Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion to activate aid for residents who cannot safely and comfortably self-isolate at home:

“For months now, we have asked residents to stay home. However, this Board knows many residents cannot isolate at home. For instance, our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness do not have a home in which to self-isolate. Or, perhaps individuals are subject to domestic violence, and sadly, are not safer at home.

“Staying at home for many is stressful, as they wonder whether their employer will take them back to work, or after they have spent the day on the phone with a contact tracer. Others are left in their homes for weeks at a time awaiting test results, without enough food, mental health resources or other essential resources. This is especially true for the Latinx community. In California, Latinx residents are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white residents.

“We must activate the full scope of aid for these residents who cannot isolate comfortably at home, which is why I authored today’s Board motion. I want to challenge this Board and our County Departments to go further and look at what a safety net means to people. In Boyle Heights, the County launched a testing site with inspiring community partners. Last week, we announced that, in addition to testing, those who are served by that site, will also receive wraparound services, healthcare, and whatever other support they need. Let’s consider that model and continue to push ourselves as we continue to respond to our most vulnerable residents. At this critical moment, lives hang in the balance. LA County will continue extending a helping hand to whomever needs aid.”

Today’s motion directs the Department of Public Health (DPH) and relevant Departments to assess whether additional contact tracers are needed and how to prioritize workers dislocated as a result of COVID-19 for rapid re-employment. It also directs DPH to partner with the Office of Immigrant Affairs to ensure the contact tracing program is culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of immigrants and their families.

The motion also directs DPH and the Department of Health Services to work with the Boyle Heights testing site partners on the program being implemented to determine whether it should be replicated in other parts of the County. Lastly, this motion looks at whether this County can implement a food delivery program for people who do not meet the qualifications of other food delivery programs, but are required to isolate at home.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov