Los Angeles County Declares Emergency Following 6 New Cases of Coronavirus

A homeless man makes a fire from trash to keep warm in Skidrow on Thanksgiving day in Los Angeles California

LA County Public Health is making major announcements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in LA County.

"There's been too much misinformation spreading around", Solis said.

Placer County's public health department said in a statement that the patient tested presumptively positive on Tuesday at a California lab and was likely exposed between February 11 and 21 on a Princess cruise ship to Mexico from San Francisco. "We need every tool at our disposal". We will be working closely with schools and public event venues and businesses before decisions are made to close.

The county had previously confirmed two cases in the area, including one which involved a non-resident who traveled to Wuhan.

The patient tested presumptively positive on Tuesday at a California lab and was likely exposed during worldwide travel from February 11-21 on a Princess cruise ship that departed from San Francisco to Mexico.

Officials from Pasadena and Long Beach also announced that they would be declaring public health emergencies because of the outbreak but said that there have been no confirmed cases in either of those cities.

A few hours after Wednesday's news conference in Los Angeles, officials in Placer County announced the first California death from COVID-19, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions. In the USA, 10 people have died, all in Washington state, with more than 80 cases reported so far in 13 states. The other five are recovering in home isolation.


In New York, nine more cases of the virus have been linked to a lawyer from Westchester County, including the man's neighbor (who drove him to the hospital), wife, son, and daughter.

A previous confirmed coronavirus patient in Los Angeles County has since recovered and been released from treatment.

The county's announcement comes amid reports that six people had been diagnosed with the virus, according to the Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.

Officials also reaffirmed the county is fully prepared to address all cases of coronavirus.

"The more you look for something, the more likely you are to find it", she said.

County health officer Dr. Nichole Quick said the county recently improved its ability to perform COVID-19 testing and therefore "we expect to see more cases here in Orange County". They urged residents to wash their hands as often as possible and avoid unsanitary environments.

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