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Last updated on 3/23/20 - 5:00 p.m.

Safer at Home Order 

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-30-20, requiring all Californians to shelter-in-place. Aligning with the Executive Order, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Officer issued the “Safer at Home” Order. This order applies to all residents living within the County of Los Angeles. The purpose of this Order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, as it is moving aggressively throughout our communities. It is important that we immediately make every effort to remain at home and practice “safe distancing.” The Order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m., tonight, and continues through April 19. The order was revised on March 21 to include recreational spaces such as golf courses and drive-in movie theaters, as well as beauty services such as nail and hair salons.

City of Duarte

City operations have been revised based on current information. Please review all changes as of Sunday, March 22, 2020 here.

The City of Duarte continues to asses the situation, make decisions based on state and county guidelines to keep the public safe, and to disseminate needed information to our residents. At this time, Duarte has one confirmed case of COVID-19. Due to federal privacy laws, no additional information regarding the patient is available. The best course of action for all residents is to stay home when not conducting essential business, wash your hands and clean surfaces frequently, and practice social distancing (six feet between each person).

On March 12, the City of Duarte activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support State and County actions to preserve public health.

Please see the Statement from Duarte Mayor Kang regarding COVID-19 released on March 12, 2020.

On March 17, the City Manager declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Duarte City Council will be ratifying that action on March 24. A proclamation of a local emergency allows the City to:

  • Mobilize local resources
  • Coordinate interagency response
  • Accelerate procurment of vital supplies
  • Use mutual aid
  • Seek reimbursement from State and Federal governments
  • Make or issue rules and regulations reasonably related to the protection of life and property
  • Require emergency services of any city employee

Los Angeles County

On March 4, the Health of Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency regarding COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors concurrently proclaimed the existence of a local emergency for the County.

County of Los Angeles Declares Local Health Emergency in Response to New Novel Coronavirus Activity

On March 16, the Los Angeles County Health Officer issued an order to prohibit all indoor and outdoor, public and private events and gatherings within a confined space, where 50 or more members of the public are expected to attend at the same time, to require social distancing measures and temporary closure of certain businesses. The decision for the Order is based on evidence of increasing community transmission requiring the immediate implementation of additional community mitigation efforts for organizations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the county. This Order will remain in effect at least through March 31, 2020.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported internationally and in the United States. California is actively working with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19.

Guidance Documents on COVID-19 from CDPH

Governor Gavin Newsom Issues New Executive Order

On March 4, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19.

On March 12, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state's public health experts have determined that gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or cancelled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed if social distancing of 6 feet per person is possible. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness for COVID-19 (adults over 60, those with compromised immunity, and pregnant women) should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

The executive order also removes waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, readies state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients, and allows local and state legislative bodies to hold meetings via conference calls while still meeting state transparency requirements.

Executive Order Futher Enhancing State and Local Government's Ability to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

President Trump Responds to Global Pandemic

On March 11, President Trump issued a proclamation under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to restrict travel to the United States from foreign nations who have recently been in certain European countries as a means to curb the spread of COVID-19. The restriction applies to foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area, 26 countires in Europe with open borders agreements, in the last 14 days. Those who are exempt from these restrictions, such as American citizens, will be directed to a limited number of airports where a screening can take place. 

The Centers for Disease Control has also issued a level three warning to avoid all non-essential travel to China.

After the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized COVID-19 as a global pandemic, President Trump declared a national state of emergency regarding COVID-19 on March 13.


The community is advised to: 

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get immunized against the flu to protect yourself and your family, and reduce the potential strain on the healthcare system, which may be impacted by COVID-19 concerns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds the public, those who are at high risk and those with underlying diseases to continue to prepare for possible disruptions in daily activities. All are advised to:

  • Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family;
  • Have enough household items and groceries so that you will be prepared to stay home for a period of time;
  • Make a plan for child care in case you or a care giver are sick;
  • Make arrangements for how your family will manage a school closure;
  • Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself;
  • Understand your employer’s policies regarding leave and options for working from home; and
  • Avoid crowds especially in poorly ventilated spaces;

All are encouraged to practice social distancing strategies that limits exposure to others who may be ill. Implementing social distancing strategies is as simple as:

  • having verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs
  • not sharing utensils, cups and linens
  • staying six feet apart from others at public events

To further prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, it is recommended that all “high-touch” surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, trash cans, phones, remote controls, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables are frequently cleaned and disinfected. When cleaning, use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered product that cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs). As always, please be sure to follow the instructions on the labels of cleaning products and disinfectants.

How to Protect Yourself

What to do if You are Sick

Resources for Additional Agencies

Duarte Unified School District

Duarte Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Foothill Transit

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

L.A. Metro

L.A. County Library

Los Angeles Homeless Authority

County of Los Angeles

Statement from L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Resources for Businesses

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster Loan Assistance


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