The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a health advisory on March 28, 2020. This advisory provides guidance on isolation and quarantine recommendations given the March 25 health officer isolation order. It also gives guidance on health care personnel monitoring, isolation and exposure.
Because guidance for the prevention and management of COVID-19 may change, providers and staff are encouraged to visit the Los Angeles Health Alert Network (LAHAN) website frequently. You can also subscribe to the LAHAN to receive alerts, advisories, and updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH)is asking clinicians to ensure that outpatients with presumed and confirmed COVID-19 self-isolate and that their close contacts are quarantined.
- A minority of outpatients with COVID-19 will rapidly deteriorate. Patients with risk factors for severe illness, such as older age and certain underlying medical conditions, who are managed in the outpatient setting should be closely monitored and provided with clear instructions on when to seek immediate medical attention.
- All healthcare personnel (HCP) should monitor themselves twice daily for fever or respiratory symptoms because of the potential for unidentified exposure to COVID-19.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a HAN today, Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019. The CDC asks clinicians to counsel patients on the importance of taking medications only as prescribed and as directed by healthcare providers and to discourage patients from using nonpharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate. At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
Los Angeles County DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control:
COVID-19 associated deaths must be reported by healthcare providers by phone or secure email immediately.
- Telephone 1-888-397-3993 or 1-213-240-7821 or complete the Novel Coronavirus Death Report form and send via secure email to COVIDdeath@ph.lacounty.gov.
Positive COVID-19 lab results from clinical labs (not PHL) must be reported by healthcare providers within one day.
- Complete and fax the Medical Provider COVID-19 Report Form to 1.888.397.3778 or send by secure email to COVID19@ph.lacounty.gov.
Long Beach Health and Human Services:
- To report a case of COVID-19, fill out the Long Beach COVID-19 Report Form and fax the form and a copy of the positive laboratory result to 1-562-570-4374 or send by secure email to LBEpi@longbeach.gov.
Pasadena Public Health Department:
- To report a case of COVID-19, fill out the COVID-19 Report Form at the Pasadena Public Health Department website. Fax the form to 1.626.744.6115 and call 1.626.744.6089 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (note: closed every other Friday) or for after-hours call 1.626.744.6043.
⇒ Keep up to date by visiting the LAC DPH Coronavirus Webpage for Health Professionals.