City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update for 6.24.20
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.
Community Reminder - Connecting Hermosa: An Online Community Conversation Tomorrow: Please join Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell and Beach Cities Health District for Connecting Hermosa: A Community Conversation about Stress, Resilience, Connection and Accountability. The online event will take place from 9:30 a.m.to 10:45 a.m. tomorrow. Please RSVP here to participate.
City Manager’s Comments on COVID-19: City Manager Suja Lowenthal made comments about the City of Hermosa Beach’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic during last night’s City Council meeting. To read the comments in full, see the City Manager’s COVID-19 Update from last night.
City Council Votes to Start Meetings at 6 p.m.: The Hermosa Beach City Council voted last night to begin City Council meetings at 6 p.m. during the public health emergency, with closed session beginning at 5 p.m.. This change will remain in place until the local emergency due to COVID-19 is lifted by the City Council, at which point meetings will revert back to the previous start time of 6 p.m. for closed session and 7 p.m. for regular session. The Council is continuing to hold virtual meetings because of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. For more information, see last night’s meeting agenda.
Free COVID-19 Testing Still Available in L.A. County: Free, next-day COVID-19 testing is currently available in Los Angeles County at the following four sites as of noon today:
Crenshaw Christian Center: 7901 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 90044
Dodger Stadium: 1101 Scott Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Lincoln Park: 3501 Valley Boulevard., Los Angeles, 90095
West Valley - Warner Center: 6097 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, 91367
Individuals still need to register for a next-day appointment in advance and are encouraged to visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing for an up-to-date list of sites that have availability, as this may change over the course of the day.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 34 new deaths and 1,260 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 89,490 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 3,205 deaths. The County reported one additional COVID-19 case in Hermosa Beach today, bringing the City’s total to 62 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths.
State & Federal Updates
California Experiences 69% Jump in Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases in 2 Days: In a briefing today, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that California itself has experienced a 69% jump in the rate of daily COVID-19 cases in just two days: from 4,230 cases on Sunday, to 5,019 on Monday and 7,149 on Tuesday. The Governor said that the increase is not only attributable to increased testing, but due to increased spread as the positivity rate, or the percentage of those being tested that come back positive for COVID-19, has also gone up from 4.6% a week ago to 5.1%.
CDC Says Up to 150,000 Deaths Possible By July 18: In an update to its COVID-19 Death Forecast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted today that the U.S. death toll will likely be between 130,000 and 150,000 by July 18.
CDC Provides Youth Sports Guidance During COVID-19: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a series of Youth Sports Programs FAQs including information on the relative safety of individual sports, whether players should wear face masks and if social distancing applies to things like training. Note: Youth sports are not permitted to resume activities at this time and the State of California and Los Angeles County will issue protocols and a revised health officer order when these activities are permitted to safely resume.
European Union May Block U.S. Visitors During COVID-19: European Union nations could block visitors from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks when the bloc reopens on July 1, including the United States, according to draft lists and several officials involved in the talks.
Families First and CARES Act Benefits FAQs: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration updated its Coronavirus Response webpage with FAQs on the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to address health care coverage-related issues and help viewers understand the FFCRA and the CARES Act laws and benefits.
Global Coronavirus Figures: There are almost 9.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and over 480,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of June 24, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 62 | 2
- L.A. County - 89,490 | 3,205
- California - 190,222 | 5,632
- United States - 2,336,615 | 121,117
*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.