For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2020
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 50 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to date. The public should not think one location is safer than the other.
Additional case information:
To date, Public Health has identified 144 cases across all areas in LA County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing.
Public Health is investigating these cases and will notify close contacts who are household members, intimate partners and healthcare professionals to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined.
“We understand that there is a lot of concern as these numbers keep rising and we want to reiterate that as we do more testing, we will continue to find more positive for COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “It is more important than ever for us to continue to practice social distancing, and as we do, to care for the most vulnerable among us especially seniors within our individual communities. We are all in this together."
Public Health issued a Health Officer Order to prohibit group events and gatherings, require social distancing measures and the closure of certain businesses, including bars, gyms, movie theaters and entertainment centers. The Order along with guidance can be found online: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread:
Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website.
Please see the locations were cases have occurred:
Laboratory Confirmed Cases -- 144 Total Cases
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
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