Authorities are warning the public Friday about a fake letter being distributed through email and on Facebook that is falsely claiming “a possible coronavirus outbreak” in Carson.

The letter, which is purporting to be from an official with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, contains false information and has been determined to be a hoax, according to Carson Sheriff’s Station Public Information Officer Jennifer Atenza.

The Sheriff’s Carson Station became aware of the letter being shared on Facebook and through emails Wednesday, and contacted Public Health officials, who confirmed it was fake, Atenza told City News Service.

“There is NO current threat to public health from the Coronavirus in Los Angeles County,” says Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Public Health officials warned the public to beware of the false information. Genuine updates on the virus will be posted at publichealth.lacounty.gov and on Twitter at @lapublichealth.

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