RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
July 27, 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 27, 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.
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 drive will be heldWednesday, August 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates.
 
Appointments can be made online at ucedonor.com (click on “Blood Drives” and enter “CRHE” in the Account Name box), or by phone at 310-825-0888 X 2.

Eligible donors will receive a beach towel.
Compliance Plan for Health Orders is Unveiled
LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) has unveiled a compliance and enforcement plan to ensure infection control measures are in place in businesses across the County. The tiered plan will include citations and fines by the County for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders, and aims to ensure the health and economy of those who work and live in LA County are protected from the deadly virus.

The Plan

The plan will apply to businesses licensed and permitted by DPH, as well as those who are not. Businesses licensed and permitted by DPH can expect to see the following when visited by an inspector:

  • First Visit: In all inspections, DPH starts with education to ensure the business understands what is required and will assess the severity of any violations noted.
  • For businesses where DPH issues a permit or a license, (which runs the gamut from congregate shelters to all food facilities, spas, multiple family dwellings, tattoo and piercing shops, pet day care, and public and residential pools) in the first visit if inspectors note Health Officer Order violations, they will educate the business on the requirements, can fine the business $100, and can also issue a notice of intent to suspend permit and will return to the business within 3-7 days.
  • Second Visit: if a business is still non-compliant, we will issue a $500 fine and suspend the facility’s permit for 7 days.
  • Third Visit: if the business is still non-compliant on the third visit, we will issue another $500 fine, suspend the business' permit for 30 days, and notify them of the intent to revoke the permit. We may also refer the business’ non-compliance to the state, if it is warranted.

Businesses that are not permitted or licensed by DPH, which can include gyms, hair salons and other personal services, should expect:

  • First visit: where noncompliance is found, a $100 fine will be issued, as well as a referral to the appropriate regulatory agency, if applicable.
  • Second visit: a $500 fine will be issued, DPH will contact local law enforcement for the issuance of a misdemeanor citation, and we may refer the case to County Counsel for a potential Temporary Restraining Order.
  • Third visit: Another $500 fine will be issued along with an order to close, and we may refer the case to the District Attorney for the filing of misdemeanor charges.

LA County's DPH is working in partnership with the State of California to establish enforcement strategies using the state’s regulatory framework . This partnership will include:

  1. monitoring bars and other venues that serve alcohol (once they are able to open) in partnership with Alcoholic Beverage Control;
  2. monitoring hair, beauty and spa service providers in partnership with the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology; and
  3. working closely with Cal/OSHA to protect the health & well-being of workers.

LA County inspectors have been working seven days a week conducting unannounced site visits and responding to a high volume of complaints received by DPH (17,808 Health Officer Order complaints, since March). Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance.

To date, 26 restaurants, 1 grocery store, 1 pool and 67 unregulated businesses (which includes 3 gyms) have been shut down due to Health Officer Order violations. LA County's goal is to make sure public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of all those who work and/or visit LA County businesses.

For more details, read the  press release .
Scam Alert: Contact Tracing Scams
Scammers are posing as contact tracers to get your personal identifying info, such as social security numbers, or financial info like your bank account number. If someone poses as a contact tracer and asks for this personal info HANG UP immediately!

Contact tracers will never ask you for this info. There are legitimate contact tracers calling people who have tested positive and the County needs your help to get this important information. See below for information from the County's Department of  Public Health . Share this news to help your community keep safe.

Need Business Loans? The East Los Angeles Entrepreneur Center Can Help
The East Los Angeles Entrepreneur Center is here to help you access low-interest loans for your business.

Join us and our community partners on Thursday, July 30 at 6 pm for an informational webinar. 

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.
Census Takers Coming to your Neighborhood
Starting in August, census takers will visit homes that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.

If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response. It’s not too late. Visit https://my2020census.gov/ to be counted!

What to expect

•   Census takers will wear face coverings and follow public health guidelines when they visit your home.

•   Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

•   If no one is home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.

How can you verify that someone is an authorized Census Taker?

•   Check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

•   Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 213-314-6500 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Governor Newsom Announces Enhanced State Stockpile
Taking aggressive action to boost California’s long-term supply of life-saving personal protective equipment both now and into the fall months, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced new actions to strengthen the state’s response to COVID-19.

State will maintain a stockpile of 100 million N-95 respirators and 200 million surgical masks to increase preparedness heading into the fall

California also moves to secure an additional 120 million N-95 masks and 300 million more surgical masks for distribution to front-line workers through new bridge contract

LA County Extends Eviction Moratorium
This week, the LA County Board of Supervisors extended the countywide moratorium on evictions through September 30.

As a reminder, L.A. County’s eviction moratorium — which applies to Rancho Palos Verdes — prevents both residential and commercial tenants from being evicted for not paying their rent, for no-fault reasons, and other violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board is set to consider establishing the protections in the county’s moratorium as the baseline for cities with their own moratoria on August 4.

In the interest of both property owners and tenants, the L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has developed guidelines to help landlords understand the county’s temporary eviction moratorium and take proactive steps now. The guidelines, available at  dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions , include the following topics that owners should consider as they plan for the months ahead:

  • Applicability for residential and commercial tenants
  • How to determine reasonable financial impacts
  • Notice requirements and documentation
  • Guidance for repayment of rent once the moratorium is lifted
  • Resolving disputes between landlords and tenants

DCBA also provides expanded foreclosure prevention assistance for landlords with 15 or fewer units. If you are a renter or property owner facing financial difficulty, contact DCBA to learn about available resources.

For more details, please contact a DCBA Rent Stabilization counselor by calling (833) 223-RENT (7368); email  rent@dcba.lacounty.gov ; or visit  rent.lacounty.gov.
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:
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. 

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
Today, Public Health has confirmed 17 new deaths and 2,039 new cases of COVID-19. Public Health anticipates receiving a backlog of cases in the coming days.
 
Since May, the majority of cases have occurred among people between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. People between the ages of 30 and 49 year old account for the largest proportion of cases and roughly the same proportion of cases as seen since May. Other age groups are flat or decreasing slightly.
 
Public Health is reporting 2,017 confirmed cases currently hospitalized and 29% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU. There are a total of 2,552 confirmed and suspect cases that are currently hospitalized and 18% of these people are on ventilators. The hospitalization data is incomplete due to data from five non-reporting hospitals not being part of today's update.

Please note: As of July 27, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has 31 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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