RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
July 9, 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 9, 2020 Citywide Update
What Does It Mean to Have Been "Exposed" to COVID-19?
If you're wondering what it means to have been exposed to COVID-19, today's segment is for you. You (or someone you know) may have been exposed to COVID-19, if you:

  • Were within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes; or
  • Had unprotected contact with an infected person's body fluids (i.e., being coughed or sneezed on); or
  • Shared utensils or saliva with an infected person; or
  • Provided care for an infected person without wearing appropriate protective equipment

This may prompt you to ask "How do I know if a person is infected?" Chances are you may not. Unfortunately, based on everything we know about COVID-19, knowing a person is infected is not easy. Many COVID-19 infected individuals are asymptomatic (have COVID-19 and don't exhibit symptoms). This is precisely the reason health experts are urging the public to follow safety protocols by wearing face coverings and maintaining a 6 ft. distance from those outside of your household.

So, what if you hear you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19? If this is your predicament, you'll want to learn as much as you can! The infected person you were in contact with was infectious 48 hours before their symptoms began, and remain infectious for a minimum of 2 weeks. This reality makes LA County's DPH  Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19  more important than ever. You'll want to follow our quarantine guidance to avoid spreading the disease.

f you've tested positive and have no symptoms (are asymptomatic), you are considered infections from 48 hours before your test was taken, until a minimum of 10 days after your test. You'll need to follow our DPH  Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 .

If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor. If you don't already have one, dial 2-1-1 and get connected to one. For more information on LA County's health guidance and safety protocols,  click here .
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an urgency ordinance to strengthen protections for consumers and small businesses and to crack down on price gouging  during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies.

Effective immediately, the ordinance authorizes the filing of civil actions against price gougers at the discretion of County Counsel, and imposes a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation. This comes just months after the Board granted subpoena powers to the County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), which has received almost 2,000 reports of price gouging and over 700 other complaints from a wide variety of consumers since a State of Emergency was declared on March 4.

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, should immediately file a complaint through the County’s Stop Price Gouging app at stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov or by calling (800) 593-8222.
LA Regional COVID Fund G rant Program Launches
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 million in grants available at $5,000 or $15,000 to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits. There are 6 total rounds, with finalists notified after each round. The first application period opened July 6. The application period will remain open until tomorrow, July 10.

Apply here:
Enjoy Summer Fun & Make a Splash at LA County Parks
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July as “Parks Make Life Better” month to highlight the impact of parks in supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) marks the annual celebration as the official start of the Summer 2020 season.

LA County Parks offers a variety of recreational activities and amenities that promote physical activity and wellness with their respective COVID-19 health guidelines. For a complete list and details, visit the 2020 Summer Fun website at: https://parks.lacounty.gov/summer .

Rolling Hills Estates also offers seven parks, 25 miles of equestrian trails and 10 miles of bicycle path. Additionally, the City has its own tennis club and stables. Learn more here . As you visit parks, trails and nature preserves, be sure to consider public health precautions such as wearing a face covering and maintaining 6' physical distancing.
RHE Weekly Activity: Show Your Mask
For this week’s RHE activity, we are encouraging everyone to #SHOWYOURMASKSOUTHBAY . Share your community spirit by sharing a photo of you in your mask! Cloth face coverings are required by the State and recommended by the CDC as a simple barrier to help slow the spread. A great way to protect yourself and your community!

Creating a mask can also be a fun way to spend time as a family. Visit http://ow.ly/faOJ50Ardd7 to learn how to make an easy no sew mask. Don’t forget to tag us on Social Media @cityofrhe and tag #SHOWYOURMASKSOUTHBAY #RHEresilient .

Wear a mask. Slow the spread.
Newsom Declares July 2020 'California for All Small Business Month'
Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring July 2020, as “California for All Small Business Month” today as the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery launches a new campaign encouraging Californians to help small businesses in their communities operate safely during the pandemic.

The state’s new campaign,  Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal partners with industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS, to connect California’s small business owners with critical  tools and resources  to help them adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving their online presence.

The text of the Governor’s proclamation can be found  here.
ICYMI: PVPUSD School Reopening Town Hall
In case you missed it, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has uploaded a recording of last week’s Town Hall Meeting for School Reopening Planning on the district’s YouTube channel below:
In addition to information on reopening planning, the meeting included a discussion of potential requirements for members of the school community exposed to COVID-19 who test positive and negative, and for those who get sick with other ailments in the fall.

A list of questions and comments that were submitted for the meeting is available here.
ICYMI: Health Officer Order and Places of Worship
LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) updated the Protocol for Places of Worship, in the Health Officer Order, to align with Governor Newsom's recent directives. Find the latest Protocol for Places of Worship by clicking here .

If you're curious about what's open or closed throughout LA County,  click here  to see a detailed list.
Openings, Closures, & Doing Your Part
COVID-19 case counts & hospitalizations continue to rise in the County. The number of County residents engaging with people outside of their households is also on the rise, while the number of people staying at home decreases.
Today's reminder of what's open, and what remains closed, is our way of preventing the further spread of COVID-19 in LA County:

  • Opened: all beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways
  • Closed: all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms; all indoor operations at restaurants (indoor dining), card rooms, satellite wagering facilities, zoos, aquariums and museums (closed until further notice)

Are you doing your part to curb the spread? The following image shows us the percent of County residents remaining at home (except for essential activities or exercise) is decreasing:
The below image shows us the percent of County residents having close contact with people outside of their household is increasing.
Do your part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding locations where the disease can spread. And practice the basic rules: 1) cloth face coverings, 2) physical distancing of at least 6 ft from non-household members, 3) frequent and thorough hand-washing, and 4) resisting the urge to touch your face.

To learn more about the latest health guidance, testing information, or resources for making it through this difficult time, visit  covid19.lacounty.gov .
COVID-19 Testing
If you're feeling under the weather and think you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your primary care provider. COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, or new loss of taste or smell. 
Wherever possible, you should receive testing in consultation with your primary health care provider to ensure continuity of care and optimal follow-up. If you do not have insurance and need help connecting to a health care provider, dial 2-1-1.
To check availability or make an appointment, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing
Small Businesses: Paycheck Protection Program Extended
Over the weekend, the federal government extended the deadline for businesses to apply for aid under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Businesses now have until August 8 to apply for a loan through the Paycheck Protection program.

To find out how you can apply, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration .
Updated Public Health Orders
Indoor Activities Including In-Person Dining Closed

There are temporary closures of indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities.

  • The lowest risk dining options are still drive-through, delivery, take-out and curb-side pick up. Being in enclosed spaces for long periods of time poses an increased risk for patrons. Outdoor dining offers increased ventilation; and can be achieved safely with limited capacity and tables spaced at least 6 feet apart. Strict adherence to public health guidelines must also be followed. Restaurant food servers must wear masks and face shields.

  • As a reminder, the modified HOO requires businesses with 3 (or more) known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days to report the outbreak to the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, tasting rooms and wineries have also been ordered to remain closed in all 24 counties on the State's watch list, including LA County.

Additional requirements are to be implemented at fitness facilities. While fitness facilities will remain open, all patrons and employees will be required to wear cloth face coverings masks and gloves at all times while inside the fitness facility.

Family gatherings are traditional for the holiday weekend. This year, however, LA County residents should celebrate only with members of their immediate households.

State enforcement strike teams will be deployed throughout California, beginning today, targeting non-compliant workplaces in partnership with local public health departments and businesses.

It is more important than ever to follow prevention practices outlined by LA County's Department of Public Health:

  1. Please continue to wear your cloth facial covering.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
  4. And don’t touch your face.

People with underlying health conditions, who are at higher risk for serious illness or death due to COVID-19, should take special precautions and stay at home wherever possible.

Please contact your healthcare provider to request a test if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you don’t have a provider, please call 211 to get connected to one. Registration for test appointments at LA County operated sites will be available here .

For more information on how to stay safe, visit  covid19.lacounty.gov .

View the Updated Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order Here.
Quarantine Fatigue is Real, But We Can’t Give Up
What is Quarantigue? And how to deal with it.

"Quarantigue" or Quarantine Fatigue, occurs when people show lower motivation to comply with safety guidelines and practices. If you've become less diligent lately about washing hands, staying home, physical distancing or wearing a mask, you're not alone. But know, these measures are still as important today as they were at the beginning of the Safer at Home Order.

Quarantigue Remedies:
  1. Change your mindset. Covering our faces, washing our hands and staying 6' apart from others is a rewarding experience because it helps us get back to our lives and loved ones sooner.
  2. Know the facts. Because we've been staying home and apart, the risks of COVID-19 may have started to feel farther away. Reminder: there is still no vaccination or dedicated treatment for COVID-19. Protecting each other is just as important as it was in March. Need information about Los Angeles County COVID-19 statistics to see how it is impacting our communities? Visit the LA County Dashboard here.
  3. De-Stress. Anxiety and stress can often reach a tipping point. Instead of trying to regain control any way we can, we simply shut down and can be left feeling hopeless. Try meditation, exercise or calling a friend or family member to chat. Remember, the City offers some great virtual experiences on our Virtual Rec webpage!
  4. Reach Out. LA County Department of Mental Health has many resources available if you are feeling overwhelmed. 24- hour helpline: 800-754-7771, Text "LA" to 741741 or visit dmh.lacounty.gov
Cyber Seniors Training Opportunity
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department recommends that seniors and other high risk individuals continue to remain Safer at Home even during the phase reopening.
 
Don't let this get you down though, Cyber-Seniors is a nonprofit organization that works to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology. Cyber-Seniors is offering training opportunities to help keep senior citizens socially connected while remaining safe in their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Seniors can join the following online seminars (using ZOOM) or a one-on-one session (by phone or FaceTime). Instructional links are below to help you learn how to use Zoom. 
 
 
If you need more help, call Cyber-Seniors at 1-844-217-3057
 
Upcoming Group Zoom sessions:


Previously held online seminars are also available for viewing and include:
 
CDC Expands List of People at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following press release expanding the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. These include some of the following: removal of the specific age threshold from the older adult classification and updating the  list of underlying medical conditions that increase risk of severe illness.

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
• 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
• Horse Riding/Equestrian
• Hotels for Leisure Travel
• Libraries (For Curbside Pick-up Only)
• Model Airplane Areas
• Music, Film, and Television Production • 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, Wineries, and Brewery Tasting Rooms
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Basketball and 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 not on Residential Property
• Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
• Lounges and Nightclubs
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
• 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, Certified Farmers’ Markets, Farm and Produce Stands, Supermarkets, Food Banks, Convenience Stores, Wholesale Clubs, and Pharmacies
• Stores that Sell Products Needed for Your Home, such as Hardware, Building, Home Appliance, and Pool Supply Stores
• 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
• Hair Salons and Barber Shops, for Certain Services Only (i.e., The employee and the customer can both wear cloth face coverings and the service doesn’t involve touching the customer’s face.)
• Restaurants and Cafés (Pickup, Delivery, Outdoor dining)
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. 
#BeSmart #DoYourPart #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 50 new deaths and 1,777 new cases of COVID-19. The number of new deaths remain higher than the 7-day average of 24 deaths. 

Of the 50 people that passed away, 24 people were over the age of 65 years old and 25 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Thirty-three people had underlying health conditions including 15 people over the age of 65 years old and 18 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

Please note: As of July 9, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has 28 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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