The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles has shut down its operations until January 3, 2021 due to at least one confirmed COVID-19 infection among its personnel.
It can be recalled that the Consulate previously shut down its operations from December 18 to 21 due to a high probable exposure to COVID-19 from one of its clients.
“All clients who have availed of our services for the month of December are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as practicable,” a notice posted by the Consulate said.
Despite the closure notice, the Consulate will still accommodate all clients who have previously made appointments for the afternoon of December 18 to December 29 this year .
Those with appointments will be accommodated on any day they wish to come beginning January 4, 2021 until the last working day of February 2021.
The Consulate is expected to undergo extensive sanitation procedures to ensure the safety of the public when it resumes work next year.
The following emergency services will be rendered during the temporary shutdown:
- One-way Travel Document or Passport validity extension stamp (email email@example.com)
- Consular Mortuary Certificate or Report of Death for shipment of remains to the Philippines (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Visa (email email@example.com)
- Assistance to Filipino Nationals in Distress (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Los Angeles County Public Health reported 13,315 new positive cases and 58 new deaths as of Sunday, December 20, 2020. To date, it has a total of 623,670 COVID-19 cases.
The same report shows that a total of 5,549 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 21% of these are in the ICU. Of the 4,370,000 individuals tested, 13% tested positive.
LA Times reported that the state has closed many non-essential business even as resident were asked to stay home. The county has been placed under Tier 1 due to the widespread virus transmission in the county.