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Posted on: January 24, 2020

COVID-19: Latest Information and Ways to Stay Healthy

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Updated: April 1, 2020

Latest Case Numbers

L.A. County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:  3,518 as of April 1, 2020
State of California Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 6,932 as of March 30, 2020 

The City of Signal Hill is served by the L.A. County Department of Public Health, and we are working closely with them to stay updated on this evolving situation. We will keep this page up-to-date with the latest information on COVID-19.

County and State Orders

  • On March 27, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts.
  • State orders require all Californians, regardless of age or health status, to stay home as much as possible, and refrain from all non-essential activities. Everyone who can stay home, should stay home. This does not apply to essential activities. Learn more from the Governor’s Office.
  • The L.A. County Department of Health has issued corresponding orders that also require everyone in L.A. County to stay at home as much as possible. All indoor and outdoor, public and private gatherings and events are not permitted. Non-essential businesses must close. View the order here. 
  • Essential businesses remain open. They include grocery stores, restaurants (take-out, delivery and drive-thru only), banks, laundromats and dry cleaners, veterinarians and pet supply stores, public works/government, health care providers, public transit, mailing/shipping services, hardware stores, auto repair shops, and others. It is okay to go outside, do yard work, go for a walk, and patronize essential businesses, as long as you practice physical distancing of six feet from others. For additional information, see Safer at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions from L.A. County DPH.
  • On March 27, L.A. County Public Health issued a Temporary Health Officer Order (PDF) closing all public trails and trailheads, public beaches, public piers, and more. This includes all publicly-accessible trails within the City of Signal Hill, even those owned by HOAs.
  • On March 25, L.A. County Public Health issued a Home Isolation Health Officer Order. This order legally requires anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for at least 7 days and be fever-free for 72 hours. Public Health also issued a Home Quarantine Health Officer Order requiring all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers, and individuals who have been exposed to a person diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay in quarantine for 14 days.  

Physical Distancing: Stay Six Feet Apart

Learn more about social distancing from the L.A. Dept. of Health. Reducing physical contact with others and staying home as much as possible will help slow community transmission of COVID-19. This will save lives, protect vulnerable populations, and prevent a severe overload of our health care system. Health officials say the virus is easily transmitted, and many people are infected with COVID-19 who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they’re infected. If those people go out in public, they could spread the virus to many others, including high-risk individuals in danger of contracting the virus and becoming very ill. High-risk people include older adults, people with compromised immune systems, and people who have conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. However, people of any age and/or health status have become very sick from COVID-19. We must all do our part to slow the spread of this new virus. 

City of Signal Hill Information

City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library, and the City Yard are closed to the public until further notice. We are not allowing members of the public to enter these facilities at this time. Please be assured that City staff are still available and working to serve you. Please use the following alternate ways to work with us:

  • Water payments can be made online or by phone at 562-989-7315, or can be dropped off at the drop box in front of City Hall. All water utility bill questions can be directed to the Water Customer Service line at 562-989-7315.
  • Parking citations can be paid online or by phone at 800-300-9915.
  • Planning and permitting questions can be answered via email CommDev@cityofsignalhill.org or phone at 562-989-7340.
  • Report Public Works issues or requests online via our iWorq request portal. General Public Works questions can be answered via email PublicWorksEngineering@cityofsignalhill.org or phone at 562-989-7250.  
  • General questions can be answered via email Admin@cityofsignalhill.org or by phone at 562-989-7300.
  • Library Staff are available for reference assistance via phone, Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Library cardholders can still utilize our digital resources, found at cityofsignalhill.org/library. All due dates will be automatically extended, no late fees will be assessed, and patrons can return materials when the Library reopens.

Members of the public are highly encouraged to use an alternate method to participate in City Council, Commission, and Committee meetings: 

  • Those wishing to view City Council meetings can watch live via the City’s website, Charter 2 Channel 3. and Frontier FiOS Channel 38. Repeat broadcasts are available daily at 7:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Those wishing to participate through public comments will have the option to access a teleconference line where they will have the opportunity to make public comments. Members of the public may also e-mail public comments to be read into the record to CityClerk@cityofsignalhill.org or call 562-989-7300 before 5:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.

The Signal Hill Police Department is open. SHPD remains committed to public safety and will continue operations. However, we are encouraging residents to use alternate ways of contacting us for non-emergency or non-urgent business. Call 562-989-7200 or e-mail watchcommander@signalhillpd.org in lieu of an in-person visit to the Police Station. Signal Hill Police Department Taking Precautions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 (PDF)

We will be suspending the issuance of parking tickets for street sweeping through April 17. Although we will not be issuing tickets, please do your best to provide a clear path for the street sweeper.

We are canceling non-essential programs and events through April: City Cancels Non-Essential Programs and Events Over Next 60 Days 

The Signal Hill Water Department will be suspending all water shutoffs for non-payment through April 30. The suspension may be extended based upon further guidance from health and safety officials. Please be assured COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or supply of Signal Hill’s tap water and should not disrupt water service to customers. 

The Long Beach Unified School District has closed schools through at least May 3. LBUSD Coronavirus Updates

Resources for Individuals, Families and Businesses

We’ve compiled a list of resources for residents who may need assistance or wish to provide assistance during these tough times. We’ve covered resources from food/essentials to mortgage assistance to mental health. Visit http://www.cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources.

The Community Services Department is now offering weekly grocery delivery for low-income seniors in Signal Hill through the Brown Bag Distribution Program. To learn more and to apply, visit our website: Brown Bag Food Distribution Program 

Use Trusted Sources for COVID-19 Information

We encourage you to use trusted sources to stay up-to-date. We will keep this page updated with information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the CDC. Please visit their websites directly for a wealth of information on COVID-19. You may also dial 2-1-1 for information directly from L.A. County Public Health.  

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, and shortness of breath. Typically, these symptoms are mild-to-moderate and do not require hospitalization. Higher-risk individuals may experience more severe symptoms. High-risk individuals include those 65 years old and older, have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, and/or have compromised immune systems.

Fever. cough and shortness of breath

If you do not feel well, especially if you have one of the above symptoms, stay home. Call your health care provider right away. If you do not have a primary health care provider, please call 2-1-1 to be connected with one. Explain your symptoms and concerns, and follow their guidance. Do not call 9-1-1 and please do not go to an emergency room unless your symptoms become severe.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all other viruses:

  • Please stay home as much as possible. This includes everyone, no matter their age, health status, or background. Please stay home, and only go out for essential functions. Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where people congregate.  Please do not go out to public places unless it is for an essential function such as work, essential grocery shopping, or medical appointments.
  • You must stay home if you are sick, even if you are only mildly ill. Don’t wait until you are really sick to stay home. Keep children home if they are sick. Do not travel if you are sick. There are other viruses out there, and even you’re not sick with COVID-19, you don’t want to spread additional illness. We need to prevent an overload on our health care system. 
  • Older adults (65+), individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, must remain at home. They should ask a friend or loved one to help arrange for food, supplies, medications, etc. Read the full guidance from the California Department of Public Health here.
  • "Social distancing" also refers to changes to your social interactions. These practices can help reduce the spread of illness. Avoid public places where people congregate. Use verbal salutations instead of handshakes, high-fives or hugs. Keep six feet between you and others you don’t know.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. You should vigorously lather your hands with soap, away from the running water, for at least 20 seconds. When rinsing your hands, make sure the water runs into the sink, away from your hands. Dry your hands with a paper towel, clean towel, or hand dryer. See Proper Hand Washing Prevents Illness for more on hand-washing protocol.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, eyes and face, especially if you have not recently washed your hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately and then wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, then wash your hands.
  • Health officials encourage all businesses and organizations to review their leave policies and ensure that employees are not penalized for staying home when they are sick. Make sure your organization has a continuity or coverage plan in the event that large numbers of employees are unable to come to work.
  • All organizations should have a robust, regular cleaning and disinfection schedule for frequently-touched surfaces. Review this Guide to Environmental Infection Control (PDF) for more information on proper disinfection and cleaning.
  • Get immunized against the flu.

Travel

Please avoid all non-essential travel. There are currently federally-mandated restrictions and recommendations on travel to and from several countries, including Europe, Iran, China, and South Korea. To learn more about travel restrictions, and an updated list of countries that have travel restrictions, CDC has updated information for travelers here. 

Additional information:

Please review these trusted sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19.

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