City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update for 6.22.20
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.
L.A. County Records Highest Single Day COVID-19 Cases: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported the County’s highest single-day total of COVID-19 diagnoses. The Department of Public Health also reported 18 new deaths and 2,571 new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, marking not only the highest single-day total of COVID-19 diagnoses to date but also the third time in the past week that the County has reported over 2,000 diagnoses in a day. To date, Public Health has identified 85,942 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 3,137 deaths.
The County also reported eight additional COVID-19 diagnoses in Hermosa Beach over the weekend, bringing the City’s total to 56 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths. Hermosa Beach’s COVID-19 diagnoses have doubled in the past month -- when Hermosa Beach had the lowest rate of cases among the beach cities at 142 cases per 100,000 residents compared to 211 in Manhattan Beach and 195 in Redondo Beach. With 28 additional diagnoses since May 22, Hermosa Beach now has the highest rate at 285 cases per 100,000 residents, in comparison to rates of 275 in Manhattan Beach, and 252 in Redondo Beach. The growing number of cases and recent uptick in positive testing rates in the beach cities serves as an ongoing reminder for residents and visitors to be vigilant and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Community Reminder - Virtual City Council Meeting Tomorrow Night: A reminder that tomorrow night’s City Council Meeting will be conducted via videoconference due to ongoing health concerns about COVID-19. Items on the Meeting Agenda include:
Public Hearing on the levy of assessments for the Hermosa Beach landscaping and street lighting district for fiscal year 20/21;
Adoption of a resolution allocating federal community development block grants funds from the CARES Act to install and retrofit hands-free restroom equipment in City public restrooms;
Consideration of a text amendment to the light manufacturing zone including a limited event permit for Cypress District Businesses;
A proposed municipal facility license agreement for wireless facilities attaching to city infrastructure in the public right of way; and
Municipal and miscellaneous matters, including review of the City’s Downtown Parking Structure closure in light of the ongoing County health order, approving an amendment to the services agreement to continue janitorial maintenance services, consideration of holding City Council meetings beginning at 5 p.m. for the foreseeable future, consideration of emergency enforcement measures to ensure restaurants and bars comply with L.A. County physical distancing and safety order as they reopen and updates from City Council.
The public meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow and can be watched on local access channels or on the City’s Meeting and Agenda Webpage. For more information, please see the City Council Meeting Agenda. To submit public comments, visit the City’s eComment platform.
Cancellation of Summer Series and Movies at the Beach for 2020: The City of Hermosa Beach and the producers of the Hermosa Beach Summer Series and Movies at the Beach announced today the cancellation of their 2020 events. The City and event producers -- 5B Artists and Media and Hermosa Beach Friends of the Parks -- look forward to returning in 2021. This announcement follows the news from AVP last week that a three-part spectator-free cup series in Long Beach will replace the 2020 season including the Hermosa Beach Open, and a number of long-standing summer events including the International Surf Festival will not take place in Hermosa Beach this year. For more information, please see the City’s press release.
Connecting Hermosa: An Online Community Conversation: Join Hermosa Beach and the Beach Cities Health District for an online community conversation about stress, resilience, connection and accountability. This virtual event will take place on Thursday morning and you can RSVP here.
Community Reminder - COVID-19 Testing Available at Beach Cities Health District Campus: The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site at the South Bay Galleria is now located at the Beach Cities Health District campus at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. COVID-19 tests are free and available to all residents of L.A. County. If you would like to get tested, L.A. County is encouraging residents to first contact their Primary Care Provider or Healthcare Center. To find out which sites are open and closed, please click here. To sign up for a test at an open location, click here.
State & Federal Updates
Governor, Senate and Assembly Leaders Agree on State Budget: In light of ongoing economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today announced that they have reached an agreement on the 2020-21 state budget to protect core services and businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information, see the Governor’s announcement.
Executive Order Signed to Help Retailers and Recycling Centers During COVID-19: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Newsom signed an executive order today extending a waiver allowing retailers to temporarily pause in-store redemption of beverage containers and temporarily suspending the requirement for recycling centers to hold a minimum number of hours of operation. For more information, see the Governor’s order.
Governor Signs Bill Requiring Counties to Issue Vote By Mail Ballots for November Election: To help protect health during COVID-19, Governor Newsom signed a bill to require county officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for the November election, cementing into law the Governor's earlier order to mail out ballots statewide in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Global Coronavirus Figures: There are over 9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 471,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of June 22, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 56 | 2
- L.A. County - 85,942 | 3,137
- California - 178,054 | 5,515
- United States - 2,275,645 | 119,923
*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, wearing a face covering, 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.