City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.12.20
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.
Keep Your Distance and Keep Moving When Beaches Reopen Tomorrow: A reminder that when Hermosa’s beach and all of L.A. County’s beaches reopen tomorrow, the goal is to restore access to the sand and water in a manner that will protect public health during COVID-19 pandemic. L.A. County Department of Public Health is limiting activities to active recreation that can be conducted individually. This includes swimming, surfing, walking, running and jogging. The County is not permitting beach chairs, umbrellas, picnicking and congregating in groups. It also is requiring the Pier and Strand to be closed. But people can cross the Strand at designated locations to access the beach and ocean. The other public health requirements are in effect for the beach as well, including keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members, staying home if ill, washing hands and wearing cloth face coverings if in close proximity to others. Please see the City’s press release for more information.
County Economic Help for Small Businesses: In light of local economic hardship caused by COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Development Authority is providing grant funding for businesses with 5 or fewer employees of up to $5,000. Applications open tomorrow at noon and close May 14 at noon. To apply and for more information, see the Business Relief Grant page.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 45 new deaths and 961 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 33,180 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 1,613 deaths. The County continues to report 25 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 Gives State Update on COVID-19: In a briefing today, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California restaurants can reopen in counties that meet state testing and safety standards. He also announced that strip malls and outlet malls will be allowed to open for pickup purchases from customers, and car washes and pet groomers can also resume operating in those counties with safeguards. The governor said Californians who cannot work from home will be allowed to work in offices that undergo modifications to prevent the spread of the virus.
California Conducts Over 1 Million COVID-19 Tests: Governor Newsom shared in a press release today that California has conducted more than 1 million tests for COVID-19 and will issue a waiver allowing pharmacies to conduct tests in the near future.
House to Vote on $3 Trillion Small Business Aid Package: The U.S. House of Representatives today announced a $3 trillion relief package that includes new funding for small businesses suffering losses because of the coronavirus outbreak, direct payments for individuals and funding for hospitals and for expanded COVID-19 testing. The House is expected to consider the measure on Thursday.
COVID-19 Model Predicts 147,000 Deaths By August: The Washington University COVID-19 projection model used by the White House now forecasts that over 147,000 Americans will die by August 4, as governors across the U.S. continue lifting restrictions toward a reopening.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 4.2 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 290,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 12, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction | Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 25 | 2
- L.A. County - 33,180 | 1,613
- California - 69,382 | 2,847
- United States - 1,342,594 | 80,820
*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.