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Updates from the Mayor

September 1, 2020

Hello, I’m Mayor Steve Ly.

I want to update all of you on the latest COVID numbers and share some news about the county’s latest update to the health order. As we enter the month of September, positive cases reported in our city has topped 1,800 cases. In the county, there are more than 18,000 positive cases. We have experienced a gain of nearly 900 positive cases in our city since July 31.

Sadly, our death toll is also rising. In just the past five days, we have seen an increase in the number of local deaths from 14 to 23. These numbers reflect the seriousness of our situation.

Last week, Governor Newsom released a new tiered system for monitoring counties and reopening business sectors. The revised criteria puts Sacramento County in Purple, or Tier 1. This is the most restrictive tier. Only outdoor operations will be allowed for a number of businesses including gyms, churches, restaurants, and nail salons and other personal care services. Hair salons, barbershops and all retail shops will be allowed to operate indoors with modifications. Schools throughout the county must remain closed. Our Tier 1 status will be in place until the county transmission rate drops to a level in line with Tier 2 for at least two consecutive weeks.

To learn more about the state’s tier system and its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, visit covid19.ca.gov.

I know that many Elk Grove families and businesses are struggling as we enter the fifth month of restrictions. I want you to know that the city is doing everything we can to offer support and resources to those who need them most. We continue to deliver meals to local seniors and our most vulnerable adults through the Great Plates Delivered program and we’re in the process of awarding a new round of grants to local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

As I mentioned last week in my state of the city address, the state of our city is strong because of all of you. Our ability to overcome this crisis requires all of us to work together. So please, wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from people who aren’t in your household, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you can. This will help slow the spread and get us closer to advancing to the next tier as a county.

Together, we will get through this.

Thank you.


July 30, 2020

Hello, I’m Mayor Steve Ly.

I want to update the community on our latest COVID numbers so we can work together to slow the spread. On July 1, we had 325 COVID-19 positive cases in Elk Grove. As we close out the month, we have more than 987 cases. That’s an increase of over 285% just this month! And our numbers continue to climb. Eight people have passed from the virus in our city. This is eight too many people. These numbers reflect the seriousness of our situation.

Make no mistake. Our progress has slowed down. Our cases are rising. Too many of us are gathering or otherwise failing to comply with the county health orders. We must make a conscious effort to protect ourselves, our families, and our community.

COVID-19 is both a health and an economic crisis. Updates to the county’s public health order are allowing more of our businesses to reopen if they provide outdoor or pick-up services. Elk Grove business owners are working hard to be open, to stay open and keep their employees working.

To support local businesses and encourage us to shop local, the City recently launched the Why Buy Local? campaign. Billboards, street banners, and social media materials showcase Elk Grove businesses. The campaign is a reminder to all of us that shopping local isn’t just about boosting our economy… It’s about supporting our neighbors.

Details about the campaign are available on the city’s website.

When we do go out, state guidelines require most of us to wear a face covering. There are a few exceptions. We need you to comply with the mask requirement.

Please, mask up, Elk Grove. Stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t living in your household. Wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you can. Each of us must do what we can to slow the spread. We will get through this, but we must work together to keep our community healthy.

Thank you and stay safe.


July 9, 2020

Hello, I’m Mayor Steve Ly. Back to give you a quick update on COVID-19 in Elk Grove. As you know, we continue to work closely with Sacramento County to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been several updates recently to the public health order allowing more businesses to reopen with restrictions. The state implemented guidelines requiring most people to wear a face covering in public. But positive cases in Elk Grove and throughout the county are still climbing. Positive cases in our city have more than tripled in a month and Sacramento County is on the state’s watch list due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases county-wide.

To keep our recovery moving forward, each of us must do what we can to slow the spread.

One of the ways we can do this is wear a mask when you go out. Stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t living with you in your household. Wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you can.

We will get through this, but we must work together to keep our community healthy.

Thank you.


May 5, 2020

Greetings, I’m Mayor Steve Ly.

Back to give you a quick update of what the City has been doing. The good news is that COVID-19 cases in our city has been relatively low. A lot of this is due in part by your efforts, each and every one of you observing social distancing and wearing masks. I assure you that we are very anxious to get back to where we were before. Reopening news is expected from the state and the county later on this week. However the changes will be gradual because it’s important for us to be sure that we continue to protect those seniors and others highest at risk for the virus, which all still need our help.

This week the City will be launching a new program called Great Plates Delivered. It’s part of a state-wide program introduced by the governor last week. This program will provide three nutritious meals a day to seniors who do not have other food related assistance. These meals will be prepared by local restaurants and caterers. Great Plates Delivered will allow our seniors to stay at home, stay healthy and it will also fuel our economy. For details on the program please visit the City’s website.

Additionally, this Thursday is the Big Day of Giving. Nonprofits lift our city. Let’s lift up our local nonprofits this week. They have helped Elk Grove tremendously during this crisis now more than ever they need our help. Visit the City’s website for a list of nonprofits that serve our community. Follow the links to donate on or before May the 7th.

Again thank you, and together we will get through this.


April 21, 2020

Hello, I'm Mayor Steve Ly.

It's been a month since the stay at home orders have been in place and I know it's getting more and more difficult for each and every one one of us. I think it's important for us to continue this work. Just last week our police department has joined in the effort with other law enforcement agencies to make sure that they enforce the stay at home order whenever it is necessary.

Now's not the time to ease up against this virus as we are doing our effort in making progress. The number of cases in Elk Grove has remained relatively low and that's due a lot to the efforts of each and every one of you by staying at home. Let's continue to do this work and flatten the curve.

Now, tomorrow is Earth Day, and I think it's important to remind everyone that we have to do what we need to do to take care of our environment and part of that is picking up after ourselves. I'm beginning to notice that a lot of these disposable gloves are left in the parking lots of grocery stores. Please remember don't litter. Please throw away your gloves and keep the risk low for others in our community.

Additionally, when you wear your mask make sure you cover your mouth and your nose. That's how it should be worn in order for the mask to be effective.

Thanks to all of those essential workers who continue to serve the community. Your work is important and appreciated. We're here for you and together we will get through this.


April 9, 2020

Hello Elk Grovians,

This is Mayor Steve Ly, returning back to you to give you a quick update. As you know the order from the County Health Office has been extended to May the 1st. We also are acknowledging the fact that the CDC is recommending facial coverings. So, if you’re out and about, make sure you have your mask and cover yourself and help stop the spread.

Some of the things that I wanted to clarify with the community, is particularly essential businesses. That’s well defined on the County’s website, and that is determined by the County Health Office. So anyone who has any questions along those lines, please make sure that either you come to the City’s website or the County’s website and you should be able to determined whether your business fits in essential business or not.

The extended health order is available online for specific details. I want to also remind each and every one of you, that we acknowledge and realize that people are hurting. Certainly from the City’s perspective we’re very contentious of that and we’re doing everything possible to assist to local residents.

Nonprofits are also in need as well. For the Elk Grove Food Bank we’ve noticed that the need has increased by 400%. Local businesses in our community are also in need of help. That being the case, as of yesterday the City Council approved nearly $200,000 in emergency funding for nonprofits and also a $1,000,000 in investing into local banks to support emergency loans for local businesses.

The important part is we’re here for you we will continue to provide the services that are needed and that being the case, I want to remind each and every one of you that we will get throughout this.


March 26, 2020

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Mayor Steve Ly.

As we near the end of another week, our community is continuing to adjust to the changes required by the public health order. We’re staying home and giving each other plenty of space when we need to go out. Please continue to follow these orders to help slow the spread of the virus. We know that staying home and closing local businesses are necessary measures to combat the pandemic, but they make it harder for many families and business owners to make ends meet.

To help ease the stress of this difficult time, we’re working hard to connect the community with the resources they will need to get through this. Last night, the City Council passed an ordinance that will temporarily prohibit evictions for renters, residential and commercial, who, through no fault of their own, are unable to pay their rent due to illness or job losses caused by COVID-19.

But renters aren’t the only ones getting relief. Governor Newsom announced yesterday that a 90-Day mortgage payment relief is also on the way. These steps are a significant hand-up for those who may be feeling knocked down by the current crisis.

And a new federal stimulus package was also approved yesterday. We’re looking closely at the details of this package and will be sharing more about what this could mean for our local businesses, employees and families very soon.

But make no mistake…we remain in the midst of an emergency, but these recent developments suggest that help is on the way. Elk Grove has always been a caring and giving community and these past few weeks are no exception. You continue to show your generosity for those who need help.

The Elk Grove Food Bank has received nearly $150,000 in contributions in the past few days including $100,000 from Apple Computer, $20,000 from Assemblymember Cooper, and many community contributions of all sizes from fundraisers organized by the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise and the City. These funds will help the Food Bank to continue to serve those residents facing food insecurity.

The City, Visit Elk Grove, and the local Chamber of Commerce also rolled out a campaign encouraging residents to support local restaurants 3 times a week with take-out or delivery. We need to support our small business restaurants.

Vice Mayor Detrick and I are continuing our work on the COVID-19 Task Force to secure essential supplies for those who need it. We’ve turned our attention to securing medical masks and other supplies to protect our first responders and local healthcare workers.

I’m pleased to announce that as of yesterday, Dr. Sireesha Penumetcha of Lakepoint Dental has made a donation of gloves, masks, and disinfectant wipes to our police officers. Dr. Penumetcha has also put us in contact with several direct safety medical supply distributors, who’ll be assisting in making sure that our first responders have access to whatever protection equipment they will need.

Additionally, I will be donating enough N95 masks to our men and women of the police and fire departments. They protect us and the least we can do is provide them with the tools to protect themselves in the course of performing their duties.

As you gather supplies for your families, please remember to be kind and considerate to your neighbors. Only buy what you need.

The City Council cares about our community. City Hall and our services are here for you. For a complete list of any service modifications, visit the City’s website. And as always, wash your hands, cover your cough, and exercise social distancing.

Please stay calm, please stay informed and please stay at home.

Together, we will get through this.


March 20, 2020

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I'm Mayor Steve Ly.

As we work through another week of this crisis, I wanted to share a few of the things happening within our city. On Wednesday, the City Council ratified Elk Grove’s Proclamation of Local Emergency. This could help our community and local businesses receive funding and resources they need.

The county also stepped up measures to slow the spread of the virus. We are working hard to help our residents understand what that means for their daily lives. The Public Health Order, which was issued by the Sacramento County Health Officer, requires residents to stay home for all but essential services, like buying groceries or picking up medication.

It also puts new restrictions on local businesses. I would encourage all business owners to review a copy of the Public Health Order posted on our web site. I know these restrictions are likely to generate hardships for many business owners. To assist businesses and employees, the City is launching a new website this week with the Sac Metro Chamber of Commerce that consolidates a number of federal and state financial resources. Visit rapidresponse.metrochamber.org for details.

Lastly, I want to share some good news about store hours set up for seniors and residents at a higher risk for catching COVID-19. Target and Safeway have already introduced special shopping hours and Raley’s and Walmart will start offering exclusive shopping hours later this week. I’m sure more stores will participate soon. Contact your local store or visit our website for details.

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to remind you, this is not a time to panic. Please stay calm. Please stay informed. And please, stay at home as much as you can.

Together, we will get through this.


March 16, 2020

Good evening ladies and gentleman, I'm Mayor Steve Ly. Last Friday, the City Manager proclaimed a state of emergency in Elk Grove. Declaring an emergency could help our community and our local businesses receive the funding and resources they need to recover from this public health emergency. The City Council is expected to ratify the proclamation during a special meeting on Wednesday.

The vice mayor, myself, along aside leaders in the faith community, service club and nonprofit communities have come together to form a task force to secure provisions for those who may need it, especially our older adults.

We’re working with the food bank to secure food, donations and volunteers needed to get through this crisis. We need your help. Make a donation online at elkgrovefoodbank.org. Drop donations at the Food Bank on Dino Drive.

If you can help, sign-up to volunteer. The Rotary is helping to organize volunteers. Details are available on their facebook page.

Elk Grove students and their families may also receive food through their drive thru meal service at some schools. Visit the school district website for details.

As you pick up supplies you may notice that some store shelves are empty. Supplies are coming. I assure you of that. But make sure that when you pick up supplies only pick up what you need. Save some for your neighbors.

We care about you and together we will get through this. Don’t forget on a daily basis visit the city’s webpage for updates.

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March 12, 2020

Hello, Elk Grove, I am your Mayor, Steve Ly.

I want to share with you the steps the City is taking in response to COVID-19, better known as the novel Coronavirus.

This has been a difficult week for our city, starting with the closure of our schools. As a parent with children in the Elk Grove Unified School District, I understand the concerns many of you expressed with this closure and the challenges it has created for many working families.

Two days ago, the city lost one of our own residents to COVID-19. It was the first death from the virus in Sacramento County and I want to extend the City’s deepest sympathies to her family and friends as they grieve this loss.

To protect our community and especially older adults and chronically ill residents who may be most at risk for the virus, the City has decided to postpone some public events. We have made this decision in accordance with state guidelines and at the recommendation of county health officials.

We’re also encouraging all of our residents to follow the commonsense advice of health officials around the globe:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough
  • Avoid crowds whenever possible
  • And practice social distancing

In other words, avoid shaking hands and give each other a little extra personal space.

The City is working closely with Sacramento County public health officials and other local response agencies to determine how to best protect the health and safety of our residents.

New information is being shared daily and I encourage you to visit our website for the latest updates.

This is a very uncertain time and we know that our community has questions and concerns. I want to assure you that the City is doing everything it can to keep our community safe and healthy.

We care about you and your loved ones. Together, we will get through this.

Thank you.

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