The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health have declared a local and public health emergency in response to the spread of coronavirus across the country, which includes six additional cases in L.A. County.
None of the new cases are from community spread and all the new cases were exposed to coronavirus through close contacts, the country said in a statement.
None of the cases were linked to the first case reported in L.A. County in January.
“These declarations are a swift response to this emergent issue and will enhance our ability to effectively manage our response,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, chair of the Board of Supervisors. “These actions will allow us to have even greater coordination to protect our more than 10 million residents and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities."
For more information on how Los Angeles County is preparing for the spread of the virus, visit its website here.