RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 25, 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 25, 2020 Citywide Update
CDC Expands List of People at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness
Today 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:

"Based on a detailed review of available evidence to date, CDC has updated and expanded the  list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19 .

Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain at increased risk for severe illness, but now CDC has further defined age- and condition-related risks.

As more information becomes available, it is clear that a substantial number of Americans are at increased risk of severe illness – highlighting the importance of continuing to follow preventive measures.
“Understanding who is most at risk for severe illness helps people make the best decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield MD. “While we are all at risk for COVID-19, we need to be aware of who is susceptible to severe complications so that we take appropriate measures to protect their health and well-being.”

COVID-19 risk related to age
CDC has removed the specific age threshold from the older adult classification. CDC now warns that among adults, risk increases steadily as you age, and it’s not just those over the age of 65 who are at increased risk for severe illness.
Recent data, including an  MMWR published last week , has shown that the older people are, the higher their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Age is an independent risk factor for severe illness, but risk in older adults is also in part related to the increased likelihood that older adults also have underlying medical conditions.

COVID-19 risk related to underlying medical conditions 
CDC also updated the  list of underlying medical conditions  that increase risk of severe illness after reviewing published reports, pre-print studies, and various other data sources. CDC experts then determined if there was clear, mixed, or limited evidence that the condition increased a person’s risk for severe illness, regardless of age.

There was consistent evidence (from multiple small studies or a strong association from a large study) that specific conditions increase a person’s risk of severe COVID-19 illness:
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes

These changes increase the number of people who fall into higher risk groups. An estimated 60 percent of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition. Obesity is one of the most common underlying conditions that increases one’s risk for severe illness – with about 40 percent of U.S. adults having obesity. The more underlying medical conditions people have, the higher their risk.
CDC also clarified the list of  other conditions that might increase a person’s risk of severe illness , including additions such as asthma, high blood pressure, neurologic conditions such as dementia, cerebrovascular disease such as stroke, and pregnancy. An MMWR  published today  further adds to the growing body of research on risk by comparing data on pregnant and nonpregnant women with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. Pregnant women were significantly more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit, and receive mechanical ventilation than nonpregnant women; however, pregnant women were not at greater risk for death from COVID-19.

Protecting yourself, your family, and your community
Every activity that involves contact with others has some degree of risk right now. Knowing if you are at increased risk for severe illness and understanding the risks associated with different activities of  daily living  can help you make informed decisions about which  activities  to resume and what level of risk you will accept. This information is especially critical as communities begin to reopen.
Everyone should continue to do their part to implement prevention strategies, such as focusing on activities where social distancing can be maintained, washing your hands frequently, limiting contact with and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces or shared items, and wearing a cloth face covering when you are around people you do not live with, especially when it is difficult to stay 6 feet apart or when people are indoors. By taking these steps, you can help protect yourself, your loved ones, and others around you, including those most vulnerable to severe illness.

CDC will continue to update and share information about risk for severe illness as more information becomes available. For more information on how to prevent getting sick with COVID-19, visit CDC’s website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html . "
LA County COVID-19 Incident Update
As of June 24, 2020, LA County has the following:

  • 47 testing sites
  • 978,000 total tests administered
  • 8% positive tests
  • 89,490 total cases
  • 1,556 total hospitalized (currently)
  • 3,205 total deaths

To view a full summary of LA County's COVID-19 disaster response to date, visit: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/6.24.20_COVID-19_Update.FINAL_-1.pdf
Wastewater Fee Rebate for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses
If your business closed or had reduced wastewater discharges due to COVID-19, it may qualify for a rebate from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. This program provides a partial rebate of the fiscal year 2019-20 Sanitation District service charge payment made on your property tax bill. To see if you qualify, email  rebate@lacsd.org .
For more information, visit  lacsd.org/covidrebate
DMV to Resume Behind-the-Wheel Drivers Tests with New Protocols
Canceled appointments will be rescheduled automatically
New appointments will be available later this summer

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will resume administering behind-the-wheel drive tests beginning tomorrow, June 26. In-vehicle testing – a requirement for first-time driver license holders and commercial license applicants – has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The DMV will automatically reschedule all canceled drive test appointments.

The DMV anticipates it will take several weeks to complete testing for previously canceled tests. Appointments for new behind-the-wheel tests will not be available until previously canceled tests are completed.

For the health and safety of customers and examiners, the DMV is instituting numerous new testing protocols. All behind-the-wheel drive test applicants will be required to wear a face covering and answer screening questions before starting the exam.

Governor Newsom Unveils California COVID Assessment...

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom today released tools, technology, and data that will allow scientists, researchers, technologists, and all Californians to better understand the impact of COVID-19. This includes the California COVID Assessment...

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Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities
Listos California collaborated with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) and the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to ensure Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and caregivers have help navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keeping the community informed is key to the COVID-19 public health response. This partnership has enabled us to provide accessible, accurate information directly to people who critically need it.
Click the links below to view and download the following new resources:

View the document below for information on COVID-19 safety tips, self care tips, how to make a safety plan, and how to make a health profile.
These resources are also available at ListosCalifornia.org , and they will soon be available in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese and Korean in addition to English.  
Countywide Eviction Moratorium Extended through July 31
Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended the countywide moratorium on evictions to July 31.

As a reminder, the moratorium prevents both residential and commercial tenants in Los Angeles County (including those in Rancho Palos Verdes) from being evicted for not paying their rent, for no-fault reasons, and other violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions about the moratorium, call (833) 223-RENT (7368), email  rent@dcba.lacounty.gov , or visit  dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions
FDA Issues Consumer Warning on Some Hand Sanitizer Brands
FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
The Great Peninsula Movie Night
Enjoy the old-fashioned experience of watching a movie from your car, while waving to your friends across the parking lot!

The iconic movie, La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be the feature flick! La La Land, rated PG-13 has been called “a movie about loving movies,” filled with music, dancing, and iconic sets.

Tell your friends and neighbors this is an event for the whole community to come together!

Saturday, June 27
Movie Starts at 8pm
Gate opens at 7pm
Top Level of the Promenade’s Parking Lot
Enter off Indian Peak Road
Take-Out Food Options Available

This event is a fundraiser for the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy a program to help local middle and high school students launch new businesses.

Advance registration is $25 (suggested donation)

Registration can be made HERE or at the gate

Questions - Call the PVP Chamber at 310-377-8111
COVID-19 Testing
Currently, the registration website for COVID-19 testing at the LA City and County supported sites is showing no appointments available. All available appointments this week are full.

We encourage all individuals to call their primary care provider if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. If you do not have insurance and need help connecting with a healthcare provider, call 211. Testing capacity within the established health system has improved greatly over the past weeks and months; wherever possible, individuals should receive testing in consultation with their personal provider to ensure ongoing continuity of care and optimal follow-up.

There are some “Additional Testing Sites” that are run independently from the County or State that still do have same day or next day availability. Individuals can visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for a list of sites that have availability and to register.

Later today, more appointments will open for LA County supported sites for Saturday, June 27, Sunday, June 28, and Monday, June 29.

Curious about testing, or have questions? Visit LA County's COVID-19 Testing FAQs.
What to Expect When at the Gym
LA County gyms can re-open with a number of safety protocols and measures that are required. Here’s what to expect when at the gym. Get the full set of protocols here: https://bit.ly/2xho501
Donate Blood: American Red Cross
The American Red Cross now tests all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. During these uncertain times, the Red Cross hopes that testing for COVID-19 antibodies will provide its valued donors insight into whether they may have been exposed to this coronavirus.

The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. For the next few months, Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations will be tested using samples obtained at the time of donation and sent to a testing laboratory, where the samples will also undergo routine screening and infectious disease testing. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.

Red Cross donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at  redcrossblood.org.

Blood donations have decreased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 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 Red Cross has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of its donors and staff. There is no evidence that the novel coronavirus can be transmissible by blood transfusion, and there have been no reported cases worldwide of transmissions for any respiratory virus, including the novel coronavirus.

To schedule an appointment to give blood, visit  redcrossblood.org, use the  Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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:

Imagine your Story: Science Tellers
PVLD Block Printing Party
Kids! Join PVLD for a virtual Science Tellers story, beginning today - August 7!

“Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress” Click on the link to watch this awesome fantasy story anytime this summer. You'll be amazed by the special effects with a scientific touch. You can even watch it over and over!

Adults can participate in the Summer Reading Program! You can do a local history puzzle! Sign up today! https://pvld.org/pvsummer
Examples of What's Open in LA County
Through our Safer at Home efforts, we’ve collectively slowed the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County, allowing for a phased reopening of some businesses and public spaces. However, COVID-19 remains a serious risk. 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
• Bars, Wineries, and Brewery Tasting Rooms
• Beaches and Piers
• BMX Areas and Bike Parks
• Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (including Equipment Rentals)
• Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering, and Racetracks with Onsite Wagering
• 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
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
• 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
• Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Basketball and Volleyball Courts
• 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
• Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
• Youth Sports Leagues
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
• 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, including for On-Site Dining
Healthcare Services
•Dental Clinics
•Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Offices
•Mental or Behavioral Health Providers
•Other Healthcare Settings
City Recreation Facility Status
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)

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 not yet released updated numbers for Los Angeles County positive cases and deaths for June 25, 2020.

Please note: As of June 25, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates had 21 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.
Get in Touch with City Staff:
City of Rolling Hills Estates