City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.18.20
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 Weekend Recap: With the beach open for active recreation this past weekend, Hermosa Beach was busy – but not as busy as some neighboring communities. The City thanks the majority of community members who used the beach responsibly this past weekend by avoiding gatherings, keeping their distance from others and carrying and wearing cloth face masks when in close proximity to others. Most beachgoers followed LA County beach rules by limiting activities to surfing, swimming, walking and running on the beach.
The Hermosa Beach Police Department (HBPD) had over 200 contacts with people who were not adhering to rules in place, and HBPD Chief Paul LeBaron said 100% of the people who were contacted complied. He said officers informed the individuals of how they were violating the rules and stayed there until the individuals complied. As a reminder, the Pier and Strand remain closed during this phase, and dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time.
In addition to enforcing the public health order, HBPD was very active in protecting the community and enforcing criminal ordinances, including the arrest of an individual on lewd conduct charges at Noble Park. The individual was determined to be a convicted sex offender with a no-bail warrant based on prior charges.
Officers continued to enforce quality of life violations in and around Pier Plaza, including numerous citations issued for alcohol-related offenses, and would like to remind the community that consuming alcoholic beverages on Pier Plaza, at the beach, in parks or in any other public place is illegal. Alcoholic beverages are to be purchased with food and for take home consumption only and the City is working with business establishments to ensure understanding of and compliance with the current regulations on take home beverages.
Welcoming Hermosa Beach’s New City Clerk Eduardo Sarmiento May 21: Join us in welcoming Eduardo “Eddie” Sarmiento this Thursday, May 21 as Hermosa Beach’s first City Clerk appointed under Ballot Measure CC last fall following Elaine Doerfling’s retirement in 2019. Eddie comes to Hermosa Beach after having served as the Deputy City Clerk in the City of Lynwood and will be responsible for managing City ordinances, public records, elections, and meeting agendas and minutes for the City among other tasks.
Community Reminder - Virtual Planning Commission Meeting Tomorrow Night: A reminder that tomorrow night’s Planning Commission meeting will be conducted via videoconference to comply with the governor’s Stay at Home Order. The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow, May 19, and can be watched on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage. For more information, please see the Planning Commission Meeting Agenda. To submit public comments, visit the City’s eComment platform.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 18 new deaths and 477 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 38,451 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,839 deaths. The County reported one additional case of COVID-19 in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, bringing the City’s total numbers to 26 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
Newsom Announces Additional Counties Ready for Stage 2: In a briefing today, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the decision to open some counties for Stage 2 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap. The decision, which comes after Newsom praised decreased COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients, means that roughly 53 of California’s 58 counties can move into the second of four stages toward reopening if they so choose. L.A. County is not one of those counties.
House Passes $3 Trillion HEROES Act: The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a $3 trillion relief package, named the HEROES Act, to help address the economic fallout due to COVID-19. The Senate will vote on the measure next.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 4.7 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 317,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 18, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 26 | 2
- L.A. County - 38,451 | 1,839
- California - 80,430 | 3,302
- United States - 1,480,349 | 89,407
*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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