Update March 31

Update

March 31

By Mary O’KEEFE

“Thirty days to slow down the spread,” said Vice President Mike Pence at a press conference today as it was announced that social distancing guidelines will be expanded until April 30.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases], said that data shows that mitigation is working and that although the country will more than likely see an increase in cases and deaths from COVID-19 not to become discouraged.

“Now is the time not to take your foot of the accelerator but to press it down,” he said.

Los Angeles County Public Health
In Los Angeles County as of March 31, there are 3,011 cases of COVID-19 with 54 deaths. The City of Glendale has 76 cases, La Cañada Flintridge reports eight, Eagle Rock has 10 cases, Sunland has five and Tujunga has five. In the unincorporated areas Angeles National Forest and La Crescenta/Montrose have no reported positive cases of COVID-19. The total number includes 890 new cases reported within the last 48 hours.

“Upon further investigation, 11 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 594 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (20% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness,” according to an LA County Public Health statement.

“This is the highest daily number of deaths we’ve reported to date, and our hearts go out to every family who has experienced loss related to this pandemic,” stated Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health director. “Though we expect to continue to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and, sadly, deaths in the weeks to come, it is crucial that we continue to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing if we must go out for essential services, self-isolate when we are sick, and self-quarantine if exposed to someone who is sick. We are all in this together.”

At USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
There are four patients with confirmed COVID-19 currently in the hospital, 13 have been sent home and nine were transferred. There are 11 patients with negative COVID-19 testing currently in the hospital, 82 have been sent home and one was transferred. For patients with pending COVID-19 tests, there are six in the hospital and eight have been sent home.

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread: “If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever- and symptom-free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.”

More information can be found at the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Information from Glendale Water and Power
“At Glendale Water & Power we are very focused on providing safe and reliable electric and water services to our customers during these challenging times. In keeping with that commitment, while our service delivery methods have temporarily changed we remain as always available to assist our customers and continue to serve the City of Glendale. Below is some information on our operations, programs and services.

“In accordance with measures taken by the City of Glendale in response to COVID-19, GWP has closed its offices at this time until further notice. This includes the GWP customer service counter and cashier area, engineering counter, and administration counter. We have also suspended scheduled site visits for the Smart Home Upgrade Program, Smart Business Energy Saving Upgrade Program, and In-Home Display and Thermostat Program.

“For engineering inquiries, please contact GWP Electrical Engineering at (818) 548-3921 or GWP Water Engineering at (818) 548-2062.

“Please know that we will not disconnect your power or water because you’re having trouble making payments due to hardships caused by COVID-19. We are temporarily suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees. If you are having trouble paying your bill, we encourage you to contact our Customer Services Dept. to make arrangements. To contact our Customer Service Dept., we recommend that you email us for a quicker response. The email address is GWPCustomerService@GlendaleCA.gov. Include your name, service address and reason for contacting us.

“You can also call us at (855) 550-4497 but please be aware that we are responding to a high volume of calls and your inquiry may take longer than normal to answer. We appreciate your patience and will do our best to get back to you within one business day.

“For more information regarding GWP services please visit www.GlendaleWaterAndPower.com. For information on the City of Glendale’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and information on other City services please visit www.GlendaleCA.gov.”