Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is closely monitoring the developing public health situation as it relates to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 April 5, there are 5,940 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County, including the South Bay, so the public should not think one location is safer than another and everyone should be aware and practice social distancing, also known as physical distancing. The total includes 28 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes, 23 in Palos Verdes Estates and eight in Rolling Hills Estates. Countywide, 132 people have died.
To date, the City is aware of the death of one resident who contracted the novel coronavirus. We extend our deepest condolences to the resident’s family and ask for their privacy to be respected during this difficult time.
Belmont Village on Crestridge Road is included on the county’s list of long-term care facilities with at least one resident who developed symptoms while in the facility and tested positive for COVID-19.
For a list of cases broken down by city and age group, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm
Public Health is investigating these cases and will notify persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined.
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.
Parks, Beaches and Nature Preserve Closed
Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from state and local health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, all City parks, beaches, community centers, amenities and trails are CLOSED until further notice. All park buildings, playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, game courts, and fields are closed. All park programming has been canceled until further notice. This includes all recreational activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, instructional courses, and group sessions/private events.
The closures are in accordance with a local emergency proclamation adopted by the City Council on March 17 and come after City Staff and Park Rangers observed a high volume of visitors to City parks and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve despite the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order calling for social distancing.
For a full list of closures, read a press release at: bit.ly/2UexWwo
County Beaches and Hiking Trails CLOSED
On March 27, county officials revised the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order to close all public beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, public beach parking lots, bike paths on the beach, and beach access points countywide through at least April 19. The closures are due to recent dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases and increased usage of beaches and hiking trails by many groups of people. Persons may continue to use currently open and publicly available park space, not prohibited by the order, for passive recreational activities, but must practice social distancing.
Please note that parks, beaches and open space areas in Rancho Palos Verdes, including the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, are CLOSED. Deane Dana Friendship Park and the South Coast Botanic Garden are partially closed.
To read the order addendum, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/HOO_BeachesandTrails_3.27.20_FINAL.pdf
Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor John Cruikshank Tests Positive for COVID-19
Mayor John Cruikshank and former Mayor Susan Brooks have tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am getting the rest and care I need and taking all necessary precautions as directed by my physician and public health officials,” Mayor Cruikshank said. “I hope my diagnosis underscores the need for all residents to take this crisis seriously and follow all directives from public health officials. COVID-19 is in all of our communities and we must all do our part to slow its spread.”
Read a press release at: bit.ly/3doNG7l
"Safer at Home" Order
On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom and the County of Los Angeles issued orders mandating that all residents stay home except for essential needs to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Everyone must stay home except for essential activities, such as buying food at markets or restaurants, seeking necessary medical care, caring for a relative or friend, going for a walk outside, or going to an essential job in the food, health care, government, and other specified industries.
For details and links to frequently asked questions, visit the "Safer at Home" Order page on the City website.
On March 13, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District confirmed that a parent of children at Silver Spur Elementary School and Valmonte Early Learning Academy reported testing positive for COVID-19, though the case had not been confirmed by public health officials. On March 16, PVPUSD Superintendent Alex Cherniss shared the following update:
“Dear Silver Spur and VELA Communities:
The PVPUSD has been working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on the recent report of a parent testing positive for COVID-19. We have been informed that there were no identified exposures to illness at the school in relation to this incident.”
Superintendent Cherniss also shared the following message on March 16 regarding a separate reported case:
“Dear PVPUSD School Community:
We have a report from a parent at Palos Verdes High School whose student has tested positive for COVID‐19. We believe this report to be credible. The District has notified the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and we are awaiting further guidance. The District will take direction related to this situation and individuals from DPH. Please continue to follow state and federal guidance related to coronavirus.”
The City has no more information about the identity or residence of these families than has already been reported by PVPUSD or the local media. For the latest information, visit pvpusd.net/virus
Palos Verdes Golf Club Update
On March 17, the Daily Breeze reported that the Palos Verdes Golf Club confirmed that two of its members have tested positive for COVID-19. The entire facility (including the clubhouse, golf course, and practice areas) is closed through March 31.
Sheriff’s Department Update
On March 17, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva held a telebriefing for contract cities. Below is a list of items that were discussed, as well as notes from Captain James Powers on the Lomita Station’s status regarding COVID-19:
- No station personnel have tested positive for the virus.
- Patrol efforts are being increased.
- The department has added additional detectives to supplement Lomita station-wide patrol efforts. Some may be paired up with regular field personnel and are already in the field. They are focusing on high visibility, especially at grocery stores and other places where the public congregates. The purpose is to keep the peace and be available to the community.
- Captain Powers is reaching out to identify any homebound older adults or persons with special needs to conduct patrol checks and needs.
- The Lomita Station is in continual contact with its department resources to develop plans to mitigate potential problems and to reach out to the community.