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Posted on: January 24, 2020

COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: January 18, 2022

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. 

Current community transmission of COVID-19 in L.A. County is extremely high. Please get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose if you are able, wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask when leaving home, keep your distance from others when possible, 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). 

Vaccine Information

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 the Omicron variant. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more. The CDC now recommends that everyone 16 years old and up who is fully vaccinated receive a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. COVID Vaccine Info virus arms with vaccine public health logos

Latest Case Numbers

  • City of Signal Hill Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 2,405 as of January 18, 2022 (+22 since January 17)
  • City of Signal Hill Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths: 11 as of January 17, 2022
  • L.A. County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 2,311,568 as of January 18, 2022 (+22,688 since January 17) *numbers are lower than actual due to weekend/holiday reporting delays*
  • State of California Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 6,812,354 as of January 18, 2022

News

January 15, 2022: Residents are urged to take steps to stay safe during the surge. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you have not done so yet, as unvaccinated people are between 2 and 4 times more likely to get infected than those fully vaccinated. You should also upgrade your masks to an N95, KN95, KF94, or a surgical mask, all of which do a better job at blocking virus particles than cloth masks. Everyone should also limit non-essential activities where people are unmasked and crowded together, especially if indoors, until transmission is lower. 

January 12, 2022:  Please see the latest COVID-19 presentation (PDF) from City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn, presented at the December 14 City Council meeting. 

January 6, 2022: The City of Signal Hill is issuing temporary modifications to City service operations, effective immediately: The Signal Hill Public Library is temporarily pausing all in-person events and programs that require close contact and in-person gathering. The Library will remain open for regular business hours. Due to staffing impacts resulting from LACDPH quarantine protocols for symptomatic employees, additional City services may also be affected, including potential delays in service response times. Staffing levels will continue to be monitored and managed to maintain emergency response times. We will provide details regarding any further public-facing impacts to City operations as it is available. Learn more here (PDF). 

January 5, 2022: LACDPH is updating its Health Officer Order (PDF) to include additional safety measures to reduce transmission risks with the explosive spread of Omicron.  As soon as possible, but no later than January 17th, employers are required to provide their employees who work indoors in close contact with others with well-fitting medical grade masks, surgical masks, or higher-level respirators, such as N95 or KN95 masks. These upgraded masks are better at blocking virus particles from going through the mask. Additionally, the state's indoor mask requirement has been extended until at least February 15, 2022. 

January 4, 2022: There are new, lower attendance thresholds for what is considered a Mega Event. Events including 500 participants or more are now considered Indoor Mega Events. Events including 5,000 participants or more are now considered Outdoor Mega Events. This means that any event meeting these criteria must check all attendees for proof of full vaccination or recent negative test. This requirement must be in place by January 15. Learn more from the state here.

Testing for COVID-19

Testing is currently in high demand due to the Omicron surge. 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. Please check every available option to find a test. 

  • The City of Long Beach's Department of Health and Human Services offers testing options available to Signal Hill residents. New changes to testing sites and offerings took effect on Monday, January 10, to accommodate the increased demand for testing. Learn more about those changes here, and see VaxLB for information about the City of Long Beach's available testing options.
  • L.A. County Public Health offers free tests for City of Signal Hill residents. Learn more and make an appointment online.  
  • Local pharmacies and drugstores may offer COVID-19 tests (both rapid and PCR). Appointments are required and limited due to high demand.
  • Rapid tests may be available online or at local drugstores. However, again, they are in high demand.
  • Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Limit of one order per residential address. One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, and orders will ship free starting in late January. Visit www.covidtests.gov to sign up ASAP. Please note that demand is high and your order may take longer than expected to arrive. This effort is part of a federal program to provide free at-home COVID-19 tests with free shipping to every residential address and residential P.O. Box in the United States. 
  • L.A. County launched a new at-home testing program where residents can pick up a PCR test kit, perform the test, and return the completed test to designated locations for processing. These tests are only available to those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or think they were exposed to COVID-19. Learn more.

Masks and Face Coverings

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. Please consider ending the use of cloth masks, as they do not provide the best protection against the highly contagious Omicron variant. A good mask has multiple layers of non-woven material preferably with a nose wire. You can also use a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. However, 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 these masks, given their current cost and their limited availability. Be sure to dispose of your mask when it shows signs of wear such as fraying, stretching or loose fibers.

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The state of California requires everyone over two years old wear a well-fitted mask over the nose and mouth while in an indoor public settings and businesses. Examples include retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public. Masks are also required for everyone in the following settings, regardless of vaccination status:

  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings. (Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.)
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
  • Any business, event or public place that requires masking

Some businesses, sectors and activities must continue to adhere to additional sector-specific protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and the community.  

Isolation and Quarantine Recommendations and Requirements

These LACDPH requirements (PDF) 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 vacciantion, 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:

  1. A COVID-19 viral test** collected on Day 5 or later is negative
  2. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine
  3. Other symptoms are not present or are improving

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.

CANotify

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.

Reporting Non-Compliance

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.

Social / Physical Distancing: Stay Six Feet Apart

Physical distancing reduces the risk of virus transmission, and is crucial 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. Learn more about social distancing (PDF) from LACDPH.  

City of Signal Hill Information

Capacity is limited at City Hall and the Community Services Department office. We are open to the public but we continue to encourage appointments to reduce wait time for customers and avoid crowding. Masks are required for all individuals entering City facilities.

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 and resources directly from L.A. County.  

Symptoms

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. 

Staying Healthy and Slowing the Spread 

  • Please get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster. See our vaccine page for more information.
  • Older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions who have not been fully vaccinated should stay home as much as possible. Please visit the CDC’s website to learn more about people who are at higher risk for severe illness. 
  • Please 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.
  • 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.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, whether at home or at an essential workplace. Review this Guide to Environmental Infection Control (PDF) for more information on proper disinfection and cleaning.
  • Get immunized against the flu.

Travel

Please delay non-essential travel during the current Omicron surge. 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.

The CDC issued an order that requires face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation. Masks completely covering the mouth and nose must be worn while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation.

Additional information:

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

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