The following is a statement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis urging everyone to remain calm and to practice social distancing during this COVID-19 outbreak:
“Now is the time for prevention, not panic. I urge everyone in Los Angeles County to remain calm as we face the challenge of containing the spread of COVID-19. I want to reassure everyone that LA County public health officials are working diligently to preserve the public’s health. Do not give in to the impulse to ‘panic shop’ out of fear. According to the Food Industry Association, food producers and our supply chain are taking steps to ensure we have enough food for months ahead. Right now, we have to stay focused on protective measures, and not panic.
“We are not making any decisions lightly. We are keeping the public’s health and well-being in mind. I can assure you that LA County has been ramping up its local response to the outbreak with actions that include closing all County Public Libraries from March 14, 2020 through March 31, 2020; limiting public gatherings at County-owned facilities, and canceling this upcoming week’s meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. In addition, I support the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s recommendation to close the 80 school districts throughout the County. I want to underscore that these are precautionary efforts meant to keep everyone safe.
“LA County will continue to work closely with local, state, and federal partners to keep all communities throughout the County protected and informed. For more information, dial 2-1-1, or visit my website at hildalsolis.org. For updates on COVID-19, visit the LA County Department of Public Health at publichealth.lacounty.gov, and for more resources, visit Countywide Communication’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at lacounty.gov/covid19.
“Resist the urge to give in to hysteria. Instead, follow these recommendations from County public health officials:
• Stay home if you are sick;
• Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a distance of six feet from others and by avoiding places where people meet or gather. That includes buses, subways, taxis and rideshares, like carpools, Uber and Lyft;
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; before eating; after going to the restroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
• Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe, and
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use a flexed elbow, and not your hands.”
For more information on available resources, please dial 2-1-1, or visit Supervisor Solis’ website hildalsolis.org or lacounty.gov/covid19, or LA County’s Department of Public Health’s webpage, publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.
Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795 or firstname.lastname@example.org