City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.4.20
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.
Beach Reopening Plans Underway: L.A. County, which ordered the closure of all the county’s beaches until at least May 15, is planning how to safely reopen the beaches, and the City of Hermosa Beach is working with the County and neighboring cities on these plans. L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn recently outlined draft plans for how to safely reopen the beaches – and avoid being overwhelmed by large crowds – after May 15. She noted that the reopening plans still must be reviewed and approved by L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
Dr. Ferrer today thanked the beach cities for their input and said they had provided a “roadmap for safely reopening the beaches.” She said she will provide further information later this week on reopening non-essential businesses, beaches, trails and other facilities. She also said people will need to continue to practice physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and wear cloth face masks to avoid undermining the progress made so far in slowing the spread of COVID -19. Here are the draft beach reopening plans Supervisor Hahn outlined Friday morning:
Phase 1: Open the water and shoreline for solitary activities, such as surfing, swimming, paddleboarding, walking and running
Phase 2: Wide swaths of sand would open to sunbathers, but large groups would be prohibited
Phase 3: Smaller gatherings would be allowed
Phase 4: More activities would be allowed, such as volleyball
Community Reminder: Virtual Parks and Rec Commission Meeting Tomorrow: A reminder that tomorrow night’s Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting will be conducted via videoconference to comply with the governor’s Stay at Home Order. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The public can watch it on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage. Please see the Commission Meeting Agenda. Members of the public may email comments or let the City know they wish to comment publicly by emailing email@example.com before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Comments can be provided by phone by dialing in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to (877) 309-2073, Passcode 356-457-997.
Los Angeles County Update: In a press release today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced 28 additional deaths and 568 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 26,217 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 1,256 deaths. Testing capacity continues to increase in L.A. County, with testing results available for nearly 173,000 individuals and 13% of people testing positive. The County also reported 24 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Hermosa Beach. Additional details were not made available, and it is unclear when these deaths occurred.
State & Federal Updates
Governor Announces Introduction of Phase 2 of California Reopening: In a briefing today, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that some businesses included in the state's “Stage 2” reopening phase will be allowed to resume operations with curbside pickup on Friday, May 8. These include florists and book, clothing and toy stores, among others. Associated manufacturers that support those retail supply chains will also be allowed to resume production.
Beach Closures in Laguna Beach and San Clemente Lifted: In a briefing today, Governor Newsom announced that Laguna Beach and San Clemente city-run beaches have opened back up to the public for active recreation, with restrictions, based on plans they submitted to the governor’s office over the weekend. For more information, see Laguna Beach’s press release.
Deadliest Day in U.S. Over Weekend: This past Friday, May 1, the United States experienced its deadliest day of COVID-19 to date, with 2,909 deaths attributed to the disease in 24 hours according to data from the World Health Organization. More than 1.1 million cases and almost 68,000 COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded to this point across the United States.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 3.5 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and the virus has killed almost 250,000 across the globe as of April 27, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 24 | 2
- L.A. County - 26,217 | 1,256
- California - 54,937 | 2,254
- United States - 1,152,372 | 67,456
*All reported data is from the close of the previous day.
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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