Los Angeles County COVID-19 Links
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS
We had a wonderful response from Oaks residents volunteering to help seniors and people with medical conditions in our neighborhood during the virus shutdown. That offer still stands, so if by virtue of age or health-related issues you are staying at home and need some help, please reach out to us so we may connect you with a volunteer who can help pick-up food or medicine or other household supplies. The volunteer can tell you in advance of arrival what the cost of your items is and you can pay him or her when they come to deliver.
For those of us who have the ability to offer assistance, please click on the volunteer button.
FREE TESTING FOR COVID-19 IN LOS ANGELES
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is providing free COVID-19 testing for Los Angeles County residents.
At this time, testing is only for people with COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone with these kinds of symptoms can now book a same or next day appointment.
To schedule an appointment online, Click Here
SAFETY AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IS A PRIORITY
Construction is considered an essential activity under the City of Los Angeles’ Emergency Public Order. So construction throughout the Oaks continues apace. We also may be noticing it more as we are all walking through the neighborhood more than ever! We’ve heard from some neighbors who have expressed concern over construction sites that aren’t enforcing social distancing guidelines or having their crew members wear masks. If you notice a situation like this that appears to be in violation of the City’s guidelines, you can call 311 to report it to the City. Activities that are allowed to continue have an obligation to operate within the rules that prevent the spread of contagion. So if you have a crew working at your house, please make sure they’re taking the proper precautions.
STAY UP TO DATE ON GRIFFITH PARK CLOSURES
Many people are out walking, running, and biking to stay healthy and active during the Safer At Home period. Currently all of the trails in Griffith Park are closed to hikers and walkers, but some of the roads remain open. If you’re uncertain about what’s open and what’s closed in Griffith Park, you’re not alone!
Click here to get the most current updates on Park conditions at the Friends of Griffith Park website.
COVID-19 MASKS, NEW FASHION ACCESSORY
By Christina Binkley
Nothing says “I care about you” like wearing a face mask these days. Whether we’re walking along Park Oak Drive or paying the cashier at Gelson’s, a mask is now as compulsory as wearing pants – possibly more so. Without a doubt, the face mask is the top fashion trend of today.
The thing I like about this trend is that it can be do-it-yourself. You will see my husband, James Rubin, sporting the bandit look around the Oaks with an old bandana slung around his face. Health authorities say that’s just fine.
But dozens of fashion and apparel labels have made a pivot to producing masks in factories — many of them Los Angeles-based — that would otherwise be shuttered due to the retail shutdown.
LA-based Wild About Mary Blair is selling a variety of fun and colorful knit masks: $6 for one or three for $15, at https://wildaboutmaryblair.com. My personal favorite — for the light metal tab inside that custom-forms the mask over the bridge of your nose — comes from Los Angeles Apparel, www.losangelesapparel.net: three for $30. Buck Mason, www.buckmason.com, is selling cotton masks coated with an anti-microbial material that will last 30 washes: five for $20.
Keep in mind the CDC rules: the mask should fit snugly against the sides of your face and include multiple layers of fabric. If your glasses are fogging, wash the lenses with soapy water without rinsing. According to the Royal College of Surgeons of England, soapy water leaves a thin surfactant film that causes water molecules to spread, reducing the fog.
I look forward to see you around, masks and all.
DONATE THE UNPICKED FRUIT ON YOUR TREES TO HOLLYWOOD ORCHARD
Living in The Oaks provides us with many blessings- fantastic neighbors, beautiful homes, and an abundance of fruit trees. During these difficult times, we have the opportunity to share our bounty with those who could use our help. The Oaks Homeowners Association has teamed with Hollywood Orchard to donate surplus fruit to A Place Called Home, Hunger Action LA and the Downtown Women’s Shelter.
If you have extra fruit you would like to donate, please email SabrinaSpeer@oakshome.org. Let us know where you live and what type of fruit you are able to donate (we are not accepting Grapefruits and lemons at this time, but fruits such as oranges, kumquats, loquats and tangerines are wonderful).
For those of you that can pick your own fruit, please leave the fruit by your front door on Sunday, May 3rd before noon. (Don’t forget to email us your address). Fruit picked off the tree by the homeowner will be picked up on Sunday, May 3rd between 12-2. No need to wash the fruit, but it should be whole and in good shape – no cracks or mushiness. And leave a little stem (no holes), as this helps the fruit keeps longer. Please pack the fruit in a box so we can stack them during transportation.
If you are unable to pick your own fruit, let us know how many trees you have and send pictures, if possible. We will arrange for a person from Hollywood Orchard to come by pick the fruit, and haul it away…all in accordance with the Mayor’s regulations on social distancing during the virus outbreak. Fruit picked off the tree by Hollywood Orchard will be picked on Sunday, May 3rd between 10am and 1pm. Please let us know if that time works for you.
Finally, Hollywood Orchard welcomes financial donations as well to help cover the cost of boxes and other expenses. To donate, please click here
Thank you in advance.
We’d like to thank and acknowledge all the neighbors who volunteered to help out. We really live in a wonderful community!
If you are looking for ways to help, donate, or volunteer, here are a number of organizations and suggestions that our Council Office has suggested:
To Volunteer: (if you are healthy & not in an at-risk group; please continue to reduce close contact with others, especially those most vulnerable): Big Sunday, Project Angel Food, Center in Hollywood, A Place Called Home, My Friend’s Place, L.A. Works, West Valley Food Pantry, Red Cross Los Angeles.
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS BY ORDERING TAKE-OUT
Getting bored with cooking at home? Enjoy a change of cuisine and support our local restaurants by ordering Take-Out which can usually be delivered or picked up curbside. Here are a few favorites who would appreciate your business. Call to confirm their delivery or pick-up options.
2128 Hillhurst Avenue
Call: (323) 661-0055
Order Online: Little Doms
Ixlb Dimsum Eats
5900 Sunset Blvd at Franklin Avenue
Call: (323) 848-4766
Menu: ixlb Dimsum Eats
5900 Hollywood Blvd. at Franklin
Call: (323) 462-4422
Menu: Palms Thai
La Poubelle Bistro
5907 Franklin Avenue
Website for Menu: La Poubelle Bistro
5925 Franklin Avenue
Call: (323) 465-0175
Order Online: Birds Hollywood
1813 Hillhurst Avenue
Call: (323) 667-3388
Order Online: Chi Dynasty
1802 Hillhurst Avenue
Order Online: La Pergoletta
1978 Hillhurst Avenue
Mess Hall Kitchen
4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Call: 323) 660-6377
Menu: MessHall Kitchen
And don’t forget cuisine for your four-legged friends:
1929 North Bronson
Call: (323) 464-9600
Order Online (Curbside Pick-Up): Tailwaggers