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2 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Whittier

WHITTIER — L.A. County public health officials on Friday confirmed 61 new cases of COVID-19 patients, including two in Whittier. 

A case was also confirmed in South Whittier. 

Officials said the patients have been isolated and their close contacts placed in self-quarantine. 

To date, authorities has identified 292 cases across all areas in LA County including two deaths. 

“Our state, county and local leaders have entered the next phase in protecting the health of our population and slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, Los Angeles County Public Health Director. “Non-essential businesses are ordered to close and everyone is ordered to be safe at home unless you are an essential worker.

“Essential services – those that ensure we have our medicine and healthcare, food to eat, water to drink, communications and electricity – may all remain open and operating. We thank all of those who are working in these essential roles for their service during these very difficult times.”

On Friday, the City of Whittier reminded residents to adhere to local and state “safe at home” mandates. City facilities will remain closed through at least April 19 but critical services such as public safety and utilities will still be provided. 

Dial-a-Ride transit service is available for medical appointments and to grocery stores only. 

“City staff is committed to providing continuity of service to our residents while ensuring the continued health and well-being of those in our community,” said Mayor Joe Vinatieri. “Remember to check in on your neighbors, especially those in need, and do your part to practice social distancing to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in Whittier. We are first responders now — together we are Whittier STRONG.”


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