LA County Declares Local Public Health Emergency in Response to 6 New Cases of Coronavirus

March 04, 2020 - 10:45 am

Los Angeles County officials have declared a local public health emergency regarding the coronavirus.

The LA Department of Public Health said its seen six new cases of the coronavirus since Tuesday night.

Officials proclaimed a state of emergency Wednesday morning.

The officials said the six new cases are related to either cases where they were in contact with someone who had been in one of the affected countries or in contact with someone who had coronavirus.

LA Public Health said the six new coronavirus cases are not due to community spread, but an assumed “known exposure” or “close contact.”

The cities of Pasadena and Long Beach said they will both declare a local emergency later on on Wednesday, but officials stressed there are no coronavirus cases in Pasadena or Long Beach right now.

Officials said to wash your hands for 20 seconds and frequently, to sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue away. If you are ill, stay home. Do not come to work. 

Kaiser Permanente said it was treating a patient.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, there were two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, a man in his 60s and a female in her 30s with recent travel to countries with widespread transmission, in Orange County, according to the OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Public Health Laboratory today.

In an OC Health Care Agency press release Tuesday, the lab said it was sending the samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation, and results are pending.

“The more you look for something, the more likely you are to find it,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer, in the press release. “Now that our Public Health Laboratory is able to perform COVID-19 testing, we expect to see more cases here in Orange County. Our residents should take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands frequently.”

There have been nine deaths so far in the U.S. from the coronavirus.

The press release said the HCA is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with both cases and are at risk of infection.

The press release said "the CDC’s guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection."

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