RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
July 30, 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.

July 30, 2020 Citywide Update
Alert South Bay Survey: We Want to Hear from You
We are all facing challenges during this unprecedented time in our lives. As we strive to help support our communities, your feedback is incredibly valuable in helping address your concerns.

Your responses are completely anonymous unless you request to be contacted by a City representative, however, this is completely optional.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments.

Rolling Hills Estates Business Impacted by COVID-19 Closures?
If your business is impacted by the recent closures and you have questions about moving your operations outdoors, please contact City Hall at 310-377-1577.
New Temporary Special Use Permit for RHE Businesses


If your business is impacted by the recent closures and you have questions about moving your operations outdoors, let us know!

The Community Development Department has developed a new Temporary Special Use Permit to assist Rolling Hills Estates businesses with the ability to provide limited outdoor operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.



A Special Use Permit will allow for outdoor operations on sidewalks and parking lots for the following four industries: 

  • Restaurants
  • Fitness centers
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage, and tattoo parlors

This new process has been set-up to provide an easy and prompt, no-fee administrative approval so businesses don't miss a bit in their operations. Access the temporary permit application here: RHE.city/Openbiz

For questions regarding the application or submittal requirements, please contact the Carol Corea 310-377-1577 or send an email to the CarolC@rollinghillsestatesca.gov .
Visit the Los Angeles County COVID-19 Data Portal
Do you want to see visualized COVID-19 statistics based on Los Angeles County data? View trends in infection rates, deaths, hospitalizations, testing and more by visiting http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/data/index.htm .
Free Legal Webinar for Small Businesses July 31
LA County's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) is teaming up with top lawyers this week to offer free small business legal webinars for LA County's small business community impacted by COVID-19.

REGISTER TODAY:


Webinar participants can:

  • learn about employment laws applicable to small businesses, employee classifications, anti-discrimination laws, employee benefits, tips on hiring and managing employees and more (July 31)
  • sign up to be screened for pro bono legal representation
  • receive information on applying to Bet Tzedek for free legal services related to the impact of COVID-19 on your small business

For more on small business legal resources, visit bettzedek.org/smallbusiness .
LA County to Issue Childcare Vouchers
LA County announced on Wednesday that $15 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding has been allocated for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families in the County.
This allocation translates to three months of child care for 5,000 families.
The DPH Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education will lead the funding distribution in partnership with the Los Angeles County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team - created in March to support essential workers, such as healthcare workers and first responders.
Families seeking early care and education services may access vouchers by calling 888-92-CHILD (888-922-4453). Income eligibility for these vouchers are set by the state.
LA Regional COVID Fund Round 3 to Open
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 million in grants available at $5,000 or $15,000 to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and 501(c)(3) non-profits. There are 6 total rounds, with finalists notified after each round. Round 3 will open on August 3.
LA County: The Three C's Explained
Public Health underscores the new set of three Cs: Compliance, Containment and Collaboration to move L.A. County forward through its recovery journey and protect the long-term health and well-being of residents and the workforce.

 Compliance: Businesses must comply with Health Officer Orders and implement the strict infection control practices and distancing guidelines in place to protect the workforce and the public. Residents must continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing, avoid gathering with people they don’t live with and continue washing their hands and cleaning high- touch surfaces.

Containment: Adequate testing and case investigations are critical tools to contain spread. Case interviews and contact tracing of people who are positive or exposed are isolating and quarantining must continue. Businesses and employers must do their part and alert the department to outbreaks at their work sites.

Collaboration: Collaborating across all sectors and government is imperative to ensure clear messages to the public, uninterrupted supply chains for testing supplies and personal protective equipment, and unity in strategies for re-opening with as much safety as possible.
Scam Alert: Contact Tracing Scams
Scammers are posing as contact tracers to get your personal identifying info, such as social security numbers, or financial info like your bank account number. If someone poses as a contact tracer and asks for this personal info hang up immediately!

Contact tracers will never ask you for this info. There are legitimate contact tracers calling people who have tested positive and the County needs your help to get this important information. See below for information from the County's Department of  Public Health . Share this news to help your community keep safe.

IRAs and Other Retirement Plans Relief Eligibility
The Internal Revenue Service issued a reminder today that the CARES Act can help eligible taxpayers in need by providing favorable tax treatment for withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs and allowing certain retirement plans to offer expanded loan options.
Under the CARES Act, individuals eligible for coronavirus-related relief may be able to withdraw up to $100,000 from  IRAs  or workplace  retirement plans  before December 31, 2020, if their plans allow. In addition to IRAs, this relief applies to 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, profit-sharing plans and others.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Village Continues to Build Community with Older Adults while they Remain in their Homes as they Age

PVP Village has been serving its members throughout the Covid-19 crisis with a calendar full of virtual social opportunities, continuing transportation to essential appointments, computer help including Zoom and FaceTime, grocery shopping, handyman help and referrals. 

For information about this dynamic and caring community of friendship and support, contact Executive Director Marianne Propst to participate in a Zoom Information Session on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm. You also may call for an informal chat or to arrange a socially distant visit.

Call 310-991-3324 or visit www.peninsulavillage.net, for more.
Census Takers Coming to your Neighborhood
Starting in August, census takers will visit homes that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.

If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response. It’s not too late. Visit https://my2020census.gov/ to be counted!

What to expect

•   Census takers will wear face coverings and follow public health guidelines when they visit your home.

•   Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

•   If no one is home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.

How can you verify that someone is an authorized Census Taker?

•   Check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

•   Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 213-314-6500 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Calling Young Inventors: The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge
The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish. 

XPRIZE, a nonprofit organization that uses global competitions to crowdsource solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, has announced the launch of their Next-Gen Mask Challenge. The contest is an eight-month challenge, which is open to young adults from around the world ages 15 to 24, will invite future innovators to shift cultural perspective around mask-wearing behavior by developing the next generation of surgical-grade consumer face masks.
In the end, a grand prize winner plus two additional teams will be selected by a panel of judges and industry experts. The three teams will split a one-million-dollar prize purse and will be connected to rapid manufacturing opportunities in the US to accelerate the production of their reimagined facial masks.

Eligibility:

Ages: 15-24 years old

Participate as an individual or as a group.

Register here:
COVID-19 Weekly Text Message Survey

The LA County Department of Public Health is seeking participants for a weekly text message survey aimed at better tracking the impact of COVID-19 in communities and planning the most effective possible response. 

Any L.A. County resident over 18 can sign up for the survey by texting @PROTECT to 35134 . Participants will be asked five enrollment questions — ZIP code, age range, gender, race/ethnicity and cell phone number. Once enrolled, they will receive a weekly text message asking how they are physically feeling. Residents who report feeling ill will be asked follow-up questions.

Please note that participant data will be kept completely private. The data will only be used for department purposes and will be protected as required by law. Protecting privacy is important, and Public Health will not share the individual data of any participants. Survey data will be kept confidential and Public Health intends to provide only summary information on the data collected that will not include any individual identifiers. 

City Recreation Facility Status
Open
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Tennis courts
  • Horse arenas
  • Bridle trails
  • Pedestrian pathways
  • Hiking trails at George F Canyon and Chandler Preserve
  • Peter Weber Equestrian Center (limited)

Closed
  • Playground equipment
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Sports fields are closed for group activities, including team practices, but open for individual/household use.
  • George F Canyon Nature Center

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As you spend time outdoors this weekend, it is important to use our parks and open space while following important public health guidance:

  1. Do not visit if you feel ill. Come back and enjoy the park when you no longer have symptoms.
  2. Adhere to the 6-feet physical distancing requirement at all times with individuals outside of your household.
  3. Keep a clean face covering with you to wear if you are nearby individuals outside of your household.
  4. Avoid group gatherings; the Order only permits you be with members of your own household at this time.
If you have concerns that the Safer at Home Order is not being followed at City parks, trails, arenas or other facilities, please call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department - Lomita Station's non-emergency line at  (310) 539-1661. 
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Are you a senior or disabled Rolling Hills Estates resident in need of assistance?

Let us know.... please call City Hall at (310) 377-1577 during regular business hours, Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We are here to help.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
Today, Public Health has confirmed 41 new deaths and 2,628 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 185,872 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 4,552 deaths.

Of the 41 new deaths reported today, 21 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80 years old, 10 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, four people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and four people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Thirty-six people had underlying health conditions including 20 people over the age of 80 years old, 10 people between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, four people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and two people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Two deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach. Upon further investigation, 139 cases and five deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents.

Please note: As of July 30, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has 31 confirmed cases . This number does not represent recovered cases as that data is not provided by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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.
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