City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 4.22.20
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:
50th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebrated Online: Because of the restrictions on public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Bay Eco Festival shifted to an online format to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today. Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell contributed an Earth Day video suggesting residents mark the occasion by supporting local Green Businesses to thank them for their commitments to protecting our environment.
Hermosa Beach Playgrounds Are Closed for Your Protection: To slow the spread of the coronavirus, the City closed or taped off access to playground and exercise equipment and courts at City parks last month because COVID-19 has the ability to live on shared, high-touch surfaces for several days. The City left the green space in the parks open for people to take a quick walk and get some fresh air, as is permitted under County public health orders. However, those orders prohibit gatherings and requires six feet of distance be maintained between others that are not part of the same household. City staff are monitoring the Greenbelt, parks and beach every day and responding to calls from the community regarding group activities and lack of social distancing. Staff have also had to replace signage and tape that was removed from playground and exercise equipment. Please observe the restrictions, avoid touching shared surfaces in these public spaces and leave signage in place.
L.A. County COVID-19 Cases Leveling Off But Not Decreasing: L.A. County Department of Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghdaly reported today that the number of new COVID-19 diagnoses in the County is leveling off and that means the County should have adequate medical capacity for acute care. However, she said the cases are not yet decreasing so physical distancing requirements must remain in place for now to ensure the County continues to have adequate medical capacity and avoid a second wave in the increase of COVID-19 cases.
State & Federal Updates
Governor Announces Plan to Resume Health Care Delayed By COVID-19: Based on progress made in the statewide fight against COVID-19, California Governor Gavin Newsom today announced plans to allow hospitals and health systems to resume delayed medical care for Californians – including heart valve replacements, angioplasty, tumor removals and colonoscopies – which were deferred as the state’s health care delivery systems prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients.
House Approves $485 Billion Small Business Aid Package: The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on a $485 billion relief package that includes new funding for small businesses suffering losses because of the coronavirus outbreak, for hospitals and for expanded COVID-19 testing. The Senate approved the measure Tuesday, and the measure will go to the President to sign if approved by the House.
CDC Director Warns of “Second COVID-19 Wave” Next Winter: In an interview with the Washington Post today, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, warned that a second wave of the novel coronavirus could be worse because it would likely coincide with the start of flu season.
Latest Facts & Figures
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 22 | N/A*
- L.A. County - 16,435 | 729
- California - 35,396 | 1,354
- United States - 802,583 | 44,575
*Los Angeles County doesn’t provide the hometowns of people who have died from COVID-19.
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 eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.