#relationshipscams | #dating | City Of Hermosa Beach Coronavirus Update For December 23

December 23, 2020

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.

We are issuing the COVID-19 Update on Wednesday this week and next because of the Christmas’ and New Year’s Holidays.

Hermosa Beach’s COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge: Another 120 Hermosa Beach residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks (December 9-23), according to L.A. County Department of Public Health reports. That is almost double the number of new cases in Hermosa Beach in the preceding 2 weeks, when Hermosa Beach added 63 new diagnoses (November 30-December 9).

The Department reported today that a total of 529 Hermosa Beach residents have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. Two weeks ago, the Department reported a total of 409 Hermosa Beach residents had tested positive. On November 30, the Department reported a total of 346 Hermosa Beach residents had tested positive for the virus.

Celebrate Christmas Safely: If you celebrate Christmas, L.A. County Department of Public Health is asking you to do so safely. Please stay home and celebrate only with people who live in your household. Please do not host or attend get-togethers or parties. The actions we take this week and next, will impact whether we see more or less cases of COVID-19 two weeks from now and beyond.

The Department asks that we keep everyone we can healthy until it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Only go out for work, exercise or for essential services. When you must leave your home, always wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with at all times.

If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, isolate immediately from your family and others. Individuals with underlying health conditions and those that are older should remain in their home and not be around others unless seeking essential health and dental care. If you are having difficulty breathing, go to an emergency room or call 911. The fewer people you and your household have in-person contact with, the lower your risk of getting COVID-19. To stay up to date on the latest public health guidance, click here.

USC Survey Finds L.A. County Residents still Having Friends Over: The University of Southern California’s Center for Social and Economic Research weekly survey with L.A. County residents about their actions through the pandemic found 30% of respondents had visited a friend, neighbor or relative, and 30% of the respondents indicated they had visitors at their residence. Nearly 80% of survey respondents indicated they visited a grocery store or pharmacy in the past week.

L.A. County Department of Public Health said that if the survey is representative of L.A. County residents, more than 3,000,000 residents are not following the safety guidance asking residents to avoid gathering with people outside their immediate household. Being in close physical distance with non-household members, especially when unmasked and not distanced, increases risk and contributes to easy spread of the virus. The County Department noted that many people infected with COVID-19, are asymptomatic and unknowingly spread the disease to others, including to those who have underlying health conditions with increased risk for serious illness and death.

Watch out for Vaccine Scams: Whenever there is a health crisis, scammers will find ways to cheat people out of their money. During the coronavirus pandemic, scammers are using robocalls, social media posts and emails to take advantage of fear, anxiety and confusion about COVID-19. They sell things that don’t work, charge money for things that are free and steal personal information. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is in Los Angeles County, scammers are targeting local residents with new, vaccine-related schemes. Beware! COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in Los Angeles County in a fair and transparent way. If someone offers to sell you a chance to get vaccinated before it is your turn, it’s a scam.

  • Vaccine is only being offered to healthcare workers and people who live in long-term care facilities (for example nursing homes) right now.

  • Essential workers who cannot work from home are likely to be offered the vaccine next because they are at high risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Older adults, and adults with medical conditions might also be next because they are more likely to become very sick if they get COVID-19.

  • Children under 16 years of age will not be offered vaccines in the near future. The vaccines are not allowed to be given to this age group.

  • As more vaccines are available it will be offered to everyone. This will likely take months. Vaccine may not be offered to the general public until Spring/Summer 2021.

  • Information about how to get the vaccine will be posted on the Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage (ph.lacounty.gov/Coronavirus/vaccine/) when vaccine is available for different groups.

  • If you have questions, talk to your doctor. Call 2-1-1 or visit the 211LA website if you need help finding a doctor.

COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Reminder: Californians can now opt-in to receive Apple or Google notifications if they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. CA Notify, the new statewide exposure notification system, is completely anonymous and will never track your location. Please visit the website to add to your phone.

Free Food Available Tomorrow in Santa Monica: The County of L.A. is hosting a free, drive-up food distribution event at the Santa Monica Airport on Thursday. To date, they have delivered nearly 6 million meals to hungry families in need. If you need support during the holidays, the County can connect you to resources at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/get-support/.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19: All LA County residents who would like to get tested for COVID-19 should first contact their Primary Care Provider to see if they offer tests. If you cannot access a test through your healthcare provider, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing or corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing to sign up for a no-cost COVID-19 test. Please note that most testing sites will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Testing is recommended for those who:

  • Have symptoms related to COVID-19.

  • Were asked to get tested by L.A. County Department of Public Health because of a contact tracing investigation.

  • Were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

  • Work or live in a skilled nursing facility; group home; residential care facility; homeless shelter; or correctional facility.

  • Are experiencing homelessness.

  • Are an essential worker with frequent contact with the public.

  • Don’t have symptoms but believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines Issued: The quarantine period for close contacts to COVID-19 has been revised to align with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) quarantine guidelines. All asymptomatic close contacts may discontinue quarantine after Day 10 from the date of last exposure. Day 11 through Day 14 they must monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and strictly adhere to routine COVID-19 prevention interventions. Health Officer Orders for Quarantine and Isolation have been revised accordingly. See LA County Quarantine Orders and Instructions for more information.

Los Angeles County Update: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) again reports the highest number of new COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations ever reported since the pandemic began. Today, Public Health has confirmed 145 new COVID-19 deaths and 6,155 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Of the 6,155 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 20% of these patients are in the ICU. Additionally, Public Health has confirmed 16,525 new cases of COVID-19 today. This is one of the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases ever reported.

To date, Public Health identified 663,954 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 9,153 deaths.

Latest Facts and 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 eNotifications, public safety alerts or follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This press release was produced by the City of Hermosa Beach. The views expressed are the author’s own.

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