Pasadena Mayor Tornek to return from Africa amid coronavirus concerns – Daily News

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Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said today that he will return next week from Senegal, where he is part of a delegation visiting Pasadena’s African sister city Dakar-Plateau, to monitor developments in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“I have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and in frequent communication with our city manager,” Tornek said in a letter. “In light of the situation, I am returning to Pasadena next week,” he added.

“The health and safety of our community is paramount. I have the utmost confidence in our health department as we work around the clock in coordination with our local, state and federal officials,” he said. “As you go about your daily lives, please take precautionary measures to ensure your health and safety. Please stay home if you are sick.”

Tornek said most Pasadena businesses will remain open, with many experiencing negative effects because of shutdowns.

“While we are encouraging social distancing, it’s important that we all support our local businesses,” he said. “I urge you to shop and dine local. This could take weeks, if not months to resolve, so we ask your patience in letting us disseminate timely and accurate information and your help in supporting one another.”

Health official continue preparing for a further increase in the spread of COVID-19. The county’s Office of Emergency Management has been working on a plan to open quarantine centers, where individuals who believe they might have been exposed and have no good place to stay, can go while they await test results, said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s top health official. “My approach from the beginning,” Ferrer said, “has been the more prepared we are, the better we are able to be responsive in a meaningful way.”

Los Angeles County health officials announced eight new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, March 13, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 40. Pasadena’s health department has reported one case.

The cause of three of the new cases were from unidentified sources, meaning there was no evidence of international travel or known exposure to someone who was diagnosed with the respiratory disease — another sign of possible community spread. Two of the new confirmed cases were being hospitalized.

The total number of confirmed cases includes four in Long Beach, one in Pasadena and six possible cases of community transmission. There has been one death.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles reported Friday that it was treating a child between the ages of 6 and 9 with COVID-19. The child had an underlying condition that likely made them vulnerable to the virus, the hospital said in a statement.

City News Service and Staff Writer David Rosenberg contributed to this report.



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