LANCASTER — Despite rumors to the contrary, there are no reported cases of coronavirus, or covid-19, being treated at Antelope Valley hospitals at this time, officials said Thursday.
Officials from Palmdale Regional Medical Center and Antelope Valley Hospital said Thursday afternoon that they had no confirmed cases of the virus.
Both medical facilities said they are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control to monitor the disease.
“Antelope Valley Hospital has a multidisciplinary team that follows the protocols established by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relative to the coronavirus disease, COVID-19,” hospital officials said in an email Thursday evening. “The team is prepared to identify and isolate any patient exhibiting symptoms consistent with a possible COVID-19 infection. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of patients and those who care for them at Antelope Valley Hospital.”
“We encourage the public to practice flu precautions by thoroughly washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of disease,” Palmdale Regional Medical Center officials advised.
Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases grew within the county. By mid-day Thursday, the number had grown to 11, according to Department of Public Health officials.
Gov. Gavin Newsom followed suit later Wednesday with an emergency declaration for the state.
Palmdale city officials said they are also closely monitoring the disease’s spread.
“The health of our residents is of the utmost importance,” Mayor Steve Hofbauer said. “I am confident that city staff are doing everything within their power to inform and protect our residents. In this incident, sharing timely information from various sources is critical.”
“We are keeping a close eye on the developments with the goal of raising awareness and informing our residents on ways to keep themselves safe and prepared,” Palmdale City Manager J.J. Murphy said. “Mayor Hofbauer and city staff are participating in coronavirus update telebriefings with the county. At this time, there is no immediate threat to the local public who haven’t traveled overseas, but we are actively sharing important information on our website and our social media outlets on a daily basis. We are working closely with the appropriate agencies and health care organizations to do whatever we deem necessary to prepare for and respond to any outbreaks in Palmdale.”
The city’s emergency coordinator is helping to educate the public, advising of the steps residents may take to help protect themselves and their families.
“Some of the most important steps people can take is to stay at home when they’re sick and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose,” Emergency Services Coordinator Nazy Chiniforoushan said. “Limiting your close contact with people who are sick, keeping surfaces and frequently touched objects clean and disinfected, and getting a flu shot are also good practices.”