Coronavirus Information

The City of Palmdale is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a disease that produces symptoms similar to the flu or pneumonia.

The World Health Organization called the coronavirus situation a pandemic on March 11. On March 12, the City of Palmdale declared a state of emergency to gain better access to the tools and resources needed to fulfill the mission of protecting residents while carrying out the functions of City government. (See proclamation).  Los Angeles County and the State of California have also declared states of emergency.

For updates on the number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County, please visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

On March 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order, calling on residents of the County of Los Angeles, which includes the City of Palmdale,  to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks. The order was updated and modified on March 21. (See the order here)

We encourage residents to practice good public health hygiene, such as frequent hand washing and social distancing, as this is the height of the flu season

Key preventative steps:

  • Stay at home when sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

Important Links

California Department of Public Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Coronavirus FAQ (PDF)

Coronavirus FAQ (SPANISH) (PDF)

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