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Updated: November 16, 2022
This page is our official COVID-19 center for news and updates.
Please get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose if you are able, wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask when required, and frequently wash your hands. The City of Signal Hill is under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and must follow all County, State and Federal orders. Please read the latest L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF).
Please get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines and boosters are our most powerful tools against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Getting a booster dose when eligible is just as important for protection, especially with new variants of the virus. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more.
November 16, 2022:
The Fall updated (bivalent) boosters are recommended for everyone ages 5 and older.
These Fall boosters have been updated to target the most recent Omicron subvariants (BA.4/BA.5) as well as the original COVID-19 virus. The BA.4/BA.5 subvariants are more contagious than earlier strains of Omicron. The updated boosters can help restore protection against COVID-19 that has decreased over time and provide broader protection against newer variants.
An updated booster is recommended for everyone ages 5 and older. It can be given at least 2 months after the last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster). This is regardless of how many boosters or which type of vaccine(s) were given in the past. Children ages 11 and under get a lower dose of the updated booster than teens and adults.
Booster doses are not currently recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.
The original (monovalent) Pfizer and Moderna boosters are no longer available.
Alternative booster option for certain people ages 18 and older
People ages 18 and older may receive a Novavax (monovalent) vaccine as a booster instead of getting the recommended updated Pfizer or Moderna booster if they meet all of the following criteria:
The Novavax booster is given at least 6 months after completing the last dose of the primary series.
Visit the CDC interactive Getting your COVID-19 Booster tool to help determine when/if you (or your child) can get COVID-19 boosters.
August 26, 2022: As thousands of individuals in Los Angeles County continue to be infected with COVID-19, medical treatments are readily available to prevent patients who have one or more risk factors from becoming very sick, hospitalized, or dying from the infection. Residents who do become infected should contact their health provider as soon as possible because the treatments work best when symptoms are still mild or moderate.
There is an ample supply of potentially life-saving treatments – more than 135,000 – available at more than 1,000 hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, Public Health sites, and other locations across the county.
Residents who may be at higher risk of getting very sick if infected, including those who are 50 or older, unvaccinated or not up-to-date with vaccinations, and many other factors, can be treated with either an oral medication, Paxlovid or Molnupiravir, or an intravenous medication, Remdesivir or Bebtelovimab.
Paxlovid can be prescribed to people age 12 and older. It is taken by mouth twice daily for 5 days. Molnupiravir is only for adults age 18 and older and should not be given to a pregnant person. It is taken by mouth twice daily for 5 days.
So far, nearly 153,000 patient antiviral treatments have been administered in LA County, and medications are widely available, with more locations being added. Of the more than 1,000 health care facilities that have been allocated therapeutic medications to treat COVID, more than half of these sites are located in communities with the fewest resources and greatest health risk.
Also, 135 of these sites are convenient Test-to-Treat locations. These sites include CVS Minute Clinics and Walgreens that allow patients to walk in to get tested for COVID-19, evaluated, and treated on the same visit at the same location. To find a Test-to-Treat sites, residents can go to https://aspr.hhs.gov/TestToTreat/Pages/default.aspx.
August 2, 2022: LA County vaccination sites will start administering the Novavax vaccine beginning Wednesday, August 3. The Novavax vaccine was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the Novavax vaccine was developed without the use of mRNA technology. The vaccine was found to be 90% effective against mild, moderate, and severe disease in the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial involving 30,000 participants ages 18 and older.
Residents 18 years and older can get the Novavax vaccine, which is a two-dose primary series, with the second dose administered three weeks after the first. Boosters are currently not recommended and the Novavax vaccine is not yet authorized for children 17 and younger.
Residents can walk into any Public Health vaccination location to receive the vaccine. Residents can also contact their provider to see if their provider is offering Novavax. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn about locations, and schedules for clinics offering these and other COVID-19 vaccines.
June 18, 2022: Children older than 6 months can now get vaccinated against COVID-19! Over 900 locations across Los Angeles County are now vaccinating children ages 6 months and older. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn about locations, and schedules for clinics offering these and other COVID-19 vaccines.
June 14, 2022: Please see the latest COVID-19 presentation (PDF) from City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn, presented at the June 14 City Council meeting.
April 22, 2022: The L.A. County Health Officer Order (PDF) is revised to continue to require masks in all public transit within the County, such as, commuter trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares, and indoor transportation hubs, such as, airport terminals, bus, train and subway stations, marina or port stations. It remains the CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking for indoor public transit is necessary for public health. This masking requirement will be reassessed when: community transmission of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County drops to the Moderate Level OR the CDC’s assessment is that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is no longer necessary for protection of the public’s health OR within 30 days of this Order, whichever occurs first.
April 8, 2022: With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, residents planning to gather for Spring holidays should follow all safety precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 or being part of an outbreak. The average number of daily new cases reported over the last 7 days increased to 892, a 23% increase from the average of 724 daily new cases over the previous 7 days. This increase in cases is likely due to the more easily transmitted BA.2 subvariant, which continues to increase in L.A. County.
March 29, 2022: Today, the FDA authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after they received their first booster dose. Local public health clinics will begin distributing second booster doses to those eligible starting March 30, 2022. Please consider getting this booster dose if you are eligible. Visit our vaccines page to learn more.
March 17, 2022: Effective Saturday, March 19, the City will move to optional indoor masking for staff and the public. Please note that if any City facility reports 3 or more concurrent employee cases, that facility will be required to mask for two weeks. Please also note that the City will align with L.A. County Public Health guidelines if they are updated to require masking in the future. We appreciate your continued understanding and support as we navigate this latest phase in the pandemic.
March 9, 2022: The City is providing free COVID-19 rapid tests to Signal Hill residents. You may pick up two (2) tests per resident at City Hall Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please bring proof of residency such as a photo ID, recent utility bill, etc. Please come to the front counter on the main level and ask for Sarah.
L.A. County Public Health recommends testing for anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or a recent exposure, regardless of vaccination status or recent infection. It is important to get a COVID-19 test, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines:
Did you know, that at-home COVID-19 tests have an expiration date that may have been extended? Check your test before using it. To learn more about expiration dates, visit the FDA’s webpage, At-Home COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests: Frequently Asked Questions.
Please see the latest information on masks (PDF) from LACDPH. Wearing a mask gives you extra protection from getting infected and it protects other people. A good mask has multiple layers of non-woven material preferably with a nose wire. The very best protection comes from a well-fitted medical-grade mask such as a KN-95, KN94, N95 or other mask. Your mask should be have no gaps at the nose, sides of the face, or chin. You can rotate the use of these masks. Be sure to dispose of your mask when it shows signs of wear such as fraying, stretching or loose fibers.
Outdoor Mega Events and bars, lounges, nightclubs, wineries, breweries and distilleries are strongly encouraged to continue to require verification of vaccination status or test results, but this is no longer required. Indoor masking is strongly recommended but not required. Businesses may choose to maintain the indoor masking requirement.
These LACDPH requirements are not applicable to healthcare personnel. If you test positive for COVID-19 or if your healthcare provider thinks you have COVID-19, regardless of vaccination, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, you must stay home for at least five (5) days.
Isolation can end after Day 5 ONLY if all of the following criteria are met:
If you are unable or unwilling to test, isolation can end after Day 10 if you have no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and other symptoms are not present or are improving.
Wear a well-fitting medical grade mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings. Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information. Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow instructions for close contacts at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine. Follow the full isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.
To count the days: If you have symptoms, Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. If you do not have symptoms, Day 0 is the day your positive test was taken. Day 1 is the first full day after your positive test was taken.
CA Notify is a free service that allows you to find out if you were exposed to COVID-19. You can also notify others if you test positive, while remaining anonymous. Your personal information is never collected, so you and those around you can stay safe. Visit CANotify.CA.gov to sign up.
LACDPH encourages residents and employees to report businesses that are in violation of LACDPH Health Officer Order protocols. Please do not contact the City of Signal Hill to report a violation. Instead, please call L.A. County at 888-700-9995 or visit http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ to report non-compliance.
Physical distancing reduces the risk of virus transmission, and is especially important if you are not fully vaccinated or are around someone who is not fully vaccinated. Physical distancing means to stay six feet apart from other people while away from home as much as possible.
Capacity is limited at City Hall and the Community Services Department offices. Masks are strongly suggested for all individuals entering City facilities.
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 difficulty breathing, chills, a sudden loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, body aches, headache, and/or sore throat.
Please do not travel if you are sick, you have a recent positive COVID-19 viral test result, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 viral test after being exposed to the virus. You could spread COVID-19 to others. Please follow the CDC's domestic and international travel guidance for fully vaccinated people and for unvaccinated people. Please also see L.A. County Department of Health's Travel Advisory and Guidance page for more information.
Please review these trusted sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19.