Updated as of March 19, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Extraordinary Families will be updating information on this page as new information becomes available from health and government officials.

Go to Coronavirus.LACity.org/SaferLA for info on adjustments to the Safer at Home order, including some businesses allowed to offer curbside pickup and the reopening of public trails. 

As of 5/13/2020, all Angelenos are now required to wear face coverings when they leave the house. Visit CoronavirusLACity.org/FaceCovering for more details, including exceptions for small children or those with disabilities. 

Extraordinary Families’ Statement on Coronavirus

During what might be a challenging and confusing time for us all, we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our staff, resource parents, partners, and, most importantly, our children and youth in care, are our greatest priority. Extraordinary Families is adhering to all regulations and guidelines from health and government authorities related to containment of COVID-19, and we have implemented a number of crucial measures to keep our staff safe and provide services to our clients to the best of our ability during this uncertain time.

In addition to converting all of our meetings, support groups, and trainings to teleconference, and in accordance with guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health, we are implementing social distancing protocols, which includes the closing of the Extraordinary Families business office to the public. The majority of our staff is working remotely, with a skeleton crew working from the office. Our office phone (213-365-2900) will be answered during regular business hours and we are all reachable via email.

While we are exercising an abundance of caution to keep everyone safe, our children in foster care still need us, and we need to be there for them. We will continue to conduct orientations, resource parent trainings, and approve new families during this time in order to carry out our mission.

Free COVID-19 Testing 

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), is providing free COVID-19 testing to ALL Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Schedule a free test now!

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)

How is the novel coronavirus that can cause COVID-19 spread?

Coronaviruses are primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally have to be within six feet of someone who is contagious for an extended period of time, and have droplets land on them. This is very different from airborne diseases like measles, so the public health response is different.

How can I reduce the risk of getting any viral respiratory infection:

What should I do if someone in my household gets sick?

Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC has directions for people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
  • Clean hands regularly by handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, food, and drinks.

People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

A web-based dashboard tracking cases globally in real-time, provided by Johns Hopkins University Center for System Science and Engineering.

World Health Organization
WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As the United States health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019: What you should know, situation updates and information for travel, businesses and more.
  • Travelers’ Health: Recommendations for travel including Coronavirus FAQ’s and travel health notices.
  • Health Alert Network (HAN): Information about urgent public health incidents with public information officers.
  • Pandemic Preparedness: Pandemic basics and past outbreaks, national pandemic strategy, preparedness resources and more.

California State Pubic Health Department

County of Los Angeles Public Health

City of Los Angeles updates

Governor Gavin Newsom’s Directive on Mass Gatherings

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Los Angeles

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Alliance for Children’s Rights composed a list of resources and information to help Los Angeles-based foster youth, their caregivers, and families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The list includes resources for food assistance, emergency housing, healthcare, and more.

Financial Resources

Children may experience anxiety in this uncertain time. Several resources have been created by leading mental health and child experts on how to have age-appropriate, fact-based and reassuring conversations with you children about the outbreak and the steps they can take to stay healthy.

Dr. Erlanger “Earl” Turner

Podcast Episode: Tackling COVID-19 Anxiety Together

Psychologist, author and professor, Dr. Earl Turner, talks about how to stay happy, healthy and learning during this difficult time. He shares tips for setting routines, managing your mental health and coping with uncertainty….

Listen Now


New York Times: “How to Keep Children’s Stress From Turning Into Trauma” “Children may be processing the disruptions in their lives right now in ways the adults around them do not expect: acting out, regressing, retreating or even seeming surprisingly content. Parents need to know that all of this is normal, experts say, and there are some things we can do to help.”
Los Angeles Times: “We need to prepare for the mental health effects of coronavirus on kids” “Four-year-olds have play dates through closed windows, sliding their toy cars in unison on either side of the glass. A high school student worries about his mother going to work in a food-packing warehouse, at risk for contracting COVID-19.”
The Atlantic: “The Kids Aren’t All Right” “One of the lonely silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the disease doesn’t appear to be that bad for kids. Although children are certainly not immune, and a study of the outbreak in Wuhan indicates that infants are susceptible to severe complications, most healthy kids don’t seem to face a significant risk of death.”
The Huffington Post: “How To Answer Your Kid’s Coronavirus Question, ‘When Will This Be Over?’” “The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fear, loss and anxiety for families around the world. But perhaps one of the most difficult effects of the crisis on children is the sense of uncertainty.”
USA Today: “Parents fear for their children’s mental health amid coronavirus pandemic” — “When Tamar Canady thinks about the upsides to the coronavirus pandemic, she thinks about how she and her 15-year-old daughter sleep in more these days.”

PBS Kids

Psychology Today


The New York Times

Brainpop: Coronavirus Video

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The Los Angeles County Library provides various digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. With a library card number and PIN – you can access:

Read eBooks andlisten to audiobooks on OverDrive or Libby.
Stream movies and TVshows on Kanopy and Hoopla.
Check outdigital magazines via RBdigital.
Stream music on Freegal.
TumbleBook Libraryis an online collection of animated and talking picture books.
Brainfuseprovides kids and learners of all ages with one-on-one homework help and
tutoring from 1:00 – 10 :00 p.m. every day.

Los Angeles Public Library

Santa Monica Public Library


Sign up for ReadyRosie to get texts or emails with ideas for family engagement tips and early learning opportunities.

Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes (for Ages 3-18) —created and taught by inspiring teachers.

Educational content will stream on the PBS SoCal and KCET websites, on the free KCET app – available on Roku and Apple TV – and on the PBS Video app, also available on Roku, Apple TV as well as Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Google Play and YouTube.

Sign up for a weekly newsletter from PBS Kids with ideas for activities and tips you can use to help children play and learn at home.

Sign up for virtual weekly drawing classes through Studio Ghibli Series: Sketching Classfor children and youth ages 10-17.

Take a virtual museum tour.

Livestream Story Time  (Fridays 4-4:30pm) or Yoga (Tuesdays and Fridays 12-12:30pm) from Friendship Foundation

San Diego Zoo animal webcams

Monterey Bay Aquarium webcams

BrainPOP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track.

The Dad Lab offers quick, easy experiential learning examples thru video.

125 Things to do with Kids to avoid cabin fever!

Kidspace-at-Home, virtual learning & play ideas, instructions, videos

CaytonRecesson YouTube or Instagram Live: 11am M-F : music, storytime, art making, reflection, & more

Smithsonian National Zoo webcams & activity packets: cheetah cub, elephant, lion, naked mole rat, & panda

Nature games, videos, & animal resources for kids: National Geographic

Children’s author and illustrator, Grace Lin, has a new podcast! Kids Ask Authors is podcast where she and a guest author answer kid questions! Also, kids can submit their own book reviews and jokes! Grace also is sharing videos on her youtube channel! She reads from her books and teaches how to draw Chinese dragons, tigers and more!

📚 Grace Lin’s Book Recommendations For Kids

“Outside In” written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Cindy Derby
“When You Need Wings” written and illustrated by Lita Judge
“A Map into the World” by Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim
“Sunny” by Celia Krampien
“Each Kindness” written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
“Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time” by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
“Ling and Ting” (early reader books) by Grace Lin
“The War that Saved my Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
“When the Stars Are Scattered” by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson (graphic novel)
“Sweep” by Jonathan Auxier
“Look Both Ways” by Jason Reynolds
“The Night Diary” by Veera Hiranandani
“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park
“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin
“When the Sea Turned to Silver” by Grace Lin
“Inspector Flytrap” by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Cece Bell (chapter book)
“Dragons and Marshmallows: Zoey and Sassafras” by Asia Citro, Janina Edwards
“The Water Horse” by Dick King-Smith
“Finn Family Moomintroll” by Tove Jansson
“What the Witch Left” by Ruth Chew
“Miss Mallard Mysteries” by Robert Quackenbush


Belleruth Naparstek, LISW who has created guided imagery that’s used in hospitals across the country is releasing different free guided imagery for both adults and children every day ‪at noon to support people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curious Tribes is facilitating free virtual mental health support groups.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is offering the Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program.

The Garrison Institute will be providing an array of tools to help build resilience from guided meditations to written reflection pieces.

The Greater Good Magazine suggests Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine, and has created a Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus.

Headspace is offering free meditations.

Heartmath is giving 2 months of Connect with the Heart of Who You Truly Are. This is a 90-minute interactive learning experience to help you reduce stress and anxiety while increasing inner security and emotional poise.

Insight Timer meditation app – 40,000 free guided meditations.

Joan Borysenko, PhD, a Harvard-trained cell biologist and a psychologist is sharing 3 techniques for calming down during a stressful time.

Jud Brewer, MD, PhD has created a video with three tips for falling asleep (his third tip is especially helpful for when you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep).

Optimizing Screens & Social Media: Interview with Professor Cal Newport

Mindful Org has Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak

Poppy Hour: live show about CA native plant gardens from Theodore Payne Foundation, 5:30pm Fridays

The National Women’s Law Center created feminist coloring pages! to help provide a sense of calm, relaxation, and feminist joy in this tough moment. To share your beautiful art with them, post it on social with the hashtag #ColoringForHer!

The New York Times is offering the Calm Place.

Shambhala Publications is offering free ebooks, an online course, at home yoga retreat and many free videos.

Shine has created a free toolkit to manage coronavirus anxiety.

Six Seconds has created 14 EQ [Emotional Intelligence] Resources for Emotional Health during Coronavirus Times to ensure we’re each responding intentionally rather than reacting unconsciously.

Sounds True has created a digital care package to help you increase your resilience during challenging times including daily video sessions sharing insights from their recent online summits, opportunities for community connection, and webinars.

Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield / Sounds True are providing a Free Half-Day At-Home Mindfulness Retreat. Completing this retreat including the scheduled breaks and walking meditation sessions requires about three hours.

Tara Brach, PhD, has made a “Guided Meditation for Times of Pandemic: Calling on Your Awakened Heart.”

Ten percent happier is providing free meditations and other resources to help providers and their clients manage their feelings of anxiety.

The Tapping Solution have an app with tapping meditations for COVID-19 anxiety, including “Feeling Safe and Secure” and “From Fear to Worry to Peace.”

Tricycle is offering live online practice sessions with teachers Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and others to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts.

UCLA COVID-19 Care Package, resources & tools to lift moods & ease anxiety & depression, from UCLA in partnership with BeyGOOD; new content to be published weekly

Wild Flower Hotline: call (818) 768-1802, ext.7, to hear about local wildflowers as of Friday, April 24; narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Spano

Yale‘s happiness course (the Science of Wellbeing) is available for free online through Coursera.

92nd Street Y’s Tools and Techniques for Helping Children and Parents Cope with Anxiety



The free HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) Series was created to enable our global community to build resilience through the arts during this unprecedented time.


Zumba Meets Social Emotional Arts
With Tessie Herrasti
Meets weekly on Tuesdays through May
Noon to 12:30 pm PT
Session 4: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Session 5: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Session 6: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Session 7: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Session 8: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beat the Odds® Drumming for Resilience
With Ping Ho, MA, MPH
Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 am PT

Mindful Movement as Medicine
With Fred Sugerman
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Noon to 12:30 pm PT

Art Games for Real or Virtual Connection
With Courtney Abruzzo & Julie Running
Meets every Thursday during the month of May
5:00 to 5:30 pm PT
Session 1: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Session 2: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Session 3: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Session 4: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Rhythm Retreat: A Mother’s Day Celebration
With Diana Lynn Wallace
Friday, May 8, 2020
Noon to 12:30 pm PT
Honoring the Mom in Your Life through Art
With Amber Cromwell, LMFT, ATR-BC
Saturday, May 9, 2020
10:00 to 11:00 am PT
Transcending Stress through Awe & Gratitude
With Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT
Friday, May 15, 2020
Noon to 1:00 pm PT
Mindfulness Break through Nature-Based Expressive Arts
With Julia Grace Vishnepolsky, MA, LMHC, R-DMT
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 pm PT
Helping Kids Manage Stress & Anxiety
With Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC
Saturday, May 30, 2020
10:00 to 11:30 am PT


Corepower Yoga – It is also offering free online guided meditations.

Fitbod Bodyweight Workouts

Fitness Blender

Mount Sinai Calm: Virtual Classes  including yoga, music therapy and art activities.

PopSugar Fitness

Workout to Go handout – includes 13 exercises that are easy-to-follow strength, balance, and flexibility exercises to do anytime, anywhere.

Yoga with Adriene

The YMCA is offering many free online exercise classes.

CorePower Yoga videos

17-64 mins; popups describe props, poses, target areas, & sweat level

Modo Yoga LA livestreamed classes

on their Virtual Studio or Instagram Live

United We Move Home Work-Ins

30 mins from Planet Fitness on Facebook Live

OrangeTheory at home: new ½-hour high-intensity workout videos daily

305 Fitness: dance-cardio workout videos on YouTube

Bandier: live dance workouts on Instagram 1pm daily

YMCA 360: on-demand videos (bootcamp, barre, boxing, cycle, dance fitness, kids, older adults, pilates, tai chi, weights, yoga, youth)


 “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” a 10-day virtual festival showcasing programming by festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto International, Berlin International, Tribeca, and Venice. Viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19  Solidarity Response Fund. The virtual festival will kick off on May 29 and run until June 7.

Los Angeles Master Chorale concerts

LACMA Resources:

LA Opera at Home: living room recitals, classics from the vault, opera lessons, family activities, backstage info

Watch Plays & Musicals Online: current & upcoming free livestreams

Put on a Play Yourself (with or without Zoom): short scripts commissioned by theater companies to read/perform/enjoy at home

Virtual Educational Field Trips to natural & cultural sites

Houston Zoo webcams: chimp, elephant, flamingo, giraffe, gorilla, leafcutter ant, & rhino

Smithsonian National Zoo webcams & activity packets: cheetah cub, elephant, lion, naked mole rat, & panda

Coronavirus affects us all. Here are some resources that might help.

If you need to get in touch with health or emergency services in your area:

It’s important to take care of your mental health during this time:

If you’re experiencing homelessness, thinking of running away, or need help with a problem at home:

Los Angeles Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Presentation with Dr. Pratt and Dr. Veal. Please click here to view a recording of the presentation and here for a copy of the slides.