On March 4, 2020, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency relating to the coronavirus identified as COVID-19 and the worldwide spread of this new disease for which most people do not have immunity. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the President declared a National Emergency.On March 17, 2020, the City Council ratified a local emergency declaration and adopted a resolution declaring a local emergency in support of the action taken by the City Manager on March 16, 2020.
Subsequent to the local emergency declaration, the Governor and the San Bernardino County Health Department Officer have issued numerous health orders and directives designed to save lives by reducing the number of Californians who contract COVID-19 before an effective treatment or vaccine is available.
As of May 4, 2020, there were currently 69 known positive cases of COVID-19 and two related deaths in the City of Chino Hills. Approximately 27,000 patients have been tested in San Bernardino County, with 2,562 positive Coronavirus cases confirmed. Given the present dangers associated with COVID-19 and the likelihood that the number of cases and deaths will continue to increase, the City Manager is recommending approval of the attached resolution continuing the current local emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact all facets of our community. Continuing the local emergency will provide flexibility to the City for rapidly responding to this crisis. Doing so will help protect the City's residents and visitors.
Also, on March 17, 2020, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance and introduced a regular ordinance amending Chino Hills Municipal Code (CHMC) Section 2.44.080 to ensure that the City Council need only review and extend the emergency declaration once every sixty (60) days rather than every fourteen (14) days. Subsequently, it was discovered that two other provisions, CHMC Section 2.44.160 and 2.44.190, referenced the fourteen (14) day review, so these sections are also recommended to be amended to be consistent with the revisions made to Section 2.44.080 and current state statutes which provides that city review is only required every sixty days. Thus, an urgency and regular ordinance amending these provisions are also recommended to be adopted.
The City Council will continue to evaluate this local emergency at least every 60 days, and will terminate the local emergency as soon as conditions warrant it.
The City Council must proclaim the termination of the local emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant. (Gov. Code§ 8630.)