Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 28, 2020 

11/26/2020 3:30pm 

LOS ANGELE COUNTY* 11/26/20 11/20/20 

 Total Cases 387,793 357,451 

Deaths 7,604 7,396


STATS BY CITY Population Cases Deaths 

 (11/20/2020 stats in parenthesis)


Pasadena 14,1371 3492 (3255) 132 (131)

Uninc- East Pasadena 6,403 104 (104) 2 (2)


City of Arcadia 57,754 752 (676) 45 (44)

Uninc. - Arcadia 7.981 141 (132) 3 (4)

City of Bradbury 1,069 22 (21) 0 (0)

City of Duarte 22,016 756 (722) 35 (32)

Uninc.- Duarte 4,428 214 (196) 4 (4)

City of Monrovia 38,800 1071 (986) 40 (42)

Uninc - Monrovia 3,881 97 (91) 0 (0)


City of Sierra Madre 10,989 129 (113) 4 (4)

City of So.Pasadena 26,053 398 (367) 26 (26)

Uninc.- Altadena 43,260 964 (895) 20 (19)

La County Testing as of 11/26/20: 3,653760 (3,473,290)

Positivity Rate (No. of persons positive out of total persons tested)

as 11/26/20: 9.8% Nationally recommended Positivity Level: 5%





As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue 
to increase, a temporary Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be issued to require additional 
safety measures across sectors. The temporary order will take effect Monday, November 30, 
2020 and remain in effect through December 20, 2020.


Today, Public Health has confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. Currently, 
the five-day average of new cases is 4,751.


On November 17, Los Angeles County established thresholds for additional actions if the five-day 
av-erage of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day. A new Health 
Officer Order would be issued for three weeks that offered additional safety modifications while allowing 
es-sential and emergency workers and those securing or providing essential and permitted 
services to leave their homes.


In the new Order that goes into effect on Monday, residents are advised to stay home as much as 
possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their 
household and around others.


The additional safety modifications in the order include the following changes to the existing 
Health Officer Order:

• Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are 
pro-hibited, except for church services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.

• Occupancy limits at various businesses; all individuals at these sites are required to wear 
face coverings and keep at least 6 feet of distance:

o Essential retail – 35% maximum occupancy

o Non-essential retail (includes indoor malls) – 20% maximum occupancy

o Personal care services – 20% maximum occupancy

o Libraries – 20% maximum occupancy

o Fitness centers operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy

o Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens operating outdoors – 50% maximum 

o Mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing operating outdoors – 50% maximum occu-pancy

• Outdoor recreation activities all which require face coverings (except for swimming) and 

o Beaches, trails, and parks remain open; gatherings at these sites with members out-side your household are prohibited.

o Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household. Pools that 
serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.

o Drive-in movies/events/car parades are permitted provided occupants in each car are members of one household.

• Schools:

o All schools and day camps remain open adhering to re-opening protocols. K-12 Schools and Day Camps with an outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days) should close for 14 days.

• Closed non-essential businesses/activities:

o Playgrounds (with the exception of playgrounds at childcare and schools)

o Cardrooms


Because of the high rates of transmission in the community, restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries remain closed for in-person dining and drinking, as customers are not wearing face 
coverings during their visit which results in an increased chance of transmission of the virus. Restaurants, wineries and breweries remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out. Breweries 
and wineries remain open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.


There are 1,893 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these people are in the ICU. On October 27, one month ago, there were 747 people hospitalized with COVID-19. 


Public Health reminds everyone to stay home as much as possible and avoid seeing people you don’t live with, even if you don’t feel sick. Residents are also reminded to wear a face covering 
over their nose and mouth whenever they are outside their home and around others, as COVID-19 can be unin-tentionally spread to other people. We can also reduce transmission 
by keeping a physical distance of at least 6-feet when outside and around others. Taking these simple safety precautions, in addition to washing your hands frequently, will save lives.


Additionally, it is very important that if you are even mildly sick or think you were exposed to some-one with COVID-19 that you stay home and away from other people, especially those 
at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and consider being tested for COVID-19. 


To date, Public Health identified 387,793 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 7,604 deaths. Testing results are available for more than 3,681,714 individuals 
with 10% of all people testing positive. 


“To those who recently lost loved ones from COVID-19, we send you wishes for healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “With the recent 
surge of COVID-19 across our community, we must take additional safety measures to reduce the risk of illness and death from this terrible virus and protect our healthcare system. These 
targeted measures are in ef-fect for the next three weeks and still allow for many essential and non-essential activities where resi-dents are always masked and distanced. We know we are 
asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end and we hope that L.A. County residents continue following Public Health safety measures that we know can slow 
the spread. Acting with collective urgency right now is essen-tial if we want to put a stop to this surge. Please remain home as much as possible and do not gather with others not in your 
household for the next three weeks.”


The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Re-covery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family 
and your com-munity are on the Public Health website,


COVID-19 UPDATE 11/27/2020


WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers of a special 
new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations 
to qualifying charities this year.

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 
made before Dec. 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.

“Our nation’s charities are struggling to help those suffering from COVID-19, and 
many deserving organizations can use all the help they can get,” said IRS Commissioner 
Chuck Rettig. “The IRS reminds people there’s a new provision that allows for 
up to $300 in cash donations to qualifying organizations to be deducted from income. 
We encourage people to explore this option to help deserving tax-exempt organizations 
– and the people and causes they serve.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, 
includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 
deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, 
rather than itemizing their deductions.

Nearly nine in 10 taxpayers now take the standard deduction and could potentially 
qualify for this new tax deduc-tion. In tax-year 2018, the most recent year for which 
complete figures are available, more than 134 million tax-payers claimed the standard 
deduction, just over 87% of all filers.

Under this new change, individual taxpayers can claim an “above-the-line” deduction 
of up to $300 for cash dona-tions made to charity during 2020. This means the deduction 
lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable in-come – translating into tax 
savings for those making donations to qualifying tax-exempt organizations.

Before making a donation, the IRS reminds people they can check the special Tax 
Exempt Organization Search tool on to make sure the organization is eligible 
for tax-deductible donations.

Cash donations include those made by check, credit card or debit card. They don’t 
include securities, household items or other property. Though cash contributions to 
most charitable organizations qualify, some do not. Check Publication 526, Charitable 
Contributions, and the TEOS for more information.

Though cash contributions to most charitable organizations qualify, those made to 
supporting organizations and donor-advised funds do not.

The IRS reminds everyone giving to charity to be sure to keep good records. By law, 
special recordkeeping rules apply to any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution 
deduction. Usually, this includes obtaining a receipt or acknowledgement letter from 
the charity, before filing a return, and retaining a cancelled check or credit card re-
ceipt. For details on these recordkeeping rules, see Publication 526, available on IRS.

In addition, the CARES Act includes other temporary provisions designed to help 
charities. These include higher charitable contribution limits for corporations, individuals 
who itemize their deductions and businesses that give food inventory to food 
banks and other eligible charities. For more information about these and other Coronavirus-
related tax relief provisions, visit

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