City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | COVID-19 Update 5
Latest News: 5 COVID-19 Cases in Signal Hill
This week, the Los Angeles County Department of Health (LACDPH) announced five confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among residents in the City of Signal Hill. All confirmed cases are being isolated and their close contacts are being quarantined per Health Officer orders. All case information is provided by LACDPH, and all confirmed cases are investigated by LACDPH. Please view updated case information for all cities and regions within Los Angeles County on the LACDPH website .

We realize that this information may create additional uncertainty among our community. Please know that we have been expecting the arrival of reported, confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City, especially as testing capacity continues to increase across the County. This is why it is essential that the community continues to heed all guidance and orders from the City of Signal Hill and LACDPH. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, practice physical distancing, wear a cloth face covering when in public, and practice good health hygiene. These measures are essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Our responsibilities to keep the community safe, both individually and collectively, are more critical than ever to fight the spread of the virus.
Face Coverings Now Required at Essential Businesses
L.A. County Department of Health "Safer at Home" orders are extended through at least May 15, 2020. Please continue to stay home as much as possible, and only leave home for essential activities . You can read the updated order here.
Under the revised Safer at Home order, everyone is now required to wear a cloth face covering while inside an essential business and when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in both public and private. A cloth face covering is anything that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps, or simply wrapped around the lower face. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

See Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings  (PDF) from LACDPH. You do not have to purchase a pre-made covering, you can make your own covering using basic household items. Please  see this video from the CDC  showing you how to make a basic cloth covering. The CDC also posted  step-by-step instructions on how to make a DIY cloth face covering . Please do not purchase or use medical-grade masks such as N95 and surgical masks, as they are still in short supply for front-line workers. Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings.
Additional "Safer at Home" Information
LACDPH has released some clarifying information on the "Safer at Home" order. Please review the following guidance:

Please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ for additional guidances and in multiple languages.
New Resources and Assistance
On Monday, April 14, L.A. County enacted a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in all of Los Angeles County. Tenants will have protection from evictions if they are unable to pay rent due to hardships related to COVID-19 and for other COVID-19-related reasons. Please visit  https://covid19.lacounty.gov/tenants-and-landlords/  and  https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/  for details. These pages also offer additional resources for both tenants and landlords.

The State of California released a  COVID-19 Guide for Immigrants . Learn about how to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and the services and public benefits that are available to you. Many services are available regardless of immigration status.  

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) will launch a new call center on Monday, April 20 that will operate 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to better respond to Unemployment Insurance claims and other needs that workers might have during this difficult time. Visit the EDD Coronavirus page for assistance if you're experiencing unemployment, reduced income, or other financial hardships due to COVID-19.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program is a newly available emergency unemployment assistance program under the federal CARES Act. PUA provides assistance for individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance and are unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related circumstances. The EDD will be accepting online applications for this program beginning on Tuesday, April 28. 

The   L.A. County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center  offers various resources and information for workers and businesses, and tenants and landlords. Please call 833-238-4450 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or e-mail questions to  disasterhelpcenter@lacounty.gov . The Center is staffed with live people who speak 9 languages. 

Free, same-day tests are now available for all L.A. County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. You must get an appointment prior to receiving testing. Visit lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs to learn more and to make an appointment. There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register. For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov
We are constantly adding new information to our website that may help residents, business owners, workers, families, and individuals. Please visit cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources.
Stay Informed
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. Feel free to encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for these updates. Visit cityofsignalhill.org/enewsletter .
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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