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

July 20, 2020 Citywide Update
Rolling Hills Estates Business Impacted by COVID-19 Closures?
If your business is impacted by the recent closures and you have questions about moving your operations outdoors, please contact City Hall at 310-377-1577.
The ABCs of Contact Tracing
Contact tracing is a simple, confidential process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has deployed nearly 1,600 contact tracers and an additional 900 are currently being trained. These trained specialists come from LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH), as well other County Departments, the State, and the City of Los Angeles. 
To help LA County flatten the COVID-19 curve, understand the ABCs of contact tracing:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, expect a contact tracer to contact you by phone to ask you about the places you have been, and the people you have been around while you were infectious. 
  • The people you tell us about will also be contacted, but will not be told your name or contact information. They will also be asked to stay home to help prevent others from getting sick.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, expect a contact tracer to contact you by phone to ask you if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been tested, and to ask about places that you may have been to.
  • In order to avoid you getting mixed up with another person, please provide contact tracers with complete and correct information.
  • Contact tracers will provide you with information on next steps based on your responses. They may call you more than once to check how you are doing during your 14 days at home, and will provide you with information on how to find a doctor and/or access COVID-19 testing.
  • Contact tracers will leave a call back number if necessary. If they cannot reach you by phone, they will send a letter.
  • Please answer their calls & call them back if they leave a message. The information you provide is protected by HIPAA. To understand how important this is, hear from our contract tracers below:
  • Please note a contact tracer will never ask you for a social security number, payment, information about your finances, documented status, or detailed health information.
  • LA County DPH has a hotline for confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you have not yet connected with a contact tracer, call the COVID-19 Case Info Line toll-free at 1-833-540-0473.

Contact tracing is an important tool for helping flatten the curve in LA County. And now that you know more about it, we hope you'll work closely with our contact tracers, should they have a need to call you down the road.
For more information, visit us online at  covid19.lacounty.gov/contact-tracing .
L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund: Second Round of Applications Open
Millions in grants are available through the L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund Second round of applications is open between July 20th and July 24th. 

The $3 million Recovery Fund, established as a joint effort by the County of Los Angeles, who have contributed $2 million, and the City of Los Angeles, who have contributed $1 million, as well as additional support from philanthropic partners, aims to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and micro-entrepreneurs that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing $5,000 grants to micro-entrepreneurs, and $15,000 grants to non-profits and small businesses.

To ensure equitable access to capital across various demographics throughout the region, grants will be distributed through an equitable lottery system.

A Message from PVPUSD Superintendent Dr. Cherniss
Dear Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District School Community,
 
Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced criteria on school reopening that all but guarantees that our schools will begin the year in remote learning models. I know this decision has tapped into a mixture of emotions throughout our community, as last night my wife and I had to tell our children that they would likely not return to school in the fall. This was an extremely difficult conversation, and thus I can relate to those with feelings of frustration and helplessness.  
 
For those families that are trying to figure out how they will go to work in the fall while their children are at home learning, please know we are thinking about ways to support you. For those teachers and educators who want nothing in the world but to be with their students in their classrooms, please know we are continuing to work on in-person models which we can implement at the appropriate time. And for those families that have health and safety concerns, please know that we will provide a Distance Learning Academy for your children throughout this entire school year.
 
So here's the details from yesterday which you should be aware of. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced criteria in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), providing  revised guidance  and a detailed  framework  for reopening schools this fall. The Governor stated that, in order to reopen schools for in-person instruction, counties must be 14 consecutive days off the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19  Monitoring List . As of today, July 18,2020, Los Angeles County is identified as one of the counties that does not meet the criteria to reopen schools with an in-person format.
 
Our committees made up of hundreds of teachers, parents and medical professionals have been working diligently the past several weeks and months on our school reopening plans. As shared in previous updates, we have worked hard to provide both an in-person Hybrid School Program as well as a full-time Distance Learning Academy for students, allowing each parent to make a decision that is in the best interest of their family.  
 
At our Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, July 22, I will be presenting the details of the Distance Learning Academy and the in-person Hybrid School Program. As previously mentioned, the Distance Learning Academy is designed for families and students with the intention to learn remotely for the entire school year, and will require a minimum of a one semester commitment. The Hybrid School Program, while designed for 50% in person instruction and 50% remote learning, will begin the year in a 100% remote learning environment until such a time that we have approval to return to campus. This could be after only a few weeks or months. Therefore, while both instructional options will begin the year in remote learning, they are both very different in their design and implementation. Parents will be given a handbook detailing the programs and will have be asked to select the program that best meets the needs of their family. The district will also be hosting another Town Hall meeting to further answer community questions on Monday, July 27th.
 
Please know that all learning programs in a virtual environment will be rigorous with live instruction and interaction between students and teachers. It will not resemble the emergency distance learning program we provided last spring. We have already secured new on-line learning platforms to better equip students and teachers in a virtual learning environment. We have also begun to provide our teachers with training opportunities and will continue to invest in teacher training throughout the summer months.
 
That being said, it is important for us to keep in mind that our 2020-2021 school year start date is still over five weeks away, and we will closely monitor LA County's ability to meet these new requirements, as outlined by the state, for an eventual return to in-person instruction. 
 
I encourage you, if you have not already, to view our recent Town Hall at  https://www.pvpusd.net/apps/news/article/1252933
 
 
Thank you again for your patience and support as we take time to digest these new state guidelines for schools and school districts, accordingly. Rest assured, we will send additional updates to families as more information about our plans become available.
 
Respectfully,

Dr. Cherniss
Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools  

Last week, Governor Newsom announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction.

“Learning is non-negotiable,” said Governor Newsom. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

The Governor’s plan centers on five key areas:

1) Safe in-person school based on local health data

2) Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school

3) Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations

4) Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools

5) Rigorous distance learning

The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here:  https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf
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.
Calling Young Inventors: The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge
The $1M Next-Gen Mask Challenge aims to reimagine protective face masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by making them more comfortable, functional, accessible, and even stylish. 

XPRIZE, a nonprofit organization that uses global competitions to crowdsource solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, has announced the launch of their Next-Gen Mask Challenge. The contest is an eight-month challenge, which is open to young adults from around the world ages 15 to 24, will invite future innovators to shift cultural perspective around mask-wearing behavior by developing the next generation of surgical-grade consumer face masks.
In the end, a grand prize winner plus two additional teams will be selected by a panel of judges and industry experts. The three teams will split a one-million-dollar prize purse and will be connected to rapid manufacturing opportunities in the US to accelerate the production of their reimagined facial masks.

Eligibility:

Ages: 15-24 years old

Participate as an individual or as a group.

Register here:
Peninsula Seniors Virtual Activities
Peninsula Seniors continues to offer programs and activities  virtually , because staying connected is more important now than ever. And your membership is more important now than ever. Please renew your membership or become a member today!  Learn more at pvseniors.org .
 

Meeting ID: 849 0763 5699
Password: 017496
 

Meeting ID: 849 0763 5699
Password: 017496

Meeting ID: 868 9789 2013
Password: 030634
 
Join us for a virtual tour of the Flight Path Museum at LAX

Meeting ID: 837 5948 5830
Password: 031033


Meeting ID: 886 8574 1344
Password: 827607
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 participate in a Zoom Information Session on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm. You also may call for an informal chat or to arrange a socially distant visit.

Call 310-991-3324 or visit www.peninsulavillage.net, for more.
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.
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. 

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. 
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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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 has confirmed 9 new deaths and 3,160 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 159,045 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 4,104 deaths. The decrease in deaths may reflect a reporting lag from over the weekend.

For the second straight day, Public Health confirms the highest number of new hospitalizations reported in a day with 2,232 people currently hospitalized, surpassing yesterday's count of 2,216 hospitalizations. Of the 2,232 confirmed COVID-19 cases currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 19% are confirmed cases on ventilators.

Please note: As of July 20, 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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