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City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 4.20.20

Post Date:04/20/2020 6:30 PM

To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing daily updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19; related local updates; and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health. 

Please Note: The City has shifted to a Monday-Friday schedule for its daily COVID-19 updates. If there is urgent local news over the weekend, the City will issue updates and share the news on its social media and website. 

Today's updates include:

Local Updates

Save the Date for Hermosa Beach Town Hall: The City of Hermosa Beach has scheduled a Virtual Town Hall at 6 p.m. April 30 to provide information about the City's COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The town hall will include updates from Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell, City Manager Suja Lowenthal, Chief of Police Paul LeBaron and Dr. William Kim, Beach Cities Health District’s Chief Medical Advisor. It will include an opportunity for the public to submit questions online in advance of the meeting and the community can tune in online or watch through the City's local cable channels. Find more information about the Virtual Town Hall or RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Beach Cities Discussing Plans for Beach Reopening: L.A. County’s COVID-19 public health order keeping non-essential businesses, city facilities, the beach and Strand closed is in effect until at least May 15. The City of Hermosa Beach is collaborating with all the Beach Cities – from El Segundo to Palos Verdes Estates – and with L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn and the L.A. County Beaches and Harbors on a phased plan for reopening of the beach, the Strand and other oceanfront facilities. The goal is to have a coordinated reopening plan that will avoid the risk of increasing the spread of COVID-19. Please see the Daily Breeze news account.

Planning Commission Meeting April 21: With City Hall closed to the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Planning Commission will hold a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting may be viewed on the City’s website or local access channels. Please see the Meeting Agenda for information about the topics to be discussed and to see how to make public comments and watch the virtual meeting.

L.A.’s COVID-19 Infection Rate Appears to Exceed Confirmed Diagnoses Rates: University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today released preliminary results from a scientific study that suggests COVID-19 infections are far more widespread – and the fatality rate much lower – in L.A. County than previously thought. The preliminary results estimate that 2.8% to 5.6% of the county's adult population have antibodies to the virus, which researchers said translates to approximately 221,000 to 442,000 adults in the county who have been infected with COVID-19 – a significant increase from initial County diagnosis projections. 

State & Federal Updates

State Partners to Support Distance Learning: Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced the formation of cross-sector partnerships to assist in providing students with access to education during the COVID-19 pandemic, including commitments from the private sector to provide Internet access for hundreds of thousands of households and laptops, Chromebooks and tablets for over 70,000 students. 

Executive Order Facilitating Foster Care During COVID-19: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that allows for temporary waivers to certain foster youth programs to ensure continuity of care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adding flexibility for agencies and departments to continue necessary functions without face-to-face interaction.

Project Roomkey Update: Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an update on Project Roomkey, the statewide effort to secure housing for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the state has secured 10,974 hotel and motel rooms and 1,133 trailers in 42 counties to house the homeless, and that 4,211 rooms have been occupied.

Facebook Launches COVID-19 Tracker: To help hospitals, first responders and others better respond to COVID-19 “hot spots,” Facebook has partnered with health researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a map based on a survey of people with COVID-19 symptoms, not confirmed cases, that will help forecast coronavirus activity across the U.S. 

Global Coronavirus Figures: Almost 2.5 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and the virus has killed almost 170,000 across the globe as of April 20, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Latest Facts & Figures 

Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths

*Los Angeles County doesn’t provide the hometowns of people who have died from COVID-19. 

Additional Resources

Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill. Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread: If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. More information is available here

We are monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. 

Information regarding coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website. To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotificationspublic safety alerts or follow the City on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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