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Council receives briefing on city’s response to Monkeypox virus – Pasadena Now

The City Council received information Monday about Pasadena’s response to the Monkeypox virus as part of the consent timeline.

Last month, City Council unanimously approved a resolution ratifying the City Manager’s proclamation of a local emergency in response to the Monkeypox virus.

“The Local Emergency Proclamation allows the City to take all necessary steps to implement preventative measures to protect and preserve public health, including, but not limited to, mobilizing City resources, accelerating contingency planning; rationalize staffing; coordination between other agencies; speed up the city’s ability to buy the supplies needed to fight the MPX; allow for future reimbursement by state and federal governments; and raise awareness throughout Pasadena about MPX, including how people can reduce their risk and stop the spread,” according to a report from city staff. “If the local emergency proclamation is to remain in effect for longer than seven days, ratification by the local emergency city council is required.”

Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral infection that can be spread through contact with bodily fluids, monkeypox sores, or shared objects (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids from wounds of a person with monkeypox. Although monkeypox is not generally considered a sexually transmitted infection, it can be transmitted during sex through skin-to-skin contact and other intimate contact, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

As of August 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified more than 18,000 cases in the United States, including 3,369 cases in California. Los Angeles County has reported 1,263 cases.

Pasadena has reported 27 confirmed or probable cases as of September 28.

Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency in the United States on August 4.

Here are the other items that passed on Monday’s unanimous consent schedule:

  • A contract amendment with Friends in Deed for additional funding for the Emergency Solutions Grant Program. The contract would be increased until June 30 for $183,000. An additional contract would be amended to $208,000.
  • A modification of the contract to extend the execution schedule for the interior renovation of the Place du Centenaire project.
  • A $182,803 purchase order to SKC for the rental of a modular trailer for the renovation of the fire station 38 and the anti-seismic modernization project. . In May 2020, a level 3 structural analysis was carried out. The study found that Fire Station 38 was not meeting recommended targets for essential facilities and that renovation and structural upgrades would be required.
  • A contract extension with Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company to provide deferred compensation plan investment options, record keeping and education services.
  • A $700,000 purchase order with Herc Rentals inc. and Al Asher & Sons, Inc., for heavy equipment rental services. Pasadena Water and Power provides electricity to 65,000 customers. The public service requires the use of heavy equipment to perform its services.
  • A $450,000 contract with Control Air Enterprises for heating, ventilation and air conditioning inspection and maintenance services. Pasadena Water and Power facilities regularly require HVAC services. The contract would allow for much-needed upgrades.
  • A $1.4 million purchase order from H&E Equipment Services to supply and deliver heavy construction equipment. The contract includes the purchase of heavy equipment so the city’s utility can install pipelines, perform fire system upgrades and other maintenance and construction activities.
  • An amendment to the adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2023 (fiscal year 2023). Throughout the year, amendments are required to accommodate unforeseen changes in the budget.
  • Direction to prepare an ordinance amending the Pasadena Municipal Code to improve the city’s ability to license and regulate alarm systems and related false alarm activations. The Pasadena municipal code regulates alarm systems installed to detect unauthorized entry to a property and then notify the police department. This PMC chapter was last updated in 1989 and, as with any technology-based system over a period of time, the alarm industry and technology has changed. In addition to improvements to the definition, procedural changes based on community feedback are included regarding permit duration and applicability.
  • A resolution and/or ordinance to adopt the California Building Standards Code 2022 and related codes enforced by the city. The city attorney would be directed to prepare a resolution and/or order, and return it within 30 days, that adopts the California Building Standards Code incorporating: California Administrative Code of 2022; California Building Code 2022

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