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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090920
Long Beach Issues New Health Order Protocols
Protocols Address Higher Education Institutions and School-Aged Childcare Providers
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
Long Beach, CA - Today, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) issued protocols for the City’s Safer at Home Health Order addressing institutes of higher education and school-aged childcare providers in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
K-12 Schools The State Public Health Officer requires all public and private schools (K-12) in counties in Tier 1 of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including the County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach, to remain closed to in-person instruction. Public and private K-12 schools may provide specialized in-person services for high needs students, such as those with Individual Education Programs (IEPs), disabilities, English language learners and other at-risk students, and limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy of a particular school. Each stable group, or cohort, can be no more than 14 students and two instructors and must not mix with other cohorts.
School-Aged Childcare Providers To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:
Childcare must be carried out in stable groups (called cohorts) of no more than 14 and shall not exceed capacity requirements per guidance from the California Department of Public Health.California Department of Social Services licensing requirements may mandate smaller cohorts in certain situations.
Utilizing cohorts minimizes the number of people exposed if COVID-19 is identified in a child or youth attendee, provider, instructional support provider or staff member of a particular cohort.
Children shall not change from one cohort to another.
If more than one cohort of children is cared for at one facility, each group or cohort shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
Childcare providers shall remain solely with one cohort of children.
As of September 9, there have been 11,039 positive cases of COVID-19 and 227 deaths reported in Long Beach. Approximately 10,189 individuals have recovered.
This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective as of August 13, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
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.