As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, I want to acknowledge what a stressful time this is for all of us. I believe the best way to manage our stress is by relying on accurate information from credible sources.
The City Council and City Management Team have been closely following daily updates from both the State and the County. Monday evening, the County issued a Health Officer Order that restricted food facility operations and closed specific businesses including bars, nightclubs, gyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades.
The Order does not prohibit use of enclosed spaces where 50 or more people may be present at different times during the day, as long as 50 or more people are not present in the space at the same time. The Order also continues to allow for attendance at regular school classes, work, essential government services, and other essential services.
At this time, the city staff team is following the guidance for employers issued by the LA County Department of Public Health, that is also helpful for you at work or at home:
* We should all be following personal prevention actions.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
* If you are sick (not COVID-19), please stay home and do not come back to work until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
* If you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, notify your employer immediately.
* Please observe the 6-foot social distancing requirements.
Following are some FAQs from the County Public Health website:
Q: What should I do if I have symptoms and think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness and can get better with appropriate home care and without the need to see a provider. People who are elderly, pregnant, or have a weak immune system, or other medical problems, are at higher risk of more serious illness or complications. Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care early if your symptoms get worse. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care.
Q: What should I do if I have no symptoms and think I may have been exposed to novel coronavirus?
If you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please notify HR immediately. If you are not sick, there is no need to do anything other than practice every day daily prevention and monitor yourself for symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever and cough.
Q: Can I get tested for the novel coronavirus?
If you are sick, your health care provider may decide to do a test for coronavirus. Only health care providers can test for COVID-19. Since most people will get better with rest and time, there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you are sick and think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your doctor before going in for care.
Q: How is novel coronavirus treated?
There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus.
At this time, City Hall and the Police Department continue to remain open to the public. We have implemented required social distancing in our public meetings, and at our public reception points. We have also advertised alternative means to interact with the City to conduct business, including via online, email, and phone.
Each day we receive new information, and our situation may change as a result. Please be assured the city does have an escalation plan that will be implemented if needed. For more information, I encourage you to visit the LA County Department of Health website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/. And for information on city-wide operational impacts, please visit our website page at www.cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus<http://www.cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus>.
Lastly, I know this is a stressful time for all of us. Health officials recommend that we all stay informed, using credible sources for updates. Make sure you pay attention to your own health, and monitor yourself and your family members for any symptoms of illness. Avoid sharing unconfirmed news about the infectious disease to avoid creating unnecessary fear and panic. Maintain a routine, make time for yourself, and stay in touch with family and friends during this time of enhanced social distancing. Learn more: Maintaining Mental Health and Well-Being<http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/CommunicableDisease-StrategiesForCoping_new.pdf>
Let’s show the strength of our Signal Hill community by continuing to help each other, checking in on each other, and staying connected.
Thank you for your support and stay safe.
City Councilmember, City of Signal Hill
(562) 989-7393 fax
Stay updated, connect with the City of Signal Hill and Council Member Jones:
Signal Hill City Website Corona Virus Information: https://cityofsignalhill.org/CoronaVirus
Stay Updated via Social Media:
If you have Facebook, I encourage you to “follow” the city Facebook pages so you can keep up with the guidance and messaging the city is providing to the public on social media.
· City of Signal Hill Official Facebook Page<https://www.facebook.com/cityofsignalhill/>
· Community Services Department Official Facebook Page<https://www.facebook.com/SignalHillCommunityServices>
· Signal Hill Public Library Official Facebook Page<https://www.facebook.com/SignalHillPublicLibrary>
There are also updates to the public via the City Nextdoor page<https://nextdoor.com/pages/city-of-signal-hill>.