Signal Hill Update April 1, 2020

I want to continue to thank all the residents for following up with these updates and using the information shared.   These updates are meant to keep you informed with new information and ensure you are able to orient your decisions and actions to keep you and your family safe and healthy, while keeping you in the loop on the steps being taken by the City.  Please continue to follow these updates closely and follow any directions provided from the LA County Health Department. Together we can ensure we protect everyone around us and reduce the harms we all face. 

As of Today in Signal Hill We Have:

  • Up until this point, we have not had any cases confirmed and reported cases of COVID-19 within the City, however, we received information yesterday from the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) that we have between 1-4 confirmed cases in our community.  Once that number hits 5, it will be reported as part of LACDPH’s city counts.  As a small city, to protect individual privacy rights, Signal Hill’s numbers are suppressed until they hit 5.
  • Long Beach has 139 positive results, including approximately 31 cases where people have recovered based on self reporting.
  • A total of two deaths have now been reported in Long Beach.  The second individual was in her 60s and had underlying health conditions. She passed away at a hospital in Orange County.

Orders from the County and State that are in place today:

  • On March 27, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. Learn more about the order on the Governor’s website.
  • On March 27, L.A. County Public Health issued a Temporary Health Officer Order(PDF) closing all public trails and trailheads, public beaches, public piers, beach bike paths and beach access points. This includes all publicly-accessible trails within the City of Signal Hill, even those owned by HOAs.
  • On March 25, L.A. County Public Health issued a Home Isolation Health Officer Order. This order legally requires anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate for at least 7 days and be fever-free for 72 hours. Public Health also issued a Home Quarantine Health Officer Order requiring all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers, and individuals who have been exposed to a person diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19 to stay in quarantine for 14 days.  
  • State orders require all Californians, regardless of age or health status, to stay home as much as possible, and refrain from all non-essential activities. Everyone who can stay home, should stay home. This does not apply to essential jobs and essential activities. Learn more from the Governor’s Office.
  • The L.A. County Department of Health has issued corresponding orders that also require everyone in L.A. County to stay at home as much as possible. All indoor and outdoor, public and private gatherings and events are not permitted. The order also closes non-essential businesses, such as indoor shopping malls, gyms/fitness centers, bars and nightclubs. View the order here. 
  • Essential businesses remain open. They include grocery stores, restaurants (take-out, delivery and drive-thru only), banks, laundromats and dry cleaners, veterinarians and pet supply stores, public works/government, health care providers, public transit, mailing/shipping services, hardware stores, auto repair shops, and others. It is okay to go outside, do yard work, go for a walk, and patronize essential businesses, as long as you practice physical distancing of six feet from others. For additional information, see Safer at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions from L.A. County DPH.

Economic Relief

  • The Signal Hill Water Department will be suspending all water shutoffs through April 30. The suspension may be extended based upon further guidance from health and safety officials. Please be assured COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or supply of Signal Hill’s tap water and should not disrupt water service to customers.
  • The city will be suspending the issuance of parking tickets for street sweeping through April 17. Although we will not be issuing tickets, please do your best to provide a clear path for the sweeper.
  • The city has extended its Brown Bag Program of groceries for those in need, please share this link with those that need assistance https://www.cityofsignalhill.org/131/Brown-Bag-Food-Distribution-Program
  • SCE is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees by request.   Learn more: https://www.sce.com/safety/coronavirus

Important Public Safety Announcements

  • The city encourage all residents to visit https://cityofsignalhill.org/CoronaVirus for up-to-date facts on COVID-19 and to avoid misinformation. You can also follow updates, tips and notices on the City’s social media pages via the City Nextdoor page and Facebook.  For health information: www.CDC.GOV/COVID19 or http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
  • Signal Hill Police and LA County Fire remain fully committed to the ongoing City efforts to ensure the safety and health of its community members. The City is working to supply every public safety professional going out on a call with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of both the first responder and the public.
  • This public health emergency has no impact on the quality or supply of Signal Hill's tap water and should not disrupt water or sewer service to Signal Hill Water's customers.
  • Signal Hill Sanitation District is asking the public to refrain from flushing paper towels and wipes, including disinfectant wipes and wipes labeled "flushable." These do not break down the way toilet paper does and can quickly cause sewer clogs, backups and spills.
  • The City encourages everyone to create a family action plan. Designate a room to separate sick household members from others; ensure access to medication, food and other essentials; and create an emergency contact list. Check on the needs of elderly family members and neighbors. Additional info can be found at ready.gov

I realize things are changing rapidly and new information and updates are coming out around the clock.  I want to assure you that city staff and I are at your service and will continue to provide any and all assistance we can.

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