As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following facilities and services are being impacted by the Novel Coronavirus situation:
- City Hall, The Agoura Hills Library, and the Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center are closed to the public. All upcoming City events are being cancelled or rescheduled.
- Essential services including Police, Fire, and emergency medical assistance are fully functional at this time.
- Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) has closed all facilities for a minimum of two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 and lasting through March 27th.
- County animal control facilities are closed to the public. The Department of Animal Care and Control will continue to respond to emergency calls for service. For emergency animal control services contact the Agoura Hills dispatch line at: 818 991-0071
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended cancelling all gatherings of larger than 50 people for the next 8 weeks. The full recommendation can be found here.
- In coordination with the mandate by LA County Public Health and the LA County Board of Supervisors, all bars, nightclubs, wineries, brew pubs, fitness centers, and movie theaters are directed to close as of Monday, March 16. Restaurants are directed to move to take-out only options. This directive applies to all 88 cities in Los Angeles County, including Agoura Hills, and unincorporated regions of Los Angeles County. The California Department of Public Health has released official guidelines regarding retail food, beverage, and service venues which you can view here.
- Grocery stores remain open and supply lines are continuously working to ensure that our residents are supplied with the food that they need. A statement by the California Grocers Association regarding the Novel Coronavirus can be found here.
Currently, there is an outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus throughout various locations in the United States and various other countries. President Trump has declared a National Emergency (Friday, March 13, 2020) related to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as Los Angeles County. We are still not at a point in which people should panic but focus on being prepared to help prevent the spread of the virus. As of this posting, there have been 144* confirmed cases of the virus in Los Angeles County. Although we are not aware of any of those being near or a threat to the Agoura Hills community, the City is taking a precautionary approach in its decisions.
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*This number is changing daily and reflects the most current number at the time of posting.
How COVID-19 Spreads
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.
Person-to-person spread - The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects - It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How to prevent the spread of the virus
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Where to get further information
Further information will be updated as it is received.