City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | COVID-19 Edition 3
Please stay informed by visiting www.cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus for up-to-date caseload data, news, and important facts on COVID-19. We are constantly updating this page. Please also follow the City’s Facebook page @CityofSignalHill for real-time updates. We are using #COVID19SignalHill.
Latest News and Updates
As of Monday, April 6, the parking lots at Hilltop Park and Discovery Well Park are now closed. Our parks are still open. While we encourage our residents to exercise and enjoy open park areas, no one should be congregating or traveling long distances to get to our parks. We continue to monitor park usage and adherence to physical distancing orders at our outdoor amenities.

City Council meetings are now taking place remotely. The public can still participate in meetings via video, teleconference, phone, and e-mail. Learn more on our website . The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

The L.A. County Department of Health, as well as State and Federal health authorities, are recommending that the general public wear a cloth face covering when they must leave the house for essential activities. We strongly encourage you to review guidance from County Public Health regarding face coverings . Face coverings can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others in a place where physical distancing is difficult, like the grocery store. These face coverings do not protect you from others who may be infected. Therefore, face coverings are not a replacement for staying home as much as possible, social distancing, and washing your hands often. Bandanas, scarves and homemade masks will work, but please do not purchase N95 and medical-grade masks. Those must be reserved for essential health care workers and first responders.

While COVID-19 testing capabilities have increased, testing is currently only available for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Priority appointments are given to symptomatic residents who are in the highest-risk categories including those over 65, and/or those with underlying health conditions. Your health care provider can offer additional guidance on whether testing might be necessary. Learn more about L.A. County drive-up mobile testing sites . See if you are eligible for a test and register here .

You are now considered a "close contact" if you were exposed to a person who is either positive or presumed-positive for COVID-19 up to 48 hours before their symptoms began, and you are legally required to self-quarantine. County Public Health recently announced two orders requiring individuals who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate , and those who are a "close contact" or otherwise at risk of having COVID-19 to self-quarantine .

County Public Health recently released new guidance and FAQ's for businesses regarding the Safer at Home orders.
Safer at Home Orders Continue
We extend our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating holidays this weekend and next. We know this is a time that many of us get together with friends and family. Unfortunately, in-person gatherings are still prohibited until further notice. Please reach out to loved ones in a safe manner, such as via phone, video chat, e-mail, and social media. Everyone should continue to stay home as much as possible, and only leave home for essential activities. If you do need to go out, you must practice social distancing. Please review Social Distancing Guidance from County Public Health.

For additional clarification on the "Safer at Home" and "Stay Home" orders:


New Resources
Notable New Resources:

The Community Services Department is now offering weekly grocery delivery for qualifying low-income families in addition to qualifying low-income seniors in Signal Hill through the Brown Bag Distribution Program. Visit Brown Bag Food Distribution Program to apply.

If you’re out of work, OnwardCA.org is a resource that may be able to help land you a new job and get back on your feet. The platform has a dynamic matching system to match out-of-work Californians with available jobs and resources that best match their current situation, skills and experience.

On April 2, Governor Newsom announced a new tax relief program for small businesses. It offers a free deferral of sales/use tax of up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales. Additionally, the California Small Business Loan Guarantee program offers $50 million in state funding for those who may not qualify for federal funding. Please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers to learn about these programs and others that may help small businesses in California.
You can still apply for CalFresh benefits. Monthly benefits are available to qualifying residents on an EBT card. You can use that card to purchase food at any grocery store that accepts EBT cards. You can apply at getcalfresh.org or call 866-613-3777.

Many local grocery stores are adjusting their hours to allow for restocking and sanitizing. Some are also offering special hours for seniors only. We've compiled a list of all local stores and their hours for your convenience. (PDF)

This is just a small number of the resources available for those who are impacted by COVID-19. We are constantly adding new information to our website that may help residents, business owners, workers, families, and individuals. Please visit cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources.
How Can I Help?
The most important way to help is to continue to stay home as much as possible, only leave home for essential activities, and practice physical distancing when out in public. The more we collectively adhere to these guidelines, the slower the virus will spread. This will save lives, protect vulnerable populations, and prevent a major overload of our health care system.

The Signal Hill Community Foundation is seeking donations to its Signal Hill COVID-19 Relief Fund that will support community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus response in Signal Hill. Donations will support approved 501(C)3 nonprofit, educational, volunteer and governmental organizations working on these efforts. Learn more.

The American Red Cross is calling on all healthy and eligible adults to donate blood to ensure a stable blood supply during this pandemic. It is perfectly safe to donate blood right now. However, you must make an appointment to donate.

Medical-grade masks and other personal protective equipment are desperately needed right now to protect our health care workers. If you own a business that uses medical-grade masks or other personal protective equipment, consider donating them. Donors and any vendors interested in providing supplies should visit doingbusiness.lacounty.gov.

Support our local restaurants. Many restaurants are still open for take-out, drive-thru, and delivery services, which are safe as long as social distancing measures are followed. We've listed all Signal Hill restaurants, their hours, and services at   cityofsignalhill.org/restaurants .

Please take a few minutes to respond to the Census while you're physically distancing. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. We encourage you to respond online. However, you can also respond by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more. Please note that census takers will not be out in the field until at least April 15, 2020.
Previously-Mentioned Closures and Cancellations
City Hall, the City Yard, and the Signal Hill Public Library are closed to the public until further notice . However, please be assured that City staff are still available and here to serve you. There are several ways to continue to work with us. Learn more on our website .

All publicly-accessible trails located within the City of Signal Hill are now closed, including those owned and managed by HOAs. This is in response to the County Health Officer order issued on March 27 closing trails, beaches, piers, beach access points, and more.

The Signal Hill Dog Park is closed. All other parks remain open at this time, however, the playground equipment and outdoor exercise equipment are closed. Congregating, crowding, and failure to follow social distancing guidance in our public spaces is prohibited. If you are unable to create a physical distance of six feet between yourself and others in a park, sidewalk, or other public area, we kindly ask you to leave the area.

The City of Signal Hill is canceling non-essential programs and events scheduled to occur through the month of April. Learn more on our website .

The Signal Hill Police Department is committed to public safety and is fully operational. However, we encourage you to conduct non-essential business with the Police Department via phone or email, in lieu of an in-person visit to the police station. Call 562-989-7200 or email watchcommander@signalhillpd.org .

We are suspending street sweeping parking enforcement/ticketing through at least April 19. 
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Signal Hill City Hall
2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Hours (Phone/Email Only)
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
562-989-7300
Signal Hill City Council
Mayor:
Robert D. Copeland

Vice Mayor:
Tina L. Hansen

Council Members:
Keir Jones
Edward H.J. Wilson
Lori Y. Woods