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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: April 21, 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. L.A. County is currently in the Orange Tier under the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Please read the latest L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF) effective April 15, 2021. The Health Officer Order is a blueprint for everyone to follow to prevent another surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The County is steadily making progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to help slow the spread by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, and frequently washing your hands.

Vaccine Information

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page to learn more about vaccine eligibility, securing appointments, and more. 

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April 15, 2021: Starting April 15, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is expanded to all Californians 16 years old and up. Visit our vaccine information page for more information.

April 13, 2021: Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County is following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that 6 women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed unusual types of blood clots 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. This pause will last until the FDA and CDC complete their review, which is expected to take several days. Vaccine providers in Los Angeles County will contact patients about rescheduling or providing a new appointment for Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

March 30, 2021: Los Angeles County will enter the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy starting Monday, April 5. Several business sectors and activities can re-open with restrictions, and others will see fewer restrictions. See below and/or get the latest protocols from L.A. County Public Health here.

March 24, 2021: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 presentation at the March 23, 2021 City Council Meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).

March 23, 2021: Signal Hill is pleased to announce FREE COVID-19 testing at the Signal Hill Public Library starting Tuesday, March 30. Tests will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, however walk-ins are welcome. For more information, and to register for an appointment, visit 360clinic.md. (Please note that as of March 23 the Signal Hill site is not yet live on the website.)

March 11, 2021: L.A. County Public Health released new guidance (PDF) to reflect the CDC's new guidance on gatherings for fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people in small groups without wearing masks or practicing physical distancing. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after they received the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when in public, when visiting unvaccinated people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease, and when around unvaccinated people from multiple households. Fully vaccinated people should also avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.

March 10, 2021: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 presentation at the March 9, 2021 City Council Meeting. View the presentation here (PDF)

March 5, 2021: Please see our COVID-19 Vaccine page for new information for Signal Hill residents, including an opportunity for eligible residents to receive their vaccine through the City of Long Beach.

Masks and Face Coverings

Everyone in the state of California over the age of two (who is medically able) is required to wear a mask in public places and when outside of the home. Masks and face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth and fit snugly. Masks protect both you and others from COVID-19 and are a key tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Please review the state-wide order (PDF) and the latest Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings from the CDC.

L.A. County Economic and Business Information

Businesses must continue to adhere to sector-specific distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and the community. Employees and customers must continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when in public and while patronizing a business, even those who have been fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage you to review the specific requirements for each business before patronizing.

What’s Open in L.A. County / Signal Hill:

As of April 15, 2021, under the Orange Tier of the the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the current L.A. County Health Officer Order:

  • Essential retailers and service providers including grocery stores, food markets, pharmacies, animal health care providers, gas stations, essential government functions, health care providers, and others, are open at 75% max capacity.
  • Limited-service businesses such as banks/credit unions, laundromats, auto repair, laundromats, dry cleaners, pet groomers, etc. may open at 75% capacity.
  • Private gatherings are permitted, but health officials encourage gatherings to be small. Outdoors is always safer than indoors. No more than three households or 15 people may gather at once. Please see pages 4 - 6 of the Health Officer Order (PDF) for private gathering protocols.
  • Personal care services, including hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo parlors, may open at 75% indoor capacity. Customers and staff must wear masks at all times. See Personal Care Protocols (PDF).
  • Non-essential retailers (PDF), indoor malls and non-essential shopping centers may open at 75% indoor capacity. Entry screening is required for both staff and customers.
  • Restaurants and other food-service facilities(PDF) may be open for dining, delivery, drive-thru, pickup, and retail operations. When dining on-site, customers must wear masks at restaurants at all times except for when eating or drinking at your table. Tables must be spaced at least eight feet apart, whether indoor or outdoors.
    • Indoor dining is permitted at 50 % occupancy, or 200 people, whichever is less. Everyone seated at the same table indoors must be from the same household. 
    • Outdoor dining is also permitted. No more than six people may be seated at the same table.
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries (PDF) that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per indoor table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.  can open outdoors with restrictions. Reservations are required and there is a 90-minute time limit. 
  • Bars (PDF) that do not provide meals may open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Visits are limited to 90 minutes. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted outdoors only and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. 
  • Hotels, motels and lodging (PDF) may open for tourism and individual travel.
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums (PDF) may open indoors at 50% capacity. Outdoor operations are permitted with masking and physical distancing.
  • School-based programs, including Day Camps (PDF)
  • Outdoor playgrounds (PDF) may open, everyone over two years old must wear a mask. Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.
  • Flea markets, swap meets
  • Drive-in movie theaters (PDF)
  • Movie theaters (PDF) are open at 50% of max capacity, or 200 people. Reserved seating is required. Each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating and drinking is allowed in only designated dining areas or while in your reserved seat. Masks must be worn at all times, while not eating or drinking.
  • Trails and parks are open. Before using trails, please see guidance for trails here (PDF).
  • Outdoor recreational facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor shooting and archery ranges, equestrian centers and community gardens are open, with restrictions.
  • Beaches and beach bike paths: Please see Beach Reopening Protocol (PDF). 
  • Gyms and fitness facilities (PDF) may re-open indoor activities at 25% maximum capacity. Outdoor operations are encouraged. Patrons and employees must wear an appropriate face mask at all times except when swimming.
  • Places of Worship (PDF) are encouraged to continue operations outdoors. They may hold indoor services at 50% capacity.
  • Cardrooms (PDF) can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables and gaming areas.
  • Car dealerships (PDF) may open at 25% indoor capacity. Customers and staff must be masked.
  • Family Entertainment Centers (PDF) that are held outdoors and naturally distanced indoor family entertainment activities such as indoor bumper cars, indoor batting cages, bowling alleys,
    escape rooms, kiddie rides, virtual reality, etc. are permitted to open at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required. All other indoor activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing, like arcades, ice and roller skating, and indoor playgrounds must remain closed.
  • Outdoor Residential Swimming Pools (PDF) may be open for routine use provided that pool users maintain 6-foot physical distance from non-household members and that pool users wear a face covering at all times when they are not in the water. Indoor residential pools must remain closed.

What’s Closed in L.A. County / Signal Hill:

  • The Signal Hill Public Library's interior
  • City Hall and the Community Services Department are closed to walk in visitors. We are open by appointment only.
  • Lounges and nightclubs
  • Public entertainment venues such as live performance theaters, concert venues, and festivals
  • Certain indoor-only family entertainment centers such as indoor arcades, ice and roller skating rinks, and indoor playgrounds
  • Large gatherings (more than three households) at businesses such as restaurants or places with rentable event spaces are not permitted.

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 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 as much as possible. Learn more about social distancing (PDF) from LACDPH. Many people who are infected with COVID-19 do not have symptoms and may not know they can spread the virus to others. 

City of Signal Hill Information

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. 

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. 

What I’ve Been Exposed? What if I Feel Sick?

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, please get a COVID-19 test. Contact your health care provider as soon as possible. You can also call the L.A. County Nurse Help Line at 844-804-0055, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, or a health care provider tells you you are likely positive, you are required to isolate yourself, and tell your close contacts that they need to quarantine. Please follow the instructions found here, in compliance with the L.A. County Health Officer Isolation Order.
  • If you think you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have been notified that you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you should get a COVID-19 test and quarantine. Please follow the instructions found here, in compliance with the L.A. County Home Quarantine Health Officer Order.

Testing for COVID-19

  • If you have a primary health care provider, please check with their office to inquire about testing first. 
  • Starting Tuesday, March 30, the City is hosting FREE COVID-19 testing at the Signal Hill Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit https://www.360clinic.md/ to learn more and to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • L.A. County Public Health offers free tests for City of Signal Hill residents. An appointment is required, and testing is prioritized for those experiencing symptoms. Testing is also prioritized for at-risk individuals and front-line and essential workers. Learn more and make an appointment online. For answers to questions about testing in L.A. County, go to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.
  • City of Signal Hill residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can also get tested for free at COVID-19 testing sites in the City of Long Beach. Visit their website to learn more. 

Staying Healthy and Slowing the Spread 

  • 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. 
  • Wear a mask / face covering when out of the home, when you are around others, in public places, and while patronizing businesses. Be sure it covers both the nose and mouth, with a secure fit.
  • 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.
  • 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 avoid non-essential travel. The CDC and LACDPH continue to urge that everyone avoid non-essential travel during this time when there are significant hot spots across the country and the world and significant risk from more infectious variants. 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, however, 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. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 7 full days after travel if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result taken 3-5 days after their arrival. If a traveler does not get tested after they arrive in Los Angeles County, they must quarantine for a full 10 days. All travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their arrival, and should get tested and isolate if they develop symptoms.

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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