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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: October 22, 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, State and Federal orders. Please read the latest L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF). Transmission of COVID-19 in L.A. County remains at concerning levels. Please help us end the pandemic by getting a COVID-19 vaccine if you are able, wearing a mask when required, keeping your distance from others, and frequently washing your hands.  

Vaccine Information

The vaccines continue to be our most powerful tool against COVID-19. LACDPH is finding that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people are several times more likely to get infected and become severely ill and/or hospitalized than fully vaccinated individuals. Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more about vaccine eligibility, how to get the vaccine, booster dose information, and more. "Fully vaccinated" means you are at least two weeks post-second dose of Pfizer / Moderna or at least two weeks has passed since receiving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

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October 20, 2021: LACDPH has new guidance on how to celebrate Halloween safely. Please see Guidance for Families and Individuals. Safer Halloween options are situations where it is easier to keep a distance from others, wear a face mask correctly, and avoid mixing with a lot of different people, especially if you don’t know their vaccination status and recent risks.

October 13, 2021: Please see the latest COVID-19 presentation (PDF) from City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn, presented at the October 12 City Council meeting.

October 7, 2021:  LACDPH and the City of Long Beach now require verification of vaccination in select high-risk settings. Verification of vaccination or proof of a negative test within 72 hours are required prior to attending outdoor mega (10,000+) events. Vaccine verification is required for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, night clubs, and lounges. These customers and employees must have at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and both doses by November 4. Attendees at indoor mega (1,000+) events are also currently required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result prior to entry. LACDPH encourages everyone unvaccinated for COVID-19 to get vaccinated ahead of time to be fully protected for the holidays. For those not yet vaccinated, you are only considered fully protected two weeks after all doses are complete. For the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’re considered fully protected two weeks after your one shot.  For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which both involve two shots several weeks apart, you’re only considered fully protected two weeks after your second dose.

September 29, 2021: Please see the latest COVID-19 presentation (PDF) from City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn, presented at the September 28 City Council meeting.

September 15, 2021: Please see the latest COVID-19 presentation (PDF) from City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn, presented at the September 14 City Council meeting.

September 8, 2021: As children across the area return to in-person learning, LADCPH released a guide to assist parents of school-aged children with preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. View the document here (PDF).

August 24, 2021: Beginning September 20, 2021, all attendees at Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show verification of COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 (diagnostic) test result. 

Masks and Face Coverings

Please see the latest information on masks (PDF) from LACDPH. If you are fully vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors gives you extra protection from getting infected and it protects other unvaccinated people. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, your mask is one of the most powerful tools you have to protect yourself and other unvaccinated people. This is especially true when you are in an indoor or crowded outdoor space. L.A. County Public Health and the City of Long Beach require everyone over two years old wear a well-fitted mask 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

Business Information

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

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.

Resources for Individuals, Businesses and Families

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.

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 difficutly breathing, chills, a sudden loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, body aches, headache, and/or sore throat. 

Testing for COVID-19

L.A. County Public Health recommends testing for anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or recent infection. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or who has had a potential exposure. Additionally, you should get tested if you are unvaccinated and you spend time indoors around a lot of people not wearing masks, whether you’ve had symptoms or not. Testing remains widely available.

Staying Healthy and Slowing the Spread 

  • Please get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are at least 12 years old and medically able. 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 travel if you are not fully vaccinated. 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. Travelers who are fully vaccinated, meaning 2 weeks have passed after their second dose for Pfizer or Moderna, or after their single dose of Johnson and Johnson, are at lower risk and can now travel and will not be required to test or quarantine upon their arrival in Los Angeles County if they do not have any symptoms of illness. 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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