LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that the Los Angeles Fire Department can deploy rapid mobile teams to assist with training for COVID-19 testing at elder care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and other facilities that serve populations most vulnerable to the virus.
Facilities that have a resident with symptoms — or where healthcare workers suspect a possible COVID-19 outbreak — can find more information about mobile testing services at coronavirus.lacity.org/
“Testing is absolutely essential to our ability to save lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “As many vulnerable Angelenos cannot easily leave an assisted living facility to be tested for COVID-19, we want to make sure that people most at risk in this crisis have the necessary access in places where it can spread quickly.”
Earlier this week, Mayor Garcetti announced an expansion of free testing to all L.A. County residents with COVID-19 symptoms — and the City has already surpassed a goal of having 30,000 tests completed as part of its programs and partnerships by the end of this week. Any L.A. County resident showing symptoms of COVID-19 can schedule an appointment at a testing site by visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/testing
Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency actions in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, including a “Safer at Home” emergency order requiring City of Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes except for the most essential activities — including critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities; an order that workers providing non-medical essential services — and their customers — must wear face coverings while in those work locations; a plan to shelter thousands of Angelenos experiencing homelessness; restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers, and Recreation and Parks facilities across L.A.; and limits on public gatherings in City facilities.
More details and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org.