COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:

Coronavirus update for residents of South LA

UPDATED 4/30/20 @ 11:00 a.m. This advisory has been updated since it was first published on Feb. 7.

For more information on MLKCH’s response, please contact: Gwen Driscoll, senior director of brand communications, MLKCH: 310-720-4441 /

Willowbrook -- In light of the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19,) Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) wishes to advise residents of our Service Area as to health precautions they can take as well as MLKCH’s response.

MLKCH continues to work in close partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor the situation closely and to take measures to ensure the health and safety of our community.

For complete County and National Resources:

Without a vaccine or treatment, additional social (physical) distancing measures are necessary to slow the rate of new COVID-19 cases and protect both the public and the healthcare system.The “Safer at Home” Health Officer Order has been updated to reflect new guidelines set forth by the Governor of California and is now in effect until May 15, 2020. 

As part of our response, MLKCH:

  • Has updated its visitation policy. Please see our updated policy before coming to the hospital
  • Installed a security integration product to monitor visitor temperatures
  • A separate examination area has been set up for patient screening
  • Has secured adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for both patients and staff

We began preparation to respond to COVID-19 in late January by anticipating increased volume, running preparedness simulations and standing up a command center. 

MLKCH Resources:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MLKCH has ensured its community has access to accurate, easy-to-understand information and tools on the virus to protect themselves and “flatten the curve,” such as the:

  • Quick links to telehealth services so patients to do not have to make a visit to the emergency room
  •  “Ask Mia,” virtual assistant that instantly provides advice, screens symptoms and answers common questions regarding COVID-19
  • Dedicated COVID-19 website with numerous resources including links to telehealth resources, short Q&A Videos, interviews with MLKCH experts

Prevention-As a Reminder:
The same standard health practices that help to prevent the spread of the flu (influenza) can also be used to prevent COVID-19, including: 

  • Public health officials encourage Los Angeles residents to wash their hands often, thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Opt for verbal greetings in place of hugs and handshakes
  • Avoid close contact and try to maintain a distance of six feet from strangers and/or people who are sick
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Staying away from work, school and other places where people gather
  • Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve
  • Staying up to date on immunizations and flu shots

About COVID-19:

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, defined as a regional outbreak of an illness that spreads unexpectedly. WHO officials stressed that with proper prevention and avoidance, all countries can reduce threat of further transmission.

COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that’s a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. The disease is caused by a virus called 2019-nCoV. Symptoms of this virus can include fever, runny nose, cough and breathing trouble.

Most who are infected with the virus either do not develop symptoms or develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually older adults or those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19: 

  • call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken

It's up to ALL of us to fight COVID-19.  Stay at home, follow official guidance, and take care of each other, safely!

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