RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
April 2, 2020
The City of Rolling Hills Estates is actively monitoring and listening to the health and policy experts at the federal, state and county levels and taking actions to adhere to requirements or implement policies based upon health expert recommendations.  This important email update is being sent to all City email subscribers to ensure the community is notified.

For important information, please   visit the City’s Coronavirus webpage.

April 2, 2020 Citywide Update
Be sure to look out for tomorrow's update with local health resources for you, your families, friends and neighbors.

Are you aware of any local health resources? Let us know!
There's Still Time: We Want to Hear from You
How is COVID-19 impacting your daily life? Please answer this brief survey to help us understand your concerns and how we can support you being “Safer at Home.”

Take the survey, visit:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FMLPVKX  
Local Volunteer Match
PVPUSD School Board Member Linda Reid is coordinating a volunteer effort to match up senior citizens needing errand/grocery/meal help on the Peninsula with volunteers.

PVPUSD students, parents, and alums unexpectedly home from college will assist! Any older residents may email Member Reid at   reidl@pvpusd.net   to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time. 
Age-Friendly Student Senior Connection
The USC Family Medicine department started this wonderful program for seniors sheltering in place who may feel socially isolated. Health care students from the medical, physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy schools are volunteering to call any vulnerable people who may be interested. 

Please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested. It is completely free and available in multiple languages.

Cyber Seniors Training Opportunity
Cyber-Seniors  is a nonprofit organization that works to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology. Cyber-Seniors is offering training opportunities to help keep senior citizens socially connected while remaining safe in their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Seniors can join the following online seminars (using ZOOM) or a one-on-one session (by phone or FaceTime). Instructional links are below to help you learn how to use Zoom. 


If you need more help, call Cyber-Seniors at 1-844-217-3057

Upcoming Group Zoom sessions:

  • Friday, April 3, 9:30am Eastern Time: Banking online Register
  • Mon, April 6, 9:30am Eastern Time: Grocery Shopping online  Register
  • Tue, April 7, 9:30am Eastern Time: Video calling  Register
  • Wed, April 8, 9:30am Eastern Time: Online games (with friends)  Register
  • Thu, April 9, 9:30am: Prescription refills online  Register
  • Fri, April 10, 9:30am Eastern Time: Reading online: How to access ebooks  Register

If you prefer a one-on-one session, book one through Cyber-Seniors’ Calendly calendar and Click Here.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a food program run by the Salvation Army and serves the Peninsula areas. Meals are prepared at the Redondo Beach location and are picked up and delivered around lunch time by volunteers Monday-Friday. The program has a fee of $5.50 per meal.

Subscribers can choose which days they would like to have delivery and how many meals they would like. Subscribers are billed at the end of the month based on what was delivered and can change their delivery choices at any time.

A limited amount of subsidies are available for seniors facing financial hardship. If interested, please fill out the application and email it to athena.marano@usw.salvationarmy.org
A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission
With most Californians staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residential energy use has increased by 15 to 20% (for electric) and 5 to 50% (for gas) and utility bills will go up. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is working to help consumers manage their energy bills and usage.

Customers who have lost their income should call their utility today to receive a 20 to 35% discount on their bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program and/or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program:  www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=976 . The CPUC has a similar program for telecommunication customers, California LifeLine: www.cpuc.ca.gov/lifeline

Additionally, CPUC has worked with utilities to provide the Climate Credit in April, which will help off-set higher bills.The Climate Credit is from a state program that requires electricity providers, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit is the utilities’ customer’s share of the payments from the program.
 
CPUC is working on additional actions to help reduce the impacts of increased residential demand on energy bills during the summer months including the possibility of additional bill credits and changes to the overall rate structures.

Finally, there are also simple, no-cost energy behaviors that can help save Californians energy and money during this difficult time:
  • On cooler days, set thermostats to 68 or lower during the day/62 at night
  • Unplug unused devices and/or turn off power strips
  • Open blinds/curtains on sunny days to avoid using too many lights
  • Wait to use dishwasher when it’s full
  • Turn down screen brightness and use eco-mode features on work from home and entertainment devices

Sincerely,

California Public Utilities Commission
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 13 new deaths and 534 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Twelve of the 13 deaths reported today occurred in people over the age of 65; one person was between 41– 65 years old. All reported underlying health conditions except for one individual over the age of 65. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1047 new cases.
 
To date, Public Health has identified 4045 cases across all areas of LA County, including 78 deaths. Upon further investigation, seven cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 879 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (22% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

Please note: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report now includes cases by cities. The City of Rolling Hills Estates now has five (5) confirmed cases.

More Information and Resources Available
COVID-19 Updates
Residents and businesses can continue to monitor the City's dedicated COVID-19 Updates webpage, which has been newly redesigned for ease-of-use and increased resource information at RHE.city/Covid19 .

Here you will find latest updates, information for seniors and businesses, information on utilities, current status of local restaurants, etc.

The City is working diligently to identify additional resources for the community, especially for our high risk seniors.
COUNTY AND STATE RESOURCES:


What should I do if I have symptoms and think I may have been exposed to novel coronavirus?  

Most people with respiratory infections like colds, the flu, and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will have mild illness and can get better with appropriate home care and without the need to see a provider. People who are elderly, pregnant, or have a weak immune system, or other medical problems, are at higher risk of more serious illness or complications. The County recommends that you monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care early if your symptoms worsen. 

If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care. Have non-emergency questions, dial 2-1-1 to speak with the Los Angeles County information center.

You should also call a doctor if you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19. 

Where can I get more information?

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