RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
June 19, 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 19, 2020 Citywide Update
LA County Announces Nail Salons, Spas, Tattoo Shops, Casinos, Bars and Wineries Reopening with Safeguards
Los Angeles County is moving forward in its Roadmap to Recovery by reopening additional personal and recreational services to residents including nail salons, bars and casinos.

Although overall case counts are increasing as testing becomes more widespread and there is more community transmission, the County continues to see steady decreases in the rate of COVID-19 infections and virus-related hospitalizations and deaths.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced that the Health Officer Order has been modified to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors today, Friday, June 19:
  • Nail salons
  • Cosmetology services
  • Spas offering aesthetic and massage services
  • Tattoo and piercing shops
  • Tanning salons
  • Casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites
  • Bar and wineries not anchored to food services

These businesses will be able to open, in some cases at limited capacity, once they have the appropriate infection control and distancing requirements in place.
In addition, protests and faith-based services held outdoors will no longer have limits on how many people can participate, starting Friday.

Public health guidance documents will be posted here as soon as they are available: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus .

The County continues to actively monitor the spread of the virus and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide residents with essential services. COVID-19 is still present in Los Angeles County, and the threat of this deadly virus remains.
However, the County is in line with State of California guidelines, and our key metrics reflect that compliance. Los Angeles County’s seven-day death average has not increased, the three-day hospitalization average is down five percent and the seven-day testing average is well above the State’s requirement at 17,000 tests conducted per day. In addition, the positivity rate is eight percent, which is in line with the State’s requirements. Detailed data and metrics on the reopening guidelines can be found here .

Los Angeles County remains in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap .
Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow Public Health directives.

If at any time the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics demonstrate a rapid acceleration of new cases that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system, the Public Health and the Board of Supervisors may need to limit future re-openings or close reopened sectors.

Getting a manicure, a massage or a tattoo, or going to a card room will be a different experience than it was before the pandemic. Each sector reopening will have strict infection control directives in place. Please see below for highlights from each sector.

Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, visitors and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. People feeling sick should stay home.

These additional re-openings follow other significant elements of the economy and community that have begun reopening and operating with limits and safeguards, including gyms, day camps, museums, spectator-free sports, hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, restaurants, beaches and trails.

Still closed are movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks, lounges and nightclubs, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on a residential property and festivals. Click here for a detailed list of what is currently open and closed in L.A. County.

Click here for frequently asked questions by residents about resuming the use of previously closed sectors.

The plans for reopening are part of a phased progression that provides residents, employees and customers with safety protections to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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At a Glance: Highlights of the Guidelines for Reopening
  • All employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Anyone feeling unwell should stay home.
  • Customers must wear a face covering at all times, unless exempted for a particular service.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and capacity will be limited.
  • Waiting rooms will be limited or closed and amenities, such as magazines, will be removed.
  • Reservations are required for personal services.
  • Contactless forms of payments are encouraged.

Additional information for individual sectors:

Nail Services
  • Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times. Staff may be required to wear a respirator, which is necessary when ventilation is insufficient to reduce exposure below permissible exposure limits established in state code.
  • For certain procedures workers may need to wear, in addition to their face covering, a face shield and gloves.
  • You may not receive multiple services, for example a manicure and a pedicure, at the same time.
  • Reservations are required.

Esthetician, Skin Care, Electrolysis and Cosmetology Services
  • Customers must wear face coverings at all times while in the facility, except when the face covering must be removed for the performance of services involving that part of the face.
  • In addition to face coverings, staff are required to wear a face shield when they are providing services that do not enable the client to wear a face covering. Staff should also wear disposable gloves throughout the entire esthetic service.

Massage Services
  • Staff must wash their hands before any services are provided.
  • Customers must wear face coverings during the entirety of the massage service.
  • Hand treatments will be provided as the last part of the service.

Tattoo and Piercing Services
  • Gloves are required throughout the tattoo and piercing sessions.
  • Mouth/nose area piercings and tattooing are suspended.

Card rooms
  • Occupancy is limited to 50%, and food and beverages are only allowed at restaurants and bars.

Bars and wineries
  • Bars and wineries may serve only alcohol and the establishment does not need to be affiliated with food services, as the previous order required.
  • Customers will not be able to order drinks at the bar or counter.
  • Capacity is limited to 50% and customers will need to be seated to order and consume beverages.
  • No entertainment is allowed.
Face Coverings 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
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 .
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%.

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 38 new deaths and 1,414 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Thirty-one people who died were over the age of 65 years old and seven people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Thirty-two people had underlying health conditions including 26 people over the age of 65 years old and six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old.
To date, Public Health has identified 79,609 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,063 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,844 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, 32 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents. There are 1,446 people who are currently hospitalized, 29% of these people are in the ICU and 21% are on ventilators. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA County, with testing results available for nearly 891,000 individuals and 8% of people testing positive.

Please note: As of June 19, 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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