"This is not a response rooted in panic", she said in a news conference that included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Three of the infected patients were traveling together in northern Italy, two people were in close contact with a COVID-19-positive patient, and one person had traveled overseas on a business trip.
Public health officials say among the new cases, one person is hospitalized while the other five are isolated at home. Aside from the general advice for staying healthy, the update adds that the LA Convention Center will take extra steps, such as more hand sanitizing areas and by "enhancing their ability to address any attendees who become ill while on site".
One of the cases, which is now in house isolation, is being watched over by the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Health officials say an elderly patient who died in Northern California was probably exposed to the virus during a cruise to Mexico in February.
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Unfortunately it seems that getting tested for COVID-19 can be more hard than expected, as one Seattle resident said on Twitter. All nine coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have come from Washington state, while 23 people there have been infected.
"We will ensure that people who test positive for the novel coronavirus and their close contacts are quickly identified and closely monitor and supported while they are in isolation and/or quarantined", said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department. LA will be working to increase its capacity for testing the virus. The very first case - a person who had traveled from Wuhan, China was reported on January 26.
"This declaration of a local emergency will facilitate out efforts to coordinate with all our partners and jointly implement effective strategies to protect our residents", said Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
The City of Pasadena and the City of Long Beach will also be declaring local emergencies, although there are no confirmed cases in either city. "As we expected, it's cultivating fears and leading to racial profiling". "Fear will not drive our responses".