COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Latest Updates

  • How can you stay safe during this next phase of the COVID-19 crisis? View our new short videos for advice from our experts and download our COVID-19 information and prevention guide here.

  • MLKCH is not doing in-house COVID-19 testing at this time; however the county is providing testing on the northwest corner of our campus via 

  • MLKCH has revised its visitor policy. Please read it before coming to the hospital.

  • Maternity tours, classes and group gatherings are postponed until further notice.

Read about MLKCH’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

For more information:

LA County’s response: Visit the LA Department of Public Health’s information page

National response from the CDC: Visit the CDC site


Gwen Driscoll, Senior Director of Brand Communications

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COVID-19: The current phase

MLKCH infectious disease specialist shares what we know right now.

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Dr. Maita Kuvhenguhwa

New 6/1/20 COVID-19: Your questions answered

Is it safe to swim in a pool?  Do herbal teas help fight COVID? In a new series of short videos, Dr. Maita Kuvhenguhwa answers your latest questions about coronavirus.

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South LA can now “Ask Mia” about COVID-19

MLKCH/s new virtual assistant answers questions, screens for symptoms and guides users to appropriate care.

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Dr. Yulsi Montero

COVID-19: Your questions answered

In a series of short videos, Dr. Yulsi Fernandez-Montero tells you the key things you need to know about coronavirus, how to prevent it, and how to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.

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Is there a right way to wash your hands?

Hand washing: How to do it

Is there a right way to wash your hands? Yes! Evanson Mukira, MLKCH’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control, shows us how.

Watch the video on YouTube

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Meet our other front line workers

Not just doctors and nurses are working the front lines at MLKCH.  From cleaning staff, to cooks, to pharmacists, to our equipment and supplies crew, many people are at work today to ensure our hospital can provide the highest quality care.  Watch this short video about why they do it.

Watch the short video on Facebook

New Visitor Policy

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we have revised our visitation policy:

No visitors are permitted in the hospital, with the following exceptions:

  • One parent/guardian for patient under the age of 18
  • Maternity patients admitted to OB may have one companion
  • Emergency Department companion (if needed)
  • End of life situations 

See complete details here.

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A message from our CEO

"Hospitals manage emergencies every day. It is what we are trained to do, and we do it exceptionally well here. But this emergency is unique, and will be longer lasting than anything we’ve experienced before—it will require extraordinary effort from all of us." 

Read the article on our Foundation website

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Community gifts of kindness

Bank of the West, Tesla, Target, celebrities, local school teachers, donut shops and others deliver “stunning, unexpected” gifts to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital to help fight COVID-19.

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Feeding the front line

Restaurants that shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are back in business, thanks to an inspirational effort to “feed the front lines” – the doctors, nurses and other essential staff at MLKCH.

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Dr. Kuvhenguhwa portrait


Should I be wearing acrylic nails? Can I get coronavirus again if I’ve had it once already? These and other questions are answered in this March 14 interview on KJLH radio with one of our MLKCH infectious disease doctors, Dr. Maita Kuvhenguhwa.

Click here for the first video with Dr. Kuvhenguhwa on YouTube

Click here for the second video with Dr. Kuvhenguhwa on YouTube

Dr. Batchlor Portrait

COVID-19: Our best defense is caring and community

Don’t panic. Don’t hoard. Share what you can. Dr. Elaine Batchlor, MLKCH CEO, writes about the three main things we can do to slow the spread of the virus and how we will get through this better, together.

Read the article at the Los Angeles Sentinel

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Our health system makes fighting coronavirus even harder

If coronavirus is teaching us anything, it’s that our nation needs a better system of healthcare. Read MLKCH CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor’s column in The Sentinel newspaper.

Read the article at the Los Angeles Sentinel

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