RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
July 16, 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 16, 2020 Citywide Update
Revised Health Officer Order Requires Closure of Additional Indoor Operations and Sectors
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise here and across California, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths. 

The Order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult: 

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers 
  • Places of Worship 
  • Indoor Protests 
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov 
  • Personal Care Services(including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors) 
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops 
  • Malls

Bars, indoor dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities remain closed in Los Angeles County, and all events and gatherings are prohibited unless specifically allowed by the Order. 

What L.A. County Residents and Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing Now

As cases and hospitalizations rise, many residents believe they need to get tested for COVID-19. However, Los Angeles County health officials stress that not everyone needs to be tested and emphasize the basic ways individuals and businesses can and should protect themselves from this virus.

Here are 10 tips to keep in mind as we navigate this dynamic situation together:

1- At this point in this rapidly-evolving crisis, it is important to reserve testing for those who have a medical or public health reason for it. While Los Angeles County currently has enough testing supplies to meet the needs of those who need to be tested, the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise here and throughout the country. Let’s work together to reserve testing for those with a medical or public health need.
2- The common-sense rules still apply. Here are the most important things we as individuals and community members can do to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Leave home only for essential activities like work, medical appointments and grocery shopping.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you’re out in public.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often, and don’t touch your face.
3- Check with a health care provider if you think you need to get tested.
4- Know your risk level.
5- Employers should not require a negative COVID-19 test result before employees return to work, and employees do not need to present a certificate saying they have tested negative, under the current guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
6- Employers can offer and pay for COVID-19 testing as an occupational health and safety measure if an employer wishes to have its workforce get tested before returning to a work site.
7- Healthcare providers are required by a recent L.A. County Health Officer Order to provide their patients with access to COVID testing if they are symptomatic, are part of a public health investigation, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person.
8- A COVID-19 test does not protect you from the virus, and a negative result should not be seen as a reason to engage in risky social behavior.
9- Don’t panic.
10- More testing capacity is on the way.

Check Your Hand Sanitizer
If the manufacturer’s name is on this list, stop using it immediately:
·        4E Global, SAPI de CV
·        AAA Cosmetica
·        DDI Multinacional SA de CV
·        Eskbiochem SA de CV
·        Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV
·        Limpo Quimicos SA de CV
·        Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV
·        Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV
·        Mystic International SA de CV
·        Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV
·        Tropicosmeticos SA de CV

For the latest information, check the FDA’s   Methanol Contaminated Products List .  If your product is on this list, stop using it immediately. Double check all hand sanitizer

More Hand Sanitizer Safety Tips:

·        Avoid products that say “FDA-approved” on the label – there are no hand sanitizers approved by the FDA.
·        Seek immediate medical attention if you have swallowed hand sanitizer or are experiencing symptoms after repeated use of these products on your skin and contact your poison center (1-800-222-1222) for advice.
·        Signs and symptoms of methanol poisoning include headache, blurred vision or blindness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of coordination, and decreased alertness.
·        Keep hand sanitizers out of the reach of children and supervise their use.
·        Do not swallow hand sanitizers
·        Only use alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs for their intended purpose – to clean hands.
·        For more information, see the FDA’s consumer warning letter which is available here.
Public Health Protocols Issued for Reopening of Schools

As the new round of closures were announced, the LA County Department of Public Health also released reopening protocols for K-12 schools in LA County. Developed in consultation with more than 500 stakeholders, the protocols are intended to serve as a roadmap for school districts as they plan how to reopen with as much safety as possible for students, teachers, staff and their families.
The protocols do not authorize schools to reopen for in person classroom instruction. School re-openings will be guided by the state and by each school district’s decision on how to best configure learning opportunities during the pandemic, considering the levels of community transmission and what the science tells us about the risks. For those schools that reopen their campuses, they will need to adhere to the public health and safety requirements detailed in the protocol released today.
Upcoming Local Blood Drive
Blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 City of Palos Verdes Estates is holding a blood drive on Tuesday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the PVE Police Station, 340 Palos Verdes Drive West in Palos Verdes Estates.
 
Appointments can be made online at ucedonor.com (click on “Blood Drives” and enter “City of Palos Verdes Estates” in the Account Name box), or by phone at 310-825-0888 X 2.
How to Cover Up Properly
It is critical everyone remembers how to use and care for their cloth face coverings correctly. Make sure you wash or sanitize your hands before you put it on and ALWAYS make sure it covers your nose and mouth securely.
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 arrange for a phone or Zoom discussion, or a socially distant visit.   

Call 310-991-3324 or visit www.peninsulavillage.net, for more.
West Basin Summer Splash 2020
West Basin is hosting a series of interactive virtual education programs throughout the summer. A full listing of programs and schedules is provided below. All webinars will be live-hosted by West Basin staff or in partnership with other subject matter experts. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during and after each presentation.

NOTE: Space is limited and waitlists are currently unavailable, so please sign up as soon as possible.

LA County Transitions to New COVID-19 Test Scheduling Platform

LA County is changing scheduling platforms for COVID-19 testing at its nine operated testing sites. The new platform was developed by Fulgent Genetics, Inc., the lab used at the county-run sites. Scheduling on the new platform will begin later today.
The new platform was designed to provide a more user-friendly experience that directly interfaces with the lab, reducing the number of errors in data processing and minimizing the number of participants who might experience a delay in getting their results due to a mismatch in demographic information associated with the test kit.
The platform also allows residents to cancel an appointment, making that slot available for another resident to schedule. The new platform will also enable the lab to collect and validate insurance information in order to bill an individual’s insurance if the person has coverage, making community-based testing more sustainable. Testing at all county-sponsored sites will continue to be free of charge regardless of insurance coverage.
Individuals who visit the former scheduling site ( lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs ) will receive a message directing them to the new Fulgent platform site, la.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment . Scheduling platforms for the L.A. City-supported, state-supported and other testing partner sites will remain the same.

The county’s main hub page ( covid19.lacounty.gov/testing ) will continue to provide updated information and resources and link users to the new platform.
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. 

Avoid Scammers Posing as Contact Tracers
The LA County Department of Public Health continues ramping up contact tracing efforts as cases of COVID-19 increase. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you might receive a call from a contact tracer. But scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, too. Here’s how you can spot the scam.

  • Real contact tracers won’t ask you for money. Only scammers insist on payment by gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency.
  • Contact tracing doesn’t require your bank account or credit card number.Never share account information with anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number. Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you.
  • Your immigration status doesn’t matter for contact tracing, so real tracers won’t ask. If they do, you can bet it’s a scam.
  • Do not click on a link in a text or email. Doing so can download malware onto your device.

Talking to a real contact tracer helps stop the spread of COVID-19. Reporting scammers helps stop them. Report fake contact tracers to your state and at  ftc.gov/complaint .

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and need to talk to a real contact tracer, call 1-833-540-0473.
Restaurant Application for Great Plates Delivered Reopened
The County of Los Angeles is reopening the online application for restaurants interested in the Great Plates Delivered program. If you've already applied, please disregard. 

To access the online application, visit here

At this time, we do not have enough eligible meal applicants to enable allocations to new restaurants other than if there is an unmet need due to client location or special meal requirements (Kosher, Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian).

The County will begin matching the newly contracted restaurants with meal applicants upon demand increasing.

Restaurants who've already submitted the Food Provider Interest Form with the State of California must also fill out the online application for LA County to be considered. 
Examples of What's Open in LA County

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:
  • Beaches and Piers (Piers are Open Only for Restaurants)
  • BMX Areas and Bike Parks
  • Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation
  • (including Equipment Rentals)
  • Community Gardens
  • Day Camps
  • Drive-in Movie Theaters
  • Golf Courses
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers, including in Multi-unit
  • Residential Housing (Face covering required at all times.)
  • Horse Riding/Equestrian
  • Hotels for Leisure Travel
  • Libraries (See Guidance for Curbside Pick-up)
  • Model Airplane Areas
  • Music, Film, and Television Production
  • Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums - Outdoor Portions
  • and Exhibits Only (Indoor portions/exhibits are closed.)
  • 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
CLOSED FOR NOW:
  • Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
  • Bars, Breweries, Brewpubs, Pubs, Wineries, and Tasting
  • Rooms (Except for Retail Sales, which Can Be Open)
  • Baseball & Soccer Fields & Basketball & Volleyball Courts
  • Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering, and Racetracks with
  • Onsite Wagering
  • Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
  • Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools (If Not at a Residence) 
  • Live Performance Theaters and Concert VenuesLounges and Nightclubs
  • Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
  • Youth Sports Leagues
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
CAN BE OPEN FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING/SERVICES:
  • Grocery Stores, Supermarkets, Certified Farmers’ Markets, Farm and Produce Stands, Food Banks, Convenience Stores, Wholesale Clubs, and Pharmacies
  • Hair Salons and Barber Shops
  • 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
  • Restaurants and Cafés, but only for Delivery, Drive Thru, Carry Out, and Outdoor Sit-down Meals Only (Indoor dining is closed.)••
  • Personal Care Services, with Limited Occupancy: Nail Salons, Tanning Salons, Esthetician, Skin Care, and Cosmetology Services;
  • Electrology, Body Art Professionals, Tattoo Parlors, and Piercing Shops; and Massage Therapy (in Non-Healthcare Settings)
  • Stores that Sell Products Needed for Your Home, such as Hardware, Building, Home Appliance, and Pool Supply Stores
CLOSED FOR NOW:
• Restaurants and Cafés (Indoor Dining)
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

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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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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms 59 new deaths and 4,592 new cases of COVID-19. This is the largest increase in new cases, surpassing the count from July 14. Over the last 48 hours there have been 7,350 new cases.

Of the 59 new deaths, 34 people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 20 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Forty-eight people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old and 16 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Five deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach.

To date, Public Health has identified 147,468 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,988 deaths.

Please note: As of July 16, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has 30 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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