Laguna Beach COVID-19 community Update City of Laguna Beach, California

UPDATE: March 19, 2020

Laguna Beach City Council Ratifies Proclamation of Local Emergency

On Tuesday, March 17, the Laguna Beach City Council ratified a Proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency due to COVID-19, enhancing the City’s emergency preparedness.

This provides for enhanced procurement of materials if needed, and access to Federal and State funds.

City Hall and the Community and Susi Q Center are closed to the public through March 27.

City operations will continue with available staff while practicing social distancing. For questions call (949) 497-3311 during regular business hours.

Laguna Beach Public Safety Departments are Ready for COVID-19

Laguna Beach Public Safety Departments Fully Operational and Responding to All Calls

The Laguna Beach Police, Fire, and Marine Safety Departments remain fully operational and are responding to calls as normal. We are vigilant in our response to COVID-19, and committed to ensuring the safety of our community and visitors. At this time, our operational priority is to remain proactive in regards to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Our first responders will be wearing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when responding to 911 calls. This equipment consists of gloves, masks, gowns and goggles.

Laguna Beach First Responders Will Be Wearing Personal Protective Equipment

The added personal protective equipment will provide additional protection to the public, patients and our first responders. Please do not be alarmed by our response and our level of personal protective equipment. It's purely precautionary to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our community safe and healthy.

If You Have an Emergency,

Always Dial 9-1-1.

KX FM Podcast Update With LBPD Capt. Rachel Johnson

Listen to Our Podcast Update

Laguna Beach Captain Rachel Johnson clarifies the orders for businesses and residents and discusses some other impacts COVID-19 might have to public safety. Click the link below to listen.

Nixle Community Alert System

You've received this newsletter because you are registered for Laguna Beach’s Nixle Community Alert system.

Know someone or a senior who needs to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

SMS text alerts will be sent out when there are important safety updates and official Citywide updates about COVID-19.

What to Do If You Think You May Have Coronavirus

Stay at home. If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus or may be sick with COVID-19, even if you are not sure, stay at home. Staying at home protects others.

Call your doctor. According to the CDC, if you think you are sick, call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

If you do not have a doctor call the Orange County Health Care Agency COVID-19 Health Referral Hotline: 1(800) 564-8448. They will help you find an urgent care clinic or drive through testing facility in your area. Commercial testing options are now available in California upon clinician referral.

Think you need a COVID-19 test? Mission Hospital has a Coronavirus Assessment Tool on their website. Mission Hospital has created a hotline for COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms should call the hotline before going to the hospital: (949) 499-0577 x1775.

Senior Services Available

If you are a senior age 65 and over and you are self-isolating at home, Sally's Fund team members are shopping, running errands and providing transportation for seniors to doctor's appointments. Call (949) 499-4100.

Senior Shopping Hours: Gelson's Laguna Beach offers a senior shopping hour 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. and Pavilions Laguna Beach has senior shopping hours 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

All local Laguna Beach grocery stores offer online delivery.

Our Department of Marine Safety is posting these signs at our beaches to make sure social distancing is observed for groups gathering at the beach.

According to the state's guidelines, social distancing means maintaining a six-foot separation from all persons except for family members.

Community Development Department Continues to Provide Limited Services

While Laguna Beach City Hall is closed for the safety of the public and staff due to COVID-19, the Laguna Beach Community Development Department continues to provide limited services to the community. Regular public services including issuing permits, building inspections, preparing items for public hearings and fielding code enforcement calls will continue to the best of our ability.

Drop-Off Cabinets are Provided for Plans and Permit Applications

In compliance with state guidelines on telework and social distancing, our staff is working from home if possible. Minimal staff remains working at City Hall while abiding by state guidelines allowing for 6-feet of social distancing separation.

We have placed several secure drop-off cabinets at City Hall in front of the Community Development Department where plans and permit applications can be dropped off. Or, send plans via US mail or email. Click the link below for instructions.

County Issues Amended Health Order and Guidance to Slow Spread of COVID-19

On Wednesday, March 18, the Orange County Public Health Care Agency issued an amended County Health Officer Order regarding restrictions on public and private gatherings in Orange County through March 31. The Amended Emergency Health Order is issued to help slow the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

The amended County Health Officer Order states that most Orange County businesses can remain open as long as they adhere to the state’s guidelines on social distancing. The California Department of Health's guidelines include actions like canceling non-essential events, working from home where possible and practicing social distancing.

Local Restaurant Takeout and Delivery Encouraged

According to the County Health Officer Order, all bars that do not serve food are closed to the public effective immediately. Bars that serve food and all restaurants are closed to on-site public dining but may still offer takeout and food delivery.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has created a resource of local food takeout and deliver options from local restaurants given the order from Orange County Health officials.

COVID-19: Your Drinking Water is Safe

Laguna Beach County Water District

With rising public concerns about the potential impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Laguna Beach County Water District (District) wants to reassure customers that they can be confident that this outbreak has no impact on the quality or supply of their tap water. There is no evidence to support that COVID-19 is transmitted through drinking water.

The District has also temporarily suspended customer shutoffs for delinquent and/or non-payment. Customers facing financial hardship can contact the District to establish payment arrangements. They hope this provides some relief for our customers who may be facing economic hardships during this time.

Trolley Service Canceled

Laguna Beach Transit Trolley services are currently canceled, effective 3/19/20.

The City of Laguna Beach is Committed to Bringing You COVID-19 Information

The City of Laguna Beach is committed to keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 information. We're providing resources, closures and postponements, the latest COVID-19 news and health information on our website.

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