Rep. Cisneros Statement on Death of Coronavirus Patient who Traveled to Walnut
WALNUT, CA – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) issued the following statement regarding a patient who died from the coronavirus and traveled to the City of Walnut. This marks the first death from the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, and it occurred at the local Pomona Valley Hospital. The patient was admitted to the hospital in full cardiac arrest on March 9th and unfortunately passed shortly after admission. LA County officials revealed the patients’ travel history included a residence within the City of Walnut and did not travel around the City of Walnut, primarily staying at the residence.
“My prayers are with the patient’s family and friends. I stand with the City of Walnut, and I want to thank Mayor Andrew Rodriguez for the continued updates on this situation. From D.C. and within the district, I will continue to do everything I can to ensure our communities in the 39th District and across the country have the resources and funding to keep people safe and effectively combat the coronavirus. It’s more important than ever that everyone stays informed and up-to-date about our public health crisis. That means checking the CDC website and your county’s health department’s website.
“As another reminder: stay home if you’re sick, make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, get your flu shot, don’t touch your face, and practice safe, common-sense health habits. My staff and I will continue to monitor this situation, and as always, my constituents can contact my office if they have any questions, problems, or concerns.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing updates, the latest news, and frequently asked questions and answers on the coronavirus. You can find the information by clicking HERE for English, AQUÍ en Español, 中文, or 한국어.
State and Local News
Governor Newsom has announced a number of state policies to help Californians respond to the crisis:
- All commercial and Medi-Cal health plans have been directed to eliminate cost-sharing for all medically necessary screening and testing for coronavirus to ensure cost is not a barrier to care.
- Individuals who are unable to work due to coronavirus - whether due to exposure or because they are caring for a quarantined family member (as certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance claim or Paid Family Leave claim.
- Employers experiencing a slowdown in their business or services due to the impact of Coronavirus on the economy can apply for the UI Work Sharing Program or get help preventing major layoffs or closure through the Rapid Response Program.
There are a number of state and local resources that may be helpful to you and your family as you seek information:
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been coordinating with state and local partners to keep Californians safe. The CDPH has issued guidance documents to share evidence-based best practices to help our K-12 schools, colleges and universities, event organizers, and employers keep our communities safe.
- If you need information or resources - such as help finding non-emergency medical care, getting food, paying bills, or accessing free childcare - you can always dial 211 or visit 211.org to speak to someone who can help 24/7.
- Your County Public Health Departments work diligently to prevent the spread of diseases and communicate the latest local information to residents.
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