MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. - Manhattan Beach reported its first two coronavirus cases in the city on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the city was contacted by an individual stating that he tested positive for COVID-19 by the County Department of Public Health (DPH), and has been self-quarantined in a Manhattan Beach residence along with the other reported local case.
City officials said the two individuals had been traveling overseas together with a larger group when they became ill.
City manager Bruce Moe said in a press release that the city has made "multiple attempts to contact DPH to confirm these cases, but have not received return calls."
The city contacted Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office for assistance with obtaining information from DPH. The supervisor’s office advised that DPH will not confirm or report COVID-19 illnesses to the city unless there is known public exposure or need to cancel an event or close a facility.
"Further, under state and federal law, public health investigations are confidential," city officials said in a statement.
“This is very disturbing and seriously disappointing to say the least,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery. “Not being able to obtain information about COVID-19 cases in our own community is counterproductive to our common goal of protecting our residents.”
City officials said that Manhattan Beach is implementing all recommended public health measures as directed by DPH and preparing itself as more cases in Los Angeles County arise.
The Novel Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, and Manhattan Beach is implementing all recommended public health measures as directed by DPH and preparing itself as more cases in Los Angeles County arise. The City will be announcing event cancellations, postponements and other modifications to City operations in a separate press release.
The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including novel coronavirus, are:
• Stay home if you are sick. Sick people make well people sick.
• If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a doctor.
• Certain patients, such as the elderly, those that are immune-compromised or have underlying health conditions should call their doctor earlier.
• If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Get immunized against the flu to protect yourself and your family, and reduce the potential strain on the healthcare system, which may be impacted by COVID-19 concerns.
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