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Updated: January 16, 2021
This page is our official COVID-19 center for news and updates. The City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Hotline is also available at 562-989-7392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The City of Signal Hill is under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and must follow all County and State orders. It is critically important that everyone follow public health measures that can protect us from COVID-19 and minimize spreading it to others. See the latest L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF) updated December 30. Please do not gather with others outside of your household, and stay home as much as possible.
January 14, 2021: We are working with the City of Long Beach and L.A. County to potentially allow for Signal Hill residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services. At this time we are working together on the next steps. As we are still working through the process and awaiting confirmation, please do not attend Long Beach vaccination events or call Long Beach to make inquiries at this time. We will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. As a reminder, you may speak with your health care provider if you are interested in receiving the vaccine. Your employer may also have information if you work in an essential or high-risk sector. Currently, only limited groups are able to receive the vaccine. We are grateful for Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s assistance and his office’s coordination with Signal Hill and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
January 13, 2021: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 presentation at the January 12, 2021 City Council Meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).
January 11, 2021: L.A. County Public Health says every minute, on average, 10 people in L.A. County test positive for COVID-19. At least 10-12% of people infected with the virus end up hospitalized at some point, and more than 1% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 end up dying. Now is the time to avoid, as much as possible, contact with others that aren’t in your household. When you must go out, to work or for essential services, always wear a mask, keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and bring sanitizing wipes with you to wipe down your cell phone, your car keys, your workstations, the door handles and anything you touch and anything other people are touching. This is the time to be extremely cautious and very careful.
January 4, 2021: L.A. County Public Health now says that community transmission rates are so high (more than one in five) that you risk exposure whenever you leave your house. Since November 1, cases have increased by 905%. There is also a very high number of COVID-19 patients in our area hospitals. L.A. County Public Health urges everyone to take personal responsibility and do their part to stop the surge; the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths do not go down until the number of new cases decreases. Everyone should stay home whenever possible.
December 29: The State Regional Stay Home Order is extended until further notice in the Southern California region. Our region has 0% ICU bed capacity as of 12/29 and the four-week projection for ICU capacity does not show sufficient improvement. Until our region sees a four-week projection of 15% capacity or greater, we will remain under the Regional Stay-Home Order. Learn more in this video presentation from Dr. Mark Ghaly of CA Health and Human Services. The L.A. County Department of Public Health released a new Health Officer Order (PDF) to reflect this.
December 27: The L.A. County Department of Health is now legally requiring all travelers who traveled outside of L.A. County to quarantine for ten days immediately upon returning. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities. Learn more.
December 23: The California Department of Public Health is extending the order that prohibits non-essential activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. statewide. Learn more. Californians should continue to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with some exceptions. This order will remain in place until all regions of California are no longer under the Regional Stay-Home Order.
December 22: L.A. County has tragically surpassed 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. More than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths occurred in just the last two weeks. Signal Hill's confirmed case count has risen 32% in the last three weeks, from 404 cases on December 1, to 594 on December 22. ICU adjusted capacity for the Southern California region remains at 0%. Please stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings. Local, regional and state officials ask everyone to not travel and cancel all holiday plans that involve multiple households.
December 21: The L.A. County Health Officer Order now permits faith-based services both indoors and outdoors, with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Attendance is not permitted to exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between separate households. L.A. County Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF).
December 17: As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out to the first recipients, you may have questions about the next steps. The L.A. County Department of Public Health held a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Townhall, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. You can watch it on-demand on L.A. County Public Health’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
December 9: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 update at the December 8 City Council meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).
December 5: ICU bed capacity in Southern California is below the 15% threshold. The State Public Health Officer ordered that our region must implement the Regional Stay Home Order on December 6 at 11:59 p.m., in effect for at least three weeks. Please learn more here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order
Everyone in the state of California over the age of two is required to wear a cloth face covering in public places and when outside of the home. Please review the November 15 updated state-wide order (PDF) and Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings (PDF) from L.A. County Public Health.
Businesses must adhere to sector-specific distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and our most vulnerable residents. Employees and customers must continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when in public and inside a business. We strongly encourage you to review the specific requirements for each business before patronizing, as there will be significant changes to these operations.
As of December 21, 2020, under the State's Regional Stay at Home Order:
Physical distancing reduces the risk of transmission, and is required when you are out in public and around others who are not in your household. Please stay six feet apart from other people while away from home at all times. This will prevent the spread of COVID-19 through others’ respiratory droplets. Learn more about social distancing (PDF) from the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health. Many people are infected with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and could unknowingly spread the novel coronavirus.
City Hall and the Community Services Department are open by appointment only. All City in-person events and in-person meetings are suspended until further notice.The SIgnal Hill Public Library is closed to the public, and is offering curbside pickup as an alternative.
Please see our COVID-19 Resources Page for information that may assist workers, businesses, families, and anyone who is facing challenges due to COVID-19. We’ve covered resources from food/essentials to finances to mental health. We’ve also listed ways you can help others during this difficult time.
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 and resources directly from L.A. County.
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. They include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficutly breathing, chills, a sudden loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, body aches, headache, and/or sore throat. If you do not feel well, especially if you have one of the above symptoms, please stay home, and call your health care provider.
Older adults, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems who experience any of these symptoms should call their health care provider immediately. 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. Learn more on the LACDPH Coronavirus FAQ page.
COVID-19 testing is widely available in our area. If you have a primary health care provider, please check with their office to inquire about testing first.
Please avoid non-essential travel. You can take public transportation or use ride-sharing services as long as you wear a face covering during your ride and at stops/stations where others are present. To the extent possible, you should maintain at least 6 feet of space from others. Please see above for guidance from local and state authorities regarding holiday travel and the recent state-wide travel advisory. To learn more about international travel restrictions, and an updated list of countries that have travel restrictions, CDC has updated information for travelers here.
Please review these trusted sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19.