Omicron: Our newest common challenge

As we head into the New Year, we have reason to be both vigilant about Omicron and optimistic about our ability to meet this now dominant pandemic variant head on.

In 2021, E-SOL had been considering how to position ourselves for a successful 2022. Unsurprisingly—given variability in level of preparedness to meet the evolving public health challenge and the differing social, geographical, and political contexts in which institutions operate— there is a wide variation of approaches.

Today, we write to announce E-SOL’s cautiously optimistic approach to spring 2022.

E-SOL’s cautiously optimistic approach to spring 2022

Over the last several weeks, E-SOL’s leadership team has been in daily contact about how best to meet the Omicron challenge by balancing our commitments to:

1. Promote health and safety within our E-SOL community at all levels by following science, data, and best practices; and

2. Deliver on our mission and support our clients in the attainment of their goals through an exceptional, client-focused approach.

In thinking about these commitments, we must also factor in the reality that COVID-19 will be with us for the long haul, that each day that passes brings with it new knowledge, new therapeutic treatments, and new public health strategies, and that to date—in the case of E-SOL’s success through intentional mitigation practices and the deep commitment to safety.

Leveraging what we have learned throughout the pandemic

Based on our successful management of the Delta variant in 2021, we are confident in the effective protocols that we have in place and our ability to adjust to the changing environment.

E-SOL will now offer weekly Covid-19 testing,

(FREE OF CHARGE) to E-SOL’s staff, clients, & family members twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

Additionally, we will continue to stay in close communication with the CDC, Los Angeles county health department, & NLACRC as the situation evolves and our plans come into sharper focus.

The weeks ahead

If at any point our deliberations suggest changes to our mitigation strategies are warranted, calendars need to be adjusted, and/or delivery of services/methods need to be reassessed, we will do so swiftly—leveraging the many lessons we have learned on how to successfully pivot our practices to better meet our commitment to all of E-SOL’s staff, clients, and their family members.


Mondays and Thursdays at our Balboa location (7144 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys 91406)

from 10 am – 12 pm.

A new appointment must be made 24 hours prior to EACH test.

To make an appointment follow this link and fill out all required information.

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COVID-19 Update

We are following the advisories from the CDC and local health departments to take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff. E-SOL remains to be open for regular business hours. Please read below for more information and updates.

Covid-19 awareness information

Regional Center
NLACRC is currently monitoring this important situation and will continue to reach out when new information is released that affects NLACRC, the people we serve, and our community.For Service Providers: Visit this link for additional information.

Coronavirus disease in Los Angeles

For more information on coronavirus disease 2019 in Los Angeles: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH Website) provides updates for the entire state of California. Their current press releases can be found here.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: </br> Updates and press releases can be found on their website. </be>

Official Los Angeles City Coronavirus Webpage: </br>Follow the Los Angeles' City Page on Coronovirus for current information.

Governor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Kathyrn Barger

Governor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Kathryn Barger both declared a State of Emergency and Local Health Emergency in order to make additional resources available both on the state and federal level, as well additional appropriate relief programs, increased protections against price gouging, and more.

Governor Gavin Newsom's Press Release on State of Emergency

Supervisor Kathryn Barger's Press Release on the Local Heath Emergency

Covid-19 Mitigation

Key Steps and Basic Precautions to Take:
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 40 to 60 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover a cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Practice good public health hygiene
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with household spray or wet wipe.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Information