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Posted on: January 24, 2020

COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: January 15, 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. It is critically important that everyone follow public health measures that can protect us from COVID-19 and minimize spreading it to others. See the latest L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF) updated December 30. Please do not gather with others outside of your household, and stay home as much as possible. 

Latest Case Numbers

  • City of Signal Hill Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 902 as of January 14, 2021 (+11 since January 13
  • City of Signal Hill Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths: 6 as of January 14, 2021 (+1 since January 13)
  • L.A. County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 975,299 as of January 14, 2021 (+17,323 since January 13)
  • State of California Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 2,816,969 as of January 13, 2021

News

January 14, 2021: We are working with the City of Long Beach and L.A. County to potentially allow for Signal Hill residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services. At this time we are working together on the next steps. We are grateful for Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s assistance and his office’s coordination with Signal Hill and the L.A. County Department of Public Health. As we are still working through the process and awaiting confirmation, please do not attend Long Beach vaccination events or call Long Beach to make inquiries at this time. We will keep the community updated as new information becomes available. As a reminder, you may speak with your health care provider if you are interested in receiving the vaccine. Your employer may also have information if you work in an essential or high-risk sector. Currently, only limited groups are able to receive the vaccine. 

January 13, 2021: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 presentation at the January 12, 2021 City Council Meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).

January 11, 2021: L.A. County Public Health says every minute, on average, 10 people in L.A. County test positive for COVID-19. At least 10-12% of people infected with the virus end up hospitalized at some point, and more than 1% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 end up dying. Now is the time to avoid, as much as possible, contact with others that aren’t in your household. When you must go out, to work or for essential services, always wear a mask, keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and bring sanitizing wipes with you to wipe down your cell phone, your car keys, your workstations, the door handles and anything you touch and anything other people are touching. This is the time to be extremely cautious and very careful. 

January 7, 2021: The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all Californians and will be offered to different groups in phases. Distribution of the vaccine in Signal Hill is managed by the L.A. County Department of Health. The vaccine is likely to be available to the general public in Spring/Summer 2021. Please consult your doctor or primary health care provider to find out how and when you may be able to receive a vaccine. 

January 4, 2021: L.A. County Public Health now says that community transmission rates are so high (more than one in five) that you risk exposure whenever you leave your house. Since November 1, cases have increased by 905%. There is also a very high number of COVID-19 patients in our area hospitals. L.A. County Public Health urges everyone to take personal responsibility and do their part to stop the surge; the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths do not go down until the number of new cases decreases. Everyone should stay home whenever possible.  

December 29: The State Regional Stay Home Order is extended until further notice in the Southern California region. Our region has 0% ICU bed capacity as of 12/29 and the four-week projection for ICU capacity does not show sufficient improvement. Until our region sees a four-week projection of 15% capacity or greater, we will remain under the Regional Stay-Home Order. Learn more in this video presentation from Dr. Mark Ghaly of CA Health and Human Services. The L.A. County Department of Public Health released a new Health Officer Order (PDF) to reflect this.

December 27: The L.A. County Department of Health is now legally requiring all travelers who traveled outside of L.A. County to quarantine for ten days immediately upon returning. If you start to experience any symptoms or have a positive test, isolate for 10 days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The best way to safely quarantine is to not leave your home or allow any visitors to your home, and to find others who can help you buy groceries and other essential necessities. Learn more. 

December 23: The California Department of Public Health is extending the order that prohibits non-essential activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. statewide. Learn more. Californians should continue to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with some exceptions. This order will remain in place until all regions of California are no longer under the Regional Stay-Home Order

December 22: L.A. County has tragically surpassed 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. More than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths occurred in just the last two weeks. Signal Hill's confirmed case count has risen 32% in the last three weeks, from 404 cases on December 1, to 594 on December 22. ICU adjusted capacity for the Southern California region remains at 0%. Please stay home as much as possible, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings. Local, regional and state officials ask everyone to not travel and cancel all holiday plans that involve multiple households.

December 21: The L.A. County Health Officer Order now permits faith-based services both indoors and outdoors, with mandatory physical distancing and face coverings over both the nose and mouth that must be worn at all times while on site. Attendance is not permitted to exceed the number of people who can be accommodated while maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between separate households. L.A. County Public Health strongly recommends that places of worship continue to hold services outdoors, with physical distancing and face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF).

December 17: As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out to the first recipients, you may have questions about the next steps. The L.A. County Department of Public Health held a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Townhall, on Thursday, December 17, 2020. You can watch it on-demand on L.A. County Public Health’s Facebook and YouTube channels. 

December 9: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 update at the December 8 City Council meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).

December 5: ICU bed capacity in Southern California is below the 15% threshold. The State Public Health Officer ordered that our region must implement the Regional Stay Home Order on December 6 at 11:59 p.m., in effect for at least three weeks. Please learn more here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order  

  • All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited in the Region except for outdoor faith-based services/worship and outdoor protests. 
  • Anyone living in the same household is permitted to leave their home for permitted activities and outdoor recreation, as long as they do not interact with or gather with other households except for as necessary during permitted activities.
  • Masks must be worn 100% of the time anyone is away from home and physical distancing of at least six feet between people must be observed outside of the home.
  • Critical infrastructure, essential businesses, schools and non-urgent medical and dental care can remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures. Non-essential retail may remain open at 20% capacity. Restaurants may remain open for take-out and delivery only - no on-site dining. Personal care services (hair/nail salons, etc.), museums/aquariums/zoos, and most non-essential business must close.
  • Parks, trails, playgrounds, and other outdoor recreational facilities are open. You are encouraged to get outside to maintain physical and mental well-being, however these activities must be with immediate household members only. No overnight camping.

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.

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. 
  • 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 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 / Signal Hill:

As of December 21, 2020, under the State's Regional Stay at Home Order:

  • Essential retailers and businesses such as grocery stores, food markets, gas stations, banks/credit unions, laundromats, auto repair, appliances, may open at limited occupancy.
  • City Hall and the Community Services Department are open for phone and e-mail assistance. To visit City Hall in-person, you must have an appointment. Learn more about making an appointment. We are not accepting walk-in visitors.
  • Retailers that do not sell essential goods may open at 20% of indoor maximum capacity.  
  • Restaurants and other food-service facilities can be open for delivery, drive-thru, pickup, and retail operations only. See the updated Restaurant Re-Opening Protocol (PDF)
  • Breweries, wineries, and craft distilleries may open for retail sales and manufacturing only.
  • Hotels, motels and lodging are open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations ONLY.
  • School-based programs, including Day Camps (PDF)
  • Outdoor playgrounds (masks and physical distancing 100% of the time)
  • Flea markets, swap meets
  • Drive-in movie theaters (all occupants of each car must be from the same household)
  • Trails and parks are open, with the exception of the Signal Hill Dog Park. 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, with restrictions.
  • Beaches and beach bike paths: Please see Beach Reopening Protocol (PDF). Find more information on L.A. County Beaches at beaches.lacounty.gov
  • Gyms and fitness facilities: Outside only, 50% capacity
  • Places of Worship (PDF)

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

  • Gatherings of multiple households
  • The Signal Hill Dog Park and 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. Learn more
  • All non-essential businesses and industries
  • Bars, lounges and nightclubs
  • No on-site dining or consumption at restaurants, breweries, craft distilleries, and wineries
  • Personal care services such as hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, esthetic services, etc.
  • 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 
  • Basketball courts and sports fields

Social / Physical Distancing: Stay Six Feet Apart

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. Please stay six feet apart from other people while away from home at all times. 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. 

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. If you do not feel well, especially if you have one of the above symptoms, please stay home, and call your health care provider.

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 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 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 must quarantine. Please follow the instructions found here, in compliance with the L.A. County Home Quarantine Health Officer Order. 

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.