HEALTH UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

REVISED September 18, 2020

   Need Help: During this time of heightened health concern, BCHD is available to offer help and support. If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs assistance with errands, health-related information or referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at 310-374-3426, ext. 256, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or submit an online request here.
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Latest COVID-19 Updates:

COVID-19 Updates in LA County - On September 2, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order to allow for limited, on-campus operation for schools as well as limited in-door operations of hair salons and barbershops. Read the Health Officer Order here.

Schools: Beginning Monday, September 14, schools K-12 may offer in-school services for small cohorts of (up to 12) students as long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer’s reopening protocols. These students include:
  • Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
  • Students requiring instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) 
  • Students needing assessments or specialized in-school services
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will not be opening the waiver program for instruction of students in grades TK-6.
Hair Salons and Barbershops: Hair salons and barbershops can re-open for indoor services at 25% occupancy provided they are in full compliance with the Health Officer’s protocols. If your hair salon or barbershop has been operating outdoors, please continue to do so and use your 25% occupancy for those services you are not able to provide outdoors.

COVID-19 Updates in California - On August 28, the State revised their recovery roadmap and created an updated, color-coded Tier Framework that classifies each county based on their daily case rate and positivity rate. This tiered system will guide possible sector reopenings for each county to consider. View the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Although the State lists permitted activities in each Tier, it is important to note that the County may be more restrictive than State guidance. The ultimate decisions about sector reopenings will remain under the purview of the local Health Officer Orders that are developed in consultation with the Board of Supervisors. 

Los Angeles County is currently in Tier 1 (Purple) - meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county. The current number of new cases per day per 100,000 people is 13.1, nearly double the threshold for this tier which is less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population. And even though the County’s current test positivity rate of 5% puts us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers the state places counties in the most restrictive tier. Therefore, the County, like most counties in California, has been placed in Tier 1.

Testing –  What L.A. County Residents and Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing Now

Appointments for COVID-19 testing at Los Angeles County sites have been filling up quickly. The county is strongly encouraging residents who have insurance to first contact their primary care provider for testing. If you are unable to receive testing through your provider, please continue to check the site for availability at Los Angeles County sites, or make an appointment at a Los Angeles City, state-operated or community testing site such as CVS by visiting We recognize the importance of COVID-19 tests during these unprecedented times and apologize for any inconvenience. 

COVID-19 Updates

  • Find updates for LA County, California and the United States
  • Learn about the Health Officer Orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


  • Find guidance and prevention tips including information on physical distancing and cloth face coverings
  • The best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolating if you are sick, practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home, and wearing a clean cloth face covering when in contact with others from outside your household. Cloth face coverings are not a replacement for these evidence-based measures; they are an additional tool that may be used to protect us from exposure to COVID-19 when used properly. 


  • Learn the eligibility requirements and how to schedule an appointment for testing through Los Angeles County
  • Find more information on testing through your health care provider

Isolation and Quarantine

  • Learn more about the Isolation and Quarantine orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

How to Help 

  • Find tips to help those in need during COVID-19
  • View our Neighbors Helping Neighbors guidelines video
  • Donate to the Beach Cities COVID-19 Fund


  • While we continue to stay the course to slow the spread of COVID-19, we plan for recovery, as a nation, state, county and South Bay community
  • Learn more about the state and county's roadmap to recovery


  • View sector-specific reopening protocols from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for businesses and employers 

Tips and Tools

  • Find the latest tips and resources related to COVID-19

COVID-19 by the Numbers

  • View our COVID-19 dashboard that provides an overview of cases in Los Angeles County and the Beach Cities 

About COVID-19

  • Background on the novel coronavirus including symptoms and groups who are at higher risk for experiencing severe illness from COVID-19

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For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response -
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response -
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization