Guidance for the Community
Importance Guidance for Everyone
- Stay home as much as possible, self-isolate and only go out for essential needs. Eliminate non-essential trips.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then toss the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get a flu vaccine to prevent influenza if you haven’t already done so this flu season.
- Keep your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus.
Self-Isolation for Older Adults and Those Who Have Elevated Risk
- Remain at home until further guidance is issued.
- Continue with outdoor activities.
- Practice social distancing, both in and outside the home.
- Stay in touch with others by phone, email, or other on-line tools (like Skype and Facebook).
- Identify Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Caregivers who can provide support
- Have supplies on hand
- Have a plan for if you get sick
- Practice Hand washing
- Use “respiratory etiquette”
- Clean and disinfect your home
Read the full guidance here.
What To Do if You Are Sick
Stay home except to get medical care
- Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
- Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
Read the full guidance here.
Twenty-two public health labs in California are testing samples for COVID-19. These labs include the California Department of Public Health’s Laboratory in Richmond, Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Napa-Solano-Yolo-Marin (located in Solano), Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Tulare and Ventura County public health laboratoriesThe Richmond Laboratory will provide diagnostic testing within a 48-hour turnaround time. More public health labs will soon be able to test samples for COVID-19. This means California public health officials will get test results sooner, so that patients will get the best care.
If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider before seeking care.
Public, charter and private schools, along with the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (NCSOS) are teaming up with Nevada County Public Health Department to provide students, families and the public with the most accurate information available regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Nevada County.
Nevada County educators are working to address new state and federal emergency directives for school closures and guidelines for the implementation of “Distance Learning” strategies that will work for Nevada County schools. With these guidelines now in place, ALL public schools will initiate distance learning.
More information available at: https://nevco.org/ .
Bars & Restaurants
- Bars, wineries, breweries and pubs should be closed, except for venues that are currently authorized to provide off sale beer and wine to be consumed off premises are allowed.
- This guidance is not intended to affect production of beer and wine.
- Bars, breweries, pubs, and wineries that include meals provided by a full kitchen should follow the restaurant guidance below if they provide delivery or pick-up options. Retail Food Service and Other Related Service Venues Restaurants/Cafeterias
- Restaurants should be closed for in-restaurant seated dining, and should be open only to drive-through or other pick-up/delivery options.
- Remind employees of best hygiene practices including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Increase frequency of cleaning and sanitizing per CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection guidance of all hard surfaces, including tables and counter tops that are being utilized by employees and patrons during pickup/delivery options.
Read the full guidance here.
The California Department of Public Health finds the following:
• All gatherings should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
• Gyms, health clubs, and theaters should be closed.
• A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.