City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update for 6.16.20
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.
Growing, Renewed COVID-19 Concerns in L.A. County and Hermosa Beach: L.A. County represents California’s biggest COVID-19 hotspot by reporting nearly 60% of the state’s COVID-19-related deaths. The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 33 new deaths and 1,337 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 75,084 positive cases of COVID-19 in L.A. County and 2,959 deaths.
Hermosa Beach also continues to add new diagnoses with 3 more reported today, for a total of 45. Hermosa Beach’s COVID-19 diagnoses have risen more than 70% in the past month -- with 19 additional diagnoses since May 16. While public health officials said expanded testing is likely to result in increased diagnoses, the growing number of cases serves as an ongoing reminder for residents and visitors to be vigilant and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing, staying home when ill, avoiding gatherings and wearing a cloth face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained.
COVID-19 Testing Available at Beach Cities Health District Campus: The nearest Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site is located at Beach Cities Health District campus at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. Tests are free and available to all residents of L.A. County. As of June 15, BCHD has conducted 19,755 COVID-19 tests at the testing site and currently has a cumulative positive rate of 3.74%. If you would like to get tested, L.A. County is encouraging residents to first contact their Primary Care Provider or Healthcare Center. L.A. Find out which sites are open and closed or sign up for a test at an open location.
State & Federal Updates
Oxford University Tests Drug to Treat COVID-19: Scientists at the University of Oxford said today that an inexpensive and commonly available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths in patients with severe cases of COVID-19. If replicable, the drug will be the first treatment shown to reduce mortality in the sickest patients and could help save the lives of thousands.
Global Coronavirus Figures: There are over 8.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 440,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of June 16, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 45 | 2
- L.A. County - 75,084 | 2,959
- California - 153,560 | 5,121
- United States - 2,104,346 | 116,140
*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 our website. To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.