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


March 27, 2020 Citywide Update
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed five new deaths and 257 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours there have been 678 new cases.

To date, Public Health has identified 1465 cases across all areas of LA County, including 26 deaths. Upon further investigation, two cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 317 positive cases (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized.

Please note: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report now includes cases by cities. Report for City of Rolling Hills Estates indicates case numbers are suppressed (between 1 and 4 cases in communities <25,000 people).

Amended Health Officer Order
The County of Los Angeles Health Officer amends the Health Officer Order of March 21, 2 02 0 , to include the temporary closure of all public beaches, public trails, and trail heads.

City Hiking Trails Closed
As a result of the Los Angeles County Amended Public Health Order, hiking trails at Chandler Preserve and George F Canyon are closed.
Los Angeles County Announces New Interactive Digital Dashboards, Connecting Residents to Latest Updates on COVID-19 Impacts
Los Angeles County launched several new digital tools today to help residents access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. A suite of new interactive maps and dashboards are now live on the County website , providing—in one place—a digital hub for updates about virus case counts, emergency proclamations, and information regarding openings and closures for parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County. 

The new dashboards track, analyze, and display multiple data sources. They are the result of collaboration between the County’s Department of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management. Though the focus is local, the new interactive sites also incorporate global data from Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracking map .

“These maps and dashboards are the latest step we have taken to keep the people of Los Angeles County informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and connected to County services,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “The amount of information about the virus online can be overwhelming, and the data and updates change minute-to-minute. Our COVID-19 website, and its features including these new interactive tools, are a centralized source of trusted information.” 

Four new dashboards are now available ( covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards ): 

  • Case Count Dashboard: This map tracks and displays local Los Angeles County COVID-19 cases and deaths. The interactive dashboard allows users to click on a city or community name, zoom to the selected area, and view the total case count for that community, as well as adjacent areas. The dashboard is updated daily with case count data from the Department of Public Health. 

  • Emergency Proclamations Dashboard: This interactive dashboard displays local emergency proclamations throughout Los Angeles County. Users can click a city name to see when a local emergency was proclaimed and view the official proclamation. The dashboard links to cities’ official websites and is updated as LA County’s 88 cities make proclamations.

  • Parks and Recreation Closures: This dashboard shows the status of recreation activities, senior programs, and other services provided by County Parks and Recreation. Users can click to find out which services are open, partially closed, or completely closed. The dashboard is updated as services change throughout the County.

  • School Closures: This dashboard displays the closure status of the 80 school districts supported by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Users can click a district to view schools and enrollment count. It is updated with information from LACOE. 

These new dashboards are built on an Esri ArcGIs platform, and are additionally accessible through a mobile version. They are located in the County COVID-19 site’s Newsroom section, which also contains videos, photos, links to Incident Reports, and daily summaries created by the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center. 


NEW County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center

LA County has just launched a centralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners and workers who have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

The Business & Worker Disaster Help Center, jointly operated by the Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached by:


Whether you are a business owner struggling to keep your doors open or a worker who’s uncertain about their next paycheck, we're here to assist.

New Orders Directing Self-Quarantine and Self-Isolation
On March 25, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the Los Angeles County healthcare system from being overwhelmed, the LA County Health Officer has issued two new separate orders:

  • Self-quarantine of anyone exposed to an individual diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation of anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19.

These new Orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for a period of at least 3 days without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since symptoms started, whichever is longer. Additionally, those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

“It is critically important that everyone adheres to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health. “Individuals covered by these Orders should still contact their providers to get advice if they feel their symptoms are worsening."

There are key differences between self-quarantine and self-isolation. Here’s what the new orders mean for you:
(Exposed)
  • Required for anyone exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • You must stay in quarantine for 14 days from the last time you had contact with the ill person.
  • You cannot leave your place of quarantine for all 14 days.
  • Only exception to leave quarantine is to receive medical care.
  • If you develop even mild COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate at home and away from others.

Home quarantine guidelines for close contacts to COVID-19 patients are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf

(Diagnosed)
  • Required for anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation period must last at least 3 days without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since symptoms started, whichever is longer.
  • Notify anyone you’ve had close contact with while symptomatic to self-quarantine themselves.
  • Only exception to leave self-isolation is to receive medical care.

Home isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 are available at:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV.pdf

Further information on steps to take to self-quarantine can be found here in English and here in Spanish , as well as further information on steps to take to self-isolate can be found he re in English and here in Spanish .

Los Angeles County is relying on its residents to respect and follow these health orders without enforcement by peace officers out of caution for their own health and safety and that of the greater community. Residents’ cooperation with the health orders is critical as we work to flatten the curve and move beyond the pandemic. We’re in this together. 
In-Kind Donations to Torrance Memorial Medical Center
The local community has been incredibly supportive and so many have stepped up to help by donating critical medical supplies and equipment. In an effort to manage the overwhelming response, Torrance Memorial has established guidelines for donations.

Anyone interested in donating items, please visit w ww.torrancememorialfoundation.org/donate to view the list of acceptable donations and find the link to submit a request. 

ALL SUPPLIES MUST BE IN UNOPENED, SEALED CONTAINERS WITH UNEXPIRED DATES. HOMEMADE ITEMS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.

Acceptable donation considerations:

SANITIZER
  • New hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes such as PDI, Clorox or other brand
  • New clinical grade disinfectants including wipes, sprays and sanitization solutions with at least 70% alcohol

MASKS
  • New mask/respirator masks in boxed or packaged form
  • New isolation/procedures surgical masks in unopened boxes or packages
  • New N95 masks in boxed or packaged form
*Preference will be given to unexpired N95s from 3M
*Cannot accept physical damaged (creased, broken, water/liquid damaged) or soiled respirators

GLOVES
  • Latex-free gloves in all sizes
  • Must be in unopened boxes

GOWNS / SHOE COVERS
  • New clinical gowns and New shoe covers
  • Isolation gowns must be fluid resistant, not necessarily fluid impermeable

FACE SHIELDS / GOGGLES
  • New plastic face shields
  • Must be fluid resistant and goggles must prevent any splashes to eyes

Receiving your donations

In-kind food donations are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Interested donors should visit www.torrancememorialfoundation.org/donate

Questions may be directed to COVID.donations@tmmc.com or (310) 784-4843 .

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.
COUNTY AND STATE RESOURCES:


What should I do if I have symptoms and think I may have been exposed to novel coronavirus?  

Most people with respiratory infections like colds, the flu, and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will have mild illness and can get better with appropriate home care and without the need to see a provider. People who are elderly, pregnant, or have a weak immune system, or other medical problems, are at higher risk of more serious illness or complications. The County recommends that you monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical care early if your symptoms worsen. 

If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care. Have non-emergency questions, dial 2-1-1 to speak with the Los Angeles County information center.

You should also call a doctor if you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19. 

Where can I get more information?

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