First ‘Community Transmission’ Case Of Coronavirus Reported in Los Angeles County

Posted by: KHTS Newsroom in Health, Santa Clarita Latest News March 10, 2020 – 12:12 pm 0 1,098 Views

Two additional cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, have been reported in Los Angeles County, bringing the total number to 17, with one being the first “community transmission” case, officials said Tuesday.

Of the most recent individuals in Los Angeles County, one case traveled through Japan; however, the other case has an “unidentified source of exposure,” according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Public Health is identifying 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, according to the department.

All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts are set to be quarantined.

There are no known public exposure locations related to these cases at this time, according to officials.

“This is our first case of community transmission in L.A County and we will continue to see more cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of www.cougar-life.org/ public health.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is set to continue to actively monitor this situation and provide updates to the public as needed.

“We continue to urge everyone to do their part: stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick; plan for the possibility of school and business closures and be sure to follow any additional directives issued by Public Health and/or local officials,” Ferrer said. “By working together, we can slow the transmission of novel coronavirus.”

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

Stay home when you are sick, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

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 surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.

Health professionals are also encouraging residents to get a flu immunization if they have not done so this season.

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