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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: December 3, 2020

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 and guidance. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are surging in our area. It is critically important that everyone follow the public health measures that can protect us from COVID-19 and minimize spreading it to others. See the latest L.A. County Health Officer Order here.

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rates. Each tier has criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions. L.A. County, which includes the City of Signal Hill, remains in Tier 1 status per the County's current case data. Learn more.

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December 3: Today the Governor and the State Department of Health introduced a Regional Stay Home Order that will take effect when a region's ICU bed capacity falls below 15%. The order divides the state into five regions. As of today, the order is not in effect in any region, however, officials caution that Southern California and other regions are close to reaching the 15% threshold. When in effect, the order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes most sectors except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. Please learn more about this order from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

November 27: Due to the continued alarming levels of new cases and hospitalizations, a temporary Los Angeles County Health Officer Order is in effect Monday, November 30 through December 20. The Order prohibits most public and private gatherings, apart from outdoor church services and outdoor protests. New occupancy limits will take effect at various businesses. The new order also requires the closure of all outdoor playgrounds. Learn more from L.A. County Public Health here. Please note that health orders in the City of Long Beach may be slightly different, as Long Beach has its own Health Department. Visit longbeach.gov/covid19 for their latest Health Order and guidance.

November 22: L.A. County Public Health will prohibit on-site dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars  for at least the next three weeks throughout all of L.A. County. The same restrictions will apply to businesses in the City of Long Beach. You can continue to enjoy delivery, drive-thru or take-out, but eating on-site, whether outdoor or indoor, will not be permitted. Read the announcement from LACDPH here.

November 19: Effective November 21, counties in Tier 1 must stop all non-essential activities and gatherings between 10:00 pm to 5:00 a.m. This includes L.A. County, Orange County. and many other counties. The order will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. December 21. Read the Governor's announcement here

November 16: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urges everyone to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks except for accessing essential services. Re-think your holiday plans and cancel any plans for travel outside the region in the coming weeks. If you have plans to celebrate thanksgiving with others who are not in your household, please make sure you will celebrate outdoors with only two other households.  If you need to be indoors, this can only happen with members of your immediate household. Gatherings, events, parties and get-togethers that are indoor and/or include people from more than three households are legally prohibited by Health Officer orders.

November 13: Today the state issued a travel advisory in advance of the holiday season. As COVID-19 transmission is increasing in many states and countries, those arriving, or returning to California, from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. During this time, people should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel. All Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.

November 10: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 update at the November 10 City Council meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).

Basketball courts and sports fields remain closed at this time. The Signal Hill Dog Park is also closed indefinitely as we work to assess the needs of the park in order to safely re-open. 

Cloth Face Coverings

Everyone in the state of California over the age of two is required to wear a cloth face covering in public places and when outside of the home. Please review the November 15 updated state-wide order (PDF) and Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings (PDF) from L.A. 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. 
  • 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.

L.A. County Economic Re-Opening and Business Information

Businesses must adhere to sector-specific distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers and our most vulnerable residents. Employees and customers must continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when in public and inside a business. We strongly encourage you to review the specific requirements for each business before patronizing, as there will be significant changes to these operations.

What’s Open in L.A. County:

Los Angeles County is currently under Tier 1 (Widespread). Please see this chart (PDF) for what is currently open under Tier 1 (purple). All businesses must be closed from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. in compliance with the state-wide Limited Stay Home Order. 

What’s Closed in L.A. County:

  • Bars, lounges and nightclubs
  • No on-site dining or consumption at restaurants, breweries, craft distilleries, and wineries
  • Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities
  • Indoor operations at places of worship
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Public entertainment venues such as live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks, and festivals
  • Non-specified indoor family entertainment centers such as indoor bowling alleys, arcades, skating rinks, etc.
  • Casinos, cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities 

Please note that the City of Long Beach is served by its own health department and issues separate, but similar guidance and directives. Visit longbeach.gov/covid19 for updates from the City of Long Beach.

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 and the Community Services Department are open by appointment only. All City in-person events and in-person meetings are suspended until further notice.

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. 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. Learn more on the LACDPH Coronavirus FAQ page

Testing for COVID-19

COVID-19 testing is widely available in our area. If you have a primary health care provider, please check with their office to inquire about testing first.

  • 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. 
  • 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 

  • Older adults and individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions should 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. 
  • 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.
  • Wear a cloth 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.
  • 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 non-essential travel. 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 maintain at least 6 feet of space from others. Please see above for guidance from local and state authorities regarding holiday travel and the recent state-wide travel advisory. 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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