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332 New Virus Cases in LA County, Only 1 in WeHo; 5 New Deaths

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed five new deaths and 332 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  West Hollywood added only one new case in the latest numbers.

Five of the six deaths reported yesterday occurred in people over the age of 60, and one death was reported for an individual between 50 – 60 years old. Two of these individuals, including the person between 50-60 years old, did not have any reported underlying health conditions. Additional information regarding some of the new cases is pending further investigation. Over the last 48 hours, there have been 676 new cases.

To date, Public Health has identified 2136 cases across all areas of LA County, including 37 deaths.  Upon further investigation, one case reported earlier was not a LA County resident. As of today, 453 people positive for COVID-19 (21% of positive cases) have been hospitalized.

Current Health Officer Orders prohibit any public or private gatherings or events and temporarily close all beaches and hiking trails throughout the entire County. Only essential business remain open, and individuals are asked to stay home except to obtain essential goods or services. Health Officer Orders will continue through April 19.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of individuals who have died.  I ask that everyone please do your part to not infect others or become infected yourself by adhering to the public health directives and practicing social distancing,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “More than ever, it is crucial that we practice social distancing, and if we are sick, even with mild illness, make every effort to self-isolate from others for at least 7 days and 3 more days after being symptom free.  Everyone should make plans for how you will manage in case you need to self-isolate or self-quarantine. Those who have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.  If we all commit ourselves to stay home, stay away from others when sick, and stay 6 feet apart when out, we will save lives. “

Public Health has issued the following guidance for people with mild illness during this time of increased spread:

  • If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days and until 72 hours after being fever and symptom free. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

Additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Please see the locations were cases have occurred:

Total Cases
Laboratory Confirmed Cases 2136
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)2038
— Long Beach88
— Pasadena10
Deaths37
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)36
— Long Beach1
— Pasadena0
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  0 to 1734
–  18 to 40812
–  41 to 65797
–  over 65395
Hospitalization 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)453
CITY / COMMUNITY** 
City of Agoura Hills9
City of Alhambra10
City of Arcadia9
City of Artesia
City of Avalon0
City of Azusa2
City of Baldwin Park0
City of Bell6
City of Bell Gardens1
City of Bellflower14
City of Beverly Hills24
City of Bradbury0
City of Burbank19
City of Calabasas10
City of Carson28
City of Cerritos4
City of Claremont1
City of Commerce0
City of Compton11
City of Covina6
City of Cudahy
City of Culver City9
City of Diamond Bar3
City of Downey19
City of Duarte
City of El Monte0
City of El Segundo
City of Gardena6
City of Glendale46
City of Glendora6
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of Hawthorne11
City of Hermosa Beach6
City of Hidden Hills0
City of Huntington Park2
City of Industry0
City of Inglewood20
City of Irwindale0
City of La Canada Flintridge7
City of La Habra Heights0
City of La Mirada7
City of La Puente3
City of La Verne1
City of Lakewood12
City of Lancaster23
City of Lawndale4
City of Lomita
City of Long Beach0
City of Lynwood14
City of Malibu
City of Manhattan Beach27
City of Maywood4
City of Monrovia4
City of Montebello4
City of Monterey Park5
City of Norwalk12
City of Palmdale7
City of Palos Verdes Estates14
City of Paramount6
City of Pasadena0
City of Pico Rivera5
City of Pomona4
City of Rancho Palos Verdes8
City of Redondo Beach29
City of Rolling Hills0
City of Rolling Hills Estates
City of Rosemead2
City of San Dimas3
City of San Fernando
City of San Gabriel6
City of San Marino
City of Santa Clarita38
City of Santa Fe Springs0
City of Santa Monica41
City of Sierra Madre0
City of Signal Hill
City of South El Monte0
City of South Gate12
City of South Pasadena5
City of Temple City2
City of Torrance34
City of Vernon0
City of Walnut3
City of West Covina6
City of West Hollywood52
City of Westlake Village0
City of Whittier8
Los Angeles1020
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie
Los Angeles – Alsace
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest0
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights0
Los Angeles – Arleta5
Los Angeles – Atwater Village
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills9
Los Angeles – Bel Air9
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest18
Los Angeles – Beverlywood11
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights10
Los Angeles – Brentwood33
Los Angeles – Brookside0
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning0
Los Angeles – Canoga Park3
Los Angeles – Carthay13
Los Angeles – Central4
Los Angeles – Century City8
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove8
Los Angeles – Chatsworth8
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills
Los Angeles – Chinatown0
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran
Los Angeles – Country Club Park
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District
Los Angeles – Crestview11
Los Angeles – Del Rey12
Los Angeles – Downtown10
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock8
Los Angeles – East Hollywood6
Los Angeles – Echo Park
Los Angeles – El Sereno3
Los Angeles – Elysian Park
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley
Los Angeles – Encino27
Los Angeles – Exposition0
Los Angeles – Exposition Park4
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights0
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square0
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone6
Los Angeles – Glassell Park7
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place
Los Angeles – Granada Hills8
Los Angeles – Green Meadows
Los Angeles – Hancock Park18
Los Angeles – Harbor City2
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway4
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines0
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights
Los Angeles – Harvard Park2
Los Angeles – Highland Park8
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown0
Los Angeles – Hollywood44
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills24
Los Angeles – Hyde Park4
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park0
Los Angeles – Koreatown10
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa8
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace
Los Angeles – Leimert Park
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights2
Los Angeles – Little Armenia0
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh4
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo
Los Angeles – Longwood0
Los Angeles – Los Feliz8
Los Angeles – Manchester Square
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon
Los Angeles – Mar Vista9
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula
Los Angeles – Melrose71
Los Angeles – Mid-city9
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile9
Los Angeles – Mission Hills5
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington
Los Angeles – North Hills6
Los Angeles – North Hollywood30
Los Angeles – Northridge8
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades15
Los Angeles – Pacoima3
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands
Los Angeles – Palms20
Los Angeles – Panorama City6
Los Angeles – Park La Brea
Los Angeles – Pico-Union4
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey
Los Angeles – Playa Vista5
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch6
Los Angeles – Rancho Park
Los Angeles – Regent Square0
Los Angeles – Reseda13
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch
Los Angeles – Reynier Village
Los Angeles – San Pedro10
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks27
Los Angeles – Silverlake16
Los Angeles – South Carthay6
Los Angeles – South Park4
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village0
Los Angeles – Studio City14
Los Angeles – Sun Valley6
Los Angeles – Sunland
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square0
Los Angeles – Sylmar15
Los Angeles – Tarzana23
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry5
Los Angeles – Thai Town
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace0
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods0
Los Angeles – Tujunga3
Los Angeles – University Hills0
Los Angeles – University Park5
Los Angeles – Valley Glen4
Los Angeles – Valley Village18
Los Angeles – Van Nuys7
Los Angeles – Venice17
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls
Los Angeles – Vermont Square
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista5
Los Angeles – Vernon Central3
Los Angeles – Victoria Park
Los Angeles – View Heights
Los Angeles – Watts2
Los Angeles – Wellington Square0
Los Angeles – West Adams7
Los Angeles – West Hills6
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles18
Los Angeles – West Vernon8
Los Angeles – Westchester17
Los Angeles – Westlake5
Los Angeles – Westwood22
Los Angeles – Wholesale District12
Los Angeles – Wilmington10
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center5
Los Angeles – Winnetka9
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills19
Unincorporated – Acton0
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce0
Unincorporated – Altadena10
Unincorporated – Anaverde0
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest0
Unincorporated – Arcadia0
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont7
Unincorporated – Athens Village0
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights0
Unincorporated – Azusa0
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands0
Unincorporated – Bassett0
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – Bradbury0
Unincorporated – Canyon Country
Unincorporated – Castaic4
Unincorporated – Cerritos0
Unincorporated – Charter Oak0
Unincorporated – Claremont0
Unincorporated – Covina
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)0
Unincorporated – Del Aire0
Unincorporated – Del Rey0
Unincorporated – Del Sur0
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands0
Unincorporated – Duarte0
Unincorporated – East Covina0
Unincorporated – East La Mirada0
Unincorporated – East Lancaster0
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles9
Unincorporated – East Pasadena0
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – East Whittier
Unincorporated – El Camino Village0
Unincorporated – El Monte0
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake0
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone0
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon0
Unincorporated – Glendora0
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights2
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway0
Unincorporated – Hawthorne
Unincorporated – Hi Vista0
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons0
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose0
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights0
Unincorporated – La Rambla
Unincorporated – La Verne
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes0
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles0
Unincorporated – Lake Manor0
Unincorporated – Lakewood0
Unincorporated – Lennox5
Unincorporated – Leona Valley0
Unincorporated – Littlerock0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills0
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom0
Unincorporated – Llano0
Unincorporated – Long Beach0
Unincorporated – Lynwood0
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile0
Unincorporated – Monrovia
Unincorporated – Newhall0
Unincorporated – North Lancaster0
Unincorporated – North Whittier0
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – Padua Hills0
Unincorporated – Palmdale0
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula0
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano0
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village0
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon0
Unincorporated – Pomona0
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – Roosevelt0
Unincorporated – Rosewood0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena0
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights3
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island0
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon0
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills0
Unincorporated – San Pasqual0
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon0
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island0
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains0
Unincorporated – Saugus0
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country0
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – South Edwards0
Unincorporated – South El Monte0
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel0
Unincorporated – South Whittier5
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch
Unincorporated – Sun Village0
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village0
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain0
Unincorporated – Universal City0
Unincorporated – Val Verde0
Unincorporated – Valencia
Unincorporated – Valinda
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills0
Unincorporated – Walnut0
Unincorporated – Walnut Park0
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley0
Unincorporated – West Carson7
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth0
Unincorporated – West LA
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley0
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez0
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos0
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills0
Unincorporated – Westhills0
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms0
Unincorporated – Whittier0
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows0
Unincorporated – Willowbrook1
Unincorporated – Wiseburn
–  Under Investigation184

 *These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation; one previously reported case was not in Public Health’s jurisdiction.

 **– means that case numbers are suppressed (between 1 and 4 cases in communities <25,000 people).

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County Hospitals Receive 300 iPads for Patients to See Family

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LOS ANGELES – 300 iPads have been donated to Los Angeles County hospitals to facilitate patient-family communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift is through a partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, Brilliant Corners, and the Los Angeles County Center for Strategic Partnerships.

“The engagement of loved ones during hospitalization has been shown to improve clinical outcomes,” said DHS Director, Dr. Christina Ghaly. “Clinical staff identified a role for virtual visiting through technology in order to facilitate this family involvement. The generous donations by the Annenberg Foundation and MobileDemand will help support this critical element of our patients’ care.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patient visitation by family and loved ones is limited at facilities in order to prevent exposure and the spread of disease. While there are some exceptions, such as the birth of a child or death of a patient, visitation is not permitted for the vast majority of patients and not allowed at all for COVID-19 patients. 

The donation provides 300 iPads to ensure patients and their families are able to connect, despite restrictions in access to the hospital. A second donation, by MobileDemand, provides rugged, protective healthcare iPad cases to protect against damage and loss. The rugged case also has an adjustable easel attached, providing effortless viewing for patients who are too weak to hold a tablet. Additionally, it frees health care staff from having to hold the device for patients.

“This is a wonderful example of how philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, government, and businesses can collaborate and meet an immediate need in our community,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “Being able to offer an opportunity for comfort and connection to those suffering and to alleviate some of the stress from our frontline caregivers is of utmost importance.”

While social distancing has been successful in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County, it is anticipated that it will continue for several months. With this gift, physicians and nurses will be able to place an iPad in the room of COVID and other critically-ill patients for the duration of the admission and reduce potential exposure and use of personal protective equipment going in and out of the room. Having a stationary iPad helps relieve medical staff who would otherwise have to hold the phone for a patient or search for the person’s personal phone. It also will allow patients who do not have a personal mobile device to communicate and “visit” with their family.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 26 health centers and four hospitals – LAC+USC Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center – and expanded network of community partner clinics, DHS annually provides direct care for 600,000 unique patients, employs over 22,000 staff, and has an annual budget of over $6 billion.

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Processions to Cedars Will Salute Healthcare Workers on National Nurses Day

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is putting a strain on essential workers such as first responders and healthcare workers who are on the frontlines in the effort to care for coronavirus patients so the City of West Hollywood is setting out to recognize them in a special way on May 6.

National Nurses Day is a day of recognition to celebrate and honor the contributions that nurses have made and continue to make in our communities and throughout the nation. National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6, which marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of nursing and educate the public on the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. National Nurses Week concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, or as she was more commonly known, “The Lady of the Lamp” and founder of modern nursing.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating two motorcades to honor healthcare workers on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, which is nationally recognized as National Nurses Day. The processions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and at 7:15 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard at La Cienega Boulevard and the motorcades will head west and then travel southbound on N. San Vicente Boulevard passing multiple medical center locations in West Hollywood en route to a destination outside the emergency room entrance of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Gracie Allen Drive. First responders will briefly stop, exit their vehicles and applaud healthcare workers while wearing face coverings and practicing appropriate social distancing.

“Our nurses and healthcare workers are nothing short of heroes,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath. “The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us just how critical their work is to our everyday health and safety. This National Nurses Day means so much more to all of us — the City of West Hollywood and our LA County Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station and LA County Fire Stations; the City of Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills Police and Fire; the City of Los Angeles and LAPD and LAFD; the California Highway Patrol, and more — and we will honor these heroes in a special way for the care that they provide, which often goes unseen and unrecognized, in carrying us through this crisis.”

“As the worldwide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, the critical importance of nurses in our society has been brought sharply into focus,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John Heilman. “More often than not, when a coronavirus patient ends up in a hospital, it is the nurses at the frontlines who are responsible for their care and treatment, putting themselves at risk in the process. We can’t say ‘thank you’ strongly enough.”

The City of West Hollywood encourages residents and community members to participate during this day of celebration while still adhering to LA County Safer At Home Orders and social distancing requirements. Suggested forms of participation include amplifying posts on social media channels, making yard or window signs and banners, participating in a coordinated daily applause or shout out for nurses and healthcare workers, and donating to organizations that are addressing the emerging needs of nurses and healthcare workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic.

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

(TMZ) — It’s becoming more clear by the day that wet markets are NOT just a China problem — it’s an American problem too … just take a look at these latest clips from Texas and California.

TMZ has gotten a hold of even more graphic videos of two different live animal shops in TX and CA — where people pick out the animal, have it slaughtered on the spot and then sold to them right then and there — and you see the mixed-in livestock runs the gamut.

There are pigs in pens, goats and sheep hoarded together … and, of course, as we’ve seen in New York and elsewhere — chicken and rabbits cooped up in cages — all in the same area within earshot of each other, and all getting butchered.

Ya got pigs hanging from hooks out in the open, chicken beaks, feathers and guts all over the floor and in an exposed trash can — this while customers (including kids) come in and browse the freezer for whatever cuts of meat they want. It’s downright dirty and gross.

As we’ve been told by the experts, these one-stop-shop slaughterhouses/storefronts can be breeding grounds for disease — including new viruses, like COVID-19, which supposedly got started at a wet market in China.

We already know of lawmakers in Cali and New York working to get these things shut down, but it’s pretty apparent there needs to be federal legislation rolled out to address this. Can’t call the kettle black when we’re swimming in the freakin’ pot.

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