LA Public Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases in the county

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 16 new cases of novel coronavirus.

Public Health says they have confirmed 69 cases, 10 of which are likely due to community transmission. 

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The health department says five of the cases confirmed on Sunday are currently hospitalized.

The health department released the following information on each case:

-- One case has an unidentified source of exposure.
-- Three cases were exposed during recent travel.
-- Two cases were healthcare workers exposed in a healthcare setting.
-- Four cases had close contact with a confirmed case.
-- Five of these cases are pending more investigation.
-- One is the case reported by the Long Beach Health Department late yesterday.

“Cases are occurring across LA County, so everyone should be aware and practice social distancing. Without a specific vaccine or treatment for this disease, social distancing is the most effective and readily available tool we have to slow the spread of novel coronavirus,” the department said in a press release

For more on novel coronavirus you can visit the websites of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization

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