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Second Local Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19 Virus

Nearly 100 cases confirmed in LA County

Published on Monday, March 16, 2020 | 5:59 pm
 

[UPDATED 3 PM] The city of Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has confirmed a new case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a Pasadena resident, the city announced on Tuesday.

“We urge the community to follow public health guidance and take measures to maximize social distancing,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, PPHD Director and Health Officer. “Your actions can help protect yourself from COVID-19, reduce the spread of illness among your family and friends, and preserve our healthcare resources for everyone. We will keep the community informed of new cases and changes in guidance as the situation evolves.”

As of Monday morning there were 94 cases of the virus reported in Los Angeles County.

As of Monday, 173,800 people, according to official worldwide counts, are infected with the virus and at least 7,281 people have died.

Non-essential events have been cancelled, and City Manager Steve Mermell has declared a local emergency. Bars, health clubs, social clubs are expected to close. Restaurants can still serve take out meals.

The details of this case are still under investigation. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pasadena is two.

The first case was announced last Tuesday.

The health department is following up directly with people who had close contact with this individual and may be at risk for COVID-19 infection.
Close contacts are informed on how to assess and monitor for signs and symptoms of illness and are quarantined.

Dozens of new cases have been reported in the last 48 hours and more could be confirmed soon.

As laboratory capacity for COVID-19 increases, there may be additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Pasadena Now will update this story as it becomes available.

Individuals can take everyday precautions to reduce the risk of getting sick with seasonal colds or flu including:

• Stay home if you are sick.

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Cover your cough or sneeze.

• Get your flu shot to protect against influenza.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• If you have underlying health conditions or are an older adult, consider avoiding large gatherings.

• If you have recently returned from an area with ongoing COVID-19 infections, follow public health guidance and monitor your health. Call your healthcare providers and inform them about your travel history if you need care.

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