The Alhambra Source is working with the community to reach those who need information. We are dedicated to giving critical public health and safety alerts, dispelling rumors and overcoming language barriers.
Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19)
We are updating this page as frequently as we can. Los Angeles County is holding press briefings Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. and Gov. Gavin Newsom holds his daily pressers at noon. We will update as major announcements and safety information becomes available.
What we know:
Cases cannot be tested or confirmed at local clinics at this time. Samples are taken and sent to labs.
There are now confirmed or presumptive positive cases in the United States.
There are deaths in L.A. County. At the moment the county is the majority of cases and deaths in the state.
The county is beginning to ease “Safer at Home” Health Officer Orders beginning May 8.
Los Angeles officials are stressing not to panic, but to practice hand washing, aggressive social distancing and avoid non-essential travel. Prepare necessities like medicines and health records – do not panic and buy a year’s supply of anything.
Elderly, those with compromised immune systems or underlying health issues, and pregnant women are most vulnerable to having more serious symptoms should they contract the virus.
If you are over 65, do not go into the community if you have family, friends, neighbors or caregivers who can support you. If you know someone who is elderly and needs meal assistance, go to the county’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services page or call 800-510-2020.
The Health Officer Orders are constantly tightening. Check the L.A. Department of Public Health’s page for the most updated order, in the “What you need to know” box on the Novel Coronavirus page.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus page is being updated as information becomes available.
Symptoms take 2-14 days to develop. Officials are now saying it is possible for you to be positive and not have symptoms at all.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call a doctor if you’re experiencing these. Do not go to an emergency room.
Emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake, and bluish lips or face. If you or someone you know has these, seek medical attention immediately.
Health officials believe the virus is spread in similar ways to the flu, from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The county is requiring everyone who conducts or accesses essential services to wear a cloth face covering, in an effort to protect others from your germs, not you from theirs.
Cover your cough, wash your hands and stay home and call your doctor if you are ill.
The Alhambra Source will continue to follow the coronavirus.
Evolution of our coronavirus coverage:
SGV Volunteers Go Full DIY to Combat COVID-19 May 18, 2020
Alhambra Announces Details of COVID-19 Testing Program April 29, 2020
Alhambra Announces COVID-19 Housing Assistance Funding April 28, 2020
Armando Arorizo’s View of An Empty Alhambra April 18, 2020
Alhambra Gets CDBG Funds for COVID-19 Related Projects April 16, 2020
Alhambra Orders Closure of City Hall in Response to COVID-19 March 19, 2020
AUSD To Dismiss All Campuses Beginning Monday March 13, 2020
Coronavirus: “It’s not just about you.” March 12, 2020
AUSD Officials Address Coronavirus Concerns in English and Mandarin video; Jan. 31, 2020
冠状病毒不在圣盖博谷地。流感是农历新年对家庭的更大威胁。 Jan. 30, 2020
Want to help?
- California is looking for healthy volunteers to safely help their local communities. Go to the Californians for All site to get info on volunteering in the community or from home.
- California is looking for donations of medical resources to respond to COVID-19. Go to the site to see what kind of equipment is needed.
- L.A. County is looking to lease hotel and motels for COVID-19 testing, quarantine, isolation and medical shelters. Contact the Office of Emergency Operations Center. See today’s situation.
- Looking for other ways? National and Community Service, the home of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, have ideas.
- Call 2-1-1 for:
- Homeless services and medical shelters
- Drive-through COVID-19 testing appointments
- Get a medical provider
- Any other referrals to county services
- County wifi locator or call 2-1-1
- Critical Delivery Service or 888-863-7411
- Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services page or 800-510-2020
- County COVID-19 food resource dashboard
- Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check):
- Department of Mental Health or 24-hour help line 800-854-7771
- Domestic Violence
- OnwardCA is working to place people into open positions.
- Info from the county on a face covering, video directions on how to make one.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Hand washing instructions and video:
When and how to wash your hands, via the CDC
Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands! YouTube video via the CDC
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
Alhambra Unified School District resources:
- Safety alerts from public agencies
- Fact-checking health-related rumors spread online
- Provide translated notices in non-English languages