RHE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Important update for all City email subscribers
April 14, 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 14, 2020 Citywide Update
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.
Interactive South Bay Cities COVID-19 Dashboard Available
An interactive COVID-19 status dashboard has been developed for the South Bay cities. The dashboard is hosted by the City of Torrance and reflects information sourced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Effective Tomorrow: Enhanced County Safer at Home Order
As part of the revised Safer At Home order, starting tomorrow, April 15 , the general public are required to wear a cloth face covering when entering essential businesses like grocery stores.

Face coverings can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others, including when you have the virus and are contagious but do not know it; however these face coverings do not protect you from others who may be infected. Therefore, face coverings are not a replacement for staying home as much as possible, social distancing, and washing your hands often.

You can read the updated order at  publichealth.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.

Please do not purchase N95 and medical-grade masks and consider other types of face coverings.

For guidance on cloth face masks, visit:

Learn how to quickly make your own face covering, visit: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4
#RHEResilient Weekly Activity: PVPLC Wildlife Survey
A great outdoor adventure is right in your own backyard! Checkout this fun 15 minute wildlife survey developed by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Let us know what you find by posting your pictures on any of our social media platforms by tagging #RHEresilient .

For more fun outdoor education activities visit the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy website at  https://pvplc.org/
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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SoCal Gas CARE Assistance Program
SoCalGas wants to remind its customers that assistance is available. Several programs are offered to help customers in need, including the following:

The  CARE  program aids people in paying their utility bills by providing a 20 percent discount on monthly natural gas bills. 
Customers who have become recently unemployed or who are currently facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic or for other reasons are encouraged to visit  socalgas.com/care , complete the quick online application and find out instantly if they qualify. The CARE online application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. 

Other customer assistance programs SoCalGas offers include: 

Gas Assistance Fund

  • If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying your gas bill, the Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) may be able to provide you with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $100.00. 
  • The Gas Assistance Fund is a joint effort of SoCalGas and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. They work with non-profit partner organizations throughout our service territory to administer the program. 
  • You may qualify for the Gas Assistance Fund based on your yearly household income.

Medical Baseline Allowance

  • The Medical Baseline Allowance program provides additional natural gas at the lowest baseline rate for individuals with a serious health condition. 
  • You may qualify for the Medical Baseline Allowance if a full-time member of your household: 
  • Has a life-threatening illness or a compromised immune system 
  • Is seriously disabled 
  • Requires more heat in winter due to a serious health condition or to prevent deterioration of the individual's medical condition
  • Eligibility is based on medical condition only, not household income. 

Please visit  socalgas.com/assistance  for more information on how to know if you qualify for these programs as well as how to apply.
A Message from Cal Water on Assistance Programs
Cal Water
We would like to take a moment to provide you with some information on how we at  Cal Water  are currently supporting our customers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
 
Most importantly, our team of water professionals is on the ground ensuring that our customers' water remains safe and reliable. The rigorous testing and treatment measures we employ safeguard our customers' drinking water and ensure that it can be used as normal, including for drinking, cooking, and handwashing.
 
We recognize the impact that the pandemic is having on many of our customers. We've implemented or expanded a number of programs to help our customers who have been hard hit by a job loss, illness, or other hardship.  
 
We were one of the first utilities in the state to suspend water service shutoffs for non-payment to help keep our communities safe and healthy.  We have a number of additional tools at our disposal to assist customers during these challenging times, from extending due dates to helping them enroll in our  Low-Income Ratepayer Assistance  program. If any of our customers are in a tough spot, we encourage them to  call us  so that we can lend them a hand and work to tailor a solution that meets their needs.  
 
Even though we're six feet apart, we're all in this together.
 
Sincerely,
 
Cal Water 
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has set up a website that may be helpful to essential businesses in procuring items. The program is called OneLA: Matching Needs with Suppliers. While they cannot recommend specific vendors, the web page contains a a fillable form at the bottom of the page. Businesses can use this to submit for information/requests.

WDACS Critical Delivery Service Now Available
Late-payment Penalties for Property Tax Bills may be Canceled
The Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department is providing free delivery service to older and dependent adults during COVID-19 crisis. They can deliver:

Groceries, Household Items, Vital Necessities

Call 1-888-863-7411 between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday to request services.
Rolling Hills Estates property owners unable to pay their property taxes by tomorrow's April 10 deadline due to the direct effect of the public health crisis may submit an online request for penalty cancellation beginning April 11.

With County buildings closed to the public at this time, payments can be processed online online, by telephone or by mail. Review payment methods and several other online self-service options at  https://ttc.lacounty.gov/ .

For more information, call 213-974-2111 or  Read the FAQ here.
$100M to Support Child Care Services for Essential Workers

Funding is part of SB 89, emergency legislation the Governor signed last month to provide up to $1 billion in funding to help California fight the COVID-19 pandemic SACRAMENTO - Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the release of $100 million to ...

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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.
In Case you Missed Congressman Lieu's Town-hall for Businesses
The Congressman’s staff stands ready to help with a wide variety of resources.
Here is the contact information for Congressman Lieu’s District Office:
 lieu.staff@mail.house.gov   or 323-651-1040
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 40 new deaths and 670 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 19). This is the largest increase in new deaths. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 909 new cases. Twenty-five people who died were over the age of 65 and nine people who died were between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. Twenty-two people had underlying health conditions; eight people over the age of 65 and four people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old had no reported underlying health conditions. Four deaths were reported by the City of Long Beach and two deaths by the City of Pasadena. 

To date, Public Health has identified 10,047 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 360 deaths. Eighty-five percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 292 people (87 percent of the cases); 34% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents, 32% among White residents, 17% among Asian residents, 16% among African American residents, and 2% among residents identifying with other races. Upon further investigation, 11 cases reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 2,517 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (25% 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 over 63,000 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 14, 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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