Coronavirus Updates in HB

Keeping Huntington Beach Safe and Informed

Last Updated: July 7, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.

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The City of Huntington Beach currently has modifications in place please click here to go to the Reopening Huntington Beach Safely page to make sure that your businesses is following the current correct guidance for your business.  The City has reopened select public facilities including tennis courts, beaches, and dog parks with proper social distancing rules.  In addition, the City continues to provide an array of COVID-19 services and resources for community members.  They include digital plan check and inspections, meals for seniors, and digital library resources.  Our Public Safety and Public Works staff are still working around the clock to deliver critical services, and City staff in every department are behind the scenes, providing services to residents.  You can reach staff anytime using our City Services Call Center at (714) 536-5511.  Use the Call Center and the HB Ready website to find the resources you need to guide you through this pandemic.  Lastly, to protect yourself, please continue to use a facial covering when around others in public.  You can find facial covering guidance here.

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 is OPEN to the public with modifications

Some City Buildings and Facilities remain closed but those that have opened have modifications in place to keep our community safe. Please follow signage directions at facilities you do visit.

Questions for the City?

City employees are available by phone to answer any questions and direct you to the right department. Call (714) 536-5511 available Monday through Friday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Police Department

The Police Department is here to serve you. If you need to go to the police station please follow the signage directions in the lobby. 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 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.

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.  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?

  • Wear a face covering.
  • 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.

LATEST NEWS

HUNTINGTON BEACH WILL CLOSE CITY BEACHES, HUNTINGTON HARBOUR BEACHES, SUNSET BEACH, AND THE PIER ON JULY 4-5

In anticipation of large crowds this weekend, the City will temporarily close all city beaches, Huntington Harbour beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 to limit the spread of COVID-19. This decision was made in coordination with Orange County and the Cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which will implement the same measures along their coasts. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are intended to be proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

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Beach and Pier Closures – 4th of July Weekend

The Huntington Beach City Council voted to close all city beaches, Huntington Harbor beaches, Sunset Beach, and the Pier on July 4, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Orange County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this week, and these closures are proactive measures to enforce social distancing. In addition, the City Council authorized the City Manager to work with neighboring beach cities to determine if closures on July 3 and July 5 will be necessary. These decisions will be made shortly and additional updates related to our beach closure protocols, beach parking, and other details will be posted today.

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UPDATED 4th of JULY INFORMATION

The 2020 Huntington Beach Main Street 4th of July Parade is CANCELLED due to Statewide COVID-19 restrictions on large events. In its place, we will hold a MODIFIED OneHB Neighborhood Parade with two vehicle caravans traveling on separate routes, with one or both passing within a mile of every single home in Huntington Beach. These expanded routes will prevent crowding and the spread of COVID-19 – since all residents will be able to watch the parade from the comfort of their neighborhoods. Therefore, please avoid congregating in large groups along any one part of the parade route, in order to protect the health and safety of our OneHB community.

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HUNTINGTON BEACH TO INCREASE PUBLIC OUTREACH AND PATROLS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY OVER THE JULY 4TH WEEKEND

With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, the City will be deploying an enhanced public safety presence at the beaches, while also proactively enforcing regulations against illegal fireworks during the holiday weekend. Additionally, the City will be engaging additional public outreach efforts to promote public health and safety to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially in light of recent spikes in coronavirus cases throughout Orange County.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES $4.75 MILLION GRANT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVERING FROM COVID-19

On June 15, City Council approved the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program to deliver grants of up to $10,000 to Huntington Beach businesses with 30 or fewer employees. The City will fast track the Program to provide immediate relief to local businesses that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19. Businesses must apply between June 22 to June 26, and grants will be awarded based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds. The City has partnered with the Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC) to administer this Program, which is entirely funded with $4.75 million of one-time federal CARES Act funds distributed to the City by the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Michelle Steel.

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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

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2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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Email:
FDPIO@surfcity-hb.org

City Services Call Center – available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm:

(714) 536-5511

Hotline Number:

(714) 536-5978

Messages will be returned on a daily basis

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/Canceled Events

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

CANCELLED

April 26 – Taste of HB

May 16 – Kowabunga Van Show

May 16 – Great Strides Walk

May 16 – Wiener Dog Festival

May 17 – Golden Bear Experience

May 31-31 – Surfin’ Sundays

June 13 – Pier Swim

August 24-September 13 – US Open

October 1-4 – AVP

July 4th – Traditional 4th of July Parade – Visit hb4thofjuly.org 

July 4th – Fireworks Show

POSTPONED

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

RESCHEDULED

September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

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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