The City of Palos Verdes Estates is closely monitoring the developing public health situation as it relates to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and our local Disaster Management Area Coordinator. Additionally, the City supports trusted resources such as the Center for Disease Control and LA County Department of Public Health who are monitoring and leading response efforts by helping to share information and resources available to the public regarding Coronavirus, aka COVID-19.
Here is the latest information:
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a local and public health emergency in response to coronavirus on March 4, 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. A pandemic; adjective (of a disease) definition meaning prevalent over a whole country or the world.
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 unclean 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 those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
- Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
Guidance for Employers: Please allow for flexibility with regards to individuals who may be sick and may require sick time off. For further information, instructions, and guidelines, please refer to the following link from the Department of Public Health: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceForEmployers.pdf
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
LA County residents can also call 2-1-1: To view a real-time map of coronavirus cases around the world produced by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, visit: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
For more information go to LA County Department of Public Health.