The number of coronavirus cases in Lynwood has increased to 143–up 40% this week. The rate of diagnosed cases continues to rise in Los Angeles County. On Thursday, the County Public Health Department reported 17,508 cases have been reported and noted that ten percent of the cases reported Thursday were from the County’s homeless population.
The Lynwood City Council, meeting in special session on Thursday, adopted an Urgency Ordinance that prevents hotel and motel owners from contracting with Los Angeles County to use their units to house homeless individuals during the COVID-19 crisis without prior approval from the City.
The City of Lynwood has been aggressive since the early days of the pandemic. In March, the City canceled events, closed city parks and made sure that only essential businesses continued to operate. The City also issued emergency orders that anyone out in public wear masks and that essential businesses that are allowed to remain open impose safety precautions within their establishments. The City has cited businesses that did not comply with the orders.