COVID-19 Local Information And Resources

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The City of Lompoc wants to ensure that our community has the latest information and most useful resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Testing in Lompoc

Lompoc COVID-19 CBTS Facebook Graphic (English)

 A testing site is open at the Anderson Recreation Center in Lompoc, 125 W. Walnut Ave. Testing is available by appointment only, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays. The community-based testing, which is occurring throughout Santa Barbara County, is being provided by the county, the State of California, and OptumServe.

Testing appointments can be requested by calling: 1-888-634-1123.

According to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, everyone who is a resident of the County is eligible to apply for testing,  “Once screened, testing order will be prioritized for people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Additional prioritization will be offered to populations of higher risk, including First Responders and Health Care Professionals.” 

Additional information on community-based COVID-19 testing is available at: https://publichealthsbc.org/testing/.

Where to Get Information

The city has established a City of Lompoc COVID-19 Information Line, which can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at: (805) 875-8071.

Other resources include:

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department http://PublicHealthSBC.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

City of Lompoc https://www.cityoflompoc.com/

Lompoc Valley Medical Center https://www.lompocvmc.com

Santa Barbara County Food Bank https://foodbanksbc.org/get-help

Lompoc Valley Unified School District (LUSD) https://www.lusd.org/

Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) https://www.vandenberg.af.mil/COVID-19/

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau https://www.lompoc.com/

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County https://foodbanksbc.org/

Santa Barbara County 2-1-1 (connections to health and human services information) https://211santabarbaracounty.org/

California Public Utilities Commission Utility Consumer Protections During California COVID-19 Outbreak https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/covid19protections/

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (including price-gouging complaints) https://www.countyofsb.org/da/

Home For Good Santa Barbara County (resources for homelessness) https://www.liveunitedsbc.org/homeforgoodsbc

Santa Barbara Foundation COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-more-information/

Senate Small Business Resources https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/9/7/97ac840c-28b7-4e49-b872-d30a995d8dae/F2CF1DD78E6D6C8C8C3BF58C6D1DDB2B.small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf

California State Treasurer COVID-19 Resources https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/covid-19.asp

World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/

Employment Resources https://onwardca.org/

Informational resources in Mixteco:  https://publichealthsbc.org/mixteco-video/

Homemade mask instructional video:

  

City of Lompoc Service Changes

Lompoc City Hall and other city facilities have been closed to the public to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. These facilities include the Anderson Recreation Center, the Lompoc libraries, the police station lobby, the DeWees center and the aquatic center.

Lompoc police and fire stations are not currently allowing ride-alongs or station tours, and jail visits are limited to attorneys.

The closures will be remain in effect for the duration of the governor's order for residents to stay home except for essential needs.

The Lompoc Public Airport remains open, along with other city transit services. However, City of Lompoc Transit (COLT) has been limited as of April 13 to Dial-A-Ride services on demand. To arrange for a COLT bus ride, please call: (805) 736-7666.

Lompoc Residents Asked to Stay Home

The City of Lompoc is asking residents to stay home except for essential needs  and other permitted purposes following Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order to stay at home. The order will stay in place until further notice.

More information on the governor’s order is available at: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top.

As of 5 p.m. on May 26, face coverings are required in Santa Barbara County when residents are out in public, with some exceptions. The full order is posted at: https://countyofsb.org/uploadedFiles/phd/PROGRAMS/Disease_Control/Corona/Health%20Officer%20Order%202020-10.pdf

Non-compliance with the orders could result in a misdemeanor violation. However, the Lompoc Police Department expects our community will willingly comply with the order. There is no community curfew in effect. Rather the stay-at-home order is in effect around the clock for all California residents.

The City of Lompoc is pleased to share that more Lompoc businesses, including dine-in restaurants, destination retail stores, and campgrounds and RV parks, have been permitted to reopen. The health officer order went into effect at 9 a.m. on May 21.
 
According to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, “Santa Barbara County’s Attestation and Reopening Plan has been approved by the State of California. The County of Santa Barbara will begin moving further into stage 2 of the reopening process. A modified Health Officer Order has been released providing guidance regarding the criteria and procedures with which Santa Barbara County will move forward through the expanded stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process.”
 
Under the order, lower-risk workplaces are permitted to reopen safely while adhering to social-distancing guidelines given by the governor and the Santa Barbara County health officer, including:
 
• Destination retail, including but not limited to clothing stores and shoe stores
• Dine-in restaurants (other facility amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
• Campground and RV Parks
 
To reopen, businesses must follow guidelines outlined by the state and complete a self-certification of safe practices. The Santa Barbara County Reopening in Safe Environment (RISE) website available at recoverysbc.org includes industry-specific prevention plan templates for industries as well as the self-certification process. From the Recoverysbc website:

BEFORE REOPENING, ALL FACILITIES MUST:
1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific COVID -19 protection plan
2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
4. Implement disinfecting protocols
5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

HERE IS HOW TO RISE
1. Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California and the County of Santa Barbara.
2. Upon reviewing the guidance, perform a detailed risk assessment in accordance with the state guidelines for your industry and prepare a COVID- 19 protection plan based on the guidance.
3. Implement a site-specific COVID-19 protection plan. This must be kept on site and readily available
4. Complete your industry specific checklist.
5. Complete the attestation by completing this form.
6. Post the industry specific checklist and the attestation at your business to show your customers and employees you have reduced the risk and are open for business.
7. Upon completing your attestation, an official from your local jurisdiction (city or county) may conduct a site visit. Business should consult their jurisdiction to determine additional code requirements for their specific industry.

Businesses already permitted to be open and in operation are asked to confirm that they have met guidance set forth by the State of California and the Santa Barbara County Health Officer for their industry by completing an industry-site-specific COVID-19 protection plan, checklist, and attestation by June 5.
 
The State of California has provided Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants,  Checklist for Dine-In Restaurants, and Guidance for Retail, documents that help businesses understand how best to adapt practices and procedures for this next reopening stage. The full health officer order can be viewed at: https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/.

On Tuesday, May 26, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an updated health officer order clearing the way for additional low-risk businesses and services to open, including religious services, cultural ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, hair salons and barber shops. The health officer order is available at: http://countyofsb.org/uploadedFiles/phd/PROGRAMS/Disease_Control/Corona/HOO%202020-8-3.pdf
 
For general questions about stage 2 reopening and general COVID-19 information, county residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551. Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other COVID-19 resources and updates at https://publichealthsbc.org/. Suspected business violations may also be reported to the county.

In addition, a citizen concern form to report suspected local business violations to police is available here: Code Compliance / Neighborhood Preservation.

Recreation and Library Services and Programs

The City of Lompoc Recreation Division has cancelled recreation programming as a precautionary measure due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Lompoc Recreation Division has cancelled all programs with the exception of the Senior Nutrition Program and the Brown Bag Program. Programming will remain cancelled until further notice.

The Lompoc Aquatic Center and Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center are closed to the public until further notice.

In addition, River Park RV campgrounds have been closed to all new, incoming campers, and basketball courts at city parks are closed.

The Lompoc Recreation Division is available by phone at (805) 875-8100.

Questions from the public regarding the program cancellations and closures may also be directed to the Lompoc Recreation Division at: (805) 875-8100. 

The Lompoc Library and Village Library remain closed to the public until further notice.

The Lompoc Library is continuing to answer reference and information questions from the public at (805) 875-8775. The phone number also has an active voicemail, should we miss your call. Book drops have been closed. Please hang on to your books until the libraries reopen. Overdue fees will not be issued at this time.

The library reminds the community that library patrons can always access books, movies, and music from home through Overdrive and Hoopla with the use of a library card.

Utility Bill Payments

Utility bill payments are being accepted via drop box in the parking lot median at Civic Center Plaza, online with a fee, or over the phone by calling 875-8286 or 875-8255. Envelopes for utility payments, new utility service applications, service disconnect forms, payment assistance information and more are available in a stand at the front doors of Lompoc City Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Treasury and utility billing staff can also be reached via email at utilityconnections@ci.lompoc.ca.us.

Utility billing delinquent fees will be waived during the months of March and April, and utilities will not be shut off through May. For billing questions, customers may call 875-8250 or 875-8253. Information on utility payment assistance and rebate programs is available at: Conservation.

For questions about new utility connections or cancelling existing service call, customers may call 875-8258 or 875-8247.  Utility service forms are also available online at:

https://www.cityoflompoc.com/government/departments/utilities/utility-service-information

Utilities

Water: Our City of Lompoc water system will continue to provide you with safe water.  City employees will continue to operate the water plant 24 hours a day.  The city will serve water to its customer without shutoffs through May 2020. Any payment issues resulting from the economic impact of COVID-19 will be addressed at a later time.  Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds contributes greatly to reducing the spread of the virus.  Additionally, if you think you have a water leak, call: 805-875-8252.

Electricity: Our electrical system will continue to provide you reliable power with its highly trained staff. Like the water, the City of Lompoc will not shut off electricity through May.

Sewer and wastewater services: The city's sewer system will continue to provide waste water treatment.  Please be aware that paper towels and flushable wipes are not to be put into the system because they clog the sewer pipes.

Natural gas: Here is information from SoCalGas regarding natual gas utility services during the COVID-19 outbreak: Natual Gas Service Information.

Trash removal and solid waste services: Trash removal services will continue to be picked up, and the Lompoc Landfill will continue to be open and staffed during regular hours. Here is important information on how to help protect sanitation workers: Help Protect Sanitation Workers.

Broadband-internet services: Our broadband service will continue to provide Internet access.

Rebates for water and electricity conservation: Conservation rebates for water and electricity are still being processed.  Please call 805-875-8252 if you think you may qualify for a rebate or rate assistance.

TV and radio:  KPEG 100.9 FM radio and TAP TV continue to operate.  To reach these local public access stations, call: 805-875-2750.

Community Development Department

The city’s community development department, including planning and building, can be reached by phone and email, and appointments are available as needed.

The planning division can be reached at 875-8213 or c_weigel@ci.lompoc.ca.us.

The building division can be reached at 875-8220 or building@ci.lompoc.ca.us

The City of Lompoc Community Development Department wants to assure the community that the health and safety of our customers is a priority.

If you experience difficulty making payments or require loan/program information, please contact by email or phone:

Chanel Ovalle, Community Development Program Manager City of Lompoc Community Development Department

100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: 805-875-8245

Email: c_ovalle@ci.lompoc.ca.us

Committee, Commission and Board Meetings

In addition, City of Lompoc committee, commission and board meetings have been cancelled for the month of April, with the exception of the planning commission meeting on April 8.

March 17, 2020 Lompoc City Council COVID-19 Community Presentation 

Individual Presentations from March 17 meeting

City of Lompoc COVID-19 Presentation March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Lompoc Valley Medical Center Presentation

County Board of Supervisors COVID-19 Update