For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2020
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed eight new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing is the best and most effective tool to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.
Additional case information:
To date, LA County has identified 40 cases; of these, six cases are likely due to community transmission. Two of the cases we confirmed today are hospitalized.
Public Health is investigating these cases and will notify persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are quarantined.
“Continued evidence of community transmission in LA County is growing. We are all in this together and we must all do our part to slow the spread,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “ There are key steps that we are asking members of the public, businesses and organization to do right now to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We thank all of our community partners for swiftly implementing social distancing requirements and postponing or canceling events."
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 our website.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
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