City of Arcadia & Methodist Hospital to Host Virtual Public Health Town Hall

COVID-19 town hall
The panel on COVID-19 will include both city and hospital leaders. – Courtesy photo / City of Arcadia

The City of Arcadia and Methodist Hospital are joining together to host a virtual public health town hall on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6 p.m. The city and hospital are actively engaged in coordinating a unified response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As more is learned about COVID-19 and the disease’s progression and impact on the community, city leaders and public health practitioners want to share lessons learned, best practices, and the latest scientific data to inform the community on effective COVID-19 transmission mitigation strategies.

“The virtual public health town hall is part of the city’s effort to prepare the community for the next stage in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. “As we look toward the eventual lifting of stay at home orders, we want to be sure that our community is prepared, and the city is taking an active role in supporting that effort. However, until the orders are lifted, residents and businesses should still continue to follow the guidelines currently in place.”

The town hall will be broadcast live on the Arcadia City Television Channel (ACTV) and will also be streamed live on the city’s website at The community may also listen to and submit comments via GoToMeeting:

Questions can be sent via email to prior to or during the meeting. GoToMeeting users may also submit their comments using the online chat feature.

The panel will consist of doctors, administrators, and public safety officials who will be sharing their experiences with COVID-19 along with answering questions from the community. The panel will include:

  • Dr. Bala Chandrasekhar, chief medical officer, Methodist Hospital.
  • Cliff Daniels, senior vice president, chief strategy officer, Methodist Hospital.
  • Dominic Lazzaretto, city manager, City of Arcadia.
  • Robert Guthrie, police chief, City of Arcadia.
  • Michael Lang, fire chief, City of Arcadia.

“Methodist Hospital is a proud partner of the City of Arcadia,” said Cliff Daniels, chief strategy officer at Methodist Hospital. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with COVID-19 with the community and informing the public on best practices to reduce transmission and flatten the curve.”

For more information, e contact the City Manager’s Office at (626) 574-5401.

May 5, 2020

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