SCV community steps-up during coronavirus crisis

Holly Schroeder, president and CEO Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation, welcomes the attendees to the 2019 Economic Outlook held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Thursday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The Santa Clarita Valley has had more than its fair share of challenges this year, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is certainly one of them. But despite it all, our tight-knit community has a reputation for stepping up and taking care of each other. From folks offering to run errands for the elderly to businesses finding creative solutions in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, I am in awe of how our community responds to difficult situations.

One such company that is providing resources in the face of this crisis is 24/7 Events. While their normal operations typically include happier events such as concerts, weddings, parties, and business conferences, they recently were able to acquire tents to help medical professionals and streamline drive-through COVID-19 testing. 

Partnering with Shelter Structures America, they can quickly construct comfortable and safe quarantine tents to isolate patients as they await test results. In addition, they are immediately available to provide drive-through testing structures and other tents to help hospitals and medical facilities expand their operations during this time. Another SCV company Lavi Industries, makes crowd control stanchions. They are ready and able to assist with orderly line queueing at testing facilities.

SCV-based company Quest Diagnostics, a world leader in diagnostic testing services, is committed to providing fast action and laboratory testing on emerging health threats so scientists can gain critical insights to aid in the response. Quest Diagnostics is now receiving COVID-19 specimens from nationwide testing. 

SCV residents are also offering assistance with critical medical needs. Henry Mayo Hospital and the Red Cross recently put out a call for blood donations due to a serious blood shortage due to COVID-19 and there was an outpouring of support.

I have seen people come together like never before, from impromptu “quarantine car parades” to book clubs discussing their latest read virtually, and free online dance and fitness classes by local studios to the Santa Clarita Library offering storytime and music for kids on Facebook Live.

For the latest information about COVID-19 check out our resource page: If your company needs assistance navigating this crisis the SCVEDC team is here to help. Contact us at [email protected]. ν

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