Coronavirus Updates in HB

Keeping Huntington Beach Safe and Informed

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 8:50 P.M.

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On March 16, 2020, the Huntington Beach City Council adopted the HB Ready Response Plan to address the COVID-19 situation in a calm and organized manner.  The HB Ready Response Plan has three separate phases that are activated by increasing levels of COVID-19 transmission in the County.  We are currently operating in Phase 3, due to State directives to shelter in place.  Phase 3 allows the City to close its facilities to the public to prevent gatherings that might expose people to COVID-19, among other actions.  Rest assured, the City’s essential services, such as Police and Fire, water, sewer, continue uninterrupted.  Also, City staff are still available to answer any inquiries over the phone at (714) 536-5511.  We are HB Ready to assist you.

There is now epidemiological evidence of community transmission in Orange County, indicating that COVID-19 is spreading in the community.

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City Hall, City Buildings, & City Facilities are CLOSED to the public

The City is scaling down operations to essential services only, such as Police, Fire, Water, Sewer, Trash, and critical Senior Care Services. However, the Beaches and Parks will stay open to the public.

Questions for the City?

All City facilities are closed to the public. However, City employees will still be available by phone to answer any questions and direct you to the right department. Call (714) 536-5511 seven days a week between 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Police Department

The Police Department continues to provide services. However, the front lobby and substations are closed to the public. For non-emergency assistance, please contact Dispatch at (714) 960-8811.

Fire Department

Huntington Beach Fire and Marine Safety Services are fully staffed and will continue responding to service calls. However, the Fire Stations and Marine Safety Facilities are closed to the public, and all station visits and events have been postponed. Please only call 911 if you have an immediate emergency and fully explain the symptoms you are experiencing.

Water Shutoffs

The City is temporarily suspending water shut offs for customers who are unable to pay their water bills, due to the financial challenges caused by COVID-19. For questions, call (714) 536-5919 and select Option 9.

Senior Services

All essential senior care services will remain operational, including wellness checks and transit services. Our current home delivered meals clients will continue to receive meals. We are providing meals to our current congregate lunch clients through delivery or pick-up at the Senior Center in Central Park. For questions regarding senior services, please call 714-536-5600.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

State and Federal guidance directs communities to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and staying at home until further notice.  As a result, the City is now practicing Phase 3 of its HB Ready Response Plan and has closed its facilities to the public.  This will give Huntington Beach the best chance to mitigate COVID-19 among our most vulnerable groups (i.e. the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions), in order not to overwhelm our health care providers and first responders.

What do we know about COVID-19?

  • Causes mild to moderate respiratory illness and has flu-like symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause cold-like illnesses in people. Others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Rarely this family of viruses can spread to people.
  • Most likely originated in an animal and spread to people. Investigations are ongoing to better understand this virus.
  • First identified when it caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in 2019.

Who is at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults (ages 65 and higher)
  • Family members who are currently in skilled nursing facilities
  • People who have serious, chronic medical conditions
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung Disease 
    • Compromised immune systems
 

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding Close Contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Call Ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

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The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.

April 2-3 – Ragnar Relay

April 3-5 – IJSBA Jet Ski Competition

April 4 – Bunny Run

April 4 – Corgi Beach Day

April 4 – CA Strong Man Competition

April 11 – Easter Hunt

April 12 – Easter in the Park

April 12 – Sunrise Service at the Pier

April 18 – HSS Demo Days

April 25 – Cruise in Car Show

April 26 – Taste of HB

May 6 – Cars and Copters

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.

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