The City of Santa Monica is working closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to monitor the novel coronavirus. Novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) is a new, viral disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia. In the United States, immediate health risk to the general public remains low at this time. There have been no novel coronavirus cases reported in Santa Monica. The lead local agency and our partner in monitoring the coronavirus is the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

“Santa Monica is monitoring the situation very closely, and we’re working hand in hand with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to

communicate accurate information and be prepared to support community needs,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health is encouraging the public to:

•Stay at home when sick

•Wash hands frequently

•Cover sneezes/coughs, appropriately dispose of soiled tissues, and wash hands afterward

•Avoid close contact with those who are ill

•Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this flu season

The City always encourages residents to prepare for any emergency, including a potential coronavirus emergency in the United States, by ensure their families have a disaster kit at home with seven days of household essentials including food, water, sanitation supplies, and basic medications. Visit https://www.smgov.net/Departments/OEM for more information.

If members of the public have inquiries regarding coronavirus, please refer to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website below or call 2-1-1 for information and referrals for all health services in L.A. County.

Additional resources can be found at:

•Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/)

•LA County 2-1-1 (https://www.211la.org/)

•California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx)

•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)

•World Health Organization Coronavirus Information (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus)

Submitted by Constance Farrell

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