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City of Hermosa Beach COVID-19 Update for 6.29.20

Post Date:06/29/2020 6:30 PM

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.

Local Updates

L.A. County Beaches Closed for the Holiday Weekend: With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rising significantly over the past two weeks, L.A. County Public Health Department announced and issued a new health officer order today that directs the closure of all L.A. County beaches, piers and bike paths -- which include Hermosa’s beach, pier and Strand -- beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending at 5 a.m. Monday. The order also includes the cancellation of all fireworks shows and events within L.A. County until further notice. 

Rising COVID-19 Diagnoses in Hermosa Beach: Hermosa Beach’s COVID-19 diagnoses have increased by 155% in the last month. On May 29, the County reported just 29 COVID-19 diagnoses in Hermosa Beach and 2 COVID-19 related deaths since the County started keeping records. As of today, L.A. County Public Health has reported a total of 74 COVID-19 diagnoses in Hermosa Beach, including 11 additional COVID-19 cases in Hermosa Beach over the weekend. With local positivity rates and weekly diagnosis averages increasing, it is vital that residents continue to practice social distancing, wash their hands, wear a face covering and stay home as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19.       

City Council Schedules Special Meeting Wednesday: Hermosa Beach City Council has scheduled a Special Meeting for 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss potential measures to protect public health and safety over the Fourth of July weekend. The meeting will be held virtually and the agenda will be posted Tuesday with additional information on the potential measures for City Council consideration.

Los Angeles County Reaches 100,000 COVID-19 Diagnoses: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 22 new deaths and 2,903 new cases COVID-19, marking the County’s new highest single-day total of COVID-19 diagnoses. To date, Public Health has identified 100,772 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 3,326 deaths. The cumulative positivity rate has increased from 8% to 9%, and the 7-day average of the daily positivity rate has increased from the County’s lowest daily rate of 4.6% positivity in late May to 8.4% today. Health officials also reported that one in every 140 people in L.A. County is infected with COVID-19 and capable of spreading it to others, likely without having any symptoms or even knowing they are carrying the virus. That figure has dramatically changed from last week, when the estimate was one in every 400 people. They warned that this notable increase means that bed capacity at all County hospitals is now at risk.

State & Federal Updates

Governor Shuts Down Bars in 7 Counties Including L.A.: In a statement today, Gov. Gavin Newsom explained his decision to close bars and nightspots in seven counties, including L.A. County, on Sunday and to recommend that another eight counties close their bars and nightspots to help prevent the growing spread of COVID-19. In his statements, the Governor addressed the fact that California has seen a 45% increase in the total number of cases that have tested positive over the past week, and that hospitalizations are up 43% statewide in the past two weeks.

14 States in U.S. Pause Reopening Plans as COVID-19 Cases Rise: At least 14 U.S. states are currently pausing reopening plans as more than half are reporting rises in cases according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Global Coronavirus Figures: There are more than 10.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 503,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of June 29, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Latest Facts & Figures* 

Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths

*All reported data is from the close of the previous day.

Additional Resources

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 eNotificationspublic safety alerts or follow the City on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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