Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes continues to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County and is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and our local Disaster Management Area Coordinator. Here is the latest information:
As of January 14, there are 975,299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Los Angeles County (population 10.17 million), including the South Bay, so the public should not think one location is safer than another and everyone should be aware and practice physical distancing. The total includes 975 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes (population 41,731), 269 in Palos Verdes Estates (population 13,190), 185 in Rolling Hills Estates (population 8,066), 34 in Rolling Hills (population 1,874), and 41 in the unincorporated areas of the Peninsula. Countywide, 13,234 people have died.
According to the Department of Public Health, 32 deaths have been reported in Rancho Palos Verdes. The City extends its deepest condolences to the families of these residents.
For a list of cases broken down by city, demographic characteristics, and settings, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm
For an interactive dashboard showing COVID-19 testing, cases and death data by community and demographic characteristics, visit http://dashboard.publichealth.lacounty.gov/covid19_surveillance_dashboard/
An interactive dashboard of COVID-19 cases in the South Bay maintained by the City of Torrance is available at bit.ly/2XB1fv1. The dashboard reflects information sourced by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
It’s important to note that the total number of confirmed cases that the Department of Public Health shares every day reflects a moment in time and may not include cases confirmed by commercial labs that have not yet been shared with the Department of Public Health. A commercial lab may share a positive result with a physician before the health department.
City Hall Temporarily Closed to the Public
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 surge across Los Angeles County, and to limit public contact to protect the health and well-being of residents and City staff, City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public starting January 5 through January 29. The City will remain open for business, however, by telephone, email, online and limited curbside services. Some employees are working on rotation and may be working remotely. Please visit the appropriate department page on the City website for a list of phone numbers and email addresses to accommodate your needs. For a list of departments, visit http://www.rpvca.gov/148/Departments.
Community Development Department applications and permit requests may be submitted to email@example.com.
Building permit applications and requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payments can be made online at https://dpm.bankofthewest.com/ebpp/RPVCA/Login/Index or by phone at 310-544-5301.
Non-emergency service requests may be submitted at http://www.rpvca.gov/FormCenter/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-3/NonEmergency-Customer-Service-Requests-43.
Public Works service requests may be submitted at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/6d13530e7ca84edbb5c4e022bdc54da8.
As a reminder, all City park buildings are closed and all in-person, outdoor recreation classes have been postponed until further notice.
State Updates Travel Advisory
On January 6, 2021, the State of California updated its travel advisory due to rising rates of COVID-19 transmission. Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to quarantine procedures. All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival, except as necessary to meet urgent critical healthcare staffing needs or to otherwise engage in emergency response. Additionally, this recommendation does not apply to individuals who routinely cross state or country borders for essential travel. Read more on the California Department of Public Health website.
L.A. County Issues Mandatory Directive on Travel
On December 30, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health issued a Mandatory Directive on Travel requiring persons arriving in the county from anywhere outside of Southern California (including the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura) to self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Read the Mandatory Directive on Travel (issued December 30, 2020) (PDF).
Congress Approves Coronavirus Relief Package
On December 21, 2020, Congress approved a $900 billion coronavirus relief package, including increasing unemployment benefits by $300 per week and one-time direct payments of $600 to individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and married couples earning up to $150,000, with $600 more for each dependent under 18. Additionally, the package provides over $84 billion in small business aid, $69 billion for testing and vaccine distribution and $82 billion for colleges and schools. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020. For information about stimulus payments, visit irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
Regional Stay Home Order In Effect
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines in L.A. County and across the Southern California Region, on December 6, 2020, the L.A. County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to align with the state Regional Stay Home Order to prevent crowding and mingling among non-household members and overwhelming our healthcare system.
The state announced a Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect and would remain in effect for at least three weeks in California regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%. The order went into effect in Southern California on December 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and was extended on December 29, 2020. Once the Southern California region's four-week projection shows an ICU capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted. Learn more about L.A. County's Safer at Home Order on the Health Officer Order page. Learn more about the state's Regional Stay Home Order at covid19.ca.gov.
Limited Stay Home Order in Effect
On December 21, 2020, a supplement to the state's Limited Stay Home Order was signed. The supplement extended the Limited Stay Home Order until such time as the Regional Stay Home Order has terminated in all Regions in the State of California. In addition to applying to the counties in the Widespread (purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the Limited Stay Home Order also now applies in counties under Regional Stay Home Order. It directs that non-essential retail must cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.