RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
April 9, 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 9, 2020 Citywide Update
Interactive South Bay Cities COVID-19 Dashboard Now Available
An interactive COVID-19 status dashboard has been developed for the South Bay cities. The dashboard is hosted by the City of Torrance and reflects information sourced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Los Angeles County Reminds Family & Friends that Compliance with Safer at Home Order is Mandatory
As we approach Passover and Easter, Los Angeles County continues to remind all residents that the Health Officer’s   Safer at Home   order remains in full effect. 
This week is Holy Week, it is a time when many want to be with their family and faith communities. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health, applauded the faith-based organizations that are finding ways to reach out to people online through virtual services and the people who are finding ways to practice their faith together -- from afar.

Dr. Ferrer emphasized that people and faith-based organizations must honor LA County’s Safer at Home order and find ways to be together emotionally, but apart physically. She asked that any planned gatherings in person, as well as in cars, be canceled and sent a reminder that the order prohibits such physical gatherings.
The Safer at Home order directs all members of the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and taking common sense infection control precautions. County residents are required to stay at home or in their place of residence, except when they need to work at an essential business or healthcare operation, provide essential infrastructure, shop at an essential business, or engage in an essential activity.

Though the need to connect with friends and family is strong, group meals and social gatherings make social distancing difficult, and therefore, put everyone at risk. This is not the time for relatives and friends to come over and be in close proximity to each other. This is a time to physically distance yourself from others.
While family members and contacts living together within a household can go for a walk in the neighborhood, contact with individuals from outside of the household should occur only virtually. Use social media and digital tools to connect, because face-to-face interactions with individuals from other households are prohibited under the Safer at Home order.

Everyone must:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services or if they are an essential worker
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Not gather in groups of any size

Los Angeles County is relying on its residents to respect and follow these health orders. Residents’ cooperation with the health orders is critical as we work to flatten the curve and move beyond the pandemic. We’re in this together. 

More information about the order can be found   here .
Upcoming Cyber Seniors Class
Cyber-Seniors, a nonprofit organization that works to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology, continues to offer 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 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.
Late-payment Penalties for Property Tax Bills may be Canceled
Rolling Hills Estates property owners unable to pay their property taxes by tomorrow's April 10 deadline due to the direct effect of the public health crisis may submit an online request for penalty cancellation beginning April 11.

With County buildings closed to the public at this time, payments can be processed online online, by telephone or by mail. Review payment methods and several other online self-service options at  https://ttc.lacounty.gov/ .

For more information, call 213-974-2111 or  Read the FAQ here.
Federal Stimulus Payments
Beginning in the next three weeks, federal economic impact payments (stimulus checks) will be distributed by the Internal Revenue Service.

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will receive up to $1,200 for individuals ($2,400 for couples) and up to $500 for each qualifying child. The payments are reduced for individuals earning over $75,000 a year, and no payments are made to individuals earning over $99,000 a year ($198,000 for couples).

In most cases, the IRS will deposit the payments into the direct deposit account taxpayers previously provided on tax returns.

Taxpayers who have previously filed but did not provide direct deposit information to the IRS will be able to provide their banking information online through a newly designed secure portal on  IRS.gov  in mid-April. If the IRS does not have a taxpayer's direct deposit information, a check will be mailed to the address on file.

WDACS Critical Delivery Service Now Available
The Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department is providing free delivery service to older and dependent adults during COVID-19 crisis. They can deliver:

Groceries, Household Items, Vital Necessities

Call 1-888-863-7411 between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday to request services.
Supporting our Frontline Workers
Join the many worldwide each night at 7:00 p.m. as they give a round of applause to all of the frontline workers helping us through this crisis.
Telemedicine: What it is, how it works
**Updated Provider List**
According to the  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Telehealth, telemedicine, and related terms generally refer to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to improve a patient’s health. Innovative uses of this kind of technology in the provision of healthcare is increasing.

With the emergence of the virus causing the disease COVID-19, there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Limiting community spread of the virus, as well as limiting the exposure to other patients and staff members will slow viral spread.

Call your healthcare provider to find out if these services are offered.

Local offices offering telemedicine services to new and existing patients:

Palos Verdes Medical Group (310) 544-6858

Note: Torrance Memorial has several participating physicians at various locations, For a list of participating physicians at various locations within the South Bay click here TMPN Primary Care

Know of any other local health care practices that offer Telemedicine services? Email  levis@rollinghillsestatesca.gov.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 25 new deaths and 425 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1,045 new cases. Sixteen people who died were over the age of 65 and seven between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 7,955 cases across all areas of LA County, including 223 deaths. As of today, 1,894 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (24% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with almost 38,400 individuals tested and 15% of people testing positive.

Please note: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report now includes cases by cities. The City of Rolling Hills Estates has eight (8) 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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