For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2020
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed two additional deaths and 59 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individuals who died were both older than 65 with underlying health conditions; one person lived in Miracle Mile and the other individual resided in Del Rey. Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than another. Additional information regarding some of the new cases are pending completion of investigations.
To date, Public Health has identified 351 cases across all areas in LA County including four deaths. As of today, 69 positive cases have been hospitalized. Public Health is investigating all new 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. It is critically important that everyone adheres to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have died from COVID-19 and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. "While the State and County have taken aggressive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we still need everyone to make sure they are practicing social distancing so as not to spread the disease to others or be exposed to the disease by others. And though we may be physically further apart, we are all in this together,” she added. “Public Health is actively coordinating with all the County Departments through the Office of Emergency Management to ensure that everything possible is being done to meet the needs of the people we serve, especially the most vulnerable among us.”
Today, Public Health issued an enhanced Health Officer Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed. 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 -- 351 Total Cases
*These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; two previously reported cases were not in Public Health's jurisdiction. ***Locations that were less <25000 have been added to the nearest city or community.
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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.
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