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The City of Palos Verdes Estates 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.

Below is the latest information: 

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County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order to Close Trails and Beaches

March 27, 2020, The County Health Officer issued and addendum to the Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 (here) that orders the closure of public trails and trailheads, beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points.  To enforce this order, the following trail and beach access points in Palos Verdes Estates are hereby closed: 

For Orders click HERE

  • Malaga Dunes (2700 block Via Tejon)
  • Del Sol Fire Road
    • Access points at Del Sol and Via Campesina
  • 700 block of Paseo Del Mar
  • Paseo Del Mar and Via Chino
  • Swim Club Road (300 block of Paseo Del Mar)
  • Lunada Bay Trail Heads
    • Both of them
  • Lunado Canyon (Paseo Lunado at Via Rivera)
  •  Apsley Trail (northbound side of Palos Verdes Drive West at Apsley)
  • “Pipes” (Cloyden Road and Paseo Del Mar)
  • Paseo Del Mar and Via Neve
  • Top of Via La Cuesta
  • Two trail heads in the 3000 blk of Paseo Del Campo
  • Punta Point
  • Trails behind St. Francis Church
  • End of Via Pinzon
  • No parking in the North Plaza
  • Tejon Fire Road
  • PVDN median trail
  • PVDW median trail
  • Torrance Boundary Trail
  • Palomino Trail

PALOS VERDES ESTATES CLOSES PARKING AREAS TO HELP SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19

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Palos Verdes Estates (March 26, 2020) - Over the weekend, Palos Verdes Estates Police personnel observed a high volume of visitors to City bluffs, beaches and trails despite the “Safer at Home” Public Health Officer Order calling for social distancing. Local cities have taken steps to close their close parks, beaches and trails until further notice. Palos Verdes Estates will do the same. Pursuant to PVEMC 2.28.140, effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, high impact areas will be closed and/or parking prohibited. This includes:

  • Closing the parking lot in the 300 block of Paseo Del Mar (at Beach Club and R.A.T. Beach)
  • Prohibit parking in the 700 block of Paseo Del Mar (at access road to Bluff Cove)
  • Closing the parking turnout in the 1300 Palos Verdes Drive West (at Paseo Del Mar overlook)
  • Restricting parking in the 2700 block of Via Tejon to Via Tejon residents only
  • Closing the Torrance Boundary Strip trailhead at Palos Verdes Boulevard

The City recognizes the health and well-being of our residents and the public as a top priority and is committed to keeping them safe. We ask that everyone heed the Los Angeles County Public Health’s “Safer at Home” order regarding social distancing and only leave their homes for essential activities. We all must do our part to “flatten the curve.”

“We will go to work for you, but please stay at home for us.”

LA COUNTY ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT INCREASING COVID-19 SCAMS, WARNS OF FRAUDULENT WEBSITES, EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS

Los Angeles, CA (Tues., March 24, 2020)-- Los Angeles County residents are reminded of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials. 

“Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” stated Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.” 

Currently, there are several Coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, cybersecurity experts advise that website users should instead hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send users emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services. 

A trusted COVID-19 mapping resource is the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Global Map, which can be found at coronavirus.jhu.edu. Additionally, there are several websites the County of Los Angeles recommends for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19. The following is a list of sites: 

As residents in Los Angeles County practice “Safer at Home” directives, they are spending more time at home and online. Scammers are also taking advantage of this change in circumstances by reaching out door-to-door asking for donations and fundraising contributions through cash, Bitcoin, or Paypal. The County of Los Angeles reminds residents that they are not required to open their door, and encourages everyone to not feel intimidated by a false sense of urgency to answer door-to-door solicitations. 

The following is a list of safety tips the public can follow:

  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19 
  • Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising 
  • Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize
  • Visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information

Everyone should remain vigilant and take these steps to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report the information to local law enforcement.  

Video Release March 23, 2020, City Mayor, David McGowan, addresses the community of Palos Verdes Estates. Click HERE for video. Text of Video Clip can be found below:

Fellow PVE residents,

Hello, this is your mayor, David McGowan.  I want to express our concerns for the health of all our residents and staff.  This is an extraordinary time, and I ask that everyone heed the Los Angeles County Public Health’s Safer at Home order regarding social distancing and closing of non-essential businesses through April 19, 2020, to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

As all local cities have done, we have closed the lobby of City Hall and the lobby of the Police Department.  However, as the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, I want to assure you that the City is continuing to provide public safety and fire services, as well as maintaining public infrastructure.  We are fortunate in that our remote environment provides seamless and secure access for our employees.  To the best of their ability, staff is also conducting routine business remotely by email, video, and teleconference.  Please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate staff for your needs.

The police department continues to patrol the city and respond to calls for service.  It has implemented specific procedures and protocols aimed at protecting residents, employees and the public from spreading the virus, while striving to continue providing a high level of service. The department has shared public communication regarding the active “Safer at Home” public health order, with an approach aimed at voluntary compliance over enforcement.  Additionally, members of the department continue to collaborate with local, State, and Federal public safety and health professionals.

We have also requested that the Golf, Beach, and Tennis Clubs and the Stables cease operations.  This includes to both members and non-members.  Please do not use these facilities to golf or participate in any groups activities that violate the social distancing requirement.

I ask that you sign up for Alert South Bay, or AlertSB.  This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly.  This includes the current Coronavirus pandemic as well as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.  A sign-up link is active on the City’s webpage, pvestates.org.  You can also text ALERTSB to 888-777 to opt-in.

We want you to protect yourself and the community as a whole.  Please follow the guidelines of health officials for everyday personal prevention:

  • Supporting social distancing (> 6 feet separation).
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, once available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve or bent elbow (not your hands).
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further guidance regarding COVID-19.  I again request that all residents remain calm, practice “Safer at Home” and adapt accordingly.  I hope this information is helpful.  Please let us know if there are additional ways that the City can help during this critical time.

David A. McGowan, Mayor

As of March 19, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued a “Safer at Home” public health order to control the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County.  This order temporarily prohibits events and gatherings of 10 persons for more, requires the closing of indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and non-essential businesses.  This order applies within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction. 

The order begins tonight at 11:59 p.m. and will continue through April 19, 2020.

The order does not prohibit individuals or families from outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, shopping at Essential Businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants offering delivery, drive thru or carry out service, so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable.

It’s essential to continue to adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.  See guidance at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

PLEASE read the order in its entirety HERE as the information above is only a very brief summary and the order includes specific actions which are not detailed above.

As of March 18, 2020, there are 190 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing. One person has died. Although there are currently no confirmed cases in the City, the public should not think one location is safer than another.
 
For a list of cases broken down by city, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubdetail.cfm?unit=media&ou=ph&prog=media&cur=cur&prid=2272&row=25&start=1

Cases in cities less than 

Yesterday, it was reported that two members of the Palos Verdes Golf Club tested positive for Covid-19.  The members dined at the club on March 11th and began showing symptoms on March 12th.  The virus was likely contracted on a cruise ship.  The Golf Club as well as all of the City's other concessions, the Palos Verdes Beach Club, Tennis Club and Stables are all closed to the public through March 31st.  The public may continue to tend to their horses at the stables, but organized events will not be held.

Also yesterday, a student at Palos Verdes High School was also reported to have tested positive for the virus.  

The City is not aware of any other cases in the City as the Health Department is not currently reporting cases for cities with a population less than 25,000.

PVE- Cares

PVE-CARES was designed to provide support and resources to PlVE's senior citizens.  PVE -Cares would like to have you as one of our members in order to provide support during this extraordinary time. If your name and address are part of our Reference File, we can periodically touch base with you to offer assistance. The program is free and is fully funded by the City of Palos Verdes Estates. By registering we can be sure to include you on our distribution lists.

Please complete the “New Member Registration” found here and return to:

PVE-CARES

340 Palos Verdes Drive West

Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-1299

Or contact Marcelle Herrera and she (or a volunteer) will pick up your registration. Your information will always remain confidential. It is retained by the Program Coordinator, your assigned volunteer, and if needed emergency responders.

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 reidl@pvpusd.net to be matched up with a local volunteer during this difficult isolating time. 

For information on local resources for groceries and supplies, click here.

As of March 17, 2020, and as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, the Acting City Manager, as Director of Emergency Services, took actions to protect the health and safety of the public.  These actions included:

  • Proclaiming the existence of a local emergency regarding COVID-19;
  • Closing the Police Department lobby while asking for those with Police Department business to call first until further notice; the Police Department will continue to respond to calls for service and have incorporated response protocols to safeguard employees and the public to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
  • Closing City Hall while requiring those with City Hall business to perform business by telephone, email or online only until further notice;
  • Only allowing on-line submissions for plan checks or other submittals and issuance of permits;
  • Exploring how public participation during City Council and Planning Commission meetings can be accommodated via email in advance of the meetings or via telephone during the meetings;
  • Closing the Palos Verdes Estates Golf Club, Beach and Athletic Club and Tennis Club to the public through March 31st; and canceling special and group events at Palos Verdes Stables through March 31st;
  • Prohibiting organized activities at City fields through March 31st; and
  • Activating the Emergency Operations Center at Level 3 - lowest activation level in order to maintain continuous communication with government agencies, the City Council, and the community; and continuing to monitor information as it becomes available. 

A declaration of a local emergency will assist in a coordinated public health response to reduce transmission and illness severity, provide assistance to health care providers, coordinate and mitigate public services that may be disrupted from this emergency, mitigate any other effects of this emergency on the citizens of the City, and . enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state funding for COVID-19 responses.

Local emergencies can be declared by the City Manager, with ratification by the City Council within seven days.  The local emergency is now in effect and ratification of the existence of the local emergency will be considered by the City Council at its meeting on March 24, 2020.

 To view the declaration click here and to view the press release click here

As of March 16, 2020, there are 94 known cases of novel coronavirus across Los Angeles County. Fifteen cases are likely due to community transmission. One person has died. There are no confirmed cases in the City. For a list of cases broken down by city, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubdetail.cfm?unit=media&ou=ph&prog=media&cur=cur&prid=2268&row=25&start=1 

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.

Additionally, officials announced a countywide directive ordering all bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers, and fitness centers to be closed until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve take out or delivery food only and grocery stores may remain open. Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged, in accordance with directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On March 15, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines recommending that all persons age 65 and older and individuals with health conditions that put them at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 — such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease — practice home isolation. For further guidance, visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Self_Isolation_Guidance_03.16.20.pdf

Please note that the outbreak has no impact on the quality or supply of tap water and should not disrupt water or sewer service.

Last Updated:  March 12, 2020

The City of Palos Verdes Estates is supporting trusted resources such as the Center for Disease Control and LA County Department of Public Health who are monitoring and leading response efforts by helping to share information and resources available to the public regarding Coronavirus, aka COVID-19. We are closely monitoring updates and information provided by these sources and will continue to provide updates to the community. 

The City of Palos Verdes Estates continues to receive regular updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding novel coronavirus. Here is the latest information:

As of March 12, 2020, there are 28 known cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County, including two cases of presumed community spread. One person has died. The individual (a non-resident visiting friends) was an older adult who traveled extensively over the past month, including a long layover in South Korea.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a local and public health emergency in response to coronavirus on March 4, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. A pandemic; adjective (of a disease) definition meaning prevalent over a whole country or the world.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses: 

  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands. 
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). 
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control). 
  • Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

Guidance for Employers: Please allow for flexibility with regards to individuals who may be sick and may require sick time off. For further information, instructions, and guidelines, please refer to the following link from the Department of Public Health: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceForEmployers.pdf 

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus: 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ 

California Department of Public Health 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html 

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus 

LA County residents can also call 2-1-1

To view a real-time map of coronavirus cases around the world produced by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, visit:

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 

For more information go to LA County Department of Public Health.