, 2020 at 743 South Kohler Street in the Central Industrial District of downtown, where three men were injured, two critically. LAFD Public Information Officer Captain Branden Silverman provides this quick video overview.

READY, SET, GO!

The Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to be prepared in the event of a brush fire. For those of you living near the current incidents, be vigilant and keep your TV or radio on. Make certain you have your family critical papers, phone data, pets, and other valuables ready to evacuate if so directed.

READY, SET, GO!

RED FLAG PARKING

To increase public safety, the Fire Department and Department of Transportation have created a program to remove illegally parked vehicles in posted locations within the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones. The goal of this program is to educate the public on the potential hazards associated with a fast-moving brush fire, and the importance of keeping roadways clear.

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The canyons of Los Angeles are always a challenge in terms of fire safety. In addition to obvious brushy hillsides, there are multiple types of fire hazards that exist because of ornamental vegetation. The Los Angeles Fire Department works year-round to ensure those with this type of shrubbery obey the Fire Code relative to clearance and care.

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