RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 18, 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 18, 2020 Citywide Update
Effective Today: Face Coverings Now Mandatory
As a result of a new Executive Order signed by Governor Newsom t oday, Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Although this requirement is consistent with Los Angeles County's Health Order , it now makes the requirement consistent statewide. The County's updated order is effective June 19.

To view State guidance on mandatory face coverings, and limited exceptions, visit: http://ow.ly/fR3C50AbHD3
LA County Issues Updated Health Officer Order
Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order that follows suit with Governor Newsom's executive order requiring face coverings whenever in public spaces. In addition to this update, there are new industries that can begin to reopen with proper safety protocols.

Beginning tomorrow, June 19, the following can reopen:

  • Nail salons
  • Body art establishments
  • Estheticians, skin care, and cosmetology services
  • Electrology
  • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
  • Massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)
  • Bars and Wineries
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and racetrack onsite wagering facilities
  • Tanning salons 

View the Health Officer Order here, or visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/ for a list of specific safety protocols for reopening these businesses.
We Want Your Input! Safe Routes to School
Please help us by offering your input as the Peninsula cites complete its public outreach on the Peninsula-wide Safe Routes to School grant program. In this project, each Peninsula School has proposed community-driven recommendations on how to improve safety around each school. Improvements range from better signage to new/improved crosswalks and ADA ramps. Rolling Hills Estates’ represented schools include: Dapplegray and Rancho Vista Elementary, and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.

The web-based “Preliminary Treatment Showcase” portal will allow you to review preliminary school treatments and provide your comments through an integrated online survey at the end.

Once plans are finalized, each Palos Verdes Peninsula city will have an opportunity to implement these improvements through additional grant money.

To review the plan and provide feedback, simply click this LINK , find your school, and move through the steps on the screen. It is that easy! 
A Message from Cal Water
Cal Water
We’re reaching out to provide you with an update on California Water Service’s (Cal Water) Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project as it relates to upcoming finishing work along the Botanic Garden Trail.

Beginning as early as Monday, June 22, there will be a temporary closure of the Botanic Garden Trail, from Blossom’s Trail to Rolling Hills Road , to facilitate finishing work. Crews will work from approximately Monday to Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For the safety of equestrians and residents, the trail will remain closed until all work is complete. This work is an important safety precaution that will help prevent future problems related to the old, unused drinking water pipeline.

The map below indicates where the temporary closure will be located. There will be detours in place around the closure for trail users, but equestrians are encouraged to avoid the area due to construction-related noise that could startle a horse. Lariat Lane residents will continue to have access to the road at all times.

We’re happy to share that the portion of the bridle trail along Rolling Hills Road, between Rolling Hills Road (private road) and Lariat Lane, has been magnetized and is safe for equestrian use. As a reminder, a small portion of the Chandler Trail (near the Palomino Ranchos Bridle Trail) is temporarily closed due to mud in the area and will be reopened once it is dry and safe to use.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work diligently to reopen the Botanic Garden Trail as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at PVPWaterProject@calwater.com . Thank you for your continued patience!

Thank you.
Reduce your Risk of COVID-19 Outside of the Home
You can easily reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 outside the home by:

  • Avoiding the Three C's (confined space, crowds, close contact)
  • Taking Steps to Reduce Your Risk
  • Planning Ahead
Red Cross Now Testing all Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies
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.
Beware of COVID-19 Online Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. They are forging emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions to try to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware.

CHARITY SCAMS

Charities help communities in their time of need and representatives may ask for donations from people to help fund their activities. However, scammers may try to take advantage of the kindness of others for their own benefit.

How do I know my donation is going to a real charity?
In California, all legitimate charities and professional fundraisers must be registered with the California State Attorney General, Charitable Trusts Section. This office regulates charitable organizations to ensure donations contributed by Californians are not stolen or misused through fraud.

To ensure the charity you are donating to is legitimate, use the Attorney General’s Registry Verification Search   here . This tool allows you to search the files of the Registry of Charitable Trusts.

Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through  charities  or  crowd funding  sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. Do not pay donations with gift cards or by wiring money.

MORE INFO ON SCAMS
Want more information on the latest scams we’re seeing? Sign up for our  Los Angeles County's consumer alerts . If you come across any suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at  ftc.gov/complaint .
LA County Great Plates Delivered Extended
The County of Los Angeles Great Plates Delivered program has been extended through Friday, July 10th . Great Plates Delivered offers three (3) free home-delivered meals a day from local restaurants to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are at high-risk of COVID-19 as determined by the CDC. 

Watch the video below for a quick description about Great Plates Delivered. To watch in Spanish, click here.
This effort aims to assist those in need of home-delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant, hospitality, and transportation industries back to work.
Interested in Receiving Meals? 

To be eligible for this program, individuals:
 
  • must meet age requirements
  • are 65 or older; OR are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with, exposed to or at high risk of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC
  • unable to prepare or obtain meals 
  • not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs such as CalFresh/SNAP 
  • must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult 
  • must earn between $25,520 to $74,940 (single household) or between $34,380 to $101,460 (two-person household) per year 
  • must live in unincorporated LA County or a city that does not offer its own Great Plates Delivered program 

To apply online in English,  click here . To apply online in Spanish,  click here .
Have questions? Meal applicants can e-mail  greatplates@wdacs.lacounty.gov  or call 211 for multi-lingual services.
What To Expect When Dining In a Restaurant 
If you're ready for the in-person dining experience, be prepared to:

  1. Make a reservation in advance.
  2. Be asked to wait in your car or outside the restaurant until your table is ready.
  3. Be checked for COVID-19 symptoms (including cough and fever).
  4. Wear a face covering when you're not eating or drinking.
  5. Use a posted, single-use or digital menu.
  6. See sanitizing stations.
  7. See limited seating capacity & physical distance between you and other patrons.
  8. See servers & staff in face coverings and face shields.
If you're a restaurant and are ready to offer in-person dining experience, be sure you are implementing the following (including, but not limited to):

  1. Screening employees and patrons for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at the restaurant.
  2. Requiring employees wear cloth face coverings and face shields.
  3. Prioritizing outdoor seating (if possible) and curbside pickup.
  4. Encouraging reservations.
  5. Asking customers to wait in their car or outside the restaurant until their table is ready, in order to prevent crowds from gathering.
  6. Implementing physical distancing measures.
  7. Requiring diners to wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  8. Closing bar areas.
  9. Limiting occupancy capacity to 60%.

Using Equestrian Rings this Week? Here are Some Protocols
If you are going to an equestrian ring or center, please be sure to make sure the following protocols are being adhered to:

  • Physical distancing of six (6) feet is required at all times.
  • Face coverings are required at all times while in the common areas, including, without limitation, parking lots and stables. (Face masks are not required during riding so long as physical distancing is maintained.)
  • Facility operators and staff wear a face covering and gloves at all times.
  • Rides (Horse string) are single file and a maximum of four (4) riders at a time while practicing physical distancing.
  • Private horse lessons require proper physical distancing and both instructor and student must wear face coverings at all times. (No Group lessons are allowed.)
  • Doors, entrances, and/or gates remain open during normal operational hours.
  • Payment of any fees is done on-line and/or utilizing an outdoor facing window or door.

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:

Questions about Business Re-openings?
Gyms, outdoor recreation and more can reopen with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

For a list of helpful FAQs and links to other resources, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/reopening-faqs/
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!

Teens! Join PVLD for a Block Party and learn how to design and print your own block print artwork! In this workshop, Ketzie will review the supplies you need for block printing and show you the best way to plan your design and transfer your art onto your block. We will carve the block together, and then print your design!

Supplies will be provided. Registration opens June 12th and closes June 23rd.

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
CAN BE OPEN:
• Parks (Playgrounds are closed.)
• Public Trails (Walking and Hiking)
• Beaches and Piers
• Public Pools and Pools in Multi-Unit Residential Housing (e.g., Apartments, Condominiums, and HOAs)
• Gyms/Fitness Centers, including in Multi-unit Residential Housing
• Golf Courses
• Pickleball and Tennis Courts
• Horse Riding/Equestrian
• BMX Areas and Bike Parks
• Community Gardens
• Model Airplane Areas
• Shooting and Archery Ranges
• Vehicle-Based Parades
• Drive-in Movie Theaters
• Pro-league Arenas without Live Audiences
• Music, Film, and Television Production
• Hotels for Leisure Travel
• Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (including Equipment Rentals)
• Day Camps
• Libraries (For Curbside Pick-up Only)
• Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
CLOSED FOR NOW:
• Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis, and Spa Pools not on Residential Property
• Basketball and Volleyball Courts
• Baseball and Soccer Fields
• Youth Sports Leagues
• Bars and Nightclubs
• Arcades, Bowling Alleys, and Movie Theaters
• Live Performance Theaters and Concert Venues
• Stadiums and Arenas (Closed to the Public)
• Cardrooms (Casinos) and Satellite Wagering Facilities
• Festivals and Theme/Amusement Parks (including Water Parks and Splash Pads in these Parks)
Shopping, Restaurants, and Personal Care
CAN BE OPEN FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING/SERVICES:
• 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
CLOSED FOR NOW:
•Nail Salons
Healthcare Services
CAN BE OPEN:
•Clinics
•Hospitals
•Dental Clinics
•Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Offices
•Optometrists
•Mental or Behavioral Health Providers
•Other Healthcare Settings
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 36 new deaths and 1,051 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Twenty-six people who died were over the age of 65 years old, seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Thirty-one people had underlying health conditions including 25 people over the age of 65 years old and six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena.

To date, Public Health has identified 78,227 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,027 deaths. Ninety-four percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,807 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health); 42% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 29% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 11% among African American residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 13 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. There are 1,429 people who are currently hospitalized, 29% of these people are in the ICU and 22% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 868,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of June 18, 2020, the City of Rolling Hills Estates had 18 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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