Two more cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Angelino County; the figure rises to 13

LA authorities: If you feel sick, ‘stay home’

The authorities work to increase the tests that detect the coronavirus.

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Los Angeles County authorities reported Friday that two more cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed, reaching a total of 13 confirmed cases in the county.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said one of the cases was part of a group of travelers who arrived from northern Italy. The other is a person who worked inspecting the quarantine station of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and it is estimated that he was probably infected by another inspector who was previously infected.

"Both were in the quarantine station and we believe that at some point they were exposed (to the virus)" Ferrer told a press conference in downtown Los Angeles.

However, the director said that despite all these cases that have been reported there is no danger of public contagion.

"But if we have contacted the close contacts (of those infected) and they are being interviewed and, as appropriate, they will be quarantined for up to 14 days," he added.

Ferrer said that with the increase in cases, there is also concern about what this means in terms of steps people can take. She recommended that if she feels sick she stays at home and does not spread the disease. Avoid going to work and / or school. They have also asked employers to understand the importance of the problem if their employees are missing because of a mild illness.

"A mild illness means that you have a fever greater than 100 and have stomach or breathing problems … those are signs that you should stay at home," said Ferrer.

If you feel you have a fever monitor to see if it is reduced or eliminated in a 24-hour period without any fever reduction medication to make sure it is not serious.

“What you should not do is go see your doctor. You can call it but do not go directly to see it so that people who are more serious if they are taken care of opportunity ”said the director.

However, Ferrer said it is very likely that more cases of COVID-19 will resurface.

“We continue to urge everyone to do their part: stay home if they are sick and keep their children at home if they are sick. Take the time to plan the possibility of school and business closures, and be sure to follow the additional guidelines issued by public and / or local health officials. By working together, we can try to delay the transmission of the new coronavirus, ”he added.

Meanwhile, the public health department makes the following recommendations:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent the flu if you haven't done it this season.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.
  • Limit close contact, such as kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a spray or household cleaning cloth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facial masks are most effective when properly used by health workers and people who care directly for sick people and sick people (source control).


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