The City of Santa Monica has determined that an individual who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 was in attendance at the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 11  in the Council Chambers at Santa Monica City Hall.  

Based on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s  Health Officer Order, a “close contact” is now defined as anyone who shared the same indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while they were infectious. 

In light of this County guidance, anyone who was in attendance at Wednesday night’s Council meeting for more than 15 minutes may have been exposed to COVID-19. The  Health Officer Order also states that you are not required to quarantine away from others if you have no symptoms. Please refer to LA County guidance, however, which requires you to wear a high-quality mask when indoors and when around others for a total of 10 days after your last exposure, that you get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure, and that you monitor yourself for symptoms through Day 10. Should you develop symptoms, please refer to the County’s isolation requirements outlined here: ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.  

Submitted by Miranda Iglesias