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3 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed by the County of Los Angeles Department of Health

By March 13, 2020University News

THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The County of Los Angeles, Department of Health released the following advisory: 3 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. Please access this link for more information. http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2262

COVID-19 has been confirmed. Please access this link for more information. http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2262

AUHS is monitoring updates and advice from public health agencies.  AUHS has canceled or postponed university events and is working on the best plan to safeguard its students, faculty, and staff for academic activities.   One of these plans is exploring alternatives for academic and clinical training.

Public Health recommends the following to protect you and others from respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.
  • Event organizers postpone or cancel non-essential gatherings of 250 or more until at least the end of March.
  • Smaller events proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.
  • Limiting the gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (people older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic illness) to no more than 10 people.
  • This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.
  • Certain activities are essential to the functioning of our state and must continue. Hence, this does not apply to essential public transportation, airport travel, or shopping at a store or mall.
  • This does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home except to get medical care.
  • Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.
  • Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.

Please be assured that our custodian services will continue to disinfect surfaces and frequently used areas around the campus.

Centers for Disease and Control Preventions:

 CDC Recommends

  • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
    • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
    • If you are a healthcare provider, use your judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested . Factors to consider in addition to clinical symptoms may include:
      • Does the patient have recent travel from an affected area?
      • Has the patient been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or with patients with pneumonia of unknown cause?
      • Does the patient reside in an area where there has been community spread of COVID-19?
    • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
    • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
    • If you are a resident in a community where there is an ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.

Other Available Resources

The following resources are available with information on COVID-19