Thursday, there were more than 64,000 new coronavirus cases reported across the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–the sixth single-day record in the last 10 days. At least six states set their own single-day records on Thursday, according to a New York Times database: Alabama, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oregon and Texas.
At least two others recorded their highest one-day death totals: Florida, with 120, and Tennessee, with 22. Nationwide, the daily death toll is still well below the peak of mid-April, but it is rising. The seven-day average has increased from 471 coronavirus deaths per day earlier this month, to 608 yesterday.
There are now more than 3.1 million confirmed cases in the U.S., with over 133,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Globally, there are more than 12.3 million confirmed cases and over 556,000 deaths.
The number of daily coronavirus tests needs to drastically increase before the country is at a level necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus, Keith Collins reports for The New York Times. The country needs to do some 1.6 million daily tests; right now, we’re doing less than 635,000. Just 11 states and the District of Columbia are testing enough, five are close, and 34 are far from testing enough, including states seeing a rapid rise in cases, like Texas, Florida, and California.
According to ABC News, at least 13 states have reported problems with testing capacity, from a shortage of test kits to slower turnaround time for results.
One of Pasadena’s most well-known streets, Colorado Boulevard, will get a makeover starting this Saturday, July 11 as it becomes the first location in the city to offer outdoor dining in city streets. The State of California’s recent directive to limit dining indoors has resulted in the expansion of outdoor dining a priority for local governments and restaurateurs. The City has worked closely with The Playhouse Village and Old Pasadena Management District in identifying locations for street closures for on-street dining that best support local restaurants. The first of several partial street closures will go into effect as early as this Saturday, July 11. Community members can expect to see partial street closures in the following areas: On Colorado between Madison Ave to El Molino Ave (north and south curb); On Colorado between Fair Oaks Ave to Raymond Ave (south curb only); Union Street west of Raymond Ave (north side) Starting Friday, July 10, crews will be out to reconfigure these street segments. Streets will be reconfigured to allow for one lane of travel in each direction and will include a limited number of diagonal parking spaces with the intent of continuing to provide opportunities for curbside pick-up for retail merchants. Transit services will continue on their designated routes, but bus stops within these designated street segments will be relocated to nearby temporary bus stops.
The City will continue to work on advancing plans for additional on-street dining opportunities and are anticipating the following partial street closures to be in place by July 25th, if not sooner: Colorado between El Molino Ave to Oak Knoll Ave; Colorado between Oak Knoll Ave to Hudson Ave (south curb only); Green St between Pasadena Ave to De Lacey Ave (north curb/half block); Green St between De Lacey Ave to Raymond Ave (south curb); Colorado Blvd between Fair Oaks Ave to Raymond Ave (north curb); Colorado Blvd between Raymond Ave to Arroyo Pkwy (north curb/no parking)
The City’s Department Of Transportation has developed guidelines that allow for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and restaurants, including those not located within a BID, to apply for an on-street dining permit. The new Temporary On-Street Dining application is now on the city website and can be accessed via the Rapid Reopening Permits & Plan Check Portal. In addition to on-street dining applications, interested restaurateurs can submit applications for a rapid review of outdoor dining permits for sidewalks and private property, conditional use permits for alcohol sales, and structural/non-structural tenant improvements. For more information and to submit an application, visit https://www.cityofpasadena.net/planning/permit-center/covid-19-reopening/.
Updated COVID-19 Resources
This week, the L.A. County Department of Public Health launched a new, easy-to-read site for daily COVID-19 data in the county.
With resources and updates about the current health crisis, from PPP to medical checkup options, being announced steadily, the Partnership keeps you informed. This weekly newsletter is just a fraction of the information we share! The Partnership frequently sends messaging out about relief opportunities through our social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Follow us!
We have also gathered essential links to resources on our COVID-19 Resource Page. A few of the latest health-related resources:
- Free testing in your area
- COVID Testing 101: Nervous about how the test is administered? Read the details.
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- The above FAQ is available from LA County in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Armenian, Arabic, Farsi, Cambodian, and Russian
PPP Loan Application Extension – Legislation was passed and signed into law extending the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans to August 8, 2020. Roughly $125 billion in funding remains in the PPP. If you don't already work with an SBA approved lender, You can find a lender on SBA's website
LA County Regional Recovery Fund: In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 is having on the local economy, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with institutional and corporate philanthropy, have come together to create the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund. The regional fund will offer loan and grant resources to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits. The Fund will also deploy flexible loans and micro-loans to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits across the LA region in Fall 2020. The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund partners with community organizations to provide free coaching and one-on-one technical assistance (TA) to all applicants seeking support before, during, and after grant and loan submission. The first round of grant applicatoons ended Friday, July 10th, but further opportunities are anticipated. You can find more information here: https://www.lacovidfund.org/
Pasadena COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Fund: The first round of grant applications was due on Friday, July 10, 2020. It is anticipated there will be further grant opportunities. Information can be found here: https://pasadenacf.org/pasadena-community-foundation-covid-19-response/.
The City of Pasadena is supporting the Fund with a $500,000 grant and a $250,000 matching grant. You can donate to support the fund (and have the City generously double your donation) here: https://pasadenacf.org/funds/pasadena-small-business-relief-fund/
During this time of physical distancing, the County of Los Angeles, Internal Services Department (ISD) would like to stay connected with businesses interested in working with the County, including local small businesses, disabled veterans, and social enterprise businesses. We invite you to join us for ISD's Contract Connections, live stream event on Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Presentations include:How to register as a vendor to do business with Los Angeles County.Info about the County’s Preference programs and small business funding.Upcoming opportunities to contract with the County - Countywide Contracting solicitations and how to become a qualified contractor for various County Master Agreements. Please RSVP by Friday, July 24, 2020. Got questions Email ISDContracts@isd.lacounty.gov
SBDC Offers Daily Webinars on COVID-19 Relief Options (plus 3 Weekly Webinars in Spanish!) California’s SBDCs are hosting a daily live webinar and Q&A on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. Daily, 3pm. Register here for free. Webinar en Español Todos los Lunes, Miercoles, y Viernes a las 12 pm Regístrese Aquí Additionally, Pasadena City College's SBDC office is offering SBA Loan Updates every Tuesday and Thursday.
From the California GoBiz office: We know that these have been unprecedented times for small businesses in California, but help is on the way. The Small Business Advocate, Isabel Guzman partnered with small business leaders throughout the state to launch the #ShopSafeShopLocal website; a toolkit for small business owners and a movement for the support of local small businesses. The website has resources from organizations and corporate sponsors on sales & marketing, operations, shipping & delivery, advise & resources, trainings & networks, and how to navigate CA State Agencies. The website also provides a digital media toolkit, industry specific guidance, personal protective equipment, and free business consulting. The home page features some small business success stories, and we encourage you to share any successes you have had during these times with Go-Biz directly by clicking here.
Safety and Sanitizing Equipment from Pasadena Chamber members
Essential PPE For Reopening - The Space Sanitizing Mister : One of our newest members, Giana Korth, is here to solve all of your Reopening challenges with a game changing new machine - The Space Sanitizing Mister. This simple and elegant machine kills 99.9% of all viruses, bacteria, and germs in a 300 sq ft space. With its human and food safe air disinfecting capabilities, it can safely disinfect an entire room in 10-15 mins and will continuously do so while operating. Most importantly it provides a visible peace of mind, which we are finding one of the highest priorities upon reopening. It has become an invaluable product for many business owners across all industries - Healthcare offices, schools, gyms, spas, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, retail stores, etc. Giana is a Pasadena native, and her parent's local optometry practice, Charles J. Korth Optometry, was the inspiration behind this "Magical Mister" as her mom, René Korth, calls it. René was spending hours each day sanitizing equipment, glasses, countertops, etc; both for patient safety and peace of mind. It was becoming impossible to do this, while continuing their exceptional patient eye care. Now, with two Misters in the dispensing area and one in each exam room, all they have to do is turn the Mister on in the morning and they are good to go! If you are interested in seeing the Misters in action, feel free to stop by and check them out firsthand. They also have a number of other PPE products that may prove very beneficial, and are happy to source other items you may need. She looks forward to supporting your business in Reopening safely, effectively and as stress-free as possible! You can get more information and purchase the Misters directly through their company website here. For orders over 10, and all other questions, you can contact Giana directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-818-1584.
Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own. (Click here for a 'how-to') or purchase a mask through one of these links:
Here are some local resources you may need (and can support local businesses as you do):
The Print Spot is offering free Open/Closed/Taking Orders signs for any business that wants it. To pre-order, please email Paul@pasadena-chamber.org. THESE ARE FREE FOR PASADENA CHAMBER MEMBERS COURTESY OF THE PRINT SPOT.
Download the order form here: Print_Spot_Pasadena_Chamber_window_sign_offer_flyer_FINAL.pdf
The Print Spot can also provide 6 feet distance floor indicators, along with signs reminding emloyees to wash hands as well as traffic directional signs for those narrow hallways. These are not free but The Print Spot is always competitive. Call The Print Spot at 323-269-4218; email@example.com www.goprintspot.com.
Please follow the guidelines and maintain social distancing. If at all possible, when you are in public and could interact with anyone at all, please wear a mask. You can make your own or purchase a mask through s number of Chamber members.
Shield48 is a reusable face shield used as a personal protective equipment (PPE) and manufactured in Europe in cooperation with infectology and ICU specialists in conformity with the official guidelines from CDC and WHO. Each reusable face shield set includes 3 replaceable screens that can endure 100 cycles of sanitizing. Shields48 are comfortable to wear and ensure your protection all day everyday. Download the flyer here: http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/sites/default/files/media/Rose_Walk_Global_Shield48_Flyer_USA_0.pdf
Face protection can be purchased through Pasadena Chamber member Beck and Call. Click here to email for info. They can create branded PPE equipment for you and your business.
Pasadena Chamber member Stark Spirits distillery retooled to manufacture approved sanitizer. You can find all the details here to get your cleaning and sanitizing products locally.
Maintco Corp. is a woman owned Pasadena Chamber member organization located in Burbank that caters to construction, maintenance and sanitation needs of varying industries. Maintco Corp. created its Maintco Certification Program that uses OSHA-approved processes to encourage a #SaferLA as businesses reopen and operate with the recent COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations. The 5-Step Maintco Certification Program Includes: Sanitizing the Facility - Maintco technicians will deep clean and sanitize all hard and porous surfaces using CDC-approved and EPA-registered sanitizers. Installing Air Filtration - Maintco’s certified technicians will install a CDC-recommended HEPA Filtration System into HVAC units to capture 99.97% of airborne allergens and viruses. Physical Protective Barriers - Maintco technicians will install translucent acrylic barriers or sneeze guards in areas requiring close physical contact. Touchless Technology - Maintco’s certified plumbers and electricians will install motion-sensored appliances and technology (toilets, hand dryers, lighting, air conditioning, door openers, etc.) throughout the facility. Visual Reminders - Maintco technicians will distribute informational and directional signs at entrances, restrooms, and other highly frequented areas. Contact Lindsay via phone or email for information on how a Maintco Certification can help your business promote a #SaferLA. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell - (951) 805-337
Pasadena Restaurateurs that may be reopening soon to help them accommodate their Social Distancing Seating when guests return. Many will be using additional sidewalk space, portions of parking lots, patios and areas not currently used. Dolphin Event Service's website has many useful selections on the header that help explain how a typical set-up is done. Whether it be Vinyl fencing, lattice or hedge panels, barricades, or even stanchions, we can create areas with comfortable access/egress that will maintain the CDC and County distancing guidelines. We offer discounted monthly rates designed especially for the Covid-19 crisis that are affordable.
Finding an abandoned baby in the mountains of the San Gabriel Valley inspired Azita Milanian to create the “Children of One Planet” Foundation. To learn more about this amazing and life-altering experience, go to http://childrenofoneplanet.org/howwehelp.htm. The Children of One Planet” Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being and health of children from all over the world. To help support our cause, please purchase necessary facial coverings for your businesses and employees. The flier with information is here:
To learn more please call Azita at (626) 712-3451 or email us at email@example.com.
Hello Pasadena businesses. I would like to create and gift a free “Branding” photo session for your business. I am looking for upto 5 Pasadena small businesses that have been affected by the Covid-19 shutdown. I would like to highlight your business with a complete photo session which captures your business space, and yourself as a portrait. Photographer Jerry Camarillo (multiple Images of Pasadena Photo Contest winner) wants to help promote you and your business. Via social media and the like. You are free to use the images as you’d like as well of course. This is for you to show off what makes you, you and it fits into my tag line, ‘Reveal Your Awesome”. If it is a restaurant, I will shoot your space with 4 to 5 images, 3 to 5 dishes if possible, and yourself in the space. I will also interview you about how you are moving forward post Covid. A simple sentence or two can be enough, more is welcomed. This all serves as a small way in how I can be of service to you, and you are also helping me build a portfolia of “Personal Branding Photography”. Its a win, win ! Thank you for your consideration, and let’s get back to business. Always grateful Jerry Camarillo Voted Best Photographer in Pasadena www.jerrycamarillophotography.com 626-375-6684
EVENT SPECIALISTS HAS A NEW PROTOCOL FOR CLEANLINESS AND PERSONAL SANITATION AT FESTIVALS AND LARGE GATHERINGS. You can find information here: Purely_Sanitizing_for_Fesitval_Presentation_from_Event_Specialists.pdf
On June 1, 2020, a free mobile application for restaurants was unveiled to the community. Pasadena Be Local Strong lists Pasadena area restaurants that are open for business. There are no charges to restaurants to be listed and no cost to for users to download the app. The application is a collaboration between Small World Communication and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as part of Small World’s Be Local Strong initiative. The app can be accessed online at https://pasadena.belocalstrong.com/.
Businesses that want to be listed on the site can go to: https://belocalstrong.com/home/submit-your-listing/ and put in their information. Right now, the app only lists restaurants, but retail and service businesses will be added soon. The app is available to any retail or service business in the greater Pasadena area. Membership in the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is not required to be listed.
The Print Spot is offering FREE Open/Closed/Taking Orders signs for any business that wants it.
To pre-order, please email Paul@pasadena-chamber.org.
THESE ARE FREE FOR PASADENA CHAMBER MEMBERS COURTESY OF THE PRINT SPOT.
You can fill out the form and mail to: Paul Little, Pasadena Chamber, 44 N. Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106; Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or FAX to 626-795-5603. Download the order form here: Print_Spot_Pasadena_Chamber_window_sign_offer_flyer_FINAL.pdf
The City of Pasadena launched expedited permit and plan check processes to facilitate the rapid reopening of qualified dining and retail establishments seeking to comply with COVID-19 protocols and social distancing requirements. The City will also allow certain restaurants to temporarily expand dining areas outdoors. The online application portal has been created to facilitate submittal of these applications and to ensure streamlined departmental review within the expedited timeliness. To learn more about these temporary regulations and processes, or to submit an online application, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/reopening-permits.
Exer Urgent Care, an ER alternative staffed by ER doctors, provides onsite testing for COVID-19 is available at clinic locations across Southern California. Exer is now offering drive-up testing for COVID-19 in Pasadena. In Pasadena, Exer Urgent care is located at 3160 East Del Mar in Pasadena. You are advised to make an appointment in advance.
ChapCare on North Lake Avenue is also providing FREE COVID-19 testing. Call for an appointment.