Health Officials Warn Americans To Plan For The Spread Of Coronavirus In U.S.


Be cove in nineteen the corona virus and its continued spread throughout the United States the death toll has risen to twelve people that number could be changing but as of now that's what we have this past week we had our first death in California that was connected to a cruise ship that traveled from the U. S. to Mexico Los Angeles also declared a health emergency after there were six new cases that were confirmed there one of which was a worker and Allie X. two screens incoming flights from China for more on this we spoke to Steve Gregory he's a reporter KFI news in Los Angeles to talk about how local cities are handling the outbreak and also why we might have to start practicing social distancing a state of emergency for people to know is that it's basically a message in which to free up funding resources supplies I think people are most commonly hearing state of emergency after a tornado and earthquake a flood and when they call in female things like that well in a health crisis like this state of emergency do exactly the same thing is other natural disasters and Daddy is that document allows the federal government to tap into a reserve fund or state government or a regional government and they're able to get these funds to help them pay for overtime additional staffing more testing kits which is a really big deal right now with this covert nineteen strain and in Los Angeles actually in some cases a little overdue to do this because we had already had the six confirmed cases and we also know that they've tested at least six hundred fifty people in the Los Angeles county area thus far and only the six have come out with the actual confirmation of the virus so that state of emergency it basically allows governments to tap into reserve funds and reserve resources the official speaking today said that this was not a response rooted in panic and that's important to say because people do your emergency and they are going to AZ what we know about the new cases and L. eighty six cases we do know that they all originated from the same travel situation and that means basically they've ruled out that it was person to person in California or in southern California south but basically those inspected it were a result of inbound travel from northern Italy in that area that people have been traveling there come back together as a group and then they splintered off after they got into the Los Angeles county area and then they were sort of having to work to contain all of them but they found the point of origin for the virus of all the six cases and that was the concerning part of this community spread it which they suspected was what was happening in Washington state that's the bad version that's not what you want I did read and correct me if I'm wrong they said that the six case was a person who works in a field that exposes them to international travelers what we've been able to find out if it's a worker at the Los Angeles International Airport and that worker with inside a minute what they call an airline trans Atlantic so this could be one of those VIP lounges something along those lines that was the first thing I thought airport I wrote in my notes right here airport and big question marks what are the other interesting things like Los Angeles officials are talking about this was this notion of social distancing it caught my ear right away there's different efforts to try to stem the spread of things so we know about isolating patients that are infected from other people so that doesn't get out quarantining we've heard about that but social distancing is this other element to this tell us about that because that one kind of leads into when you start hearing about ghost towns people not going out or I think the line was stay six feet away from strangers basically all we're saying is be aware of your personal space and make sure you're aware of others personal space that's really what it boils down to the very fancy term that medical professionals use and especially this case epidemiologists and others that have to deal with mass situations there have been a lot of meetings with those that run venues here we have staples center we have the Microsoft center we have a lot of venues in Los Angeles where lots of people gather M. in particular sports arenas and sports gatherings and that's a big problem right now which was funny to me during a press conference this morning when they were talking about that and every political official behind them were all standing shoulder to shoulder and it was kind of interesting that they're telling everyone else to be aware of their personal space and everyone else was almost arm in arm and it's kind of interesting but it really boils down to common sense and that's what the health director of the Los Angeles county health department was really trying to get across the declaration of state of emergency it's just an administrative function there's no need to panic wash your hands make sure you're aware of your space around you don't crowd someone else be cognizant of when you're going to a public space into a restroom or anything like that just be aware of your surroundings we keep talking about this declarations of health emergencies house lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to a deal to allocate about eight billion dollars to help federal government's fight the coronavirus some of this money will go to state officials and trickled on down so that's why it's important that these cities and counties and all star declaring these health emergencies and ice image we're talking about LA specifically but there's at least thirteen states have reported coronavirus cases since late January so this is gonna start popping up as this keeps spreading and you mentioned testing kits and all as they do more tests we'll see the numbers increase but still by and large not any reason to start panicking just yet Steve Gregory reporter if I news in Los Angeles thank you very much for joining us always later Oscar after taking a look at Los Angeles we want to take a look at New York where there have been cases of community spread it continues to spread their New York where there was at least twenty two cases that number could have risen by now and most of these cases in New York were tied to a lawyer in Manhattan who has underlying respiratory issues infected his family then a neighbor then friends and has led to about one thousand people self quarantining this is all happening in a very close knit Jewish community in the meantime New York continues to monitor and test those who are at risk of having contracted the virus for more on the spread there New York we spoke to Ben Guarino he's a reporter for The Washington Post so the community spread has been identified with a fifty year old attorney who works in midtown Manhattan he is part of a close knit community in Westchester New York where he attends kindergarten his children go to Jewish schools in the area and so those are the ones that have been made his self quarantine so hello members of the synagogue he attends classmate of his children who go to the schools have decided to tell quarantine at home so the officials estimate about a thousand people roughly in in Westchester affiliated with with some of these public meeting places have self quarantine so help walk us through how this happened because from my understanding this lawyer he does have an underlying respiratory condition so he's in the hospital but what happened was that there was a bar mitzvah and there was also a funeral where I think the funerals for a founder of of the synagogue there that's why there were so many people in attendance but explain to us what happened with the doctor I have my understanding was it was like the doctor and it was his wife and kids and then a neighbor it help walk us through that yes the New York City has disease detectives they call them and they try to find every link every possible link between someone who might have come into contact so we have this fifty year old attorney D. as you're exactly right you have an underlying respiratory illness and that's one of the demographics that can be severe for this disease so for most people it's going to be okay but in this case he had an underlying respiratory illness so he had a neighbor drive him to the hospital where he's currently in stable condition but then the neighbor tested positive that the attorney's wife who works at the midtown Manhattan law firm with him she tested positive their two children did and then adds more testing was done as these links were investigated then that number started to rise at a positive test a family friend tested positive that French wife tested positive and three of their four children so and as of this morning I don't know the specifics of the individuals but in addition to those folks I just mentioned eight other individuals with some community ties to this attorney have also tested positive in all of those cases their home they have mild or asymptomatic they're not expressing symptoms and

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