COVID-19: WeHo Infections Up Slightly, and County Reports No Increase in Testing

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department today reported no new confirmed COVID-19 infections among West Hollywood residents, which may be a sign that the virus infections are plateauing in West Hollywood. 

Today’s count of 141 is the same as that on Tuesday.  The number of  confirmed infections on Saturday and Sunday was flat at 139, and the count was flat at 137 on both Thursday and Friday last week. However, the Health Department’s online database has reported for several weeks that only 704 West Hollywood residents have been tested, so it is unclear whether the increases in infections are a result of delayed results from those tests or if the Health Department simply isn’t updating the database. WEHOville has reached out to the Health Department with several questions only to get delayed or no responses.

The Health Department opened a mobile testing center at Alden Drive on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus and has invited residents to go online to make an appointment for a test.  Currently, however, it isn’t possible to find the Cedars-Sinai site on the testing registration page.  A Cedars-Sinai employee has explained that that is because appointment slots are booked out in full for five days, a result of the Health Department’s decision to let asymptomatic folks sign up for testing. Previously testing only was available to those with symptoms of an infection.

In today’s report, the Health Department said there have been 851 new confirmed COVID-19 infections countywide, bringing the total to 28,644. There have been 55 new deaths, bringing that total to 1,367. Three West Hollywood residents have died thus far.

Forty-one people who died were over the age of 65 and 12 were between the ages of 41. The Health Department did not report the ages of the other two people who have died.

Two new infections were reported in Beverly Hills, bringing its total to 116. The number of infections in Culver City grew by three to 88. The Hollywood neighborhood had one new confirmed infection, bringing its total to 202. The number of confirmed infections in the Melrose neighborhood increased by four to a total of 394.

Roadmap to Recovery

The Health Department has issued a five-stage “roadmap to recovery” that describes a phased approach to relaxing the state Safer at Home Order and allowing certain businesses to reopen.  L.A. County is currently in Stage One of the Safer at Home recovery process, the Health Department reported today. That stage requires the closure of all but “essential” businesses, which include grocery stores and pharmacies, restaurants offering takeout and pickup services, cannabis retailers, hardware stores, bike repair shops, and service stations.

The county anticipates beginning Stage Two as soon as Friday, which will allow florists and some retailers (book stores, clothing stores, sporting good stores, toy stores) to offer curbside pickup. Car dealerships, golf courses and trails can also open with appropriate safeguards in place. Physical distancing and infection control protocols must be adhered to and cloth facing coverings must be worn.  The Health Department’s roadmap’s Stage Two also includes libraries, parks, museums and art galleries along with offices and retailers deemed to have a low risk of infection, all of which it says will be opening “soon” without specifying an actual date.

Stage Three, for which a date hasn’t yet been set, includes the opening of higher risk businesses such as massage parlors, bars and nightclubs along with movie theatres, bowling alleys and schools and colleges.

The county Health Department’s Stage Four would allow the opening of large convention areas, sporting and spectator events and entertainment venues.  However, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that Stage Four won’t happen until treatments for the coronavirus have been developed. Newsom has not made clear whether he is referring to vaccines to prevent the virus or more effective treatments for those who are infected by it, many of whom have been undergoing treatment in hospitals already.

Threat to the Troubadour

That uncertainty has led to the Christine Karayan, manager of the Troubadour, questioning whether that iconic venue on Santa Monica Boulevard ever will reopen.  In an interview with the L.A. Times, Karayan said that if the opening of the club is delayed until the middle of next year, and then must limit the number of people admitted, it likely won’t survive.  The Troubadour opened in the late 1960s and has been home to performers such as Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and the Eagles. It has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay its staff of more than 20 people.

“Until final Stage Five is reached, health officer orders and directives will still continue to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities,” the Health Department has said. “Physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, frequent hand washing, self-isolation and self-quarantine will continue to be very important throughout the foreseeable future. People who have underlying health conditions will still be at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County’s vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible, to have groceries and medicine delivered, and to know to call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms.”

The best protection against COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing (especially by staying at home) and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household.

Essential businesses must provide a cloth face covering for all employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and or the public and to post physical distancing plans. The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses as well. Beaches, trails and trailheads and non-essential businesses remain closed, and all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit remain prohibited.

Residents with questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and who are looking for resources to deal with it can find answers on the City of West Hollywood’s  website.  Here is a list of links to sections about particular issues:

Below is a list of cities and neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in each.  They are ranked by the number of infections per 100,000 people, which is a measure of the density of infections.

City of Agoura Hills31148.45
City of Alhambra102117.61
City of Arcadia4883.11
City of Artesia1589.31
City of Avalon00
City of Azusa89177.86
City of Baldwin Park124161.52
City of Bell142390.84
City of Bell Gardens121280.93
City of Bellflower158203.25
City of Beverly Hills116336.04
City of Bradbury193.55
City of Burbank283264.04
City of Calabasas46189.12
City of Carson277295.16
City of Cerritos60119.84
City of Claremont2774.01
City of Commerce14107.12
City of Compton254254.24
City of Covina101205.99
City of Cudahy91373.76
City of Culver City88220.75
City of Diamond Bar3866.07
City of Downey253221.42
City of Duarte81367.91
City of El Monte202172.25
City of El Segundo30178.72
City of Gardena177288.7
City of Glendale669323.98
City of Glendora57108.03
City of Hawaiian Gardens1174.95
City of Hawthorne232261.3
City of Hermosa Beach25127.1
City of Hidden Hills00
City of Huntington Park180302.6
City of Industry3686.5
City of Inglewood390343.36
City of Irwindale2137.08
City of La Canada Flintridge41198.13
City of La Habra Heights355
City of La Mirada73147.18
City of La Puente47115.49
City of La Verne1854.08
City of Lakewood94116.97
City of Lancaster373230.86
City of Lawndale74220.15
City of Lomita40192.97
City of Lynwood232322.01
City of Malibu31239.18
City of Manhattan Beach67186.12
City of Maywood79281.65
City of Monrovia60154.64
City of Montebello166257.86
City of Monterey Park93149.37
City of Norwalk228211.85
City of Palmdale477300.06
City of Palos Verdes Estates40295.81
City of Paramount169301.66
City of Pico Rivera233362.45
City of Pomona221141.73
City of Rancho Palos Verdes71166.09
City of Redondo Beach115167.4
City of Rolling Hills2103.09
City of Rolling Hills Estates13160.24
City of Rosemead4479.49
City of San Dimas3086.92
City of San Fernando121491.63
City of San Gabriel4097.67
City of San Marino1290.38
City of Santa Clarita450204.15
City of Santa Fe Springs31168.81
City of Santa Monica198214.18
City of Sierra Madre545.5
City of Signal Hill976.29
City of South El Monte36172.37
City of South Gate290295.45
City of South Pasadena97372.32
City of Temple City58159.1
City of Torrance306205
City of Vernon1478.47
City of Walnut2581.88
City of West Covina151139.51
City of West Hollywood141381.59
City of Westlake Village671.77
City of Whittier149170.42
Los Angeles13868342.88
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie31377.96
Los Angeles – Alsace32257.13
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest00
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights10399.68
Los Angeles – Arleta144418.97
Los Angeles – Atwater Village34231.83
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills74237.75
Los Angeles – Bel Air30355.91
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest34271.46
Los Angeles – Beverlywood33250.51
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights262301.55
Los Angeles – Brentwood66213.21
Los Angeles – Brookside00
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning20280.86
Los Angeles – Canoga Park355543.74
Los Angeles – Carthay69480.4
Los Angeles – Central163418.03
Los Angeles – Century City30234.52
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove116343.54
Los Angeles – Chatsworth111299.51
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills18196.27
Los Angeles – Chinatown9112.21
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran42288.6
Los Angeles – Country Club Park74488.35
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District54390.48
Los Angeles – Crestview70615.76
Los Angeles – Del Rey58193.75
Los Angeles – Downtown80290.84
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock105265.23
Los Angeles – East Hollywood145495.1
Los Angeles – Echo Park26182.38
Los Angeles – El Sereno111265.5
Los Angeles – Elysian Park10175.07
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley26255.63
Los Angeles – Encino93205.88
Los Angeles – Exposition5150.33
Los Angeles – Exposition Park151336.18
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights4111.11
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square23263.73
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone172362.53
Los Angeles – Glassell Park121382.86
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place39362.32
Los Angeles – Granada Hills137235.43
Los Angeles – Green Meadows83385.96
Los Angeles – Hancock Park67393.22
Los Angeles – Harbor City55189.2
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway78178.9
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines283.02
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights70388.13
Los Angeles – Harvard Park163429.68
Los Angeles – Highland Park104214.92
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown76547.95
Los Angeles – Hollywood202295.95
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills66224.23
Los Angeles – Hyde Park86301.32
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park22272.51
Los Angeles – Koreatown162313.39
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square14307.08
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa119281.95
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace63479.71
Los Angeles – Leimert Park36236.3
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights135414.15
Los Angeles – Little Armenia1471831.78
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh85299.9
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo8255.35
Los Angeles – Longwood16371.75
Los Angeles – Los Feliz35161.98
Los Angeles – Manchester Square16187.44
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon132.01
Los Angeles – Mar Vista59138.92
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula9206.42
Los Angeles – Melrose394507.1
Los Angeles – Mid-city42279.44
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile36200.17
Los Angeles – Mission Hills86356.49
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington57236.07
Los Angeles – North Hills218354.04
Los Angeles – North Hollywood445293.88
Los Angeles – Northridge198283.68
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades38178.48
Los Angeles – Pacoima376488.44
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands378
Los Angeles – Palms144328.19
Los Angeles – Panorama City382507.64
Los Angeles – Park La Brea1395.73
Los Angeles – Pico-Union308736.1
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey131.29
Los Angeles – Playa Vista20182.7
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch63177.03
Los Angeles – Rancho Park12182.93
Los Angeles – Regent Square3107.91
Los Angeles – Reseda278362.84
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch23496.12
Los Angeles – Reynier Village9212.87
Los Angeles – San Pedro625800.89
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills9202.61
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks153175.35
Los Angeles – Silverlake128290.36
Los Angeles – South Carthay25235.96
Los Angeles – South Park146384.61
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village22479.93
Los Angeles – Studio City56249.55
Los Angeles – Sun Valley178339.16
Los Angeles – Sunland107524.3
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square1154.56
Los Angeles – Sylmar446541.28
Los Angeles – Tarzana83268.82
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry187473.63
Los Angeles – Thai Town18183.5
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake11126.38
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace2153.14
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods3161.46
Los Angeles – Tujunga82294.86
Los Angeles – University Hills7204.14
Los Angeles – University Park98356.93
Los Angeles – Valley Glen92306.5
Los Angeles – Valley Village138558.25
Los Angeles – Van Nuys401430.29
Los Angeles – Venice51150.51
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls70406.98
Los Angeles – Vermont Square60783.6
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista155376.34
Los Angeles – Vernon Central270519.25
Los Angeles – Victoria Park39464.34
Los Angeles – View Heights7189.5
Los Angeles – Watts132309.32
Los Angeles – Wellington Square16325.53
Los Angeles – West Adams140506.7
Los Angeles – West Hills65160.32
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles61162.08
Los Angeles – West Vernon247460.44
Los Angeles – Westchester74143.4
Los Angeles – Westlake326549.24
Los Angeles – Westwood5499.8
Los Angeles – Wholesale District159440.09
Los Angeles – Wilmington118208.9
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center134267.09
Los Angeles – Winnetka195376.55
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills128188.08
Unincorporated – Acton8100.36
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce124.05
Unincorporated – Altadena80183.4
Unincorporated – Anaverde166.31
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest00
Unincorporated – Arcadia450.12
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont122287.45
Unincorporated – Athens Village14285.89
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights13191.88
Unincorporated – Azusa23144.45
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands00
Unincorporated – Bassett33222.72
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – Bradbury00
Unincorporated – Canyon Country27349.38
Unincorporated – Castaic2280.91
Unincorporated – Cerritos00
Unincorporated – Charter Oak00
Unincorporated – Claremont00
Unincorporated – Covina30178.37
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)20152.16
Unincorporated – Del Aire10227.63
Unincorporated – Del Rey00
Unincorporated – Del Sur282.82
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands4160.45
Unincorporated – Duarte10225.84
Unincorporated – East Covina00
Unincorporated – East La Mirada8151.17
Unincorporated – East Lancaster00
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles433345.66
Unincorporated – East Pasadena00
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez25163.31
Unincorporated – East Whittier475.39
Unincorporated – El Camino Village12136.5
Unincorporated – El Monte00
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake160.2
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone261403.37
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon00
Unincorporated – Glendora2303.03
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights59105.5
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway00
Unincorporated – Hawthorne4159.11
Unincorporated – Hi Vista00
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons170.82
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose1785.85
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights00
Unincorporated – La Rambla6289.16
Unincorporated – La Verne298.04
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights16226.28
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes00
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles24184.7
Unincorporated – Lake Manor3182.59
Unincorporated – Lakewood00
Unincorporated – Lennox61270.61
Unincorporated – Leona Valley157.11
Unincorporated – Littlerock11273.56
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills177.1
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom7196.13
Unincorporated – Llano1114.03
Unincorporated – Lynwood00
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey11116.88
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile00
Unincorporated – Monrovia11283.43
Unincorporated – Newhall00
Unincorporated – North Lancaster3250.42
Unincorporated – North Whittier671.77
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel2083.21
Unincorporated – Palmdale4475.06
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula00
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano2102.25
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village00
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon00
Unincorporated – Pomona00
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill29224.7
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez11413.38
Unincorporated – Roosevelt00
Unincorporated – Rosewood5388.8
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena00
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez11327.28
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights61119.56
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island00
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills27133.52
Unincorporated – San Pasqual00
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon00
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island2749.06
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains19102.04
Unincorporated – Saugus31935.48
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country00
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – South Edwards00
Unincorporated – South El Monte2111.42
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel12135.62
Unincorporated – South Whittier77130.02
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch1990.62
Unincorporated – Sun Village7115.97
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village177.16
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain4241.25
Unincorporated – Universal City00
Unincorporated – Val Verde1053173.16
Unincorporated – Valencia5162.76
Unincorporated – Valinda31132.64
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills28240.65
Unincorporated – Walnut00
Unincorporated – Walnut Park52322.12
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley2132.36
Unincorporated – West Carson68307.89
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth00
Unincorporated – West LA212205.88
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley19193.19
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez2147.17
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos49181.99
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills00
Unincorporated – Westhills00
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms254.3
Unincorporated – Whittier6158.56
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows00
Unincorporated – Willowbrook67191.91
Unincorporated – Wiseburn8132.74
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3 years ago

When the Cedars site didn’t show up as an option, I scheduled a test at the mobile testing center near Wilshire & the 405. It took about 45 minutes. It was well organized and you swab yourself inside your vehicle. They claim your sample with a “grabber.” They hold up signs to communicate and there’s even a Youtube instructional video you can watch by scanning a QR code with your phone.

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