RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
March 17, 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 previous updates and a list of City cancellations and closures, please  visit the City’s Coronavirus webpage.



March 17, 2020 Citywide Update
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health
Order of the Health Officer

Effective immediately, all permanent food facilities, as defined by Health and Safety Code 113849 may only prepare and offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, via pick-up for takeout dining, or via drive-thru. The Health Officer also orders the immediate closure of the following types of businesses:

  • Bars and Nightclubs that do not serve food;
  • Movie theatres, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades;
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
  • Wineries, Breweries, and Tap rooms that provide tastings.

For gatherings that are not prohibited, the Order requires that the following infection control precautions be implemented:

  • Enforce social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six (6) feet;
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;
  • Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members not to attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough;
  • Adhere to communicable disease control recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

This Order does not apply to specific permanent food facilities, such as:

  • Cafeterias, commissaries, and retail food facilities located within hospitals, nursing homes, governmental buildings that provide essential services to the public, or within other licensed health care facilities;
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies;
  • Charitable or governmental organization providing meals to the indigent population;
  • Concessionaires or food services within any airport with in the Los Angeles County Public Health jurisdiction.

To view the full order, please visit RHE.city/Covid19 .

City Code Compliance is contacting all applicable businesses. For questions, please contact 310-377-1577 ext. 104.
City Hall:
City Hall is closed to the public as of Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. This step is in line with other local, state, and federal agencies containment strategy and efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

City staff will remain available by telephone and email. Essential City operations will not be disrupted.  For a list of City staff and their respective contact information, visit the staff directory  HERE , or call 310-377-1577 to be directed to the appropriate department.
 
Public Safety:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will be increasing law enforcement presence in all communities throughout the County, primarily by redeploying personnel from detective and court divisions. 

Reported Local Exposure:
The Palos Verdes Golf Club has confirmed that two of its members tested positive for COVID-19.

Senior Support:
Please consider checking on your older neighbors or those with underlying health conditions. There are ways to let people know you care while keeping a safe distance (e.g., a phone call, a text, a note under their door to make sure they have everything they need). Self-isolation doesn't need to mean loneliness. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Lomita Station are available to p rovide a “welfare check” for seniors. Residents are encouraged to call the Station's non-emergency number at 310-539-1661 if they are aware of seniors who are at risk or may need attention. We are all in this together.

Pavilions in the Peninsula Shopping Center is now offering “Senior Only” shopping hours every day from 7:00 am – 8:00 am. They also have online grocery delivery.

Businesses:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

Houses of Worship
Houses of worship are urged in the strongest terms to limit large gatherings on their premises and to explore and implement ways to practice their respective faiths while observing social distancing practices. 

Utility Services
There is no expected disruption to utilities. Utility companies serving the Palos Verdes Peninsula remain open and of service to the public. The City has been informed that the utility companies will not discontinue service during this time and will work with customers on alternative payment plans if needed. 

Southern California Edison has suspended much of their infrastructure upgrades and planned power outages, and will only be focusing on critical upgrades, that may have limited power outages. Public notification of limited planned power outages will be sent to affected customers in advance.

California Water Service (Cal Water) has reminded customers that the drinking water supplied by Cal Water is safe and can be used as normal. They remain fully operational with water systems running normally. 
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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