RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
April 6, 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 6, 2020 Citywide Update
The Great Egg Hunt
With social gatherings being canceled throughout the state and the country, the City of Rolling Hills Estates wants to help keep you engaged while still maintaining your distance! We are encouraging families to visit RHE.city/VirtualRec to download and print an Easter Egg coloring sheet , color the egg and place it on a window in your home or somewhere visible in front of your house or yard where it is easy for all to see .

This week, walk around your neighborhood and look for these eggs.  

Please remember to stay AT LEAST 6 feet away from others when you go out hunting. Show us your community spirit by tagging your creative artwork on one of OUR RHE social media accounts using the hashtag #RHEresilient by April 11!

On April 17   a winner will be chosen at random and will win a $25.00 gift card to a local restaurant! Happy Hunting!
Spring Cleaning While Safer at Home
Waste Management is still offering Bulk Item Pickup at your door. Why not use this time while Safer at Home to do a spring cleaning?

  • Service Guidelines
Waste Management provides four free pickups per year, with a five-item maximum. (Includes bulky, white goods, construction debris). Up to ten 32 gallon trash bags can be taken as a bulky pickup.

  • Acceptable and Non-Acceptable Bulky Item Materials
Acceptable items include sofas, chairs, washers, dryers, toilets, etc. Non-acceptable items include tires, batteries, paints, oils, construction debris, chemicals of any kind, Freon, rocks, sand, gravel, dirt, logs, carpet, hazardous or medical waste.

Reminder from State Water Board:
Do not flush your disinfecting wipes
While the State Water Board and other public agencies encourage Californians to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.

Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment throughout the state.

Wastewater treatment facilities around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. These facilities are asking state residents to not discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflow. A majority of urban centers are on centralized sewage collection systems depend on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegrable toilet paper. The systems were not designed for individual nylon wipes and paper towels. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly.

Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go to our lakes, rivers, and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment.
Please do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet.
Supporting our Frontline Workers
Several members of our Peninsula communities are coming together each night at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate our frontline workers. This nightly tradition has become popular in the U.S., Canada and Europe during this worldwide crisis.

Each night at 7:00 p.m. step out to your front yard, grab some fresh air, wave to your neighbors, and give a round of applause to all of the frontline workers helping us through this crisis.
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WDACS to launch $500K Employer Assistance Grant Fund
In order to qualify to apply for the Employer Assistance Grant Fund, the business must:
  • Be a for-profit corporation, partnership, or non-profit with a for-profit activity in Los Angeles County. Social enterprises and non-profit (501(c)3) firms qualify. 
  • Application review priority will be given to businesses in the unincorporated areas of LA County: http://planning.lacounty.gov/znet
  • Have between 2 and 50 full-time employees. (Note: Applicants that serve high barrier and/or vulnerable populations may exclude transitional employees from this count).
  • Have less than $2,000,000 in gross receipts or annual revenue
  • Demonstrate significant economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. (Businesses that have demonstrated evidence of a loss of revenue of at least 20% will have met the burden of demonstrating significant economic hardship)
  • Have been established at least one quarter prior to March 4, 2020 (on or before December 4, 2019)
  • Be able to produce tax returns

Funding is not guaranteed. Factors that will be considered when determining grant awards will include (1) impact of the COVID-19 crisis; (2) best use/highest impact; (3) years in business operation; (4) number of employees impacted; and (5) ability to leverage alternate funds. Compliance with the grant will be monitored for three years.

Grant funding may be used for the following:

  • Mortgage payments
  • Bridge funding to other lending or financial resources (e.g. SBA Payroll Protection)
  • Working capital costs
  • Inventory
  • Rent
  • Utility expenses
  • Other debt obligations incurred before the covered period

Funds cannot be used to satisfy any outstanding tax liens, legal judgements, any lobbying activities, employee payroll, or fringe benefit expenses.

For more, attend the County's webinar on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30pm:  webinar link

The application site will open on Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00am:  workforce.lacounty.gov
COVID-19 Testing: What to know, where to go
Drive-thru testing is expanding county-wide. Testing is limited to the most vulnerable of LA County residents:

  • Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)

The closest County testing site for Rolling Hills Estates residents:

  • South Bay Galleria (Redondo Beach) - As of 4/3

Testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. Visit  https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for more information

For a list of frequently asked questions about testing, locations, eligibility and more, visit:  https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

To schedule an appointment at a drive-up mobile testing site in Los Angeles County, please visit:  https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
Palos Verdes Medical Group now Offering Drive-up COVID-19 Testing
Palos Verdes Medical Group is now been offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing on the fourth (top) floor of the Promenade on the Peninsula mall. Testing still offered during rainy weather.

Testing is by app ointment only and open to both PVMG patients and community members. Call PVMG at 310-544-6858 to schedule a Telehealth visit with one of their providers.
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 15 new deaths and 420 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Eight of the people who died had underlying health conditions and 12 people were over the age of 65. Five individuals over the age of 65 did not have underlying health conditions. Three people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old and two of these individuals did not have underlying health conditions. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 1083 new cases. 

To date, Public Health has identified 6360 cases across all areas of LA County, including 147 deaths. As of today, 1,366 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with over 32,000 individuals tested and 14% of people testing positive.

Please note: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report now includes cases by cities. Report for City of Rolling Hills Estates indicates eight (8) 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.

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?

Get the latest updates about the   City of Rolling Hills Estate’s response to coronavirus  (COVID-19).
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