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[email protected] Coalition limiting services due to coronavirus

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Longtime LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist Bamby Salcedo says the [email protected] Coalition is limiting its services in response to governmental guidance about the coronavirus. The organization will continue to offer our daily lunch, some  case management services, and some peer-to-peer counseling.

“As trans people we are the ones who get the end of the stick when it comes to getting support in general,” Salcedo tells the Los Angeles Blade. “That is why I am personally committed to supporting our community. I know what it is to be forgotten and not to be acknowledged. I know that many people in our community are reasonably scared, but I do have a privilege and I am using my privilege to support my people. I ask that others also use their privilege to at least be kind to one another.”

“I am here,” says Salcedo, adding that she and Yara were preparing lunches, which will continue Monday-Friday from 12:30p to 2:00pm at their headquarters at 3055 Wilshire Blvd, #350, Los Angeles, 90010.

“The reality is – we, as trans people are regularly at the bottom of everything. And in this case, even the access to healthcare. We are not a priority,” she says.

Salcedo says they do not have the infrastructure to provide mental health services, but they will refer people and provide peer-to-peer counseling. Additionally, she intends to conduct webinars to facilitate educating the broader community, video chats and live-streaming with the message “Stay Strong.”

Here’s here message to friends and supporters in English and Spanish. At the end of her email is a link to donate to [email protected] Coalition to help keep their services going.

“A Message from Bamby Salcedo:

 

Hello Beautiful Family, Siblings and Comrades-

We hope that you are holding and supporting each other in these difficult times. As we all know, there is much uncertainty about the Corona virus (COVID-19). What is for sure is that this pandemic is and will be affecting the most vulnerable, and in this case, many members of our community. It is particularly painful to the leadership of our organization. We unanimously felt that we could not, in good conscience put the health and safety of our staff and community at risk given the current outbreak of COVID-19.

 

In making our decision, foremost in our mind was our social justice mission, and, in particular, our commitment to trans rights and trans justice in all of its forms. Many members of our board, members and staff, and people who receive services are HIV-positive, older adults, have other health concerns, or are primary caregivers for people with vulnerable immune systems. We as an organization function under the values of “Tu Eres Yo” (I am You). It became clear to us that, given the circumstances of the outbreak, we could not continue the doors of our organization fully open due to public health concerns. However, at the same time, we cannot turn our backs on our community understanding that many members of our community depend on the services that we provide, that is why we are going to continue to offer our daily meal program to our community and limited case management services. The bottom line is that our commitment to our community is for all of the Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and Intersex (TGI) people to continue to live, thrive and succeed and it is our ethical duty to protect and support each other in these difficult times.

 

As we continue to seek guidance about decisions related to COVID-19, it is also an opportunity for our organization to continue to use a lens of compassion, as we center the most vulnerable in our communities in our decision-making. Limiting the services of our center in Los Angeles is a hard decision, but it is the best option for the well-being of all of our members and for us as an organization to contribute to the public health goal of mitigating this pandemic, while at the same time supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

 

We will be delivering limited services in person to those who seek our support. In addition, we are going to prepare as much content as possible virtually via webinar and other formats over the coming weeks to provide peer support to members of our community. We are also preparing a set of topics that will be disseminating though our social media outlets, web page and webinars for members of our community to have access to critical information. We remain committed to the mission of our organization and our work. We are going to continue to work with our local partners to find other ways to support the unique needs of our community, and find opportunities to support our people. As we continue to do this work, we ask that you also be mindful of our siblings who are of Asian descent and do not portray racism and stereo types that continue to harm our siblings. We ask that you hold each other with compassion and love and know that “Juntex Venceremos!”

 

If you want to contribute to our work please consider making a donation to our organization as right now those who are in immigration detention need commissary support for them to be connected to the outside world. If you feel that we can support you in any way, please make sure to contact us to our phone line (833)847-2331 and we will figure out a way to support your needs but we also ask that you be patient as we anticipate many of our siblings are already on distress and will have multiple needs.

 

Again, we ask that you be patient with us as we are receiving multiple calls and messages. We also ask that you be compassionate with one another and practice kindness through these tough times.

 

May our Creator help keep peace in your heart through these times of uncertainty.

 

Much love and respect,

Bamby Salcedo
President/CEO
The [email protected] Coalition

 

Hola Gente Hermosa, Familia, Hermandad y Compatriotas-

Esperamos que se estén apoyando entre ambxs en estos tiempos difíciles. Como sabemos, hay mucha incertidumbre sobre el Corona Virus o (COVID-19). Lo que si es por seguro es que esta pandemia es y está afectando a las personas más vulnerables, in este case son personas de nuestra comunidad. Esto es muy doloroso para el liderazgo de nuestra organización. Unánimemente decidimos que no podemos en buena fe poner en riesgo la salud de nuestro personal y de nuestra comunidad al ver la situación con COVID-19.

 

Al tomar nuestra decisión, lo que estaba en nuestra mente es nuestra misión de justicia social y en particular, nuestro compromiso para los derechos trans y derechos de justicia en todas formas. Varias personas de nuestra mesa directiva, personal y clientes son personas que son VIH-positives, personas de edad y personas que tienen otras situaciones de salud y también son personas que proveen cuidado de salud a otras personas que tienen sistemas inmunes vulnerables. Nuestra organización funciona bajo los valores de “Tu Eres Yo.” Fue claro para todes nosotres que dadas las circunstancias de la epidemia solo podemos proveer servicios limitados para nuestra comunidad debido a la salud pública y el cuidado a nuestra gente. Nuestra organización está comprometida en apoyar a nuestra comunidad y muchas personas dependen de los servicios que proveemos es por eso que vamos a seguir ofreciendo comida a nuestra gente todos los días y servicios de manejo de caso limitados. La verdad es que nuestro compromiso es para nuestres hermanes que se identifican Trans, Genero No Binario o Intersexo para que sigamos viviendo y teniendo éxito dentro de la sociedad y es nuestro deber ético al apoyar y protegernes a nosotres mismes en estos tiempos difíciles.

 

Conforme seguimos tratando de obtener guía sobre las decisiones relacionadas con COVID-19, es también la oportunidad para que nuestra organización vea la situación con lentes de compasión al centrar a las personas más vulnerables en nuestra comunidad en nuestra decisión. El limitar los servicios en nuestro centro en Los Angeles es una decisión difícil pero es la mejor decisión para todes les miembres de nuestra comunidad y para nosotres como organización no contribuir a la propagación de esta pandemia y al mismo tiempo apoyar lo más posible a las personas más vulnerables en nuestra comunidad.

 

Vamos a proveer servicios limitados en persona a aquellas personas que busquen nuestro apoyo. Tambien vamos a preparar el mas contenido posible para apoyar a las personas de manera virtual por medio de talleres por la web y otros formatos en las próximas semanas para poder ofrecer otro tipo de apoyo a nuestra comunidad. Vamos a preparar temas que se van a deseminar por medio de nuestros medios sociales, pagina web y webinars para que nuestra comunidad pueda tener información crítica. Nuestra organización se mantiene comprometida a nuestra misión y a nuestro trabajo. Vamos a seguir trabajando con nuestros aliados para seguir apoyando las necesidades de nuestra comunidad Trans y buscar la manera de apoyar a nuestra gente.  Conforme seguimos haciendo nuestro trabajo, les pedimos que por favor sean amables y sensibles con nuestres hermanes quienes son de descendencia Asiática y por favor no proyecten el racismo y los estereotipos can continúan hiriendo a nuestra comunidad. ¡Les pedimos que por favor tengan compasión para ambes y se demuestren amor y recordemos que Juntes Venceremos!

 

Si gustan contribuir al trabajo que hacemos por favor consideren hacer una donación a nuestra organización, como sabemos, nuestras hermanas que están detenidas en los centros de imigracion necesitan apoyo con dinero para poder estar en contacto con el mundo exterior. Si de alguna manera podemos apoyar por favor comuníquense con nuestra organización al (833)847-2331 y vamos a ver como encontramos la manera de apoyarles, pero les pedimos que por favor sean pacientes por que anticipamos que muches de nuestres hermanes están en destres y tienen necesidades complejas y complicadas.

 

Nuevamente, les pedimos que tengan paciencia con nosotres que anticipamos que vamos a recibir muchas llamadas y mensajes. Tambien les recordamos que por favor tengan compacion une con el otre y practiquen la humildad en estos tiempos difíciles.

 

Que nuestro Creador nos de la paz en nuestro corazón en estos tiempos difíciles de incertidumbre.

 

Con amor, cariño y respeto,

Bamby Salcedo
Directora Ejecutiva
La Coalición [email protected]

 

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Spread of COVID escalates to 2K a day, Masking order in effect Saturday

The urgency to get more people vaccinated remains high with this level of spread. For everyone whose eligible the time do it is now.

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health continues to see alarming trends of increased community spread as Public Health confirms 1,902 new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

As of July 9, 2021, the 7-day daily average case rate is 8.2 per 100,000, up from 7.1, indicating sustained and increased community transmission. This number will continue to increase with each day that the number of cases reported is higher the previous day.

Cases are highest and rising the fastest in adults age 18 to 49 years old.  Of the new cases reported by Public Health today, 71% are among adults 18 to 49 years old.

Today’s test positivity rate is 3.8%.  In early-June, test positivity was near 0.4%.

Public Health strongly urges those that are eligible and not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated now.  Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 lowers your risk of infection, and more significantly lowers your chance of being hospitalized or dying if you do get infected. The risk of increased spread is highest among individuals that remain unvaccinated. The more COVID-19 spreads, the more opportunities it has to mutate – and the more COVID-19 mutates, the greater the chance there may be another variant that can spread even more quickly or cause more harm to the people it infects.

Wearing a mask when indoors reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus. The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Despite the very low percentage of fully vaccinated people that have gotten infected since vaccinations started in December 2020, a total of 4,122 cases out of 4,769,828 fully vaccinated people (~0.09%) have been reported, as of July 13, 2021. While this is a small percentage, it is not an insignificant number in light of Los Angeles County’s current substantial and increasing community transmission. It demonstrates that even with highly effective vaccines, there is still potential for breakthrough infections that can put everyone at risk – including those who are unable to be vaccinated. So, masking by all indoors can reduce everyone’s risk of infection and the risk of transmission to others if infected.

The modified Order has been issued today and will take effect on Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. Some exceptions will apply, similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening.

To date, Public Health identified 1,264,450 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,568 deaths. Of the six new deaths reported today, one person that passed away was over the age of 80, one person who passed was between the ages of 65 and 79, two people who passed were between the ages of 50 and 64 and, one person who passed was between the ages of 30 and 49. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. Testing results are available for more than 7,155,000 individuals with 16% of people testing positive.

“We thank the millions of residents that are vaccinated and the schools and businesses that continue to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. We have all seen COVID-19 spread very fast in just a small amount time.  The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and the increase in hospitalizations signals immediate action must be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Otherwise, we may quickly see more devastating illness and death among the millions of residents,”

“We thank the millions of residents that are vaccinated and the schools and businesses that continue to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. We have all seen COVID-19 spread very fast in just a small amount time.  The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and the increase in hospitalizations signals immediate action must be taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Otherwise, we may quickly see more devastating illness and death among the millions of residents,” said Muntu Davis, MD, Los Angeles County Health Officer.

“Without physical distancing and capacity limits during a time of substantial community spread, masking by everyone indoors is a simple and effective action we all can take to lower risk of transmission while limiting disruption to normal business capacity and operations. The urgency to get more people vaccinated remains high with this level of spread. For everyone whose eligible and still waiting to get vaccinated, the time do it is now,” he added

Without physical distancing and capacity limits during a time of substantial community spread, masking by everyone indoors is a simple and effective action we all can take to lower risk of transmission while limiting disruption to normal business capacity and operations. The urgency to get more people vaccinated remains high with this level of spread. For everyone whose eligible and still waiting to get vaccinated, the time do it is now.”

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. To make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated, L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county. This week, there are 771 sites offering vaccinations including pharmacies, clinics, community sites, and hospitals and 286 sites where mobile teams will be offering vaccinations, which are concentrated in higher-need, harder hit areas. You can obtain vaccines at County-run sites, all the LA city-run sites, almost all mobile sites, and many community sites without an appointment. Many sites are open on weekends and have evening hours.

Beginning today, Friday, July 17 through next Thursday, July 22 at County-run vaccination sites, LA City sites, and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center sites, everyone 18 and older coming to get a vaccine will have an opportunity to win one of seven packages of tickets to family fun at the Staples Center, including performances by the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice, and the Gold Over America tour starring Simone Biles.

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.  Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

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Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status

The new masking order goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

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LOS ANGELES – All County residents regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks in indoor public settings as COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated have risen to alarming levels, LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said Thursday.

The new masking order goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late, given what we’re seeing,” Davis said. The county recorded 1,537 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a 83% increase over the last week, according to the LA County Department of Health.

In a related story the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday afternoon that the University of California has announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be required before the fall term begins for all students, faculty and staff, becoming the nation’s largest public university system to mandate the vaccines even though the shots don’t yet have full federal approval.

As the highly contagious Delta variant spreads amid lower vaccination rates among younger people, unvaccinated students without approved exemptions will be barred from in-person classes, events and campus facilities, including housing.

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LA County- 5th day of 1K+ new COVID19 cases, Delta variant increases

The COVID-19 vaccines are the most powerful tool to reduce the risk of serious illness if infected Public Health says

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 1,103 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday which marked the fifth straight day of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases. “One month ago, on June 13, the five-day average of cases was 201 and today the five-day average is 1,095,” Public Health said in a statement. “This is an increase of more than 500% in just one month.”

More worrisome officials said was that the test positivity rate has increased nearly 700% from the 0.5% seen a month ago; Tuesday’s test positivity rate was 3.4%. The statewide seven-day positivity rate is 2.7%, which is 50% higher than a week ago and at the highest point since late February, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

Both state and local health officials expected a jump in cases when capacity limits were lifted for businesses and most mask restrictions and social distancing requirements were eliminated for vaccinated people in mid-June.

A major concern right now is Delta, a highly contagious strain which was first identified in India last December. It then swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain as well. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed a couple of months ago (in March) and it is now the dominant strain in all 50 states, hitting hardest where vaccination rates are low.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) shows that the Delta variant is the cause more than half of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and it is now the leading cause of coronavirus related deaths among those who are unvaccinated.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are the most powerful tool to reduce the risk of serious illness if infected. A significant number of unvaccinated people indoors, with a highly contagious Delta variant circulating, makes it easy for this variant to be transmitted at higher rates,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health. If you are not fully vaccinated yet, wear your mask in all indoor public settings and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently when outside your home. Get vaccinated without delay to have the best protection.” 

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