RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
May 20, 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 20, 2020 Citywide Update
A Reminder to Residents and Visitors
Under the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s R evised Safer at Home Order , playground equipment, basketball and volleyball courts remain temporarily closed. Sports fields are closed for group activities, including team practices, but open for individual/household use. Tennis courts and horse arenas are now open with specific rules and guidelines. Bridle trails, pedestrian pathways, hiking trails and park green spaces remain open. 
 
As you spend time outdoors, 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. 
 
#BeSmart #DoYourPart #RHEresilient
It’s #BYOM
Don’t forget to "bring your own mask" when you are out and about for essential business or for personal recreation. It's on all of us to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thanks for doing your part. 

More information about mask and face coverings at  https://covid19.lacounty.gov/byom
Calling All Retailers!
Los Angeles County has resources available to guide you and your business as you embark on the Road to Recovery. In addition to their full compliance checklist  here,
they have also created signs to use at your business.

These are ready to be posted on-site, to remind everyone how they can protect themselves (and others) from COVID-19. Here's an example:
You can download their:


If you still have questions on compliance, call LA County's Department of Public Health at (888) 700-9995 or visit the DPH  website for more information.
Your Blood Could Save Lives

The antibodies of COVID-19-recovered patients could help fight infection in those still suffering from it. The only source of these antibodies is the blood plasma of coronavirus survivors. 

Giving blood plasma to a COVID-19 patient from a person who has healed from it might help the sick person get better faster. But we need more of this plasma to find out. 

The California Department of Public Health has mailed letters, including translation in seven languages, to encourage Californians who have had a positive test to consider donating their plasma to help develop treatments for COVID-19.
Your blood plasma donation could help up to 4 people suffering from COVID-19.

Who can donate COVID-19 plasma?

  • A person who had a test that showed coronavirus infection,
AND
  • Has felt well for at least 14 days,
AND
  • Passes the usual rules for blood donation. 

Most blood centers require a negative swab test if you plan to donate before one month has passed since you recovered. The blood center may also have other rules.

Visit, https://covid19.ca.gov/plasma/ to find a donation center near you.
Local Upcoming Blood Drive Event at Ernie Howlett Park

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is teaming up with UCLA Health to host a local blood drive at Ernie Howlett Park:

Friday, May 29th
9 am - 3 pm
25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates
(look for the UCLA Bloodmobile near the tennis courts)

In order to ensure measures are met for appropriate social distancing, please make an appointment in the following ways:
  1. On-line at www.uclahealth.org/gotblood
  2. Over the phone by calling (310) 825-0888, select option 2 and make an appointment for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
  3. Or through E-mail at gotblood@mednet.ucla.edu
A Message from PVPUSD Superintendent Cherniss
Dear PVPUSD Parents and Community Members,
 
Updated PVPUSD Guidelines on Facilities and Fields Use:
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, with guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, is re-opening facilities in a limited capacity to the community for recreational outdoor activity.  Indoor facilities remain closed until further notice.
 
In accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, individuals may use accessible open spaces for exercise if they maintain social distancing requirements,  while team sports are not allowed.   Visitors to school campuses are asked to please stay 6 feet away from anyone not in their own household, wear face coverings and observe posted signage and locked gates. Please be advised that per county guidance, playground equipment, basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields will remain closed.

Budget:
Last week Governor Newsom presented his May Revision for 2020-21, which included an $18.3 billion dollar deficit in K-12 Proposition 98 funding and a total state deficit of over $54 billion dollars. The governor's budget recommendations included massive reductions for school districts in the form of a 10% reduction to LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula). This proposed reduction would be crippling for school districts throughout California. For the governor and his administration to expect school districts to continue to do more and prepare for more, with 10% less money, is unrealistic and impractical.  
 
For the PVPUSD, the governor's budget equates to an approximate reduction in LCFF by $10 million dollars. The state legislature now has about a month to approve a budget for 2020-21.  Given all the details of this budget proposal, coupled with our previous budget projections, PVPUSD's early estimates reflect an $8 million dollar deficit for next year (this deficit amount will fluctuate as more details become available).
 
Despite this dire budget proposal, there are some positive scenarios which would lessen our estimated budget deficit. The governor's budget proposal includes specific language which states:
 
"Absent additional federal funds, the COVID-19 Recession requires a 10 percent ($6.5 billion) reduction to LCFF. This reduction includes the elimination of a 2.31 percent cost-of-living adjustment.   This reduction will be triggered off if the federal government provides sufficient funding to back fill this cut. "
 
The governor's strategy for k-12 education to shoulder a 10% reduction in funding, while stating this same reduction would be "triggered off" by federal aid leaves public education in a very precarious position. This language predicates relief to K-12 education funding solely on a new federal stimulus bill. As such, I urge you to contact our local legislators and tell them that this budget proposal is unacceptable.
 
While the PVPUSD administration will be making preparations for worst case budget scenarios, it is important for us to take a measured approach. Our district has healthy reserves because we have been fiscally prudent. Last year, we were one of only a few districts in LA County that implemented budget reductions, thus saving our general fund over $2 million dollars. New federal stimulus money could also greatly lesson the fiscal impact to our district, as would improved economic conditions within California.
 
Therefore, in consultation with and at the direction of our Board of Education, we will plan for the worst, hope for the best, and take actions that provide our students with the best possible education under the conditions forced upon us. 
 
Superintendent's Steering Committees on School Reopening:
We received over 400 letters of interest from parents and / or medical professionals to join our steering committees to discuss reopening of our schools. This is an amazing level of support and volunteerism by our community! As such, I expanded the committees to allow for three times as many volunteers, in order to maximize effective parent and community involvement. We will have five steering committees of 25 members each, which include the following:
  1. PVPUSD Staff
  2. Medical Professionals
  3. Elementary Parents
  4. Middle School Parents
  5. High School Parents

These committees will discuss district plans and provide valuable input on its design and development. Thank you to all of the parents and community members who volunteered and were not selected. I have no doubt that there will be opportunities in the future for you to assist our district.
 
I will continue to update you frequently, since information is changing on a daily and weekly basis.


Respectfully serving on your behalf,
 
Alex Cherniss, Ed.D.
City Hall Gradual Reopening
Rolling Hills Estates City Hall began its phased reopening this week: 

Visitors to City Hall will be seen by appointment only. Appointments can be made by viewing our  staff directory   and coordinating with the relevant staff member accordingly or contacting (310) 377-1577 .
 
Only one individual/household is permitted to enter City Hall for their pre-scheduled appointment and must wear a face covering when in the building. Those waiting for a scheduled appointment are invited to wait outside of the building and remain at least six feet from other individuals waiting.
 
There are still many other ways City staff can support you electronically/via phone. Just reach out by visiting our Staff Directory.

Learn more about what we are doing, along with updates on the City's recreational facilities and a community development update, visit our Gradual City Hall Reopening article.
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.
PVLD Senior Resources

The Palos Verdes Library District has developed many resources for seniors, including getting started with tech, frequently asked reference questions, eBooklists and more! Check it out at pvld.org/seniors
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 57 new deaths and 1,324 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Thirty people who died were over the age of 65 years old; 12 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Thirty-two people had underlying health conditions including 24 people over the age of 65 years old, six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and two people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Ten deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and three deaths were reported by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 40,857 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,970 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,826 people (99 percent of the cases); 39% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. As of today, 5,966 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (15% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,531 people who are currently hospitalized, 28% of these people are in the ICU and 19% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 380,000 individuals and 9% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of May 20, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has thirteen (13) 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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