Month In Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community development and awesomeness! – April Issue 2020

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Community

Updated Policy for Patients and Visitors

To help ensure the safety of our patients, staff, volunteers and visitors during the Coronavirus public health event, effective Monday, March 16 each patient will be limited to one visitor at a time. In addition, all hospital and clinic visitors will undergo a health screening before entering any of our facilities. Thank you for you for your patience and understanding. General visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Our patients have the right to designate visitors of their choosing unless:
– No visitors are allowed
– There is potential endangerment to the health and safety of patients and our staff
– A visitor significantly disrupts the operation of the hospital.
To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, all visitors are required to wear badges and sign in at the Henry Mayo’s information desk. A Visitor Guide with information about visiting hours and general visitor guidelines is available at the main information desk.

CDC Warns to Limit Gatherings

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Welcome Home Carl Goldman!

Over the past several weeks we have watched the Goldman family’s journey through a very tough situation. Since their return from their cruise earlier this year, the Goldman family have been quarantined due to the outbreak of COVID-19. After many days in quarantine Jeri was sent back home while Carl remained in Nebraska for further testing and treatment because he tested positive with the virus. Recently, Carl tested negative on three occassions and we are pleased to report that he is now home with Jeri.

Senior Center Adapts to COVID-19 to
Continuing Aiding Seniors

To continue aiding our senior community, the Senior Center at Bella Vida has begun giving meals through a drive-thru service. Everyday hundreds of Seniors visit the center to enjoy gourmet meals, the company of their peers and plenty of activities that keeps our older adults healthy, happy and thriving. In recent events, the senior population has become too susceptible to COVID-19 so to take precaution, all activities have been postponed until further notice, but the staff and volunteers at the Senior Center have implemented a master plan through the help of the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County to provide essential services like home delivered meals and drive-thru service.

State Funding for Schools Still in Place

Last month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that allows California public school districts to continue receiving state funding in the event of physical closure in this time of national emergency. This order directs schools to use these funds for distance learning and high quality education, provide school meals and, as practicable, arrange for the supervision of students during school hours and pay employees. You can view the full executive order by visiting the website: https://scvtv.com/pdf/gov20200313.pdf

TMU Extended Spring Break

Last month, The Master’s University extended their Spring Break in reaction to COVID-19. Student Safety is their highest priority and there are discussions to prepare the staff and the students for online leaning. During the break, the college was still open however, the staff took precautionary measures recommended by the CDC and the entire campus was disinfected. For more information on the status of TMU please visit their website: https://www.masters.edu/

Princess Cruises Suspends Global Operations

In proactive response to the unpredictable circumstances evolving from the global spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, Princess Cruises announced that it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months, impacting voyages departing March 12 to May 10. For those who are impacted by this business decision, Princess is offering guests the opportunity to transfer 100% of the money paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice. To add a bonus incentive for guests to accept this offer, the company will add an additional generous future cruise credit benefit which can be applied to the cruise fare or onboard expenses. 

Congratulations Janet Alexander

The Board of Directors of the Newhall, Valencia & Stevenson Ranch branch of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) has announced the selection of Janet Banks Alexander as Regional Commissioner for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Alexander succeeds Roland Harmon who led the program from 2017– 2019. She becomes the first female commissioner in the 31-year history of the storied local program. Alexander is an educator and High School soccer coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Valencia High

This year marked 75 years since the world witnessed the end one of the most horrific tragedies in our history, The Holocaust. To pay respect to those lost and gravely affected by this time, Valencia High School hosted Phil Raucher and Eva Trenk two Holocaust survivors that came out and shared their story of pain, suffering and perseverance as they recounted the tragic days they suffered during the Holocaust. Over 900 students attended.

New Deputy Commissioner

California Highway Patrol Assistant Commissioner Amanda L. Ray has been appointed Deputy Commissioner, CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley announced Friday. The appointment makes Ray the first African American woman in the CHP’s 91-year history to hold the position of second in command of the nation’s largest state police agency. Governor Gavin Newsom, who last year reappointed Commissioner Stanley to his post, applauded Ray’s appointment. In her new role, Ray will oversee the day to day operations, the administrative and field operations of the CHP as well as the Offices of Legal Affairs, Internal Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Risk Management, the Office of Accreditation, and Community Outreach and Media Relations.

Remembering Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Thousands of mourners gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday to commemorate NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others who were killed when their helicopter crashed in the Santa Monica Mountains last month. Fans of Bryant’s longtime team the LA Lakers – and sports aficionados worldwide – were stunned by the news of the January, 26 crash in the Santa Monica Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles. Scenes from Bryant’s career, which included five NBA championships with the Lakers and 18 All-Star Game appearances, filled screens inside and outside the fabled basketball arena Monday.

USC Will Offer Free Tuition for Families Earning Less than $80K

USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday, two new policies to make a USC undergraduate education more affordable for those who most need financial assistance. These actions will be phased in with each new entering class, beginning with first-year students entering USC in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021:
Families with an annual income of $80,000 or less will attend USC tuition free.
Owning a home will not be counted in the calculation used to determine a student’s financial need.

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