RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
May 12, 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 12, 2020 Citywide Update
As LA County Continues on Road to Recovery, Public Health Director Clarifies Remarks at Today's Board of Supervisors Meeting Related to Extension of Health Officer Orders

"L.A. County is continuing its progress on the road to recovery, with planned reopening of beaches for active recreation and an expansion of permitted retail activities coming tomorrow. While the Safer at Home orders will remain in place over the next few months, restrictions will be gradually relaxed under our 5-stage Roadmap to Recovery , while making sure we are keeping our communities as safe as possible during this pandemic,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We are being guided by science and data that will safely move us forward along the road to recovery in a measured way—one that allows us to ensure that effective distancing and infection control measures are in place. We’re counting on the public’s continued compliance with the orders to enable us to relax restrictions, and we are committed to making sure that L.A. County is in the best position to provide its 10 million residents with the highest level of wellness possible as we progressively get back to normal."

PVPUSD Board of Education to Discuss Reopening Plans
According to LA County’s  Roadmap to Recovery , K-12 schools can reopen in Stage Three, with a date to be determined. As such, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District announced it will focus its school reopening efforts on next year, and continue the distance learning model for the remainder of this calendar year. 
 
This Wednesday, May 13, Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss will update the Board of Education on reopening plans for next year as well as the financial crisis impacting California, K-12 public schools, and consequentially, PVPUSD. 

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be live-streamed. For more information, including how to participate in public comment virtually, visit  www.pvpusd.net/feedback/
Phase I of Planned Beach Re-Opening
The first phase of planned beach re-openings is expected to begin as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th. In an effort to prepare you for the reopening of our beautiful beaches, we offer an overview of what will likely be LA County's "Beach Rules" in Phase I:

  1. Only individual or family exercises and activities will be allowed, such as walking, running, swimming or surfing.
  2. Face coverings will be required out of the water & around others.
  3. Six feet (or more) of physical distancing will be required between individuals outside of the same household.
  4. NO: sunbathing, chairs, canopies, coolers, picnicking, sitting or lying on the sand.
  5. NO Biking: bike paths, piers & boardwalks remain closed.
  6. NO: group sports (such as Volleyball), gatherings or events.
  7. If you or people you live with are sick, stay home!
  8. Those violating beach rules may be fined or penalized.

While LA County's beaches remain closed, we do want to make sure you know just what to do when the time comes for them to reopen!

To stay on top of all beach closures and re-opening updates, visit  beaches.lacounty.gov  or follow the Department of Beaches & Harbors on  Facebook Instagram  or  Twitter .
#RHEresilient Weekly Activity
This week we are sharing fun pet photos! Staying Safer at home means more time with your pets! Post your photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @CityofRHE and  #RHEresilient . Help us fill our page with fun friendly pet photos! 
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) Update
On May 7, the CPA Board of Directors approved a new $1 million COVID-19 Relief Program that provides bill assistance to customers who are recently unemployed, experiencing economic hardship, and most in need due to COVID-19.

Impacted residential and small business customers will be eligible for $25 to $50 bill credits by signing up for financial assistance programs and payment plans through Southern California Edison (SCE).

For more information, visit:  cleanpoweralliance.org/covid19
Ready For A Break? Check Out The Latest Los Angeles County Resources for Coping with COVID-19
May is celebrated nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month to spotlight the importance of mental health issues and access to care for everyone. THIS May with the impacts of COVID-19 everywhere, this is even more important.
 
As LA County works with communities everywhere to weather this crisis, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced the two initiatives, today, to help county residents deal with fear, anxiety and stress:

We Rise 2020 - a virtual, month-long spotlight on mental health, well-being and healing through art, music and creative expression! This year, WE RISE 2020 will showcase:
  • Original performances by diverse artists and celebrities
  • Interactive workshops
  • Unique programming and
  • Messages of inspiration & motivation
To access WE RISE 2020, visit  werise.la - LA County's go-to hub for the latest programming updates.

Free Headspace App- Headspace Plus subscriptions, the number one mindfulness and meditation app around, is being offered for free to LA County residents through 2020. LA County residents can access the following with their free, premium subscription:

  • Hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish
  • Mindfulness and sleep exercises to help address rising stress and anxiety.

To sign up for a free Headspace Plus subscription, visit  headspace.com/lacounty
Upcoming Small Business Grant
Are you a business with five or fewer employees located within the 4th District? You may be eligible for the COVID-19 Business Relief Grant.

Online application for the program will be accepted from Wednesday, May 13 at noon until Thursday, May 14 at noon.
Governor Declares May Older Californians Month


SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following proclamation declaring May 2020, as "Older Californians Month" in the State of California. A copy and the text of the proclamation is below: PROCLAMATION The State of California includes...

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Los Angeles County Public Health Reopening Guidance

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is calling on the public, all business owners and community organizations to support the reopening of businesses and public spaces in safe ways while considering all necessary precautions. A staged approach has been adopted, supported by science and public health expertise, to allow certain retail businesses and public spaces to open safely reopen. A gradual approach is necessary to safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to slowly taper restrictions so we can avoid a surge of new COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm our healthcare and other systems. This strategy will be driven by data and public health criteria. 

Outdoor Recreation in Rolling Hills Estates
With City hiking trails at George F Canyon and Chandler Preserve now open, please remember to practice important public health measures: physical distancing, face coverings, and avoiding gatherings are a must!

Help us keep these hiking trails open by following important Do's & Don'ts:

DO'S

  • Prepare before you visit a trail. Check with the park or City in advance, know which areas or services are open, and bring what you need with you.
  • Follow all park, trail or nature preserve rules, regulations and any posted access restrictions.
  • Stay at least six (6) feet from others who are not members of your household at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use than others. Avoid crowded areas. Everyone needs a face covering at the trailhead/ parking lots and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Pack out all trash.

DON'TS

  • Don’t use trails that you know are crowded. If you can’t stay 6 feet away from others that are not part of your household, choose a different trail. If you are on a trail and notice a crowd ahead of you turn back. If it is unavoidable, be sure to wear your cloth face covering as you pass by and do not stop to gather or converse with other groups.
  • Don’t leave your home if you are sick with a fever or respiratory symptoms or are currently under isolation or quarantine.
  • Do not gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests.
  • Do not share food or water while out on the trails.

Review the County's full COVID-19 Guideline for Trails  here.

Playground equipment, sports courts (including tennis courts) remain closed until further notice by Los Angeles County Public Health guidance. Horse arenas, bridle trails, pedestrian pathways and parks remain open for passive recreation use only . Please remember that group gatherings, organized activities, lessons and training at City facilities are not currently permitted until further notice. 

As you spend time outdoors, it is important to utilize parks and open space while adhering to the 6-feet physical distancing requirement at all times. When outside for recreation purposes, face coverings are optional (except as required for hiking trails), but not a substitute for maintaining the physical distancing requirements.

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For after hours immediate contact, please contact the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department - Lomita Station  (310) 539-1661 . 911 for Emergency Situations.
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 45 new deaths and 961 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Thirty-five people who died were over the age of 65 years old and nine people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Forty-one people had underlying health conditions including 32 people over the age of 65 years old and nine people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. 

To date, Public Health has identified 33,180 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,613 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,490 people (99 percent of the cases); 38% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 18% among Asian residents, 13% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. African Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and people living in communities with high levels of poverty continue to have the highest rate of death per 100,000 people for COVID-19 when compared to other groups. Upon further investigation, 39 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 5,508 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (17% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,731 people who are currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are in the ICU and 18% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 253,000 individuals and 11% of people testing positive.

Pleas e note: As of May 12, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has thirteen (13) 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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