In this Time of COVID, my family and I are holding you in our thoughts during these chaotic, uncertain, and novel times brought on by COVID-19. Despite the challenges of this moment, I personally believe that our humanity and our social civilization will come out stronger than ever from this pandemic.
In the meantime, know that our judicial leaders from the California court system are asking practitioners to minimize the controversies we bring to court as they are operating with minimal staff, attempting to limit the number of people in court so that those that must be there can safely socially distance, and still figuring out how best to do tele-hearings.
In short, if we can find ways to be more patient, and more cooperative with those we are in legal disputes, let’s do it. For example, can parents come together to protect their children who will no doubt remember these quarantine days of the pandemic for the rest of their lives?
Let’s think more. Let’s figure it out. I am here for you. Be safe.
Global Pandemic - General Background
In late-December 2019, a new virus affecting the respiratory system, commonly referred to as “corona virus,” was first detected and reported out of Wuhan, China.
By January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization, a United Nations agency established in 1948 to promote world health and control communicable diseases, declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern.
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization gave the new virus its scientific name, COVID-19.
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the virus pandemic, meaning it is a disease affecting the majority of the population of a large region or a disease that is epidemic at the same time in many different parts of the world, or a global disease outbreak.
On March 13, 2020, U.S. President declared a national state of emergency to exist in the U.S. as a result of the threat of COVID-19.
On March 19, 2020, California Governor signed Executive Order N-33-20 to protect public health, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and disrupt the spread of the virus. The order requires “all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence” until further notice. Individuals working in areas identified by the Federal Government to be providing “critical essential services” were exempted from this “stay at home” order. On this same day, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made similar “safer at home” orders which also prohibit social gathering in Los Angeles County. Anyone violating these orders can be subject to misdemeanor criminal arrest.
The number of TESTED COVID-19 cases below reveal a scary reality indeed:
November 8, 2020
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March 23, 2020
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COVID Policy: Survive with Our Hearts and Souls Intact
With numbers and statistics so grim, our only task now is to survive with our hearts and souls intact. Yes, we are scared with you. But, also, yes, we join you in doing our part to stop the spread of the virus. Because the virus spread easily through the air, and can be carried by persons not showing any physical symptoms, Diaz Law Firm respectfully requests our guests, clients, visiting colleagues, and vendors to adhere to our safety protocol:
- If at all possible, let’s meet virtually:
- Call or text at (626) 261-0402
- Video conference via Zoom, Google Hangout, or WhatsApp.
- If we must meet in person, please:
- Wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose
- Use the hand sanitizers available throughout our office
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth
- If you want extra protection, we have plexiglass dividers and face shields available upon request.
- Social distance, by keeping 3-6 feet away from another person. Our offices are set up so that clients can meet the attorney and still maintain social distance.
- If you have recently traveled out of state, or to areas known to be “hot spots” for increased cases, let’s schedule our in-person appointment after you have quarantined for 14 days.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with the virus (shortness of breath, fever/chills, cough, flu-like symptoms: fatigue, body aches, sore throat, headaches, chest pain), let’s connect when you are feeling better. Your health is more important.
- If you are a client needing to sign a document, we can receive your electronic signatures via facsimile, email, or by regular post.
After each in-person meeting, we disinfect our offices with anti-bacterial chemicals as well as UV lamps. All documents submitted from our visitors also go through our UV lamps for cleaning.
Cheryl aided me tremendously through my hardship. She is easy to talk to, personable, genuinely caring, and honest. I felt very comfortable and at ease in all of the encounters I had with her. Thank you for your caring and dedication, Cheryl.