RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
April 15, 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.

April 15, 2020 Citywide Update
We Want to Hear from You... Again!
Our communities are all facing challenges during this unprecedented time in our lives. As we strive to help support our communities, your feedback is incredibly valuable in helping address your concerns.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments for our first survey. The results of that survey are in and we were able to gather some useful information around resident sentiment during this COVID-19 crisis.

Please answer our second brief survey to help us understand your specific concerns and how we can support you being Safer at Home.

Virtual Town Hall for Businesses:
Cities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting this update on the local response to the crisis from our two Peninsula cities. Learn firsthand about the important work that our cities are doing.

Thursday, April 16 at 1 pm

Featured Speakers:
 
City of Rolling Hills Estates
Mayor Velveth Schmitz
City Manager Greg Grammer

City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Mayor John Cruikshank
City Manager Ara Mihranian
 
After the presentations, the speakers will take questions from the audience. 
The session will last one hour and is limited to the first 100 registrants
COVID-19 Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting April 16
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi is holding a virtual town hall meeting with Congressman Ted Lieu and State Senator Ben Allen  this Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. via Facebook Live to discuss issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including federal and state programs to help those in need.

Visit Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s Facebook page to tune in at   facebook.com/Muratsuchi
Senior or Disabled? Need Assistance? Call Us.
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.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Last week, LA County and the USC Price School of Public Policy conducted a COVID-19 antibody study, in order to better understand and track the spread of COVID-19 in LA County. The following offers some insight as to what it is, and where and how it was conducted:

What is antibody testing?

Antibody testing for COVID-19 includes the use of a serologic test. This test measures a person's antibodies to COVID-19, and shows us the body’s immune system response to the infection. As a result, the serologic test helps us detect both current and past COVID-19 infections.

Why is it important?

Antibody testing help us better understand the spread of COVID-19 in LA County, and the risk of hospitalization or death among COVID-19 patients. It will also help us plan for future hospital bed and/or ventilator needs.

How were participants selected? Where were tests conducted?

A random sample of 1,000 LA County adults living within 10 miles of testing sites were contacted for participation. They were selected to create a representative sample of LA County's adult population. Tests were conducted on April 10-11 across six testing sites in the county. 

Still curious about anti-body testing? Watch this video .
Six Critical Indicators to Modify Stay at Home Order

SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled six key indicators that will guide California's thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor noted that the progress in...

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Plasma Donation Needed Locally
CDBG-CARES Business Recovery Loans
A Torrance Fire Engineer is in need of a plasma donation to help him fight his COVID-19 illness. Specifically, he needs plasma donated from a fully recovered COVID-19 patient so their antibodies may help boost his ability to fight back.
Please see the below requirements. If you think you or someone you know fits the criteria, please contact Dr. Marc Cohen at emsdoc911@hotmail.com or use the below url link to contact the American Red Cross:

Time is of the essence. Even if you aren’t a match, you could be for another patient who needs this therapy.

To qualify as a plasma donor, you must:

  • Have had COVID as confirmed by a positive test.
  • Already be recovered and have one of the following:
  • your symptoms resolved at least 28 days prior to donation OR
  • your symptoms resolved 14 days prior to donation AND a repeat COVID test is negative
  • Be one of the following:
  • Male donor
  • Female donor who has never been pregnant
  • Female donor who has been tested since their most recent pregnancy and results interpreted as negative for HLA antibodies.
Thank you!
The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) has released their guidelines and application to help the County’s small businesses during this unprecedented time with their Business Recovery Loans. You can visit the website for all the information at  https://wwwa.lacda.org/economicdevelopment/business-recovery-loans , but here is a synopsis of this program:
 
MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT :
  • $20,000
 
FOR A BUSINESS TO QUALIFY FOR A LOAN:
  • Cannot be a non-profit organization
  • The business had 25 or fewer employees as of the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration on March 19, 2020
  • The business MUST fall within an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County or a Community Development Block Grant Participating City (RHE)
 
WHAT THE LOAN CAN BE USED FOR:
  • Employee payroll
  • Payroll for employee sick time  
  • Working capital to continue operations
  • Payment of outstanding business expenses
  • Adaptive business practices needed to remain open
 
LOAN DETAILS :
  • Interest rate is currently at 2.44%
  • 5 year term
  • Principal and interest payments deferred for the first 12 months
  • No collateral needed
Tomorrow is Takeout Thursday! Support your local restaurants and their workers by trying a delivery from a new restaurant. Need a list of these businesses and their status? Visit RHE.city/covid19.
#RHEresilient Weekly Activity
Supporting Frontline Workers
Join the many worldwide each night at 7:00 p.m. as they give a round of applause to all of the frontline workers helping us through this crisis.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 42 new deaths and 472 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the largest increase in new deaths surpassing yesterday's count. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1,142 new cases. Twenty-four people who died were over the age of 65; 11 people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. Twenty-one people had underlying health conditions. Eleven people over the age of 65 and four people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old had no reported underlying health conditions. Three deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and three deaths by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 10,496 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 402 deaths. Eighty-four percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 330 people (88 percent of the cases); 34% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 31% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 15% among African American residents, and 2% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 23 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 2,704 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (26% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for almost 67,500 individuals and 11% of people testing positive.

Please note: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report now includes cases by cities. As of April 15, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates has eleven (11) confirmed cases.

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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