View of downtown Los Angeles after rain. (File photo: Xinhua)
Los Angeles (People’s Daily) -- Los Angeles County officials Wednesday declared a local public health emergency with 6 new cases of coronavirus being identified.
Officials said the 6 new cases were related to either cases where they were in contact with someone who had been in an affected country, or in contact with someone who had the virus.
LA Public Health said the 6 new cases were not due to community spread, but an assumed “known exposure” or “close contact.”
The cities of Pasadena and Long Beach said they will both declare a local emergency later on Wednesday but officials stressed there are no coronavirus cases in either city right now.
Officials said to wash your hands for 20 seconds and frequently, to sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue away. If you are ill, stay home. Do not go to work.
Meantime, on Tuesday, two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Orange County. A man in his 60s and a female in her 30s had both traveled to countries with widespread transmission.
In an OC Health Care Agency press release, the public health laboratory said it was sending the samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation and results are pending.
“The more you look for something, the more likely you are to find it,” Dr Nichole Quick, County Health Officer, said in the statement.
“Now that our Public Health Laboratory is able to perform COVID-19 testing, we expect to see more cases here in Orange County.”
The statement said, "the CDC’s guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection."