UPDATE MARCH 10, 2020- The City of Malibu’s number one priority is ensuring public safety of the community. The City understands that community members are very concerned about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential spread and impact on individual and public health and safety, and that community members are eager for information.
The City has been asked to confirm whether there are any Malibu residents that have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The City of Malibu has contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) who provided the following guidelines about the release of information pertinent to the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Los Angeles County. To protect patient privacy, LADPH does not provide details of specific cases. Public health investigations, under state and federal law, are confidential. Specific information is disclosed by LADPH when necessary to prevent the occurrence of additional cases. LADPH will provide additional information regarding Novel Coronavirus cases only when: a new case of the virus is confirmed; if a person confirmed to have the virus has died; and if there is a confirmed case at public locations and it is necessary to identify additional persons at risk for being infected.
The City, in standard preparation for any emergency or disaster, has robust plans in place for continuity of government services and business operations. The City has prepared a Pandemic Response Plan that will address continuity of operations for businesses, schools and City government services in case a serious outbreak of corona (or other communicable disease) occurs locally. As in any emergency situation or disaster, the City receives official information from the County of Los Angeles which is then be disseminated to the Malibu community.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the novel (new) coronavirus in the United States. City of Malibu staff are participating in regular conference calls with the LADPH to receive the latest updates and reviewing emergency procedures should an outbreak occur. The City is also implementing the recommended hygiene protocols in City Hall.
The Westside Los Angeles County cities of Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Culver City released a joint statement on Wednesday, March 4 about the current Los Angeles County Declaration of a Level 3 local emergency in response to the Novel #Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cities are under the declaration, and are following the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), our local agency that has jurisdiction. See the full statement.
To see the current numbers of cases in the United States, spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information, please visit the CDC website. For information on the virus in Los Angeles County, visit the LADPH website.
The public is urged to:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaner
- Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth
- Disinfect public counters, desks, common areas, phones, keyboards, etc. - Use disinfectant wipes identified for use against Influenza A&B and Coronaviruses - If you have symptoms (fever, cough, vomiting, difficulty breathing) stay home and call your doctor and remain home until you have spoken with your doctor or health provider and are cleared to return to work, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not on hand.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw away the tissue.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
For more information, please refer to the following resources: