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Alhambra Has Two COVID-19 Cases, Health Department Says. L.A. County Is Ordered To Social Distance

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Los Angeles County is beginning to give more detailed information of the whereabouts of the coronavirus cases.

In a press release breaking down cases by city, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that Alhambra has two confirmed cases and South Pasadena has one. Other neighboring cities in the San Gabriel Valley –San Gabriel, Monterey Park and Rosemead – were not on the list. If a city has 25,000 residents or less, it does not appear on the health department’s break down.

Alhambra Source reached out to the department of public health with questions about the status of the patients, ages and other non-identifying information. Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – or HIPAA – no information can be released about the patients, according to the Alhambra City Council in their emergency meeting this afternoon.

Barbara Ferrer, the director of the Department of Public Health, said it’s best to assume that coronavirus is everywhere in the county and we need to aggressively social distance. Just because you feel fine doesn’t mean you should be in the community.

Ferrer repeated her message from previous press briefings: when there is no vaccine, there must be social distancing.

As the testing increases the case number will increase. The county wants residents to slow the spread by social distancing while testing catches up.

If you are 65 or older, you should stay inside and ask friends or family to assist you in shopping and errands.

If you know someone who is 65 or older, check in on them and teach them how to order food online.

As of noon, there are 94 cases in Los Angeles County, and the cities of  Long Beach and Pasadena, 15 of which are assumed to be community transmission with no confirmed source of infection. Long Beach and Pasadena have their own public health departments. Twenty-five cases were announced today, 17 of them are under investigation for the source of infection.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is echoing an executive order signed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday, telling bars, gyms and entertainment venues to shutter their doors as of today.

In the noon press release on Monday, chair of the board, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced the county-wide restrictions until March 31, or later if necessary.

There will be temporary closure to the public of:

  • Bars or nightclubs that don’t serve food
  • Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades
  • Gym and fitness centers
  • Private social clubs

All restaurants and retail food facilities are closed to dine-in customers. Restaurants, including bars and nightclubs that prepare food, are permitted to provide take-out or delivery services.

Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings and explore ways to practice their faiths while observing social distancing. For example, a pastor in Fort Worth, Texas, has coronavirus and the church’s service has gone to Facebook live, according to the Texas Tribune.

Cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities are permitted to operate.

Grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks will also continue operations.

Another announcement was that the county is halting evictions for those affected by coronavirus and are aggressively working for financial assistance and social services for individuals as well as small businesses.

Watch the briefing here.


Resources:

L.A. County libraries will be closed but these lobbies will be open to pick up holds.

County public social service offices are closed, but go online or call for most services.

County workforce development, aging and community services‘ congregate meal sites are closed, but food can be picked up for seniors at these locations by anyone under 65.

Wall-to-wall coverage and daily stress of coronavirus is taxing. The Department of Mental Health has a COVID-19 page.

For more help, 211 LA County, also known as the information line, is available 24/7 with confidential services and referrals in 140+ languages. They can help with anything from health care to substance abuse to social programs. Dial 2-1-1 from within L.A. County.

Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call a doctor if you’re experiencing these.

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.


Previous reporting from Alhambra Source:

Coronavirus: “It’s not just about you.” March 12, 2020

AUSD Announces New Measures to Protect Students, Staff from COVID-19 March 11, 2020

AUSD Board Hears Details on Preparations for Coronavirus Response March 11, 2020

Six New Cases of Coronavirus Identified in L.A. County; All Are Linked to Travel March 4, 2020

For more information from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.

 

This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. on March 16, to clarify cities with 25,000 or less residents are not on the health department’s break down, and to add the response from Alhambra City Council.

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