For Immediate Release:
March 20, 2020
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 61 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the last 48 hours there have been 101 new cases. Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than the other. Additional information regarding some of the new cases are pending completion of an investigation.
To date, Public Health has identified 292 cases across all areas in LA County including two deaths, so everyone needs to practice social distancing and good public health hygiene.
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.
“Our State, County and Local leaders have entered the next phase in protecting the health of our population and slowing the spread of COVID-19," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. "Non-essential businesses are ordered to close and everyone is ordered to be safe at home unless you are an essential worker. Essential services - those that ensure we have our medicine and healthcare, food to eat, water to drink, communications and electricity - may all remain open and operating. We thank all of those who are working in these essential roles for their service during these very difficult times."
An enhanced Health Officer Order was issued on March 19 closing all nonessential business and restricting all gatherings and events; the Order continues the previous closure and the new closures through April 19, 2020. The Order can be found online:http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread:
Public Health reminds LA County residents to do their part by adhering to the Order by always practicing social distancing.
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 -- 292 Total Cases
*These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. **Locations that were less <25000 have been added to the nearest city or community.
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