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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: May 29, 2020: The City of Signal Hill is served by the L.A. County Department of Public Health and must abide by all orders and guidance from County Public Health. We will keep this page up-to-date with the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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L.A. County Health Officer Order 

The L.A. County Health Officer Order (as of May 29) (PDF) remains in effect until further notice. COVID-19 still poses a significant threat. The order continue to requires everyone to remain at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the disease. Gatherings and groups that include people from multiple households are prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests. Continue to limit close contact with others outside your household, both indoor and outdoor.

Re-Opening and Business Information

L.A. County is slowly re-opening the economy while continuing to make public health its first priority. The Health Officer order is being amended in stages to allow for a phased re-opening of some businesses and public spaces. For re-opening to continue safely, employees and customers must continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when at a business and out in public. All businesses must adhere to distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and the County’s most vulnerable residents before re-opening. 

Open of May 29, 2020:

  • Restaurants may open for dine-in service at limited capacity. Physical distancing measures will be in place. Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms. Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized. Reservations will be encouraged, as diners will not be permitted to wait inside the restaurant for a table. Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating. Please visit L.A. County Public Health for more detailed protocols as they are posted.
  • Hair salons and barber shops may re-open with restrictions. Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms. Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service. Stylists may only serve one client at a time. Please visit L.A. County Public Health for more detailed protocols as they are posted.
  • Retailers that do not sell essential goods may now open for business at 50% capacity. See Retail Re-Opening Protocol here (PDF).
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.
  • Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Car dealership showrooms/sales are open, provided all employees and customers practice physical distancing and infection control procedures. See Car Dealership Re-Opening Protocol here.
  • Trails and parks are open. All users engage in physical distancing measures including wearing a face covering while in close contact with other people. Before using trails, please see County Public Health guidance for trails here (PDF).
  • Low-risk outdoor recreational facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor shooting and archery ranges, equestrian centers and community gardens may open with restrictions.
  • Beaches and beach bike paths may re-open for active recreation, depending on the jurisdiction. Permitted activities include swimming, surfing, running, walking, skating, and biking. Sunbathing, sitting, grilling, canopies, coolers, and group gatherings are prohibited. Please see Beach Reopening Protocol (PDF). You can also find more information on L.A. County Beaches at beaches.lacounty.gov.

What’s Still Closed?

  • Nail salons and spa facilities 
  • Gyms and fitness centers 
  • Beach piers 
  • Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals 
  • Indoor museums, galleries and zoos 

Please note that this information applies to businesses within the City of Signal Hill and most of L.A. County. The City of Long Beach is served by its own health department, has a separate "Safer at Home" order, and may choose to make different modifications to its order at any time. Visit longbeach.gov/covid19 for updates from the City of Long Beach.

With the continued expansion of the Health Oficer order, more people will be leaving their homes. Therefore, it is even more important that older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions continue to 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. Ask for food, medical supplies, and other essential items to be brought to your door through family, neighbors, or delivery services. Call 2-1-1 if you need assistance getting food and other essential items. 

Additional News

  • The CIty of Signal Hill is suspending street sweeping parking enforcement through June 30, 2020. Please help us keep a clear path for the sweeper when possible.
  • The City of Signal Hill is extending the suspension of all water shut-offs through June 30, 2020.
  • City Council COVID-19 Presentation: May 26, 2020 (PDF)
  • City Council COVID-19 Presentation: May 12, 2020 (PDF)
  • The City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Information Hotline is now available 24/7. Call 562-989-7392 to hear recorded information.

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. 

Cloth Face Coverings

The L.A. County Department of Health requires everyone to wear a cloth face covering and practice physical distancing while out in public and around other people. All employees and customers should wear face coverings while patronizing businesses. See Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings (PDF) from County Public Health.

  • A cloth face covering is a material that covers the mouth and nose. Cloth face coverings may reduce your risk of infecting others. They are not a replacement for staying home as much as possible and washing your hands often. Children under 2 years old should not wear a cloth face covering. 
  • Please do not purchase medical-grade masks such as N95 and surgical masks, they are needed for front-line workers. You do not have to buy a pre-made covering, you can make your own using basic household items and a variety of materials. Please see this video from the CDC showing you how to make a basic cloth covering. The CDC also posted step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY cloth face covering.
  • State of California orders to stay home remain in place until further notice. All Californians, regardless of age or health status, must stay home as much as possible, and refrain from all non-essential activities. Learn more from the Governor’s Office.  

Social / Physical Distancing: Stay Six Feet Apart

Please stay six feet apart from other people while out in public. 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. 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. 

City of Signal Hill Information

City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library, and the City Yard are closed to the public until further notice. We are still open for business via phone and/or e-mail. For more information on COVID-19 impacts on City services, and how to do business with us by department, visit our Closures and Cancelations page. All City events, programming, senior excursions, in-person meetings, and gatherings are suspended until further notice.

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, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, and/or sore throat. If you do not feel well, especially if you have one of the above symptoms, please stay home, call your health care provider, and follow Home Isolation Instructions from County Public Health. 

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. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 9-1-1, otherwise please call your doctor before going in to seek care. Learn more on the LACDPH Coronavirus FAQ page

Testing for COVID-19

  • City of Signal Hill residents can receive free COVID-19 testing throughout L.A. County and the City of L.A. 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. Please note that Long Beach is reserving testing for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Certain Long Beach locations are also testing essential workers who may have been exposed but are not showing symptoms.
  • Your health care provider can provide additional guidance on whether you should be tested for COVID-19. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can call L.A. County 2-1-1. 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.

Staying Healthy and Slowing the Spread 

If you are able to stay home, please stay home. This is a legal order from County and State health officials, and it includes everyone, no matter your age, health status, or background. Please go out only for essential functions such as going to an essential job/work, essential grocery shopping, childcare, or medical appointments.

  • 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.  
  • Older adults (65+), individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, and must remain at home. If you are considered "high-risk", ask for food, medical supplies, and other essential items to be brought to your door through family, neighbors, or delivery services. Call 2-1-1 if you need assistance getting food and other essential items. Please visit the CDC’s website to learn more about people who are at higher risk for severe 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.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others and the public, and while visiting essential businesses.
  • 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.

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

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and you test positive, or a doctor tells you you’re likely positive, you must follow the L.A. County Home Isolation Health Officer Order. This order legally requires anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for at least 10 days and be fever-free for 72 hours. 

If you think you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days in compliance with the L.A. County Home Quarantine Health Officer Order. You are a "close contact" if you’ve come into contact with someone who is thought to have COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 between 48 hours before that person’s symptoms began and until that person is no longer required to be isolated.  

Travel

Please avoid all non-essential travel. You should limit travel outside of the home to those activities that are considered essential. 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 also maintain at least 6 feet of space from others.

There are currently federally-mandated restrictions and recommendations on certain international destinations. To learn more about international travel restrictions, and an updated list of countries that have travel restrictions, CDC has updated information for travelers here. 

Additional information:

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

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