UPDATES COVID-19 and Farmers Markets

  • The LCF Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Harvest Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Note that the incorrect time for the Montrose Harvest Market was in the March 19 CV Weekly. Social distancing rules will be in place.
  • It is important during this time of uncertainty to remember that Americans, and the world, have been through pandemics before and have survived. This knowledge may not help those who are worried as they close their business or are laid off from work; however, it is important to remember that we, as Americans, have done what was needed to be done and have come through dire times in the past.
    In 1918, the Spanish flu came in waves to the United States. It was brought by World War I soldiers returning home from Europe. The virus was first spread from Boston to New York and Philadelphia before moving west. There was not a vaccine and the cause of the outbreak was not known at first.
    The same questions concerned U.S. leaders in 1918 that concern leaders today. Should schools be closed? Should everyone wear a facemask? What businesses should be shut down?
    One thing that was clear was that cities that responded earlier were better off than those that ignored the disease until much later.
    Last night the State of California and LA County released orders that changed the way Californians conduct their day-to-day lives. LA County’s Order is called “Safer at Home,” which includes that all “non-essential” businesses close their doors and for people to stay home.
    LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger added that people can go to the doctor, grocery store, gas stations and pharmacies as well as other businesses that are deemed essential. However, people are to continue to practice social distancing.
    Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Dept. of Public Health, said that everyone should assume COVID-19 is widespread and all should act as if they have been exposed. She emphasized that people should continue social distancing.
    Barger added that staying home does not mean people cannot go out for walks, but to remember to stay at least six feet away from others at all times.
    Unfortunately there are those who use this time of emergency to prey upon others. The Glendale Police Dept. is warning the public about a scam alert advising that no health care workers, law enforcement personnel or any government agencies are going door-to-door testing people for COVID-19. If you encounter anyone offering such a service, refuse it and report it to local law enforcement.
    “You must remain vigilant in considering unsolicited services,” GPD stated.
  • Update from the LA County Public Health: 292 cases of COVID-19 with two deaths, reporting includes Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own public health departments.

For information on the new Orders, visit lacounty.gov/covid19.