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COVID-19: Latest Information and Updates

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Updated: October 26, 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. You’ll hear up-to-date information on L.A. County Public Health Officer orders, City-related impacts, and how to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.  

The City of Signal Hill is under the jurisdiction of the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and must follow all orders and guidance as such. Please continue to follow preventative measures that include wearing a face covering, avoiding crowds, avoiding close contact with people you don’t live with, and washing your hands frequently. 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. Remember to wear a mask or face covering when away from home. 

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

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October 23: LACDPH updated its Health Officer order, you can read the latest version here (PDF). LACDPH will allow batting cages, miniature golf, and go-cart racing to re-open for outside services only. See the the updated guidance for these businesses here (PDF). Personal care establishments can re-open indoors with modifications. See the updated guidance for Personal Care Establishments here (PDF).

October 15:  LACDPH will permit private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is two hours or less. Learn more in the new Health Officer Order (PDF).

October 13: City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn gave a COVID-19 update at the October 13 City Council meeting. View the presentation here (PDF).

October 8: The City of Signal Hill is beginning a staggered re-opening of outdoor playgrounds in accordance with new LACDPH guidelines and protocols. All users of parks and playgrounds MUST follow required hygiene and infection control protocols as outlined by LACDPH. Please view the protocols before using our playgrounds and amenities.

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. 

October 6: LACDPH announced new guidance for the re-opening of breweries and wineries. Breweries and wineries may only open outdoors. No indoor operations. Breweries may serve alcohol only along with a full meal prepared or served on site by an approved food provider. Alcohol must be purchased in the same transaction as a meal. Breweries and wineries may continue to be open for retail sales in compliance with the Retail protocol document. Read the guidance and protocol from LACDPH here. (PDF)

October 1: The L.A. County Department of Public Health announced the following: Nail Salons can re-open on October 1. Indoor services may resume at 25% capacity. Outdoor services should continue as much as possible. Cardrooms can re-open on October 5, outdoor only, with no food or drink service permitted. Indoor shopping malls can reopen on October 7 at 25% capacity.  

September 8: Students at the American University of Health Sciences in Signal Hill gave a presentation on self-care during the pandemic at the September 8 City Council meeting. Their presentation includes facts on COVID-19, the physical and mental impacts of the pandemic, and how to care for children and the elderly during this difficult time. View the presentation here (PDF).  

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 June 17 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

Before opening, 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). There may be discrepancies, as L.A. County may have stricter restrictions than the state:

  • Restaurants and facilities that have a moderate to high risk public health food service permit may open for outdoor seating, pickup, delivery, and drive-thru service only. Indoor operations are not allowed and all bar areas must be closed. Customers dining outside on-site must wear face coverings to be served, but may remove face coverings while eating and drinking. See the updated Restaurant Re-Opening Protocol (PDF)
  • Personal care facilities may open with restrictions and additional requirements for body art, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, tanning, nail, hair salons and barbershops. See Personal Care Protocol (PDF).
  • Batting cages, miniature golf, and go-cart racing are open for outside services only. See Reopening Protocol (PDF).
  • Brewpubs, breweries, tasting rooms and craft distilleries are approved for outdoor service, no indoor operations. They may only serve beer and wine along with a full meal prepared or served on site by an approved food provider. They may also open for retail sales and manufacturing, and must follow protocol for each.  
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation: see Campgrounds & RV Parks Re-Opening Protocol (PDF).
  • Hotels, lodging, and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel: please see Hotels, Motels & Rentals Re-Opening Protocol (PDF).
  • School-based programs, including Day Camps (PDF)
  • Pro Sports Venues without live audiences (PDF)
  • Retailers that do not sell essential goods and are not located inside a mall may open at 50% capacity. See Retail Re-Opening Protocol here (PDF).
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters
  • 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 may open 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.
  • Outdoor playgrounds: see above for guidance. 

What’s Closed in L.A. County:

  • Lounges and nightclubs
  • Indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities
  • Brewpubs, craft distilleries and breweries and wineries that cannot accommodate patrons outdoors and serve food 
  • Places of worship (indoor operations)
  • Public entertainment venues: movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert venues, theme parks, and festivals
  • Non-specified family entertainment centers such as indoor bowling alleys, arcades, skating rinks, etc.
  • Indoor dining/operations at restaurants
  • Indoor operations at cardrooms 
  • Casinos, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities 
  • Indoor playgrounds for children, except those located within a school or childcare center.  

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 and issues separate, but similar guidance and directives. Visit longbeach.gov/covid19 for updates from the City of Long Beach.

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. 

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.

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 

  • With the re-opening of the economy, 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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