BCHD Establishes Operations Center; Three COVID-19 Cases in Manhattan Beach
Mar 16, 2020 08:57PM
By Jeanne Fratello
Last week, BCHD announced that it would temporarily close the AdventurePlex facility in Manhattan Beach and the Center for Health & Fitness in Redondo Beach until April 30, as part of its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. BCHD also postponed or cancelled all events through April 30.
- Older adults (65 years and older)
- Early data suggest older adults are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, cancer or compromised immune systems.
“We are closely monitoring the developments as they evolve alongside our three cities, school districts and chambers of commerce,” said Bakaly. “As the local health resource in the community, we are taking a preventive approach in line with recommendations from public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact to residents. We all have a role in the health of our community—everybody can be a leader and practice social distancing and good public health hygiene. Now is the time to support our community and support one another.”
BCHD will continue to provide services to older adults and adults with disabilities in the community while taking precautions to ensure staff and volunteers follow LACDPH recommendations to protect themselves and others from respiratory infections like COVID-19 or the flu.
“Now more than ever is the time to support our community and support one another,” said Dr. William Kim, BCHD’s Chief Medical Advisor. “In doing so, we urge people to follow the recommendation of social distancing for your health and the health of the person you’re trying to help.”
If you are an older adult resident or an adult with disabilities (or if you know one) in the Beach Cities in need of assistance, or if you have resident questions or concerns, please reach out to BCHD's information and referral line at 310-374-3426, ext. 256 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or make an online request at bchd.org/coronavirus.