Officials announced Friday that Los Angeles County has rented 244 rooms at a hotel at the L.A. County Fairplex for coronavirus patients who need to be quarantined.
L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis and L.A. County Fair Association President and CEO Miguel Santana said at a live-streamed news conference that the rooms at the Sheraton Fairplex will open on a first-come, first-served basis to people who are self-isolating, showing symptoms or have been exposed to the virus.
Officials also used the press briefing to announce that 61 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, the biggest one-day jump thus far. In all, 292 people have been infected in the county. The median age for the total of people who have been infected is 47, county Public Health Department Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.
So far, about 2,400 people have been tested in L.A. County. Two people have died due to the virus.
Friday was the first day of the “stay at home” orders issued by L.A. County and the state, which direct residents to stay at home, unless buying essential supplies or conducting necessary activities. Those who are essential workers are exempted.
“Everyone who is not an essential worker must stay home and only go out for essentials,” Ferrer said.
The County/Fairplex partnership is expected to last until the end of May, though provisions have been made available through June. Health care, food and laundry services, and security will all be available at the hotel, along with childcare for those providing services.
“From health impacts to businesses facing closure, this is a time for compassion,” Solis said.
In addition to the emergency housing, the Fairplex is also partnering with volunteer agency Sowing Seeds to set up a drive-thru food pantry, opening April 1.
This is the second quarantine location established in Los Angeles County, the first being at Dockweiler State Beach, south of LAX.