Information on COVID-19
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests from the Federal Government Available Again
The U.S. government is again offering American households four more free rapid antigen COVID tests sent via USPS. Before you throw out "expired" tests, check the FDA's website to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended. Order yours today at COVIDtests.gov. Learn more at: covidtests.gov/faq
If you have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday–Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities place their orders. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.
For those who have questions about eligibility, the online ordering form, shipping, or delivery, you can contact the USPS Help Desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
Second Bivalent Boosters Available to Seniors
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 vaccine guidance and the L.A. County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is asking everyone to check and make sure they have the most up-to-date protection available.
To put it simply, everyone ages 6 months and older should get at least one bivalent booster.
The CDC also made the following changes:
- Adults 65 and older can get a second bivalent booster four months after their first one.
- Immunocompromised people ages 6 and older can get a second bivalent booster two months after their first one.
- The bivalent vaccines are replacing the monovalent vaccines. The monovalent vaccines were formulated for the original strain of COVID-19, while the bivalent formula protects against that and newer Omicron strains.
The bivalent vaccines were approved in September 2022, so anyone vaccinated before that date has not had a bivalent booster.
Need an In-Home Vaccination?
If you are home-bound, you can request an in-home vaccination from the L.A. County Department of Public Health by calling the DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473 (open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.), or by filling out an online request form at VaccinateLACounty.com.
RPV Ends COVID-19 Local Emergency Declaration
As COVID-19 and its impact on the local medical system have subsided and it is no longer an immediate emergency, on March 21, 2023, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council adopted a resolution ending the City’s local emergency declaration that was originally issued on March 17, 2020. The move follows announcements to end COVID-19 emergency declarations at the federal, state, and county levels.
What does this mean for RPV?
On March 22, 2023, the City’s virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was deactivated after operating for the past three years at Level 3, the lowest activation level. While the EOC is no longer active, City Staff will continue to follow COVID-19 updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), and the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Any significant future developments will be shared via the City Manager’s Weekly Administrative Report, the Breaking News listserv, and the City's social media pages.
Interested in the City's COVID-19 case and vaccination rates? Zoom in on the map below, click anywhere within the City's borders and the most recent data will show.