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Posted on: March 16, 2020

COVID - 19 Updates


Friday, March 20, 2020

New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has identified 292 cases across all areas in LA County including two deaths, so everyone needs to practice social distancing and good public health hygiene.

An enhanced Health Officer Order was issued on March 19 closing all nonessential business and restricting all gatherings and events; the Order continues the previous closure and the new closures through April 19, 2020. The Order can be found online:

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.

Public Health reminds LA County residents to do their part by adhering to the Order by always practicing social distancing.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website.

Click here for full Press Release - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

"Safer At Home" Emergency Order

In addition to the Safer at Home Order issued by Los Angeles County, the Governor has also issued a stay at home order for all Californian’s.

As stated in the LA County "Safer at Home" Order, the purpose of the Order is to further restrict and limit the gathering of people and require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem or slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. The Order prohibits all indoor public and private gatherings and all outdoor public and private events within a confined space, where at least 10 people are expected to be in attendance at the same time.

For all gatherings that are not prohibited and for Essential Businesses, should follow the following precautions:
  • Practice social distancing of six feet.
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Post a sign instructing the public not to attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.
  • Adhere to recommendations provided by LA County Department of Public Health.
The Order does not prohibit any individual or family from outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, shopping at Essential Businesses, so long as all persons practice social distancing.

The Health Officer has ordered the immediate closure of the following types of properties and businesses:

Non-Essential Retail Businesses
  • Indoor Malls and Indoor Shopping Centers, including all stores, regardless whether they are Essential or Non-Essential Retail Businesses.
  • Indoor or Outdoor playgrounds.
For a complete list of Essential Businesses, please see pages 3-5 of the Order by clicking the "Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order" link below. A short list is as follows:

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Los Angeles County announced a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order. To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Safer at Home orders all residents of Los Angeles County to stay inside their residences and limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. When residents have to leave their homes for essential needs, social distancing is still in effect, which is to stay at least six feet away from others. The Order goes into effect at 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and is scheduled to last until April 19, 2020. The duration of the order will only be for the time necessary, it can be shortened or extended by Los Angeles County. Below is a list of things that can be done and should not be done. The City will provide updated information as it becomes available.


  • Go to the grocery store.

  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.

  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first).

  • Take a walk, ride your bike, and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.

  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary.

  • Help someone to get necessary supplies.


  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order.

  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.

  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out, as possible.

  • Travel to or from a job outside the City, unless to perform essential activities.

  • Travel to or from a vacation home outside the City.

  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility.

Please click link below to view the "Safer At Home" emergency order.

Safer At Home Order for Control of COVID-19


Monday, March 16, 2020

After reviewing the latest guidance provided by the State and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the City of La Habra Heights is implementing temporary precautionary changes to City operations to protect the public and reduce community spread of COVID - 19. The following operational changes will become effective as of Monday, March 16, 2020, and will continue through the end of March or until further notice.

  • All City facilities, including City Hall, will be closed to the public. However, City operations will continue during normal business hours with staff available to provide services and answer questions by phone or email.
  • All City facility rental are cancelled until the end of March or until further notice.
  • All services requiring in-person visits or public counter assistance will be suspended or made available by phone, online or through email. Please call City Hall at (562) 694 - 6302 for details on specific services.
  • Fire Department emergency services will continue uninterrupted
  • Sheriff’s Department services will continue uninterrupted
  • The Dial-a-Ride program will remain in operation.
  • The City Council Meeting scheduled for April 13, 2020 is under evaluation pending additional information from the State and County Health Department in coming weeks.
This notice will be updated as new information and guidance is provided by the State and the County Department of Public Health.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

  • California Governor Newsom announced new guidelines recommending:
    • Californians aged 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions to isolate themselves from others; 
    • Closure of all bars, nightclubs, breweries and wineries;
    • Restaurants decrease occupancies by half to better implement social distancing measures.
  • Los Angeles Counnty has announced closure of all its buildings to the public, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.  This includes the Los Angeles County Building and Safety Department used for City permitting. Online submittals will likely be implemented in the coming days.
  • The CDC has issued a guidance for even organizers to cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more for the next eight-weeks


Friday, March 13, 2020 

  • The President of the United States declared a National Emergency to release federal resources to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19).   
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the State of California declared a public health emergency in response to coronavirus on March 4, 2020. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there are reported cases in Los Angeles County; while most cases have a known source, some reported by DPH are likely due to community transmission. Public Health is investigating these cases and will notify persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined. Currently, due to HIPPA laws, DPH has not disclosed patient names, locations, or any personally identifying information known as PII related to possible exposure or confirmation of the COVID-19 virus to cities.


The Department of Public Health recommends that the public do the following to protect themselves from all respiratory illnesses: 

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. if you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). 
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick. 
  • Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season. 

Attach you will find a FAQ sheet regarding the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

English FAQ Sheet

Chinese FAQ Sheet

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about COVID-19.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

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