RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 23, 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.

June 23, 2020 Citywide Update
DHS Update: Hospital-Demand Model
Today's update is brought to you by Dr. Christina Ghaly, the Director of LA County's Department of Health Services (DHS). She's shares:

1) The number of new cases of COVID-19 requiring care in our hospitals each day remains constant

2) In terms of the hospital system, LA County's COVID-19  DHS Hospital Demand Model   currently projects:
  • Hospital Beds & Ventilator numbers appear adequate to meet the projected need for the care of additional COVID-19 patients over the next 4 weeks.
  • The number of ICU Beds is more limited, in part, due to the need to care for a greater number of non-COVID patients (as people receive critical non-COVID services). This supply may become inadequate if LA County's rate of transmission increases.

3) This week's Rate of Transmission (R) is slightly under 1 - specifically, our model is now calculating it as 0.94, with a range of uncertainty from 0.83 to 1.03.
  • The R being reported, as of today, specifically includes an adjustment down for those who are presumed to already be immune due to prior infection.
  • LA County has made the change so that our model output is consistent (and directly comparable), with how other communities and models report R.

To learn more about the data included in Dr. Ghaly's update, today, visit  dhs.lacounty.gov . Once there, you'll find: 1) Regularly updated  COVID-19 Hospital Demand Model Projections ; 2) A  COVID-19 Dashboard , which contains information on LA County's available hospital beds, supplies, hospitalized patients and COVID-19 demographics; and 3) The  COVID-19 Patient Webpage , where you can access the COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line, schedule appointments or get help with making appointments, ordering medication, locating the nearest Urgent Care location, and more.
FDA Issues Consumer Warning on Some Hand Sanitizer Brands
 FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
The Great Peninsula Movie Night
Enjoy the old-fashioned experience of watching a movie from your car, while waving to your friends across the parking lot!

The iconic movie, La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be the feature flick! La La Land, rated PG-13 has been called “a movie about loving movies,” filled with music, dancing, and iconic sets.

Tell your friends and neighbors this is an event for the whole community to come together!

Saturday, June 27
Movie Starts at 8pm
Gate opens at 7pm
Top Level of the Promenade’s Parking Lot
Enter off Indian Peak Road
Take-Out Food Options Available

This event is a fundraiser for the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy a program to help local middle and high school students launch new businesses.

Advance registration is $25 (suggested donation)

Registration can be made HERE or at the gate

Questions - Call the PVP Chamber at 310-377-8111
COVID-19 Testing
Currently, the registration website for COVID-19 testing at the LA City and County supported sites is showing no appointments available. All available appointments this week are full.

We encourage all individuals to call their primary care provider if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not have insurance and need help connecting with a healthcare provider, call 211. Testing capacity within the established health system has improved greatly over the past weeks and months; wherever possible, individuals should receive testing in consultation with their personal provider to ensure ongoing continuity of care and optimal follow-up.

There are some “Additional Testing Sites” that are run independently from the County or State that still do have same day or next day availability. Individuals can visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for a list of sites that have availability and to register.
Later today, more appointments will open for LA County supported sites for Saturday, June 27, Sunday, June 28, and Monday, June 29.

Curious about testing, or have questions? Visit LA County's COVID-19 Testing FAQs.
READY, SET, GO! Wildfire Safety and Prevention
As we move to higher temperatures, the potential for wildfires remains high. Please take the time to be prepared by following Ready! Set! Go! safety tips at http://fire.lacounty.gov/rsg .
Donate Blood: American Red Cross
The American Red Cross now tests all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. During these uncertain times, the Red Cross hopes that testing for COVID-19 antibodies will provide its valued donors insight into whether they may have been exposed to this coronavirus.

The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. For the next few months, Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory, where the samples will also undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

Red Cross donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at  redcrossblood.org.

Blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it. The Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of its donors and staff. There is no evidence that the novel coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including the novel coronavirus.

To schedule an appointment to give blood, visit  redcrossblood.org, use the  Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Cyber Seniors Training Opportunity
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department recommends that seniors and other high risk individuals continue to remain Safer at Home even during the phase reopening.

Don't let this get you down though,  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:

Previously held online seminars are also available for viewing and include:

Imagine your Story: Science Tellers
PVLD Block Printing Party
Kids! Join PVLD for a virtual Science Tellers story, beginning today - August 7!

“Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress” Click on the link to watch this awesome fantasy story anytime this summer. You'll be amazed by the special effects with a scientific touch. You can even watch it over and over!

Adults can participate in the Summer Reading Program! You can do a local history puzzle! Sign up today! https://pvld.org/pvsummer
Examples of What's Open in LA County
Through our Safer at Home efforts, we’ve collectively slowed the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County, allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and public spaces. However, COVID-19 remains a serious risk. Please continue to practice social (physical) distancing and wear a facemask whenever you are around others, and to wash your hands frequently. Also, remember to stay home if you are sick or if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick.

The following are examples of public sites and activities that are open and temporarily closed under the Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19 Order. This is a partial list only and when at these sites, you must follow requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click on the links to learn about these requirements.
Recreation, Entertainment, Travel, and Learning
• Bars, Wineries, and Brewery Tasting Rooms
• Beaches and Piers
• BMX Areas and Bike Parks
• Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (including Equipment Rentals)
• Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering, and Racetracks with Onsite Wagering
• Community Gardens
• Day Camps
• Drive-in Movie Theaters
• Golf Courses
• Gyms/Fitness Centers, including in Multi-unit Residential Housing
• Horse Riding/Equestrian
• Hotels for Leisure Travel
• Libraries (For Curbside Pick-up Only) • Model Airplane Areas
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
• Music, Film, and Television Production • Parks (Playgrounds are closed.)
• Pickleball and Tennis Courts
• Pro-league Arenas without Live Audiences
• Public Pools and Pools in Multi-Unit Residential Housing (e.g., Apartments, Condominiums, and HOAs)
• Public Trails (Walking and Hiking)
• Shooting and Archery Ranges
• Vehicle-Based Parades
• Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Basketball and Volleyball Courts
• Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
• Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools not on Residential Property
• Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
• Lounges and Nightclubs
• Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
• Youth Sports Leagues
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
• Grocery Stores, Certified Farmers’ Markets, Farm and Produce Stands, Supermarkets, Food Banks, Convenience Stores, Wholesale Clubs, and Pharmacies
• Stores that Sell Products Needed for Your Home, such as Hardware, Building, Home Appliance, and Pool Supply Stores
• Lower-Risk Retail Stores, such as Bookstores, Jewelry Stores, Furniture Stores, Toy Stores, and Clothing Stores
• Pet Food Stores, Animal Daycare and Boarding Facilities, and Veterinary Clinics
• Hair Salons and Barber Shops, for Certain Services Only (i.e., The employee and the customer can both wear cloth face coverings and the service doesn’t involve touching the customer’s face.)
• Restaurants and Cafés, including for On-Site Dining
Healthcare Services
•Dental Clinics
•Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Offices
•Mental or Behavioral Health Providers
•Other Healthcare Settings
City Recreation Facility Status
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)

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
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 34 new deaths and 2,364 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Twenty-seven people who died were over the age of 65 years old, six people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Twenty-seven people had underlying health conditions including 20 people over the age of 65 years old, six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. 

To date, Public Health has identified 88,262 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,171 deaths. Ninety-four percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,951 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 42% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 28% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 11% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 44 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 979,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of June 23, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates had 21 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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