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FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Update from San Marino Fire Chief Rueda


Your safety and well-being remain the highest priorities for the entire leadership of San Marino. Yesterday morning, at the direction of Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, I participated in the weekly teleconference update for Los Angeles County officials regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.  As per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there continues to be a significant increase world-wide in the number of people infected with COVID-19.

There are now 62 confirmed cases in the United States, 47 of those cases are individuals repatriated from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.  California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom reported that 33 confirmed cases are in California.  He also stated that there are now 8,400 people in California that are being monitored for possible exposure after traveling to Asia. 

Solano County Health Officials reported one new patient, a Solano County, California woman that appears to be a person who genuinely did acquire their illness in the community.  Health Officials have so far not been able to trace where she contracted the virus.  This patient did not have any relevant travel history, exposure to a known patient, and wasn’t one of the evacuees repatriated from China. 

To date, Los Angeles County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 from a non-resident traveler from Wuhan.  There have been NO other reported cases in Los Angeles County for the past 30 days.  

In Los Angeles County, the threat to the general public for contracting the COVID-19 remains low.  At this time, there is no need to cancel business, community or social events. There is no current threat to the general public in the United States, and there are no restrictions on public gatherings. 

Although the increasing number of infections is concerning, we should all support each other, avoid stereotyping or discriminating actions, and practice good health hygiene by staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing.

The DPH also recommends that, similar to preparations for other serious events that may disrupt your normal everyday life such as earthquakes or other natural disasters, residents should prepare disaster kits with sufficient food and water to sustain themselves and their families for several days.   
Federal travel directives that have been issued include:

  • Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days.
  • Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB for additional testing. Those that were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB, quarantined and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from other places in China who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will also be subject to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and returning to Los Angeles County, will be allowed to return home, given instruction on social distancing, and they are closely monitored by our Los Angeles County Public Health Department.
  • People that have arrived prior to February 2, 2020 are less of a concern to the DPH, as the spread of the virus is seen to have become dramatically worse over the past several days.  China has closed the Hubei Province from travel since January 24, 2020.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has informed us that only persons with symptoms present a serious risk of transmission of the virus to others.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also issued the following travel advisories:

  • Warning Level 3-avoid all non-essential travel to China and South Korea.
  • Alert Level 2- consider postponing non-essential travel to Iran, Italy and Japan.
  • Watch Level – Travelers should practice usual precautions with travel to Hong Kong.

Residents should educate themselves about COVID-19.  The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additionally, a live map of COVID-19 cases, developed by the CDC and Johns Hopkins University, is available at https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

We will continue to closely monitor developments to ensure we can best support our residents, staff and all community members, and will provide further updates as available.


 
FEBRUARY 27, 2020    

Update from San Marino Fire Chief Rueda 

Your safety and well-being remain the highest priorities for the entire leadership of San Marino. This morning, at the direction of Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, I participated in the weekly teleconference update for Los Angeles County officials regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.  As per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there continues to be a significant increase world-wide in the number of people infected with COVID-19.

There are 60 confirmed cases in the United States; 45 of those cases are individuals repatriated from Wuhan, China, and the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.  To date, Los Angeles County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 from a non-resident traveler from Wuhan.  There have been NO other reported cases in Los Angeles County for the past 30 days.  

In Los Angeles County, the threat to the general public for contracting the COVID-19 remains low.  At this time, there is no need to cancel business, community or social events. There is no current threat to the general public in the United States, and there are no restrictions on public gatherings. 

Although the increasing number of infections is concerning, we should all support each other, avoid stereotyping or discriminating actions, and practice good health hygiene by staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing.

The DPH also recommends that, similar to preparations for other serious events that may disrupt your normal everyday life such as earthquakes or other natural disasters, residents should prepare disaster kits with sufficient food and water to sustain themselves and their families for several days.   

Federal travel directives that have been issued include:

  • Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days.
  • Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB for additional testing. Those that were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB, quarantined and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from other places in China who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will also be subject to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and returning to Los Angeles County, will be allowed to return home, given instruction on social distancing, and they are closely monitored by our Los Angeles County Public Health Department.
  • People that have arrived prior to February 2, 2020 are less of a concern to the DPH, as the spread of the virus is seen to have become dramatically worse over the past several days.  China has closed the Hubei Province from travel since January 24, 2020.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has informed us that only persons with symptoms present a serious risk of transmission of the virus to others.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has also issued the following travel advisories:

·         Warning Level 3-avoid all non-essential travel to China and South Korea.

·         Alert Level 2- consider postponing non-essential travel to Iran, Italy and Japan.

·         Watch Level – Travelers should practice usual precautions with travel to Hong Kong.

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We will continue to closely monitor developments to ensure we can best support our residents, staff and all community members, and will provide further updates as available.



FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Update from San Marino Fire Chief Rueda 

This afternoon, at the direction of Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, I participated in a teleconference update for Los Angeles County elected officials regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.  As per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there continues to a significant increase in the number of people infected with this virus in mainland China with over 76.000 cases reported and over 2247 deaths.  The number of infected persons outside of China as of this date is 400, with 3 deaths.  There are 15 confirmed cases in the United States.  An additional 30 passengers repatriated from the Cruise Ship, Diamond Princess, have tested positive for COVID-19; however, these cases are pending Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmation.  To date, Los Angeles County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 from a non-resident traveler from Wuhan, China.  There are no other reported cases in Los Angeles County.

The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority.  In Los Angeles County, the threat to the general public for contracting the COVID-19 remains low.  At this time, there is no need to cancel business or social events. There is no current threat to the general public in the United States, and there are no restrictions on public gatherings.  Although the increasing number of infections in China are concerning, we should all support avoiding stereotypes or discriminating actions and practice good health hygiene by staying home from business-related events and other social events when we are ill.  

Recent Federal Directives that were issued continue to include:

  • Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days.
  • Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB for additional testing. Those that were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB, quarantined and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from other places in China who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will also be subject to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and returning to Los Angeles County, will be allowed to return home, given instruction on social distancing, and they are closely monitored by our Los Angeles County Public Health Department.
  • People that have arrived prior to February 2, 2020 are less of a concern to the DPH, as the spread of the virus is seen to have become dramatically worse over the past several days.  China has closed the Hubei Province from travel in or out since January 24, 2020.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has informed us that only persons with symptoms present a serious risk of transmission of the virus to others.

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Update from San Marino Fire Chief Rueda 

This afternoon, Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey and I participated in a teleconference update for Los Angeles County cities regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.  As per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there continues to a significant increase in the number of people infected with this virus in mainland China with over 60,000 cases reported and over 1300 deaths.  The number of infected persons outside of China as of this date is 400, with 3 deaths.  There are 15 cases in the United States.  To date, Los Angeles County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 from a non-resident traveler from Wuhan, China. 

The health and well-being of our community remains our top priority.  In Los Angeles County, the threat to the general public for contracting the COVID-19 remains low.  At this time, there is no need to cancel business or social events. There is no current threat to the general public in the United States, and there are no restrictions on public gatherings.  Although the increasing number of infections in China are concerning, we should all support avoiding stereotypes or discriminating actions and practice good health hygiene by staying home from business-related events and other social events when we are ill.  

New Federal Directives issued include:

  • Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days.
  • Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB for additional testing. Those that were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days will be subject to secure transportation to March AFB, quarantined and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from other places in China who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may also be subject to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department.
  • Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department.
  • People that have arrived over the past several weeks are less of a concern to the DPH, as the spread of the virus is seen to have become dramatically worse over the past several days.  China has closed the Hubei Province from travel in or out since January 24, 2020.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has informed us that only persons with symptoms present a serious risk of transmission of the virus to others.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has provided frequently asked question guides about the Novel Coronavirus in English and Chinese.

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Public Health Announces Updated Guidance in Accordance with CDC Declaration of Public Health Emergency

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues to take steps to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The health and wellbeing of the community remains Public Health's top priority. In LA County, as in counties across the US, the threat to the general public for contracting coronavirus remains low.

Although LA County only has one confirmed case of novel coronavirus in a traveler from Wuhan, and there are only 11 cases diagnosed across the United States, there continues to be a significant increase in the number of people infected with this virus in China (over 17,000 cases as of today), and isolated evidence that there can be transmission from an asymptomatic person. As a result of the deteriorating situation in China, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency to allow local, state, and federal officials to fully coordinate responses in partnership with public health departments, emergency management teams, airports, health care professionals, and first responders. Late Friday, the White House issued a set of new directives that include the following:

  • Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days. 
  • Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be sent for additional testing to a health care facility. Those that were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days will be quarantined at a secure location and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure. Returning travelers from other places in China who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus may also be subject to a quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. Returning travelers from all other parts of China who have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department and asked to remain in their homes and avoid public places for 14 days from last exposure.

In LA County, as in counties across the US, the threat to the general public for contracting novel coronavirus remains low. Public Health will be working with the state and federal government to implement the new directives to contain the virus and is taking the following actions:

  • Assisting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the safe transport of travelers arriving in LAX from China who need to be quarantined; such travelers will be isolated at the quarantine station at LAX and then safely transported to and quarantined at a military base in Riverside County where they will be monitored and supported by personnel at the base.
  • Updating and distributing guidance to local healthcare providers around screening and treating people with suspected cases of novel coronavirus.
  • Working with schools, colleges and universities to ensure compliance with new guidance from CDC that excludes newly arriving travelers from China from public settings, including schools, for 14 days from their last exposure.
  • Providing accurate information to community residents through multi-lingual communications using print, radio, tv and social media outlets as well as delivering packets of fact sheets about novel coronavirus to over 800 community-based organizations.
  • Establishing protocols for monitoring the health of US citizens and their family members returning from China who are in LA County and need to remain in their homes for up to 14 days; this includes making sure they receive appropriate services and testing should they become ill within 14 days of last exposure. 
  • Continued monitoring of all people identified as close contacts of any confirmed cases to assess health status, and, where appropriate, issue exclusion requirements in accordance with CDC directives.

Accurate information, including announcements of new cases in LA County, will always be distributed by Public Health through official channels in the form of a press release and will also be available on the Public Health website www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov and social media accounts @lapublichealth.

For more information about 2019 novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV), visit our website at www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/index.html or call 2-1-1.


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