West Covina Fire Department Official Statement to Residents About Coronavirus
Coronaviruses disease (COVID-19) is a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people. In December of 2019, a new strand of the virus was discovered in China and Chinese authorities began identifying thousands of human infections. Coronavirus has now been detected in 28 cases in Los Angeles County including 1 death. There have not been any reported cases in the City of West Covina. There are several international travel bans including a 30-day travel entry into the United States.
West Covina Mayor and City Council, City Manager David Carmany and Public Safety management are keeping up to date thru our local, state and federal partners to be sure the public is aware of the COVID-19 situation. Please be sure to follow reputable social media and public announcements to keep you and your family safe.
If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
- Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.
If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Health Departments continue to urge individuals to disclose any recent travel to affected areas to their health care providers if they develop symptoms such as fever or respiratory symptoms, and providers are urged to ask patients about their travel history and report any suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Health Department immediately. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should seek additional care by calling 9-1-1. California’s Governor has banned all events of assembly above 250 people. Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency.
You should avoid health care facilities or calling 911 unless you are having a true emergency to avoid exposure.
PLAN AND PREPARE:
- Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
- Create a household plan of action.
- Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
- Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.
- Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
- Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
- Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, or places where large groups of people congregate, such as ticketed events (such as theaters, concert halls, and sporting events) if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from infection, such as the elderly (65 or older), people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women.
- Avoid travel to all areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19.
- Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.
- If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for 72 hours, except to get medical care.
- Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.
- Event organizers should consider postponing or cancelling non-essential community events, especially those that may be attended by the elderly, pregnant women, or people with chronic health conditions.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization
- Center for Disease control (CDC) email update sign-up link.
- Wash your hands often
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact
- Keep distance from yourself and others at high risk
- Stay home if sick
- Cover your mouth and nose
- Wear a facemask if sick
- Clean and disinfect often
- Stay informed
For more information about the coronavirus, please visit www.westcovina.org/COVID19