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16 New Coronavirus Cases In LA County, Bringing Our Total To 69

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L.A. County now has 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection after 16 new cases were reported Sunday, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Of the new cases, five people have been hospitalized. In terms of how the new cases were exposed:

  • Three were exposed during recent travel;
  • Two were health care workers exposed in a health care setting;
  • Four had close contact with a confirmed case;
  • One is the case reported by the Long Beach Health Department late Saturday;
  • One case has an unidentified source of exposure.
  • Five cases are awaiting further investigation.

Of the total 69 cases in L.A. County, 10 are considered to be from "communmity transmission," meaning the source of infection is unknown.
One of the cases is an employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, the LAPD said in a release Sunday. "A uniformed supervisor assigned to our Pacific Division exhibited flu-like symptoms around March 5th. He went home and sought medical treatment including being tested for COVD-19. Those results returned positive today," the department wrote, adding that the supervisor is expected to make a full recovery. No other employees from the Pacific Division has experienced symptoms, according to the LAPD.

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Do not call 911 to ask for COVID-19 testing, and do not go to an emergency room unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care, the public health department says. If you have a respiratory illness and want to know whether to be tested, the department advises you to call your health care provider or 2-1-1 to find a clinic near you.

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