City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 4.23.20
To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing regular 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: Hermosa Beach’s is now publishing updates Monday-Thursday. If there is urgent Hermosa Beach news over the weekend, the City will issue updates and share the news on its social media and website.
Today's updates include:
COVID-19 Budget Impacts: Like cities across the region and the nation, the City of Hermosa Beach is predicting a loss in revenues because of the COVID-19 restrictions. City Manager Suja Lowenthal provided a report to the City Council last night that the City’s current annual budget of nearly $40 million is projected to have a deficit of about $2.3 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The City is expected to have about a $6 million deficit in the next fiscal year, 2020-21, if COVID-19 impacts continue as they are currently. The City Manager said her budgetary goals are to protect services and maintain the quality of life residents have come to enjoy. To accomplish that, she said the City will seek savings by not filling some vacant positions, re-prioritizing or adjusting some funds allocated to capital projects, and looking at other efficiencies. Upcoming budget dates and meetings include:
- May 15 - Release of the Draft 2020-21 City budget proposal.
- May 21 - City Council Budget Study Session.
- June 9 - A City Council public hearing and potential adoption of the 2020-21 fiscal year budget.
Strand and Beach Maintenance Activities: While residents are staying safe at home, the City of Hermosa Beach’s team is working on much-needed maintenance along the Strand. Over the last few weeks, crews have been replacing deteriorated sand gates along the openings of the Strand wall. Today, the Public Works Crew began work to paint and re-stripe markings along the Strand. This work includes the removal of faded paint, which requires equipment that generates noise at a location for a few minutes at a time. Once the current paint is removed, striping and stenciling will be replaced along nearly two miles of the Strand and we will look forward to a much-needed fresh striping that improves bike and pedestrian safety along this corridor.
Observe Public Health Orders as Weather Gets Warmer: Staying home saves lives. What we are doing is working to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, but as a community we need to maintain our resolve to protect our most vulnerable and those that cannot stay home. Every outing or trip you can reduce makes a difference. Please see this video from South Bay leaders, including Hermosa Beach Mary Mary Cambell and first responders thanking residents for staying home.
Staying Cool While Staying at Home: The L.A. County Department of Public Health offers the following recommendations to keep cool during this weekend’s expected high temperatures:
Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes and bring a hat or umbrella with you.
Avoid working out wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes. This means avoiding contact with others while you work out.
Cars get very hot. Don't leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke, and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting and pale and clammy skin.
Check on those at risk, like the sick, older adults, pregnant women and children.
Partial Opening of Polliwog Park: Manhattan Beach’s City Council announced it will partially open Polliwog Park at 6:30 a.m. Saturday on a trial basis. All those entering the park must wear face coverings while visiting the park, and the park may be closed again if rules are not observed by the public.
County Waives Adoption Fees for All Animals: In an effort to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 crisis, the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control announced today that it is waiving adoption fees at all seven animal care centers, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.
State & Federal Updates
House Approves $485 Billion Small Business Aid Package: The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve a $484 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 now go to the president to sign.
California’s Potential Early Exposure to COVID-19: New autopsy results from Santa Clara County indicate that two Californians died of COVID-19 in early and mid-February -- up to three weeks before the previously known first U.S. death from the virus.
Deadliest COVID-19 Day so Far for California: In a briefing today, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California recorded the most deaths in a day from COVID-19 yesterday with a total of 115 deaths.
Governor’s Update Includes Additional Economic Relief: To combat the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a briefing today that he has signed an executive order preventing debt collectors from garnishing money received through the CARES Act and retroactively forcing debt collectors to return already garnished funds. He also announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans.
Executive Order Signed to Suspend Green Cards: Following his Tweet Tuesday, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order temporarily suspending new immigrant visas to most immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. for 60 days.
House Votes to Create COVID-19 Response Oversight Committee: The U.S. House voted today to create a committee to oversee the federal response to the coronavirus crisis. The committee will include seven Democrats and five Republicans that will have broad investigative authority over how taxpayer dollars are allocated and federal crisis preparations to combat COVID-19.
First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in U.S. Pet Cats: In a joint press release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture announced the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in two pet cats in the U.S. The agencies emphasized that there is no evidence at this time that pets play a role in spreading coronavirus in the U.S.
National Unemployment Update: According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s press release today, U.S. weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million this week, bringing the 5-week total to more than 26 million as COVID-19 continues to disrupt the nation’s economy.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 2.6 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and the virus has killed over 186,000 across the globe as of April 20, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 22 | N/A*
- L.A. County - 17,058 | 797
- California - 37,369 | 1,469
- United States - 828,441 | 46,379
*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.
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