RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
May 6, 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 6, 2020 Citywide Update
Los Angeles County Stage Two Reopening: May 8
Today, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced information on re-opening certain businesses as we continue to observe and practice physical distancing requirements and infection control precautions.  

A limited number of businesses will be able to open on May 8th with appropriate safeguards in place

Florists, Toy Stores, Book Stores, Clothing Stores, Music Stores, and Sporting Goods Stores
• Curbside pick-up only
• Must adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols

Golf courses
• Pro shops closed
• Concession stands and restaurants are take-out only
• Must adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols

Trails
• Must adhere to physical distancing
• Must use cloth face covering

The re-opening of businesses will occur in stages and require physical distancing and infection control practices. For more information on the County's full Re-Opening Plan, click  here

The curve has flattened, however the COVID-19 pandemic is still in LA County. The coronavirus is still deadly and capable of quickly taking many lives. As LA County moves into its first stage of recovery, all residents, business owners and employees must continue to observe and practice all COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. 

We remind all LA County residents - continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering whenever you leave home
  • Wash hands throughout the day 
  • Stay six feet away from people who don’t live with you 

And don’t forget - you can get a free COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. All tests are confidential, and will tell you if you’re COVID-19 positive or negative. Click  here  for more information about COVID-19 testing in LA County.

Everyone has done an amazing job of following the Order and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation!

U.S. Census mailing a COVID-19 survey to some residents
Over the next 12 weeks, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting a COVID-19 online survey of 13.8 million households across the country, to better understand the impact of the health crisis on employment, education, health, food and housing security.

You may be one of a random sampling of residents, chosen by address, not personal information, who will be contacted by email or text inviting you to participate in this survey. Participation in this survey (unlike the Census) is voluntary.

The COVID-19 survey will have some of the same demographic questions found on the 2020 Census (e.g. gender, age, Hispanic origin, marital status), as well as questions about COVID-19 issues such as employment, food/housing security, education disruptions, physical/mental health, and more.

In addition, the Census Bureau is also planning to release a Small Business Pulse Survey to collect data on how small businesses are weathering location closings, supply chain disruptions, and other impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that while every household will receive mail from the Census Bureau about completing the 2020 Census, only a random sample of households will receive this COVID-19 survey by email or text message. Households will never receive invitations from the Census Bureau to complete the 2020 Census in the form of email or text messages.

Both of these new surveys are part of expedited efforts by the Census Bureau to quickly produce data to help guide policymakers during the pandemic.
Wildfire Prevention Week
This week, Governor Newsom declared May 3-9 #WildfirePreventionWeek. Please consider this useful tip in preparation for wildfire season: Clean Your Roof and Rain Gutters! The most vulnerable part of your home is typically the roof, so clean leaves & debris from your roof & gutters.
Prepare for Public Health Emergencies
California's Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Public Health recently published a short and helpful guide to preparing for public health emergencies, including safety tips for all, extra tips for caregivers, and more. Click here to download the guide.
#TakeoutThursday
PVPUSD "Return to School" Parent Survey
Be sure to support local restaurants and their workers tomorrow by ordering takeout or delivery from one of the many restaurants serving our community on and around the Peninsula. For a list of restaurants and their status, visit RHE.city/covid19.
PVPUSD has convened a committee of teachers, classified staff, administrators, medical professionals and board members to develop a "Return to School" Plan in order to prepare for its campuses to reopen at the appropriate time. Parents and guardians are invited to fill out a survey in order to provide the district with important information as to their level of comfort in returning to school campuses.

Your Emergency Cooling Center Questions Answered!
What is a cooling center? 

Cooling centers are places in a community where you can cool down during hot weather, especially if you do not have access to air conditioning. Cooling centers include indoor air-conditioned government owned facilities such as libraries, community and senior centers.

Is it safe to go to cooling centers? 

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is our number one priority. We've developed modifications to assure that centers can be safely operated during times of high heat and which comply with Health Officer orders and requirements for physical distancing. 

Why is spending time in air-conditioned places important? 

During hot weather, particularly during multiple days of constant heat and high overnight temperatures, spending at least a few hours in air conditioning each day can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Air conditioning is especially important if you are older, have very young children, or have certain health conditions.

What other steps should I take to cool off during extreme heat?  

If you cannot get to a Cooling Center, try closing window shades and curtains, drinking plenty of water or nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids, taking a cool shower or bath, limiting strenuous activities, and trying to avoid using a stove or oven.

For more information and advice, visit LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH)  Stay Healthy in the Heat  web page.
Alert South Bay COVID-19 RHE Survey Results
In mid-April, the participating Alert SouthBay cities released its second  survey  asking residents about their COVID-19 concerns and what kind of information they need and care about most. Below is a summary of highlights based on responses received by Rolling Hills Estates residents as of April 28. The City will use this information to enhance future COVID-19 communications as well as our local response to the crisis.

251 RHE resident responses:

34% of respondents said their single greatest COVID-19 concern is the impact on the economy

Top 3 Challenges: general anxiety, social isolation, and purchasing supplies/supermarket travels 

  • Social isolation/lack of places to go - 54.8%
  • General anxiety about the impact of the coronavirus on my life - 49.1%
  • Purchasing supplies (e.g. toilet paper) - 45.5%

37% of respondents said they are either very worried or extremely worried

Most feel they can maintain their current arrangements for at least one month and up to 3 months

  • 41.3% of respondents said they can maintain their current arrangements for three or more months
  • 19.2% respondents said they can maintain current arrangements for two months
  • 14.4% of respondents said they can maintain current arrangements for about a month

City Communication Preferences

  • 61% of respondents prefer email communication
  • 36% of respondents prefer text messaging communication
  • 2.8% of respondents prefer social media communication 

Thank you to all who participated.
#RHEresilient May Monthly Challenge - Get out and Walk!
The City's Community Services staff continues to develop fun challenges for you each week. This week, we invite you to join in on the 10k steps challenge - a fun fitness challenge promoting health and well-being!
 
Download a Walking Journal online at RHE.city/virtualrec. Start the 30-day steps challenge at home, around the neighborhood, local walking trail or park.
 
Remember these tips for social distancing outdoors:
  • Keep six feet of space between yourself and others
  • Walk by yourself or those in your household
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Always warm-up and stretch before any exercise activity
  • Drink water to stay hydrated
  • Obey all traffic laws while on public roadways.

#RHEresilient
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 55 new deaths and 851 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Forty-one people who died were over the age of 65 years old and 12 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Thirty-eight people had underlying health conditions including 27 people over the age of 65 years old and 11 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 28,644 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,367 deaths. Ninety-two percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 1,260 people (99 percent of the cases); 39% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 28% among White residents, 19% among Asian residents, 12% 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, 22 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 5,142 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (19% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 192,000 individuals and 13% of people testing positive.

Pleas e note: As of May 6, 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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