RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
May 5, 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.

May 5, 2020 Citywide Update
Upcoming State Re-Openings
Although Governor Newsom relaxed some of the State’s Stay at Home Order, the most recent Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order is still in place until at least May 15. Per the Order, when there’s a conflict between the State Order and the County’s, the more restrictive measure applies. For more information about what can be open under the Los Angeles County Public Health Order, please visit their FAQ Business Guide here.

Los Angeles County Public Health is currently in the planning process for recovery and looking at various sectors that can re-open while we continue to observe and practice physical distancing requirements and infection control precautions.

As the County prepares for relaxing the Order, safeguards must be in place to avoid a surge in hospitalizations that will overwhelm our healthcare system, and to avoid more preventable deaths.

Everyone has done an amazing job of following the Safer at Home Order and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Your patience and continued cooperation is very much appreciated!
PVPUSD "Return to School" Parent Survey
PVPUSD has convened a committee of teachers, classified staff, administrators, medical professionals and board members to develop a "Return to School" Plan in order to prepare for its campuses to reopen at the appropriate time. Parents and guardians are invited to fill out a survey in order to provide the district with important information as to their level of comfort in returning to school campuses.

Alert South Bay COVID-19 RHE Survey Results
In mid-April, the participating Alert SouthBay cities released its second  survey  asking residents about their COVID-19 concerns and what kind of information they need and care about most. Below is a summary of highlights based on responses received by Rolling Hills Estates residents as of April 28. The City will use this information to enhance future COVID-19 communications as well as our local response to the crisis.

251 RHE resident responses:

34% of respondents said their single greatest COVID-19 concern is the impact on the economy

Top 3 Challenges: general anxiety, social isolation, and purchasing supplies/supermarket travels 

  • Social isolation/lack of places to go - 54.8%
  • General anxiety about the impact of the coronavirus on my life - 49.1%
  • Purchasing supplies (e.g. toilet paper) - 45.5%

37% of respondents said they are either very worried or extremely worried

Most feel they can maintain their current arrangements for at least one month and up to 3 months

  • 41.3% of respondents said they can maintain their current arrangements for three or more months
  • 19.2% respondents said they can maintain current arrangements for two months
  • 14.4% of respondents said they can maintain current arrangements for about a month

City Communication Preferences

  • 61% of respondents prefer email communication
  • 36% of respondents prefer text messaging communication
  • 2.8% of respondents prefer social media communication 

Thank you to all who participated.
Emergency Cooling Centers Open Across LA County During Heat Wave
Temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County are expected to rise into the 90s midweek. As a result, several public facilities located throughout the County will open and serve as Emergency Cooling Centers on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. These centers provide members of the public who lack air-conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge. All centers will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, and will operate in compliance with physical distancing and other safety criteria from the current Health Officer Order. 

Currently, a total of 8 Emergency Cooling Centers have been identified and will operate in areas based on heat forecasts and regions identified by the National Weather Service and the Department of Public Health, respectively. More locations may be added and or extended based on existing weather conditions. To obtain the most current list of the County’s Emergency Cooling Centers or view a map of these sites, visit  ready.lacounty.gov/heat  or dial 2-1-1. 

The County also reminds all members of the public to take the following extra precautions during hot weather: 

  • Avoid the sun – stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
  • Replace salt and minerals – sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Pace yourself – reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
  • Stay cool indoors during peak hours – set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and/or visit a County Emergency Cooling Center. Find a local emergency cooling center at ready.lacounty.gov/heat.
  • Monitor those at high risk – check on elderly neighbors, family members and friends who do not have air conditioning. Infants and children up to 4 years old, people who overexert during work (e.g. construction workers) and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of heat-related illnesses.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  • Keep pets indoors – heat also affects your pets, so please keep them indoors. If they will be outside, make sure they have plenty of water and a shaded area to help them keep cool.

For more information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website at  publichealth.lacounty.gov
#RHEresilient May Monthly Challenge - Get out and Walk!
The City's Community Services staff continues to develop fun challenges for you each week. This week, we invite you to join in on the 10k steps challenge - a fun fitness challenge promoting health and well-being!
 
Download a Walking Journal online at RHE.city/virtualrec. Start the 30-day steps challenge at home, around the neighborhood, local walking trail or park.
 
Remember these tips for social distancing outdoors:
  • Keep six feet of space between yourself and others
  • Walk by yourself or those in your household
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Always warm-up and stretch before any exercise activity
  • Drink water to stay hydrated
  • Obey all traffic laws while on public roadways.

#RHEresilient
Ready For A Break? Check Out The Latest Resources for Coping with COVID-19
May is celebrated nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month to spotlight the importance of mental health issues and access to care for everyone. THIS May with the impacts of COVID-19 everywhere this is even more important. Here is We Rise's next virtual event:

Wednesday, May 6

HEAL & TRIUMPH: RELEASING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA | 6-7pm

Who would you be without limitations? Join Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza, Devi Brown and Gloria Lucas for an hour-long discussion on generational trauma: what it is, how it impacts our view of ourselves, and explore ways to heal and release fear. Moderated by Melanie Santos.

HOW TO JOIN US:    
Watch the event live on Facebook , YouTube or Twitch . Click on any of these links at the event’s start time to begin streaming.

To access WE RISE 2020, visit  werise.la  - LA County's go-to hub for the latest programming updates.
Headspace Available Free to LA County Residents
To sign up for a free Headspace Plus subscription, visit  headspace.com/lacounty
LA County and Headspace are proud to make this the first offering of its kind in the country - and to support county residents with new and innovative ways to cope with the COVID-19 health crisis.
Governor Issues Proclamation for Wildfire Preparedness Week

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring May 3-9, 2020 as "Wildfire Preparedness Week" in the State of California. The text of the proclamation is below: PROCLAMATION Over the last three years, California has...

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Who can get tested for COVID-19?
The following groups may get tested regardless of symptoms:

  • All essential workers
  • Individuals who are either 65+ or have chronic underlying health conditions
  • Individuals in institutional congregate living settings 
All LA County residents with the following symptoms can also get tested through LA County Public Health sites:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss or taste or smell

No insurance is required. Make an appointment here:  lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Testing is also available for the following front-line workers even if you are not exhibiting symptoms:

  • First responders
  • Critical government personnel
  • Health care professionals
  • Grocery workers
  • Commercial, rideshare, and public transit drivers
  • Credentialed members of the media

If you are a front-line worker in one of these categories, please  click here to schedule an appointment. If you are not sure whether you qualify, ask your employer for further information.
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
 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 58 new deaths and 1,638 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Forty-three people who died were over the age of 65 years old, 10 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Forty-five people had underlying health conditions including 38 people over the age of 65 years old and seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Four deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 27,815 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,313 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,201 people (99 percent of the cases); 38% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 28% among White residents, 19% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. African Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and people living in communities with high levels of poverty continue to have the highest rate of death per 100,000 people for COVID-19 when compared to other groups. Upon further investigation, 40 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 5,081 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (19% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 183,000 individuals and 13% of people testing positive.

Pleas e note: As of May 5, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has thirteen (13) 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.
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