We are all very concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community -- our families, our friends and neighbors, our businesses. We need to focus on staying healthy -- that means staying home for now and practicing social distancing.
People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus. The best way to stop the spread is to stay home. Please don't leave home except for essentials (groceries, medical attention, etc.).
Steps to protect your and your family’s health (taken from the CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website):
You can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak...
Stay informed and in touch
- Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials
- 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.
Prepare for possible illness
- Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
- Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
Take everyday preventive steps
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.
See also: More prevention details
Watch for symptoms
Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms:
- Fever or
- Cough or
- Shortness of breath
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately
Emergency warning signs include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
(*Note: this list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.)
- Keep away from others who are sick
- Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet)
If someone in your home is sick
- Continue to practice everyday preventive actions
- Keep the ill person in a separate room from others in the household
- If caring for a sick household member, follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health
- Keep surfaces disinfected
- Avoid sharing personal items
- If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email
- Stay informed about the local outbreak situation
- Notify your work if your schedule needs to change
- Take care of the emotional health of your household members, including yourself
Those at higher risk of severe illness
Take additional precautions for those at higher risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.
- Consider staying at home and away from crowds
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact with others
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Notify your child’s school if your child becomes sick with COVID-19
- Keep track of school dismissals in your community
- Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places
There’s no evidence that pets in the US can spread COVID-19 to people. The virus spreads mostly from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The City of West Hollywood is providing many resources for residents and businesses, including for our older adult community members to access services such as grocery accommodations, transit services, rental assistance, etc.
For information from the County of Los Angeles, you can visit the County's website by clicking here.
For information from the CDC, you can visit the CDC website by clicking here.
The City will post updates on its News and Updates page and encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
Lastly, please remember, homebodies help save lives! Stay home, practice social distancing and #SpreadTheWord, not the virus.