Novel Coronavirus Update
Press Release: Novel Coronavirus Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bruce Moe, City Manager
City of Manhattan Beach
Novel Coronavirus Update
Manhattan Beach, CA (February 4, 2020) – The United States has confirmed cases of individuals who have a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Los Angeles County has one confirmed case of novel coronavirus in a traveler from Wuhan, and there are 11 cases diagnosed across the United States (US). There are a significant number of people infected with this virus in China (over 17,000 cases as of today), and isolated evidence that there can be transmission from an asymptomatic person. As a result of the deteriorating situation in China, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency to allow local, state, and federal officials to fully coordinate responses in partnership with public health departments, emergency management teams, airports, health care professionals, and first responders.
The White House issued a set of new travel directives, among which restricts all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in China the last 14 days to enter the US. US citizens and their close family members returning from China must enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents. Those that were in in Hubei Province at any time in the last 14 days will be quarantined at a secure location and monitored for their illness for 14 days from their last exposure. Additional restrictions issued by the White House can be found here.
While this serious threat is being monitored by public health professionals, the immediate risk to residents is very low. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar stated, “We’ve been monitoring this virus and preparing a response since back in December, but it’s more than that. Preparing for these kinds of outbreaks is part of daily life at HHS and for America’s public health professionals. Preparedness is a day job around here. We are constantly making investments, training personnel at all levels, carrying out simulations and exercises, and sharing information.”
As first responders, the City of Manhattan Beach is committed to the health and safety of residents. Guidance for basic protective measures against the novel coronavirus issued by the World Health Organization can be found here.