LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Department of Public Health  confirmed 16 new cases of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). One case has an unknown source of exposure while three were exposed due to recent travel, two cases were said to be healthcare workers exposed while in a healthcare setting, four cases had close contact with a confirmed case, five other cases are still being investigated, and the last case was reported by the Long Beach Health Department. Five of these sixteen cases are confirmed hospitalized.

To date, the LA Department Public Health has identified 69 cases. Anyone who has come in close contact with any of these confirmed cases will be informed by officials and be monitored for any symptoms.

The LA Department of Public Health  issued the following guidance during this time of the spread of the virus:

-Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.

-Event organizers postpone or cancel non-essential gatherings of 250 or more until at least the end of March.

-Smaller events proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.

-Limit gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-2019, such as people older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic illness, to no more than 10 people.

Officials advise  people who feel sick with a fever to stay home and call their doctor, especially if they are considered elderly, having underlying health issues, or pregnant. 

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