Preventing Sickness and Spread

How to stay healthy:

  •  Stay home 
  •  Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  •  If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

The California Department of Public Health has consolidated state guidance on how to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19 in a single location. 

What to do if you think that you are sick:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or local public health department before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Coronavirus symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

See additional guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Local measures announced to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for cohorts of up to 12 students with individualized education plans, requiring instruction for English as a Second Language, or needing assessments or specialized in-school services. To do so, the school must be able to fully implement the Health Officer’s guidance and protocols and submit an operation plan. Once available, Guidance and Protocols for K-12 can be found here.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the “Safer at Home” public order as an emergency response to COVID-19. The order will be in place until further notice.
  • The Los Angeles County Health Officer issued explicit physical distancing guidelines that essential business must follow while remaining open.
  • LA City and LA County are requiring residents to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public for essential activities, such as shopping at the grocery store. Read more information on the guidelines here.
  • The Governor announced a project that will use FEMA allocations to fund local restaurants providing meals to seniors. The program is being implemented by the City of Los Angeles.