By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports investigating two additional cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County; the total number of cases for the county is now 16. One case traveled through Japan. One case has an unidentified source of exposure, therefore Public Health has determined this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.


Public Health is identifying persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness has begun. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts will be quarantined.

There are no known public exposure locations related to these cases at this time.

“This is our first case of community transmission in LA County and we will continue to see more cases of COVID- 19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “We continue to urge everyone to do their part: stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick; plan for the possibility of school and business closures, and be sure to follow any additional directives issued by Public Health and/or local officials. By working together, we can slow the transmission of novel coronavirus,” she added.