RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 11, 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.

June 11, 2020 Citywide Update
Lost Your 2020 Census ID? You Can Still Complete Online
Everyone Needs to be counted 2020 census
The 2020 Census will be the first time that the public can respond online or by phone, in addition to the traditional paper response. Technology improvements over the last decade that allow for these secure response options also enable the public to respond without a Census Bureau-issued identification number—making it easier to respond anytime, anywhere.

Beginning in mid-March 2020, every Rolling Hills Estates Household should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. That invitation will include a unique Census ID that links you to a physical address. But you can also respond online or by phone without a Census ID.

How do I respond without an ID?

On the 2020 Census response website , select the link under the login button that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Can I respond online without an ID on any device or browser?

Yes. Responding online without an ID works on most modern devices. For best results use the two latest versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Samsung Native.

Is my response affected if I don’t use a Census ID?

Your Census ID allows us to immediately match your response to an address. If you respond without your Census ID, we’ll ask you for your address
when you respond so we can link your response to your
address.

How do I provide my address?

When responding online without an ID, there are three options for entering an address:

1) STREET ADDRESS
For this option, you will be prompted to enter an address number, street name, and either the city and state or the ZIP Code. If a valid street address isn’t available, check the box that says, “I do not have a street address” and you can proceed to enter a rural route address or other address/location (see options below).

2) RURAL ROUTE ADDRESS
A rural route address includes a rural route descriptor, rural route number, rural route box ID number, city and state or ZIP Code.

3) OTHER ADDRESS/PHYSICAL LOCATION
If you do not have a rural route address, the system will first ask if you are experiencing homelessness. Then, it will invite you to enter a city, state, ZIP Code, and description of the physical place where you live.
From Gyms and Day Camps to Spectator-Free Professional Sports and Museums, L.A. County Moves to Reopen Key Sectors
Los Angeles County is moving forward on the Roadmap to Recovery  and reopening key economic and community sectors, including day camps, fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds and entertainment production.

In the most comprehensive reopening since strict public health guidelines were put in place in March, today the Los Angeles Department of Public Health announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified tomorrow to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors on June 12:
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Professional sports without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production
  • Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

Below are the guidelines at a glance:

Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Gym-goers feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
  • Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times.
  • Gym-goers must wear a cloth face covering when entering and exiting the gym and it is recommended that they be worn while exercising in the gym.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and equipment may be rearranged to allow for that.
  • Reservations for time at the gym are recommended as occupancy will be limited.
  • Equipment must be cleaned before and after each use with provided disinfecting wipes or the gym must provide “ready to clean” tags for staff to clean equipment after each use.
  • Personal trainers must maintain six feet of distance from their clients and wear a face covering. Clients are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while receiving instruction.
  • Group training class sizes will be limited to ensure a minimum of six feet of physical distance between patrons. Group exercise classes can only be offered if distancing requirements can be maintained and there is no person-to-person physical contact.
  • High contact programs that require close contact less than six feet in distance are not allowed.
  • Pools at fitness facilities may reopen once employees properly clean and disinfect for use in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • Saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs remain closed.

Day camps
  • Employees and campers will be screened for symptoms, including fever. Each camper's temperature will be taken before camp begins. Campers feeling unwell should stay home.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Staff must wear cloth face coverings and campers are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings.
  • Outdoor activities are encouraged
  • Campers should bring their own meals, when possible.

Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Interactive exhibits will be closed.
  • Capacity will be limited.
  • Tours and live presentations in confined areas, such as an animal show, must only include members of the same household.

Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Plan ahead. Make reservations and purchase permits, firewood, ice and other items online or by phone before arriving on site.
  • Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. Bring everything you may need, including soap, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels, and toilet paper. Bring your own sports equipment, towels, first aid supplies, and other items needed for outdoor recreation, whenever possible.
  • Visitors should bring plastic tablecloths for picnic tables that can be disposed of or taken back home for washing.
  • Set up your campsite or picnic areas with maximum distance from adjacent campsites and picnic sites that host people from different households.
  • Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so visitors should check online resources for updated information about rule changes and closures to know what to expect upon arrival. Playgrounds and other common spaces will be closed.
  • Leave furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, where they were found as park staff may have appropriately spaced these items to encourage physical distancing.
  • Pack up what you pack in to keep campsite staff safe.

Professional sports without live audiences
  • All staff will be required to wear masks, follow physical distancing guidelines and be screened for symptoms before work.
  • Athletes and staff must not have had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days or close contact with anyone who is sick within 14 days of beginning group training.
  • Athletes must wear face coverings at all times other than while exercising.
  • Physical distancing should be practiced to the extent possible on the field/in-game play and in training, though guidelines may be adjusted subject to limitations of competition and the fundamentals of certain sports.
  • Broadcasters will have to practice physical distancing and camera placements will be different than pre-COVID-19.

Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel)
  • Employees, including housekeeping, must wear face coverings and limit touching guests’ belongings.
  • Guests will be screened for symptoms. People experiencing symptoms will not be allowed an overnight stay. Guests who feel sick should not travel or stay in a hotel.
  • Stringent cleaning and laundry protocols will be in place to protect staff and guests.
  • Reusable materials in rooms, such as magazines, menus and local attraction details, will be removed.
  • Rooms should be left vacant 24 to 72 hours after a guest has departed for proper cleaning.
  • In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the guest’s room will be removed from service and quarantined. In the event of a positive case, the room should only be returned to service after undergoing a deep cleaning in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • Property managers, timeshare operators, and other rental unit owners and operators must only rent unoccupied units and cannot rent rooms or spaces within an occupied residence.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs will remain closed.

Schools and school-based programs
  • Students and staff should wear face coverings during all educational activities at school or on a bus.
  • Students and staff should engage in physical distancing at all times.
  • Schools will be taking the temperature of students and staff before they enter the campus.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education released additional  information  earlier this week.
Congratulations Rolling Hills Estates Graduates!
The City would like to congratulate all of our Rolling Hills Estates graduates on achieving this milestone. Whether you promoted from Elementary to Middle, Middle to High school, you are a graduating senior, or just finished your college degree, Congratulations!

We can't wait to see what you do next!

If you are planning a celebration with a car parade, be sure to view the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s guidelines on car parades.  
West Basin Summer Splash Virtual Water Education Series
West Basin is hosting a series of interactive virtual education programs throughout the summer.  A full listing of programs and schedules is provided at the West Basin Summer Splash website . All webinars will be live-hosted by West Basin staff or in partnership with other subject matter experts, and participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions during and after each presentation.

Some of the webinars include: Virtual Public Tours of Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, Fire-Resistant Landscaping, Virtual Field Trips (for youth organizations) and Online Student Resources, and more!

NOTE: Space is limited and wait lists are currently unavailable, so please sign up as soon as possible.
#RHEresilient Weekly Challenge: Grads, Share you Photo!

For this week’s activity and as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, we are asking RHE graduates of all ages to post your photo on any of our social media platforms and tag us at @CityofRHE and use #RHEresilient  
Congratulations Class of 2020!
A Message to Rolling Hills Estates Businesses
Over the last couple of weeks, Los Angeles County Public Health announced that retail locations may reopen and restaurants may open with in-dining service with certain safety protocols in place. The City is pleased that the County has taken these steps to allow our restaurants and retail establishments to reopen with all the necessary precautions in place. We are here for you and want to support our businesses through this period in any way we can. The businesses that operate in our City are indeed the “Heart of the Hill,” and we are excited about their return to operation.

Please keep in mind that while the most recent Health Order does allow for the reopening with the proper protocols in place, it is ultimately up to each business to make the decision to reopen and operate under the current safety measures.

For more information on specific protocols, visit: 

Are you a restaurant in Rolling Hills Estates wanting to expand to outside dining? We have a no-fee permit ready to go to support you. Let us know! Email CarolC@rollinghillsestatesca.gov
Heat Safety Tips, High Temperatures Projected
With high temperatures forecast in Los Angeles County this week, residents should take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

  • Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.
  • If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and bring a hat or umbrella with you.
  • Cars get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
  • Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.
  • Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women, and children.
  • Avoid strenuous work outs wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes; this means avoiding contact with others while you work out.
Going to the Beach? Take this Precaution
The National Weather Service wants to remind beach goers that while air temperatures may be elevated, the water remains cold. According to NWS, mountain snow melts into creeks, rivers, and lakes, which will keep waters running fast and cold. "Even experienced swimmers can lose muscle control very quickly!"
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:

  • Friday, June 12, 12:00 pm: Twitter

Previously held online seminars are also available for viewing and include:

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
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 46 new deaths and 1,857 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although this is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, 600 cases are from a backlog of test results. Thirty-two people who died were over the age of 65 years old, 13 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Forty people had underlying health conditions including 27 people over the age of 65 years old, 12 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. 

To date, Public Health has identified 68,875 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,813 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,617 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health) 41% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 12% among African American residents, 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 46 cases and one death reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 7,190 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (11% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There are 1,416 people who are currently hospitalized, 29% of these people are in the ICU and 20% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for over 746,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of June 11, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates remains at 14 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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