RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 17, 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 17, 2020 Citywide Update
Reduce your Risk of COVID-19 Outside of the Home
You can easily reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 outside the home by:

  • Avoiding the Three C's (confined space, crowds, close contact)
  • Taking Steps to Reduce Your Risk
  • Planning Ahead
LA County is on the road to recovery. Gyms and fitness facilities can now reopen to the public with certain protocols in place. Learn more here .
Beware of COVID-19 Online Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. They are forging emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions to try to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware.

How do I know if a coronavirus email is a scam?

Follow normal online tips to protect your money and identity. Most importantly, do not click on links or respond to an e-mail that you do not recognize.

The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips or fake information about cases in your neighborhood. They also may be asking you to donate to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments.

Scams about COVID-19 Vaccine Cures:

There is currently no vaccine and no specific treatment to prevent or treat a coronavirus infection. Scientists are working on these issues. However, scammers are taking advantage of fear and misinformation to take people’s money.

Can I pay to be on a list to be the first to receive a vaccine?
No. Do not give money to anyone that claims a payment will put you on a list to fast-track receiving a vaccination.
There are no lists being generated for people to receive vaccinations. When a vaccine does become available, your medical provider will notify you.

Should I buy a product that claims to cure coronavirus?
Be wary of anyone touting any type of medical miracle or holistic cures. Using questionable and untested products will cost you money and potentially be dangerous to your health.

Think twice before spending money on a product that claims to cure a wide range of diseases.

Be suspect of products that provide only patient testimonials as evidence of their effectiveness. Patient testimonials can be made up and embellished, and they are no substitute for true scientific evidence.

Before using any product that makes these claims, consult with your doctor or health care professional to ensure it is safe to use.

How can I buy a kit to test myself at home for coronavirus?
Home testing kits for some common medical issues are available at many retailers. However, there are no home test kits for coronavirus.

Be wary of the unapproved or fraudulent test kits being marketed on the Internet, in magazines, and elsewhere.

Patients who suspect they may have the virus or that they may be infected should consult with a physician on the best way to provide a specimen for testing.

Should I invest in a company that’s working on a coronavirus vaccine or cure?
Be alert to “investment opportunities” or offers to crowd fund for a cure. If you see one of these promotions, ignore it.

The  U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission  (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly-traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure coronavirus. The promotions claim that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.

Keep in mind that contributing to a crowd fund will not guarantee any results and contributions to a crowd fund may not be refundable.
LA County Great Plates Delivered Extended
The County of Los Angeles Great Plates Delivered program has been extended through Friday, July 10th. Great Plates Delivered offers three (3) free home-delivered meals a day from local restaurants to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are at high-risk of COVID-19 as determined by the CDC. 

Watch the video below for a quick description about Great Plates Delivered. To watch in Spanish, click here.
This effort aims to assist those in need of home-delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant, hospitality, and transportation industries back to work.
Interested in Receiving Meals? 

To be eligible for this program, individuals:
 
  • must meet age requirements
  • are 65 or older; OR are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with, exposed to or at high risk of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC
  • unable to prepare or obtain meals 
  • not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs such as CalFresh/SNAP 
  • must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult 
  • must earn between $25,520 to $74,940 (single household) or between $34,380 to $101,460 (two-person household) per year 
  • must live in unincorporated LA County or a city that does not offer its own Great Plates Delivered program 

To apply online in English,  click here . To apply online in Spanish,  click here .
Have questions? Meal applicants can e-mail  greatplates@wdacs.lacounty.gov  or call 211 for multi-lingual services.
What To Expect When Dining In a Restaurant 
If you're ready for the in-person dining experience, be prepared to:

  1. Make a reservation in advance.
  2. Be asked to wait in your car or outside the restaurant until your table is ready.
  3. Be checked for COVID-19 symptoms (including cough and fever).
  4. Wear a face covering when you're not eating or drinking.
  5. Use a posted, single-use or digital menu.
  6. See sanitizing stations.
  7. See limited seating capacity & physical distance between you and other patrons.
  8. See servers & staff in face coverings and face shields.
If you're a restaurant and are ready to offer in-person dining experience, be sure you are implementing the following (including, but not limited to):

  1. Screening employees and patrons for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at the restaurant.
  2. Requiring employees wear cloth face coverings and face shields.
  3. Prioritizing outdoor seating (if possible) and curbside pickup.
  4. Encouraging reservations.
  5. Asking customers to wait in their car or outside the restaurant until their table is ready, in order to prevent crowds from gathering.
  6. Implementing physical distancing measures.
  7. Requiring diners to wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  8. Closing bar areas.
  9. Limiting occupancy capacity to 60%.

Using Equestrian Rings this Week? Here are Some Protocols
If you are going to an equestrian ring or center, please be sure to make sure the following protocols are being adhered to:

  • Physical distancing of six (6) feet is required at all times.
  • Face coverings are required at all times while in the common areas, including, without limitation, parking lots and stables. (Face masks are not required during riding so long as physical distancing is maintained.)
  • Facility operators and staff wear a face covering and gloves at all times.
  • Rides (Horse string) are single file and a maximum of four (4) riders at a time while practicing physical distancing.
  • Private horse lessons require proper physical distancing and both instructor and student must wear face coverings at all times. (No Group lessons are allowed.)
  • Doors, entrances, and/or gates remain open during normal operational hours.
  • Payment of any fees is done on-line and/or utilizing an outdoor facing window or door.

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:

#TakeoutThursday
Tomorrow is #TakeoutThursday! As businesses begin to reopen while adhering to Department of Public Health guidance, be sure to support local restaurants. For a list of restaurants and their status, visit RHE.city/covid19.
Questions about Business Re-openings?
Gyms, outdoor recreation and more can reopen with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

For a list of helpful FAQs and links to other resources, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/reopening-faqs/
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!

Teens! Join PVLD for a Block Party and learn how to design and print your own block print artwork! In this workshop, Ketzie will review the supplies you need for block printing and show you the best way to plan your design and transfer your art onto your block. We will carve the block together, and then print your design!

Supplies will be provided. Registration opens June 12th and closes June 23rd.

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
CAN BE OPEN:
• Parks (Playgrounds are closed.)
• Public Trails (Walking and Hiking)
• Beaches and Piers
• Public Pools and Pools in Multi-Unit Residential Housing (e.g., Apartments, Condominiums, and HOAs)
• Gyms/Fitness Centers, including in Multi-unit Residential Housing
• Golf Courses
• Pickleball and Tennis Courts
• Horse Riding/Equestrian
• BMX Areas and Bike Parks
• Community Gardens
• Model Airplane Areas
• Shooting and Archery Ranges
• Vehicle-Based Parades
• Drive-in Movie Theaters
• Pro-league Arenas without Live Audiences
• Music, Film, and Television Production
• Hotels for Leisure Travel
• Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (including Equipment Rentals)
• Day Camps
• Libraries (For Curbside Pick-up Only)
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
CLOSED FOR NOW:
• Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools not on Residential Property
• Basketball and Volleyball Courts
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Youth Sports Leagues
• Bars and Nightclubs
• Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
• Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
• Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
• Cardrooms (Casinos) and Satellite Wagering Facilities
• Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
CAN BE OPEN FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING/SERVICES:
• 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
CLOSED FOR NOW:
•Nail Salons
Healthcare Services
CAN BE OPEN:
•Clinics
•Hospitals
•Dental Clinics
•Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Offices
•Optometrists
•Mental or Behavioral Health Providers
•Other Healthcare Settings
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
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 2,129 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, however about 600 cases are from a backlog of test results. Twenty-three people who died were over the age of 65 years old, seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and four people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Twenty-three people had underlying health conditions including 17 people over the age of 65 years old, four people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and two people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 77,189 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,991 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,779 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 42% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 11% among African American residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 24 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents. There are 1,420 people who are currently hospitalized, 28% of these people are in the ICU and 22% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 854,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of June 17, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates had 18 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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