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2019 Novel Coronavirus

 


February 7th, 2020: The risk from the novel (new) coronavirus 2019 to spread in Los Angeles County residents is deemed to be low at this time. (LA County Department of Public Health)

LA County Officials warn against racial profiling and misinformation based on fear of the outbreak.

Since December 2019, Chinese authorities identified thousands human infections, resulting in dozens of deaths, associated with this novel (new) coronavirus in an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In addition, novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in numerous travelers who traveled to or came from Wuhan City, including 11 travelers in the United States located in Arizona, Washington State, Chicago, Orange County and Los Angeles County.


Despite this case in Los Angeles County, 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. Los Angeles County residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene as this is the height of flu season across the County.  

If you have been the victim of or witness to an act of violence, bullying, harassment, threat, or other act motivated by hate, please fill out the Hate Incident Report Form or call 2-1-1 to file a report and be connected to support services. 


While there is much more to learn about the severity and other features associated with this novel coronavirus, and investigations are ongoing in China, based on current information, the risk from the novel coronavirus 2019 to spread in Los Angeles County residents is deemed to be low at this time. Click on the links below to learn more on the subject.

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As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with circulating viruses.

You should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or while singing the "Happy Birthday" song, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
  • Continue to encourage welcoming environments for ALL members of our community. Neither the California Department of Public Health nor Los Angeles County Public Health recommends that scheduled events be canceled due to novel coronavirus. There is no community spread of the novel coronavirus in the Unites States at this time, and the immediate risk to the general public is low.
  • The White House Directives above do not apply for people who traveled in China and arrived in the United States before February 3, and these travelers should not be excluded from activities unless they are ill.

 If you have been the victim of or witness to an act of violence, bullying, harassment, threat, or other act motivated by hate, please fill out the Hate Incident Report Form or call 2-1-1 to file a report and be connected to support services. 

If you or someone you know has traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, please:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

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