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For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2020
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Public Health Communications
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LOS ANGELES –Following reports that a letter purporting to be from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is being distributed in the City of Carson regarding 2019 novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV), Public Health warns the public that this information is false and was not issued by Public Health. Accurate information will always be distributed officially by Public Health through our official channels in the form of a press release and will also be available on the Public Health website http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov and social media accounts @lapublichealth. There is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness.

The Department of Public Health, along with state and federal partners, have appropriate systems in place to support appropriate screening and testing for those with an exposure to the novel coronavirus and healthcare providers are able to provide excellent care to manage respiratory illness. Public Health does not confirm suspect cases.

For more information about 2019 novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV), visit our website at www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or call 2-1-1.

The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov , and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/l acounty.gov, and follow LA County Public Health on social media at twitter.com/lap ublichealth, facebook.co m/lapublichealth, instagra m.com/lapublichealth and youtube.com/ lapublichealth.