Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
From the World Health Organization
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
Follow the guidance outlined above, also:
Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
How We're Responding
Although there are no confirmed cases in Lynwood, the City continues to prepare for COVID-19 to ensure that members of the Lynwood community are informed and kept safe as possible.
City Manager’s Office
The City Manager’s Office is responsible for preparing public notices, press releases and communicating on behalf of the City. At this time, the City Manager’s Office is preparing to provide updates related to COVID-19 so residents know where to get latest information.
Keeping residents and employees safe is a priority for the City of Lynwood. Here are steps the City is taking to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19:
Effective Monday March 16th:
- All recreation facilities will be closed.
- The Youth Center will remain open for the after-school program.
- The Senior Center will be open for the Meal Program from 11:00am-1:00pm on March 13 (Friday), March 16 (Monday) and March 17 (Tuesday).
- The Meal Program will shift to a once-per-week Meal program on March 18 (Wednesday).
- lf you visit City Hall, we will not have a receptionist. There is a phone in the lobby of the building you are visiting where you can contact Human Resources, Finance, City Clerk and the City Manager’s office.
- City offices and spaces now undergo a deep-cleaning three times a day.
- Public Facilities are now sanitized on an hourly basis.
Resources for more information on COVID-19:Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
If you have students in the Lynwood Unified School District:
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)
- What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve (change) into a new human coronavirus that can spread from person-to-person. This is what happened with the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. Diseases from coronaviruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses cause serious infections like pneumonia.
- How are coronaviruses spread?
Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:
- Droplets produced through coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
We are learning more each day about how easily the new coronavirus spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick. As information becomes available, we will keep you informed. Do not assume that someone of a race or nationality is likely to have COVID-19; this new virus has infected people of many different races and nationalities across the entire world.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to people becoming severely ill, requiring admission to the hospital, and dying.
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe illness
- What should I do if I have these symptoms and recently traveled to an affected country?
Evidence from other countries suggest that like the flu, most people will have mild symptoms and should stay home until 24 hours after fever. Certain people should call their doctor early, including the elderly, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911, otherwise it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care.
You should also call a doctor if you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19. Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for an up to date list of countries most affected by COVID-19
- Can I get tested for the coronavirus?
Testing is not helpful if you do not have symptoms. However, most people will get better with rest so there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you develop difficulty breathing or cannot keep fluids down, see a doctor or call 911. Certain patients such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying medical conditions should call their doctor earlier. If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a doctor. If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in.
- How is novel coronavirus treated?
There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Treatment is based on the patient’s condition.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus. Be aware of scam products for sale that make false claims to prevent or treat this new infection.
- Is the Coronavirus spreading in the United States?
There have been several cases identified in the United States that have not had travel to affected country. This does suggest there is community spread in the United States and that spread may continue.
- How can I protect myself when I travel?
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people avoid all nonessential travel to countries that are most affected by COVID-19. Check the CDC COVID-19
Information for Travel webpage https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
Taking steps to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, like the flu, will also help to prevent coronaviruses. Talk with your doctor before travel to make sure you have received the recommended vaccines and medications specific to your destination to protect your health.
- What actions are being taken by the Federal Government regarding travelers from
mainland China and Iran?
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in mainland China and Iran, there are White House travel directives in place:
- Restricting all foreign nationals who have traveled or been in mainland China and Iran in the past 14 days from entering the US. This order can be renewed by the President every 14 days.
- Requiring all US citizens and their close family members returning from mainland China to enter through one of eleven airports in the US (including LAX), where they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection agents.
- If travelers are showing signs of respiratory illness, they will be sent for additional testing to a health care facility.
- If travelers were in the Hubei Province at any time in the past 14 days, they will be quarantined at a secure location and monitored for illness for 14 days from their last exposure.
- If travelers are returning from other places in mainland China and have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, they may also be subject to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure.
- If travelers are returning from all other parts of mainland China and they have not been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, they will be allowed to travel to their final destination where they will be monitored by their local public health department and asked to remain in their homes and avoid public places for 14 days from last exposure.
- What actions are being taken by the Federal Government regarding travelers from
other affected countries?
The CDC is recommending that any traveler from other countries with outbreaks of COVID-19 who may have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after leaving should call their doctor and self-isolate (Avoid contact with others and not travel on public transportation while sick.)
- How will Public Health monitor travelers who are self-isolated?
With the new travel guidance, Public Health will regularly monitor potential cases to see if they develop any symptoms or fever. This is the same process we use with other communicable diseases, such as measles. Public Health will also monitor contacts for 14 days after the time of their last exposure, after which time they are free of the risk of developing COVID-19.
- What can I do to protect myself and others from respiratory infections like 2019-nCoV?
As with other respiratory illnesses, there are steps that everyone can take daily to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with circulating viruses.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
- Should I wear a facemask?
It is not recommended that people who are well wear a mask to protect themselves from COVID-19 unless a healthcare professional advises it. A facemask should be used by people with COVID-19 who have symptoms to protect others from getting infected. Health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in a close setting should wear a mask.
- Could there be school or business closures?
If COVID-19 is spreading widely through a community it may be necessary to recommend that schools or business close to help prevent the spread of disease. Public health is encouraging organizations and schools to review and update their emergency plans and consider ways to continue critical services if on-site operations must be reduced temporarily. Speak with your children’s school or daycare center to learn about their emergency operation plan and prepare ahead for possible alternate childcare arrangements. Also speak with employers and learn about what you might be asked to do if there are closures or reduced operations at your worksite.
- What can I do if I get stressed about COVID-19?
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, it is normal to feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low risk of getting sick. It is important to care for your own physical and mental health. For tips on what you can do to help cope, read “Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” on the Public Health website. For help, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at (800) 854-7771 or call
- What else can I do?
– Find a healthcare provider if you don’t already have one.
– Update your emergency kits with food, water and supplies to last a few days in case there is a need for quarantine. Although this is unlikely, it is important to be prepared as you would for any other emergency.
– Continue to encourage welcoming environments for ALL members of our community.
– Always check with reliable sources for the up-to-date, accurate information about novel coronavirus.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH, County)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH, State)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, National)
World Health Organization (WHO, International)
If you have questions, and would like to speak to someone, call 2-1-1
Archived Coronavirus Updates (Newest to Oldest):
- Second Order Regarding Social Distancing Businesses and Restaurant Restrictions
- Small Businesses/Nonprofits Eligible for New Coronavirus ‘Paycheck Protection Program’
- Please read from WRI (the City’s waste collection contractor)
- COVID-19 Update From LA County
- City of Lynwood To Close Its Parks
- St. Francis Medical Center Opens Emergency Dept. COVID-19 Surge Tent
- Update on Lynwood Public Works Department
- Coronavirus Death Confirmed At St. Francis
- A 2nd Patient at St. Francis Hospital Tests Positive for Coronavirus/COVID 19
- Stay Home Except for Essential Needs
- Covid-19 Urgent Message
- Lynwood Park Access to be Limited
- Please read the update on COVID-19 in Lynwood
- Seniors Shop First
- Senior Lunch Changes Due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions
- COVID-19 Update from St. Francis Hospital
- Public Order Under City of Lynwood Emergency Authority
- Urgent Notice Regarding – March 17 City Council Meeting
- Animal Control FAQ Regarding Cornonavirus Disease (Covid-19)
- We Are Lynwood
- Letter to Residents Regarding LUSD Closure
- Two Week School Closure Effective March 16
- Lynwood Launches Webpage to Inform Residents about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Coronavirus Letter to Residents
- City of Lynwood Statement Regarding the Coronavirus