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City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update - June 29, 2020
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Dear Lancaster Community,

We continue to see a rise in cases. We are guided by science and data; the key metrics monitored are showing concerning trends.Today, I have a special message from Deputy Mayor Larry Stock, MD, FACEP, an emergency medicine physician and Vice-Chairman of the Emergency Department at Antelope Valley Hospital.

It is necessary for the community as a whole to implement a “culture of safety”. Dr. Stock reminds us to protect ourselves and others by following simple health practices that include wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.

Lancaster Cases
New: 25
Cumulative Total: 1,081
In hospital: <18
Assumed Recovered: 743
Assumed Contagious: 296
Lancaster Deaths
New: 5*
Total: 19
Deaths AVH: 28

Los Angeles County Cases
New: 2,903
Cumulative Total: 100,772

Los Angeles County Deaths
New: 22
Total: 3,326

Antelope Valley Cumulative Cases: 2,495**
Antelope Valley Deaths: 50***
* 5 new Lancaster deaths reported since 6/23/20
** Lancaster (1,081) + Palmdale (1,248) + the unincorporated areas of: Del Sur (3), Elizabeth Lake (4), Lake Hughes (1), Leona Valley (7), Littlerock (23), Littlerock/Juniper Hills (2), Littlerock/Pearblossom (35), Llano (1), North Lancaster (7), Palmdale (6), Pearblossom/Llano (9), Quartz Hill (60), South Antelope Valley (1), Southeast Antelope Valley (4), West Antelope Valley (3).
*** Lancaster (19) + Palmdale (20) + the unincorporated areas of: Del Sur (1), Quartz Hill (10).

Senate Republicans Request Columbus Statue Remain at State Capitol
SACRAMENTO - As plans are underway to remove the 'Columbus' Last Appeal to Queen Isabella statue', Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and members of the California Senate Republican Caucus recently signed on to a letter urging members of the Joint Rules Committee to keep the sculpture in the State Capitol.

The historical monument has been on display at the State Capitol since 1883 except for a brief time in 1981 when it was moved to a temporary location while the Capitol underwent restoration efforts.

Excerpts from the letter are below:

City of Palmdale Accepting Applications for Al Fresco Outdoor Dining Program
PALMDALE - The City of Palmdale is accepting applications from restaurants who wish to participate in the new Al Fresco Outdoor Dining Program, designed to allow restaurants to temporarily expand dine-in service to public sidewalks and/or off-street parking areas.

There is no cost to apply. Applications are available at www.cityofpalmdale.org/alfresco .



“Our goal in creating ‘Al Fresco’ is to continue to support our local business during these tough times and provide them with as many tools as possible to succeed,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the City’s eateries have had dine-in occupancy restricted to 65% capacity with a mandated six feet of social distancing. The new program allows restaurant to temporarily add outdoor seating to help them comply with these requirements.

Max Huntsman Appointed Interim Inspector General For LA County Skilled Nursing Home Facilities
The Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Max Huntsman has been appointed as interim Inspector General to oversee the County’s skilled nursing home facilities, effective today.

On May 26, the Board voted unanimously to appoint an Inspector General to oversee skilled nursing home facilities, which account for more than half of the County’s deaths from COVID-19.

Huntsman, who has served as the first-ever County’s Inspector General overseeing accountability for both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Probation departments since 2013, will now also be tasked with developing recommendations on how to strengthen oversight for skilled nursing home facilities and how to improve their operations long-term until a final recruitment and selection is completed.

"Max is strategic and engaged and has the experience we need to bring much-needed accountability to the County’s skilled nursing homes," said Celia Zavala, Executive Officer of the Board. "He has a track record of making progressive change and we are confident he will help the County ensure real, substantive shifts for our most vulnerable communities to receive the care and oversight they deserve."

City of Lancaster COVID-19 Update - June 27, 2020
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Dear Lancaster Community,

Due to the recent spike in cases, I have a special message for you today, please see the video above. There has been an increase of 140 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past week, for a total of 961 cases in Lancaster.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing & Blood Drive

City of Lancaster Blood Drive with Antibody Testing:

ROAD CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 29 THROUGH JULY 5, 2020
GENERAL ROAD CONSTRUCTION:

1 - Full closure of Pearblossom Highway from from the California Aqueduct Bridge to Valley Springs Road for roadway reconstruction work continues.

The existing traffic control and lane closures set up on the south side of Pearblossom Hwy. from 45th St. East to 55th St. East will remain in place while work in that segment is completed. Additional intersection closures at 40th St. East and 47th St. East on Pearblossom Hwy. during the Segment 1 closure. The intersections will be closed to all movements for at least five days, during the week and weekend. Detours will be posted.

Vehicles will be detoured to Avenue S at Sierra Highway and Fort Tejon Road. Local access will be provided to residents in the construction area, as needed and as construction permits.

Travelers/commuters are advised to expect delays and to take alternate routes where possible. Avenue R, Avenue S, Palmdale Boulevard, Avenue P, or Avenue M are alternate east/west routes through the City to consider. Trucks must stay on designated truck routes (Palmdale Boulevard, Avenue P, and Avenue M are east/west truck routes). Avenue S is not a truck route. For more information, please visit the project website at http://www.pearblossomrebuild.com/index.html. Any questions, please call (855) 211- 2200 or email to info@PearblossomRebuild.com.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Nearly one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime; women twice as likely as men to have it

PASADENA, Calif. — This Saturday, June 27, we observe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, and June is also PTSD Awareness Month. According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects approximately 3.5-percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.

While many believe the mental health disorder only affects military veterans, many Americans who are not veterans of war also experience nightmares or flashbacks caused by PTSD. Those people often relive traumatic events – such as major accidents, sexual assault or witnessing trauma – which become seared in their memories and can negatively affect their mental health.

“PTSD affects individuals in many different ways,” said Dr. Juan-Carlos Zuberbuhler, a psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “There’s one common denominator, however. Those who suffer from PTSD can experience significant challenges when it comes to handling daily activities such as work, going to school or having healthy relationships with your spouse, children, friends and loved ones. That can often lead to social withdrawal, anxiety, shame, sleep disorders, or even suicide.”

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