Glendale now has 4 cases of the coronavirus, doubling since Monday
Glendale’s now has four confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the most recent report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Yesterday, the agency reported that there were three cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in the city.
The number has been climbing since the first local confirmed case was reported by USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale on Monday morning.
Later that day, county health officials listed two known cases.
L.A. County now has a total of 292 confirmed cases, including Long Beach and Pasadena. Pasadena has two confirmed cases.
Little is known about the patients who have tested positive for the virus in Glendale.
The patient that tested positive at USC-VHH was in quarantine and doing well, according to the hospital’s chief executive Keith Hobbs on Monday morning.
Citing privacy concerns, the hospital has declined to provide any further updates on the patient or identifying information, including age.
“USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is committed to transparency balanced with our patients’ right to privacy,” said Dr. Armand Dorian, chief medical officer at the hospital, in a statement.
“We are working closely with local health officials to investigate who may be at risk for infection and notifying any high-risk individuals to self-isolate at this time,” he added.
L.A. County’s Department of Public Health is the lead agency managing the testing and known cases of the virus.
Local agencies are only notified and/or permitted to release public information of a positive test if there is known public exposure, or if an event needs to be canceled or a facility need to be closed, city spokeswoman Eliza Papazian said in a statement last week.
It’s up to individual hospitals to decide whether or not to release information about confirmed cases at their facilities, City Manager Yasmin Beers said during an emergency City Council meeting today.
Glendale Adventist would not confirm or deny positive cases, according to spokeswoman Alicia Gonzalez.
Officials at Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital declined to comment beyond a statement from last week saying that the hospital was prepared to identify, isolate and treat potential patients with the virus, according to a statement from the hospital.