Information on COVID-19
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 While the EOC is no longer active, City Staff will continue to follow COVID-19 updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public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.
Free COVID-19 Home Tests Available for Pickup
Free at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are now available for pickup to RPV residents at two City parks.
Two test kits (each containing two tests) per household are available for pickup at the front desks at Hesse Park and Ryan Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Proof of RPV residency, such as an ID or utility bill, is required.
These iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits were provided to the City for distribution by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). Please note that while the tests have a July 2022 expiration date, both the DPH and the California Department of Public Health have endorsed the emergency use of COVID-19 home antigen tests beyond their expiration date until further notice. Learn more by reading the DPH Guidance (PDF).
Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard and Ryan Park is located at 30359 Hawthorne Blvd.
If you have questions, please contact Hesse Park at 310-544-5350 or Ryan Park at 310-544-5362.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests from the Federal Government Available Again
The U.S. government is offering American households four free rapid antigen COVID tests this winter sent via USPS. Order yours today at COVIDtests.gov. Orders will ship free, usually in 7-12 days. 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).
Vaccine Booster Eligibility Expanded to Ages 6 Months+
Updated (bivalent) boosters are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older with one exception. Children 6 months though 4 years of age who finished a Pfizer vaccine primary series are not eligible for a booster dose at this time.
For more information on vaccine eligibility, including information on additional doses for immunocompromised persons, see the Eligibility Summary Table (PDF) at VaccinateLACounty.com.
Updated Boosters Now Available
On August 31 and September 1, 2022, new Pfizer and Moderna boosters that target the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron were approved by both the Food and Drug Administration and CDC. To find a location for the new booster go to VaccinateLACounty.com. Click on “Find a Location” and then search by “Vaccine Type.”
Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Ages 12+
Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized as another option for ages 12 and older. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the Novavax vaccine does not use mRNA technology. The technology used in the Novavax vaccine has been used for more than 30 years in the United States, beginning with the first licensed hepatitis B vaccine. The Novavax vaccine is a two-dose primary series, with the second dose administered three to eight weeks after the first. Novavax boosters have been approved for ages 18+.
Novavax vaccine is now available at L.A. County Department of Public Health vaccination pods in L.A. County. Find a location at ph.lacounty.gov/vaccinepods.
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.
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.