The City of Rancho Palos Verdes continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County and would like to share the following updates with the community:
Although City Hall is closed for the weekend (and closed to the public in person through at least April 19), the City Council and City staff are monitoring communications from various government agencies and the public and will continue to share information with residents.
A webpage with coronavirus updates, resources and information on local closures is continuously being updated at rpvca.gov/coronavirus
Be sure to also follow the City on Nextdoor
As of March 27, there are 1,465 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 7 cases in Rancho Palos Verdes and 12 in Palos Verdes Estates.
Countywide, 26 people have died.
For a list of cases broken down by city and age group, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm
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.
New COVID-19 Dashboards
The County of Los Angeles has unveiled a website with geographic information systems (GIS)-based dashboards mapping the countywide response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find maps tracking confirmed cases and deaths, emergency proclamations, parks and recreation closures and service updates, and school closures at covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards
Reminder: Parks, Beaches and Nature Preserve CLOSED
As we head into the weekend, the City would like to remind the public that in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City has closed the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, all City parks, beaches, community centers, amenities and trails until further notice.
This includes all park buildings, playgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, game courts, and fields. For a full list of closures, read a press release at: bit.ly/2UexWwo
As a reminder, these areas are being monitored by City Staff, Park Rangers and law enforcement.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to avoid walking in popular outdoor areas and to practice physical distancing. If you go for a walk, please consider sticking to your neighborhood.
And please, don’t be THAT person disregarding the rules and putting everyone else at risk. If you haven’t done so already, give the Open Letter from the Lomita Sheriff’s Station (below) a read. Our deputies really put it best.
County Beaches and Hiking Trails CLOSED
Today, 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
An Open Letter from Lomita Station Regarding the "Safer at Home" Order
Lomita Station family, we need you to read this. We need you to share this. We need you to let your family and friends know. Settle in. It's a long message.
The city parks and city trails are closed across the peninsula. There is currently no public access to many of the places you're used to frequenting. We are all supposed to be at home *or* traveling to obtain necessary services like food, medicine, etc. The "Safer at Home" order also allows for outdoor activities such as "hiking, walking, or biking" provided that those activities are done as individuals, or as families, and as long as they can be done while maintaining social distancing with other people.
With the above in mind, you do not need to, nor should you, drive 10, 15, 20, 45 minutes away from home in order to go for a walk. You should not be going to an area that is known for hiking, that other people will be going to, in order to become a potential vector for disease. If everyone decides to congregate at a trail or park, that defeats the purpose of limiting contact!
To this point, we have issued zero citations within our patrol area for violation of this order. We would MUCH rather everyone do their part and adhere to the order voluntarily. The order has a direct impact on the health and safety of all of our loved ones, and our neighbors, so everyone should *want* to do their part to limit the spread of the disease.
Now, here's the part where we have to get real with you. The fact that we haven't issued citations for violations of the "Safer at Home" order doesn't mean that we can't. It means that we PREFER not to. If you decide that you need to drive 45 minutes away from home, and drive around barricades strewn across an entire roadway to get to your preferred hiking spot because you are more important than anyone else, then you're getting a ticket for driving around the barricades. If you decide that you want to pick up a couple of friends and drive around aimlessly at 70 mph on Hawthorne Boulevard because the responsible people are at home, staying off the roads unless absolutely necessary, then you're getting a ticket for speeding. It seems like some people have decided that the current state of affairs means the rules don't apply to them, and it is truly disheartening.
The "Safer at Home" order is tough. It's tough because, for one brief period of time in our lives, we're all being told that we're grounded and have to stay home, and can't go outside to play with our friends. And it truly is WE. The people that work at the station are YOU. We are members of the community. We have to stay home when we're not at work. We have families. We have kids that are driving us nuts from being stuck inside for what feels like FOREVER. We GET IT. But this is truly one of those greater good things where we all have to take stock of ourselves and ask ourselves if it's really that impossible for us to put the good of others over ourselves for a few weeks.
We're asking, begging, and pleading with everyone to adhere to these orders by voluntarily doing the right thing today, tomorrow, this weekend, and until the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issues new orders. The sooner we, as a society, decide to stop being selfish and stubborn, the sooner we can get past this virus, and the easier those of us that are at risk for complications can rest in the mean time.
So please, if you've got to travel to go to work because your place of employment is still operating, or you need to acquire food, medicines, or everyday essentials, please do. If you need to take care of others that are unable to care for themselves, or shop for themselves, please do. But if you just *want* to get out of the house because you're going stir crazy, then take a walk around your neighborhood. Don't congregate at local parks or trails (again, they're closed). Don't visit your friend's house just because you're bored. You're unnecessarily exposing them, their families, or yourself or your family when you don't need to, and potentially prolonging the length of this crisis.
Thanks everyone! Let's get through this together.
Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine Orders
On March 25, county officials announced new Public Health Officer Orders requiring people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are presumed to be positive to self-isolate for a period of 7 days and 3 days of being symptom-free; and requiring all close contacts of these individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure.
Home isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/HomeisolationenCoV.pdf
Home quarantine guidelines for close contacts to COVID-19 patients are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf
Read the orders at the links below:
March 25, 2020 Self-Isolation Order (Diagnosed)
March 25, 2020 Self-Quarantine Order (Exposed)
What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
USNS Mercy Arrives in the Port of Los Angeles
Today, the hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in the Port of Los Angeles with over 800 Navy medical personnel and support staff and over 70 civil service mariners to support the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.
While in Los Angeles, the ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their intensive care units and ventilators for those patients.
For more information, read a press release at: https://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/130580
Emergency Assistance Food Program
The Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging and Community Services (WDACS), and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are continuing to distribute emergency food assistance daily at the San Pedro Service Center at 769 West 3rd Street in San Pedro.? This program is by appointment only. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency food assistance, please call 310-519-6091 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. All who are in need are eligible for the program and the only information required of individuals is last name, date of birth, address, zip code, and household size.
For more information about WDACS resources, visit: wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19
For a list of school, library, transit and other local closures, visit the Closure Information
page on the City’s coronavirus webpage.
Open for Business
Need a list of Peninsula restaurants that are serving takeout and delivery? Or updated grocery store hours? Check out the Open for Business
tab on the City’s coronavirus webpage. If you would like to add your business to this page or provide updated information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the latest episode of RPVtv’s “Around the Peninsula” featuring an interview with PVP Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eileen Hupp to find out how you can support local businesses during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etJcYqikC9o
How You Can Help
Los Angeles County officials encourage members of the public who want to help those in the community experiencing hardships to make monetary contributions to reputable non-profit organizations or to the funds listed below, which are supporting COVID-19 disaster efforts.
Support the California Community Foundation’s Covid-19 LA County Response Fund
The California Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund, which supports community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration.
Support the United Way’s Pandemic Relief Fund
United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund supports L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.
Support other nonprofits
Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond to the impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus. You can search for Los Angeles County non-profits through this site.
American Red Cross
Give a financial gift or lifesaving blood.
Personal Protective Equipment Needed
Want to help our nurses, doctors and health care workers? If you want to donate/know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment, such as surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields and other supplies, email email@example.com
Local Volunteer Match
PVPUSD School Board Member Linda Reid is coordinating a volunteer effort to match up senior citizens needing errand/grocery/meal help in PV with volunteers. PVPUSD students, parents, and alums unexpectedly home from college will assist! Any older residents may email Member Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time.
For 28 years, residents and Block Captains have worked together through RPV Neighborhood Watch to build safe and cohesive neighborhoods. Working cooperatively between neighbors and law enforcement has resulted in supportive neighbors who help each other when necessary. Those residents or blocks who are not yet a part of Neighborhood Watch can contact Gail Lorenzen at email@example.com.
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. Lomita Sheriff’s Station deputies are available to provide 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.
City Hall Closed
As a reminder, to reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19, through at least April 19, City Hall and park buildings are closed to the public, and all recreational activities, classes and events at City facilities have been canceled. Advisory board meetings have been canceled through the end of March. The City will primarily be providing essential city services that are necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community and City employees. To facilitate these measures, all non-essential staff will be working remotely. Inquiries will be reviewed daily and will be responded to on a case-by-case basis. Please note that our response to your inquiry could be delayed.
Community Development Department applications and permit requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please visit the appropriate department page on the City website for a list of phone numbers and email addresses to accommodate your needs:
Recreation, Parks & Open Space
Overall Staff Directory
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov/covid19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): cdc.gov/COVID19
World Health Organization: who.int/coronavirus
California Governor’s Office: covid19.ca.gov
County of Los Angeles: lacounty.gov/covid19
L.A. County residents can also call 2-1-1
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control: https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
Sign up for “Notify Me” city listervs at rpvca.gov/notify
Be sure to also follow the City on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert SouthBay by:
- Texting “alertsb” to 888-777, which returns a link to register for Everbridge (for COVID-19-related alerts, text the keyword "cv19rpv")
- Registering online at alertsouthbay.com
- Downloading the free Everbridge app on an iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play. Select “Find an organization or subscription” and search “alertsb”
Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert LA County at https://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la/
The City Council is committed to keeping you informed on this ever-changing situation, and thanks you for your cooperation and support. The City reminds all residents that closures and cancellations announced by the City and other agencies and institutions are being implemented because public health officials advise that social distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of coronavirus.