City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach wants everyone to enjoy the upcoming holidays. As the holiday season is a time for festivities and gatherings, the City is reminding residents to celebrate safely and adhere to the Safer at Home Health Order and safety protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.
While some gatherings are now allowed, cases of COVID19 are rapidly rising, and all gatherings are discouraged during this surge. Long Beach Health officials are encouraging residents, especially those who are at increased risk of developing serious complications from the flu and COVID-19, including older adults and those with underlying health conditions, to find alternate ways to socialize without gathering in-person.
The City has issued guidance, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urging residents to consider how holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep friends, families and communities healthy and safe, including:
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. Given the increase in COVID-19 cases both in California and throughout the country, residents should avoid non-essential travel and are encouraged to stay home and refrain from increased contact with others outside of their household. People should not travel if they are sick or if they have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. People should also not travel with someone who is sick.
The City is also reminding residents of other safety tips and precautions to take during the Thanksgiving weekend:
Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires.
Thanksgiving is also a peak holiday for DUI-related traffic accidents.
Residents should continue to be mindful of situations where there is a higher risk of COVID-19 and flu transmission which can contribute to the spread of the virus, including:
It is possible to be co-infected with both the flu and COVID-19, both of which could increase a person’s risk of serious health outcomes. Battling the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can be a hardship on one’s respiratory system and have lasting effects. The CDC also reports that, while getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever.
Residents are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy to receive a flu vaccine. The City is also offering free flu vaccinations through Nov. 21.
The community is encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Department to report dangerous or illegal activities. Every call matters. For non-emergency calls, please dial (562) 435-6711. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. All calls for service provide data to the City that is helpful in communicating safety messages to the community every year.
For additional information and holiday safety tips, view the City’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Celebrating the Holidays.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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