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  • We have a world class health and emergency response team already engaged in the fight to mitigate the impact of Corona virus in Los Angeles County.

  • But we need every tool at our disposal to make sure that we are ready to support any Corona virus patients who are diagnosed and prevent any further spread.

  • Proclaiming a state of emergency, it enhances our preparedness and response capabilities while also providing opportunities to seek assistance from state and federal partners.

  • We must all remain vigilant.

  • That means local governments, healthcare facilities, schools, community organizations, businesses and residents must be active in our efforts to be prepared from war cases while doing everything in our tool kit to slow down the spread of this virus.

  • That is why the board and public health they're making this declaration in response and out of an abundance of caution which will strengthen our efforts to one, enhance our preparedness and response capabilities to seek support and assistance from state and federal partners and to coordinate with other jurisdictions and provide protection to our teams that are responding on the front lines.

  • Dr.

  • Farrar is going to speak in a minute about where we stand locally in terms, cases, what public health is doing to protect the well being of our community and several steps that we all can take to protect ourselves. 00:01:52.980 --> 00:02:5.130 Public health has done a great job thus far in educating residents, health care workers, local businesses and community groups about what Corona virus is and how to prevent its spread. 00:02:6.120 --> 00:02:15.070 They have been working with our federal and state partners every single day, and now with this declaration, they will have even more support.

  • It is now my pleasure to introduce my colleague, supervisor Hilda Seles, who has been dedicated to educating our community about Corona virus and combating the stigma against our Asian friends, neighbors and businesses.

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  • Thank you, Chairwoman Katherine Barker and also to our following elected officials are mayor as well as our staffs and also Supervisor Han, who has joined us. 00:02:45.510 --> 00:03:6.080 It is one of those days that we knew perhaps this was coming, but L A county's prepared and I really do want Thio, give a shout out to our Department of Public Health, our director and her staff as well as our partnership with the city of Los Angeles as well as our partners at the federal level of government. 00:03:6.350 --> 00:03:17.180 This isn't something totally new to us, but I would say to you that we have been working our staff behind the scenes to understand and be prepared for what is to come.

  • And it's not with a light heart.

  • It's really more of Ah, a steady and how could I say Ah, forward thinking of how we can better prepare our 10 million residents in the last 48 hours alone.

  • The L.

  • A County Department of Public Health has confirmed six new cases of the Noble Corona virus in our community.

  • To ensure that the county is further prepared.

  • These two declarations of emergency will allow us to further drawdown.

  • Resource is from both the federal and state levels of government.

  • We need every tool at our disposal to make sure we're ready to support any Corona virus patients who are diagnosed and to prevent any further spread my first priority, and I know the prayers of our board has always been to protect the public public health of our residents, and I and I know that the public knows that we're taking this situation very seriously and taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and safety off all of our residents and our county workforce.

  • I also want to remind people how important it is to empower ourselves with accurate information.

  • There's been too much misinformation spreading around and as we expected, it's cultivating fears and is leading to racial profiling.

  • We must also ensure we take preventive measures to help prevent the spread of the virus, including washing our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and to stay home if you are feeling sick. 00:04:49.670 --> 00:05:7.530 In response to a recent update from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention CDC, I put forward a motion that will be coming up today and our board meeting to ensure that we ramp up our preparedness efforts to prevent a wider spread of Corona virus and tow access to excess. 00:05:7.540 --> 00:05:10.660 Our current medical equipment and resource is in place.

  • The last thing we want to do is create more fear in our community.

  • Fear will not drive our responses To save lives, we must combat this virus.

  • I want to condemn any and all discrimination stemming from the situation.

  • And we have seen the results of which include our Asian Pacific Islander communities being discriminated against.

  • Their business is decreasing and sales to the tune of almost 60% and also the fact that many are distressed mentally.

  • Finally, I want to share our residents in our workforce that were on the front line and that the county of Los Angeles in the city and all of our stakeholders will do everything in our power to protect the public health as well as civil rights of all of our residents.

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  • Burke, Sure, Barbara Ferrer.

  • Good morning, everyone, and thank you so much for being with us.

  • I want to start by thanking the dedicated leaders who have joined us today.

  • Chairman, Chairwoman Bargor, supervisor solely Supervisor Han. 00:07:53.440 --> 00:08:6.160 Their efforts, along with the efforts of the entire board, have been ensuring all along that the county is responding appropriately to the expanding outbreaks that air caused by novel Corona virus. 00:08:6.510 --> 00:08:19.680 They've been elevating issues from the very beginning related to the inappropriate rise in stigma and discrimination and modeling the need for us to support our Asian friends, neighbors and businesses.

  • I'm also grateful to have Mayor Garcetti with us today.

  • He's been setting a path that we can take so that were informed, prepared and thoughtful in our responses to the challenges presented by a new virus.

  • We're also joined and really honored to have with us Dr Gault, who's the director of the City of Pasadena Health Department, and Dr Davis, who's the health officer for the city of Long Beach, and you will hear from them about their efforts as well, eh?

  • So that you understand aware cord coordinated across all of the health department's in this wonderful county.

  • We have an amazing county team, our CEO sake Hama rco fija Davenport, My partner's in the health of the New Alliance for Health Integration, a doctor, Christina Galley at the Department of Health Service's and Dr Sharon at the Department of Mental Health and also Kevin McGowan, who is the director of our Office of Emergency Emergency Management.

  • I want to acknowledge that this is a team that has been working diligently under the leadership of our amazing board to be well prepared and that today's actions really just allow us to enhance work that has been ongoing.

  • I also wanna acknowledge and thank all of the media, both that for your accurate reporting and you're thoughtful responses to enquiries, we really appreciate your ability to get information out to the general public as chairwoman, Bargor stated in response to the increasing number of cases in the United States are new six cases here in L A county. 00:10:0.200 --> 00:10:15.430 The increasing likelihood of community transmission occurring both across the United States and at some point here in our county on the need for us to work cooperatively and proactively to slow the spread of cove in 19.

  • The disease caused by the novel Corona virus are the L.

  • A County Department of Public Health.

  • Through the authority of our health officer, Dr Davis is also declaring a local health emergency today.

  • These actions support our preparedness efforts, including effectively mobilizing needed resource is and partnerships enhancing continuity of operations, planning and seeking and utilizing mutual aid, all in an effort to slow the spread of covert 19 and to address any challenges that may arise with increased cases and community transmission. 00:10:52.580 --> 00:11:0.040 Emergency declarations enhance our ability as well to seek future reimbursement from both the state and federal governments. 00:11:0.320 --> 00:11:24.300 Should funding become available, I want to emphasize, as as both of our supervisors had, that we can't do this work by ourselves, and we continue to mobilize with partners across the health care business, faith based education, government and community sectors to build out our plans to limit, spread and protect those most vulnerable to serious illness.

  • We need to ensure that the actions were taking to date are amplified, uh, as well is that we continue to make great progress educating our public and bringing people together to promote effective strategies that limit disease transmission, while also acknowledging that we need to be prepared for more cases in the days and weeks ahead, the Department of Public Health will enhance our current activities in the following areas.

  • We're increasing our capacity for testing at our local public health lab.

  • Public health is among 10 California health labs that have received CDC test kits, and we have additional kits on the way we are currently testing and have been since last Wednesday.

  • Locally for Covert 19 we will ensure that people who test positive for the novel Corona virus and they're close contacts are quickly identified and closely monitored and supported while they're in isolation and or quarantined.

  • We will start tomorrow with daily radio briefings on three different stations by the public health director, and I'll be joined by our health officer.

  • We are posting new guidelines as we speak for child care facility schools, colleges and universities, employers, hotels, public safety responders, shelters congregate, living facilities on and parents on how they can prepare for and slow the spread of covert 19.

  • We continue to hold weekly tele briefings with elected officials, city managers and leaders at businesses, organisations, schools, faith based communities and health care facilities.

  • We are in contact with over 3500 leaders and administrators across the county on a weekly basis.

  • We're holding an educational webinar for all of our skilled nursing facilities at the end of this week so that they, too, can make sure they're adequately prepared for the possibility of cases within their facilities.

  • We are sending out technical assistant teams starting today for site visits over the next week, toe every single in term housing facility to assist in the in implementation of environmental practices and modifications that can roost.

  • Reduce transmission of respiratory illness in our concrete living facilities were communicating and preparing with our first responders, healthcare facility partners and healthcare providers to make sure that we have continued readiness for this dynamic situation, paying a lot of attention to making sure we have adequate personal protection equipment for our wonderful and dedicated and skilled health care workers Protecting our workforce.

  • Our healthcare workforce is a high priority.

  • We are updating our pandemic response plan for covert 19 in accordance with CDC guidance and local conditions, and working with the Office of Emergency Management of There, we are opening our E O.

  • C uh, today to coordinate across the city departments.

  • I want to give a brief update.

  • As you know, there are increasing cases of covert 19 across the United States.

  • Today we're announcing six new cases. 00:14:52.740 --> 00:15:1.920 We've confirmed these cases as of last night with positive lab results from our local lab and we have completed investigations. 00:15:3.210 --> 00:15:10.050 All of our cases, all of our six new cases are linked to an assumed known exposure.

  • There's either a travel history to an area with an outbreak.

  • There's exposure to known travelers coming from areas where there's an outbreak or the person is a close contact with a confirmed case I want to repeat.

  • We have information that allows us to allows us to announce that we know of assumed known exposure source for all six of our new cases that we're announcing today.

  • This means that as of today, we still don't have known cases of community transmission.

  • Like other large jurisdictions, we anticipate more local cases.

  • This is because they're increases in outbreaks all across the world. 00:15:55.860 --> 00:16:5.590 And the fact is that people who are in close contact with folks who are infected with novel Corona virus can themselves become infected. 00:16:6.220 --> 00:16:16.150 We know that we have effective public health interventions that slow the spread of infectious diseases, especially when we're all working together.

  • So what can we all do?

  • I want to start with what's most important, stay home if you're sick, sick people make other people sick.

  • That's the main route of transmission, a sick person coming into contact with somebody who's well.

  • So if you're sick with anything, including mild illness, we need people to stay home.

  • We need people to wash their hands with soap and water for a least 20 seconds.

  • Frequently, Uh, we need people to cover their coughs or their sneezes with tissues, and then throw those tissues into the trash and wash your hands.

  • We know it's allergy season here in L.

  • A county, but we still need people to adhere to common sense public health practices. 00:16:59.630 --> 00:17:8.010 And there's still time for people to get immunized against the flu, and we encourage this, as many cases is we have of influenza. 00:17:8.200 --> 00:17:19.370 Reducing that number reduces the burden and the stress on our health care system, which will see more need to respond to the increasing number of cases of covert 19.

  • We also ask that the public plan for the possibility of more extensive social distancing requirements.

  • These measures would include having an ample supply of essentials at home, no different than the preparedness activities we ask people to do to be ready for natural disasters.

  • Earthquakes, fires, floods, mudslides.

  • We do need folks.

  • The plan for the possibility of business disruptions, school closures and modifications or cancellations of select public events.

  • We will be working closely with schools and public event venues and businesses before decisions are made to close. 00:17:59.940 --> 00:18:6.840 But this is a time for people to have a plan of what they would do should their child's school need to close. 00:18:7.210 --> 00:18:14.580 We ask everyone to start practicing Sze sort of what we called simple social distancing practices.

  • Uh, use verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs.

  • Don't share utensils, cups and linens.

  • And, whenever possible, try to keep six feet between you and other people that you don't know at large events.

  • If you're an organization of business, a human service provider, there are additional strategies that we ask you to adopt you.

  • We need you to make sure that your bathrooms air well stocked and consume port.

  • Hand washing. 00:18:44.620 --> 00:19:3.510 We need folks to take a look at their sick leave policies so that their flexible, non punitive and consistent with public health guidance implement plans that allow people to stay home if they're mildly ill without the risk of being academically or financially penalized. 00:19:4.220 --> 00:19:14.800 Make sure it's your business and at your organization's location that you're performing regular cleaning and disinfection for for frequently touched surfaces.

  • Ensure that your continuity of operation plans are up to date so that your essential functions can continue should you see large numbers of people that are sick and unable to get to work.

  • And we ask that also leave policies be modified so that we don't require a doctor's note for staff returning to work after being sick wherever possible.

  • This reduces the strain on the health care system for people with mild illness needing to come in to get their doctor's note.

  • Everyone should be aware of scammers who are spreading false information, particularly those that are trying to sell medications and treatments with promises of a cure and protection. 00:19:59.600 --> 00:20:9.980 There are no specific medication treatments or vaccinations currently available and approved for treating or vaccinating against Cove in 19.

  • As always, we ask you to check what trusted resource is for accurate, up to date information about novel Corona virus and use our website, public health dot L a county dot gov, for information about increasing numbers of cases or information about steps and guidance for efforts you can take to protect yourself and those that you love.

  • I want to thank the supervisors and the mayor for their leadership and their support for public health efforts.

  • I want to thank all of our partners, especially the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena, for all of their support. 00:20:48.450 --> 00:21:1.280 And I want to really closed by thanking the general public for doing what you can to stay informed and protect yourselves and help us slow the spread of respiratory illnesses in our community. 00:21:1.570 --> 00:21:2.660 Thank you very much. 00:21:3.440 --> 00:21:10.260 That and now I'd like to introduce the mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

  • Thank you so much, Madam Chair.

  • And let me just say how what a joy it is to serve with you on Dhe Hilda.

  • So Lease and Janice on the Board of Supervisors.

  • In so many places where jurisdictions are divided, we're so united and thank you for your leadership in close coordination and thank you, Dr Pereira, to for your exceptional leadership here for all the residents of the county of Los Angeles as well as your national leadership.

  • As part of the ongoing conversation around Corona Virus and Covert 19.

  • We've come together across Los Angeles County this morning to offer this information this guidance and, I hope, some reassurance to the residents of Los Angeles about covert 19.

  • We've all seen the headlines and followed the news.

  • We know the threats that this virus has introduced a community is not just here in this country but around the globe. 00:21:57.810 --> 00:22:5.300 But our main message is that the city of Los Angeles, other cities in the county and the county of Los Angeles have done everything possible to be ready. 00:22:5.730 --> 00:22:7.500 But this is everybody's responsibility. 00:22:8.190 --> 00:22:9.270 We have to be prepared. 00:22:9.470 --> 00:22:12.710 We have to protect the well being of our loved ones and our neighbors.

  • But before I say more about the things that we're doing the city, I think it's very important for us to also recognize that this isn't just something for government to do alone.

  • But it's critically important in our workplace is critically important in our households that we each take responsibility for slowing the spread of what we know is now here and will be here to limit our own exposure, but not to panic, but instead to be prepared this morning I signed as well in coordination with Supervisor Bargor being in touch with me a declaration of local emergency for the city of Los Angeles.

  • This is important.

  • We're not saying that the situation in Los Angeles is dramatically worse.

  • What we're saying in this echoes what the CDC is saying.

  • The potential public health risk is elevated and significant. 00:22:59.640 --> 00:23:7.950 We expect to see more cases as we announced here today, wth this week on the state of emergency is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal. 00:23:8.410 --> 00:23:12.160 I want to go out of my way to thank our federal officials.

  • We've been working with us well, the CDC and HHS for us at the airport and the port, Our Coast Guard and our CBP officials who have really worked to make sure that ships that are coming into the port are screened.

  • The passengers that are coming through L.

  • A X are being screened the fourth busiest airport in the world and the busiest container terminal in the Americas.

  • Our response will continue to be collaborative and I want to thank also Governor Newsome in our state officials.

  • We have worked together, but my declaration today together with our city council have been in close touch with our council leadership and our president, Mary Martinez, directs the Emergency Management department of the City of Los Angeles, which we have activated now for over a week at a Level three, which is the lowest level but still inactivated level to coordinate the city's planning, preparedness and response efforts with L. 00:23:59.530 --> 00:24:3.090 A county Department of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management. 00:24:3.600 --> 00:24:7.230 It also directs each city department from our libraries to reckon. 00:24:7.230 --> 00:24:15.080 Parks facilities are firefighters and police officers to look at their continuity of operations plans should things be worse.

  • And I talked to an epidemiologist you see late yesterday who said this could be much better than we expect.

  • It could be much worse than we expect.

  • Anybody who says it will be one way or the other.

  • We simply do not know.

  • But we do know that there will be folks that work for our governments that will be tasked with being the first responders.

  • I'm need to be educated on what to tell somebody who comes to a library, somebody who out of 911 call that they're answering that they come into contact with.

  • We want to ensure their health and safety as well as their ability to communicate.

  • As I mentioned at LA what we're working with Customs and Border Protection and the County Department of Public Health to protect travelers as well as everyone who works at L.

  • A X, we've been wiping down high touch areas escalators, elevator buttons more frequently, 250 new hand sanitizing sickness stations and the CDC Is Travis, of course, continuing to screen all international passengers who have been to China in the last two weeks, following the guidance of public health professionals, Law was also providing gloves to all of its cleaning crews.

  • Training L.

  • A X employees on how to respond if they encounter a traveler they believe has the symptoms of covert 19 together.

  • These will help us slow the pace of spread, and I want everybody.

  • I want to urge everybody to do what the city and county are doing.

  • Follow those guidelines of the CDC, check out the website of the county and we have a link to it on our city home page.

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  • It's now my great pleasure to introduce Dr Gault, who's a health director and the health officer for Pasadena for the City of Pasadena.

  • Thank you, Barbara.

  • Good morning.

  • I'm Dr Yang Ingo.

  • That's spelled capital y i N g Dash Capital Y I N g g o h. 00:27:56.860 --> 00:28:0.760 Director and health officer of the City of Pasadena Public Health Department. 00:28:1.810 --> 00:28:8.660 Since 18 92 the Pasadena Public Health Department has worked to protect and improve the health of the Pasadena community. 00:28:9.140 --> 00:28:16.350 The city of Pasadena is one of three cities in the state of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction.

  • As the City of Pasadena health officer, I will be declaring later today a public health emergency for the city of Pasadena.

  • There are currently no confirmed cases of covert 19 in the city of Pasadena.

  • This declaration is part of an ongoing response and will empower the city tomb or effectively respond to Code 19 and prepare for community spread of the virus. 00:28:45.070 --> 00:29:0.540 Maintained coordination with our partners, seek and utilize mutual aid, potentially obtain reimbursement, and ensure that the city's health professionals and other local stakeholders have all the necessary tools at their disposal. 00:29:1.830 --> 00:29:9.630 We are working in partnership with city Steph across departments, local health care workers, and county, state and federal agencies daily.

  • We have confidence in our communities, medical systems of care and in our partnership with our health care providers.

  • To address this outbreak, I will be providing a full report to the Pasadena City Council Monday night, March 9th at the council meeting.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you so much, Doctor.

  • Go for all your support and for your collaboration.

  • And now want to introduce Dr Davis, who's the health officer for long?

  • For the City of Long Beach.

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  • Davis.

  • Thank you, Barbara.

  • And thank you.

  • Supervisors and Mayor and Dr One to Davis for having us having the City of Long Beach here today.

  • I'm a Nisa Davis.

  • I'm the city health officer for the City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services, in alignment with Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the city of Long Beach and the Long Beach Health Department, Department of Health and Human Service's plan to declare a health emergency and a local emergency later today.

  • Although there are no cases of covert 19 in Long Beach at this time, this declaration will assist the city and the Health Department to continue to enhance our preparedness activities in order to effectively respond to cases of Cove in 19 in Long Beach should they occur.

  • Thank you.