City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.5.20
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.
Hermosa Beach 1 Sun Parade This Thursday: The City of Hermosa Beach’s Parks & Recreation Department mascot, Sunny, will drive through Hermosa Beach and host a 1 Sun Parade this Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The City encourages residents to make signs and wave from their windows or the safety of their driveways while staying safe by maintaining recommended social distancing requirements. For more information about the 1 Sun Parade and Sunny’s route, please see the 1 Sun Parade event listing.
Reminder: Beach Cities Business Recovery Survey: The beach cities and affiliated chambers of commerce are asking businesses and community organizations to provide their input through a Business Recovery Survey for the beach cities to help identify and address the most pressing needs of South Bay businesses and organizations. The City encourages residents to participate, as this information will be shared with city, county and state officials to inform business recovery and resilience efforts in the beach cities.
Hermosa Police Welcomes New Hires During Pandemic: The City’s enhanced efforts to recruit new police officers have continued during the pandemic, with the Hermosa Beach Police Department (HBPD) most recently announcing the hiring of Officer Rick Taniguchi. He is scheduled to start the field training program May 10 and has prior law enforcement experience as a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He joins two other recent additions to the HBPD: Officer Kurt Mateko, who joined the department from Santa Monica on March 23, and former officer Joshua Nakamoto who returned to Hermosa Beach on March 16. Three other new HBPD recruits are assisting with investigations and other police work while they await the completion of their training at the police academy, which was temporarily shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giving Tuesday Now: The organization behind Giving Tuesday, an event that typically occurs as part of the holiday season in November or December, has launched Giving Tuesday Now to help highlight local charitable organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. The City encourages residents to help those organizations by highlighting some of their favorite Hermosa Beach and South Bay nonprofit organizations online, via social media and word of mouth, and if they have the means, to consider making a donation to them. For a list of local nonprofit organizations, visit the Hermosa Beach Community and Neighborhood Organizations on the City website.
L.A. Public Health Director Will Have Plan “Soon” to Reopen Beaches: L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a briefing today that she expects to have a plan soon for safely reopening the County’s beaches. She also said the Department of Public Health is making plans to reopen some businesses soon and will be looking at key measures, including COVID-19 testing and hospitalization rates, supplies of personal protective equipment and other key metrics to slow the virus’s spread in determining when and how to reopen the economy.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported 58 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,638 new diagnoses of the virus. To date, the department has identified 27,815 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 1,313 deaths. Testing capacity continues to increase in L.A. County, with testing results available for nearly 183,000 individuals and 13% of people testing positive. The County also continues to report 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
Additional Information on California’s Stage 2 Reopening: in a press release issued yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom clarified his announcement on the Stage 2 reopening of California’s economy during COVID-19 based on meeting specific criteria detailed in the State Report Card beginning this Friday, May 8. On Friday, Stage 2 will allow for the gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications to protect public safety. Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and schools, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The governor also announced a new framework to allow counties to progress through Stage 2 more quickly if they submit a readiness plan that meets the state’s criteria, and a partnership with local universities to accelerate contact tracing to help suppress the spread of COVID-19.
New Model Predicts 134,000 COVID-19 Deaths in U.S. By August 4: An influential coronavirus model often cited by the White House from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has doubled its initial projections and is now forecasting that 134,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the U.S. by August 4.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 3.6 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and the virus has killed over 256,000 across the globe as of May 5, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 24 | 2
- L.A. County - 27,815 | 1,313
- California - 56,212 | 2,317
- United States - 1,171,510 | 68,279
*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.
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.