COVID-19 News

Councilmember Koretz is committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our Council District 5 communities during this unprecedented time. In uncertain times like these, we are working around the clock to bring you local resources, and help minimize the impacts to our businesses, schools, workers, and health. 

Our office will continue to highlight resources daily through our newsletter and encourage you to sign up here. Below you will find a resource guide to help you navigate through the different services being offered throughout the City and CD 5. 


Questions about COVID-19

Safer at Home Order

Housing Resources

Resources for Small Businesses

Information for Workers

Educational Resources

Restaurants in CD 5

Grocery Stores & Delivery Services

Medication Pick Up 

How you can help


Questions about COVID-19:

For all of the most up-to-date information on Coronavirus/ COVID-19, continue to check back at the following official websites: 

Call 2-1-1 L.A. County at any time for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 

COVID-19 Newsletters from Councilmember Paul Koretz

April 3, 2020: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Eviction Regulations, Rent Freeze, and Related Issues for Angeleno Tenants and Landlords During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

April 1, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 30, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 29, 2020: COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD 5)

March 27, 2020: COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 26, 2020COVID-19: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 23, 2020: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 22, 2020: Important COVID-19 Updates from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 19, 2020: Important Updates and Information from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)

March 19, 2020: Focus on Small Businesses Impacted by Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 17, 2020: Important Updates on Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Important Update on COVID-19

March 15, 2020: Latest Updates and Responses to COVID-19

March 12, 2020: An important message from Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5)


Safer at Home Order

As of March 20, 2020, the City and County of Los Angeles have issued a "Safer at Home" order, closing non-essential retail business, banning gatherings of any size outside of a home, and ordering Angelenos to stay at home with some exceptions. 

Here's what you CAN do:

  • Take a walk outside

  • Shop for essential items at the grocery store or pharmacy

  • Order take-out or delivery

  • Commute to jobs deemed essential

Here's what you CAN'T do:

  • Attend gatherings of ten or more people

  • Dine in at a restaurant

  • Bring your children to a playground

  • Go to a mall or shopping center

  • Keep a non-essential retail business open

  • Travel for vacation

During this time, Angelenos are ordered to stay in their homes as much as possible, especially those over 65 years of age.  We are doing this because it's the most effective way to flatten the curve, keep our healthcare system from being overloaded, and save lives. 

Read the entire City Safer at Home Order here.


Housing Resources

  • The City has set up a fund to accept donations that will be immediately deployed to pay for rental assistance, meals, supplies and other necessities.  Learn more at
  • As part of his Executive Order, the Mayor mandated a moratorium on evictions due to non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus epidemic.
  • DWP and the Gas Company have announced they will not turn off service for nonpayment of bills.
  • The City and County are working to expand Meals on Wheels delivery to those most vulnerable


    Resources for Small Businesses

    As part of the program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years.

    •  To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please visit

    Federal emergency funds are available for small businesses across the country that are affected by the spread of Coronavirus. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. 

    The Los Angeles Small Business Development Center has created a COVID-19 Response Guide


    Information for Workers

    If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

    If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim

    If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim

    For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW.



    The IRS has postponed tax payments, but you still have to file your 1040 by April 15.​

    Visit COVID-19 Extensions to file and pay for more information.


    Educational Resources

    All 60 Grab and Go Food Centers operated by Los Angeles Unified will be open on Friday, March 20th. While the Governor and Mayor have both issued “Stay at Home” orders, they stated that they expect essential services like food centers to remain open. To find a Grab and Go Food Center near you visit:

    The locations in or close to Council District 5 include:

    • Mulholland Middle School, 17120 Vanowen St, Lake Balboa, CA 91406

    • University High School Charter, 11800 Texas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    • Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

    • Palms Middle School, 10860 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034

    • For a complete list of free online learning resources, please visit:

    • To download an Instructional Continuity for Students with Disabilities PDF please click here

     LAUSD Family Hotline: 213-443-1300


    Restaurants in CD 5

    Below we have included businesses that are open for take-out or delivery throughout the Fifth Council District. Click on each neighborhood to view a list of participating businesses and please consider supporting small businesses. If you have a business you would like us to list please email over operating hours and contact information to

    Century City

    Bel Air/ Benedict Canyon


    Fairfax District

    Original Farmer’s Market


    Pico Robertson

    Westwood Village


    Grocery Stores & Delivery Services

    The following grocery stores have accommodated their operating hours to accommodate our older adults population. Please see the participating stores below. 

    Northgate Market- 7am- 8am 

    Super A Foods- 7am-8 am

    Vallarta Supermarkets- 7am-8am

    Whole Foods 7am-8am

    Target 7am-8am on Wednesdays

    Albertsons- 7am-8am Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Stater Bros.- 7:45 am- 8am

    Smart & Final- 7:30am-8am

    Vons- 7am-9am

    Pavilions-7am- 9am

    Walmart- One Hour Before Opening Tuesdays

    Ralphs- 7am-8am

    Shop and have your groceries delivered to you by:

    Medicine Kit

    Medication Pick Up and Delivery

    Call your local pharmacy to find out if they have the capability to ship prescriptions to your home.  Some of the larger pharmacy chain stores offer delivery through an app or by phone. Pharmacies in CD5 offering delivery include:

    Picwood Pharmacy, 2370 Westwood Blvd., Westwood,  (310) 475-6006/ Manager’s Cell (310) 435-5934. Picwood has generously offered to fill prescriptions outside of business hours in case of emergency and they will deliver to nearby customers.

    Walgreens, 16100 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-788-6951

    CVS ,17320 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, Phone: 818-995-0071

    CVS, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, Phone: 818-986-2117

    CVS, 10889 Wellworth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, Phone: 310-474-2154

    CVS, 1001 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024,  Phone: 310-209-9141

    CVS 5985 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035,  Phone: 323-965-9161

    Helping Hand

    How you can help

    L.A. Works, Los Angeles-based volunteer action center that creates and implements community service projects, wants you to know that if you want to volunteer from home there are also plenty of ways to help out!  Check out their virtual volunteering and social connection project webpage that allow you to serve remotely. L.A. Works is also compiling a list of opportunities on their website.  If you know of nonprofits that are not getting enough help, LA Works can help. 

    Project Angel Food is a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness. Project Angel Food is ramping up their services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and have ordered 20,000 shelf stable emergency packages for their clients. Volunteers are desperately needed to prepare and deliver meals from their central facility to homebound individuals in communities across the greater Los Angeles region.  

    The American Red Cross is partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District to help feed students while schools are closed.  Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.  

    The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.  Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.  More information is available here:

    United Way of Greater Los Angeles provides housing, education, and economic opportunities to those impacted by poverty and homelessness. They’ve just launched their Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as the large number of working families, students and other low-income individuals at imminent risk of homelessness and hardship due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.