Stay Informed: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). With new information surrounding the global outbreak of the coronavirus developing every day, it’s more important now than ever to prepare and stay informed. The only thing that spreads faster is misinformation, so take a look below to learn how you can take preventative measures to keep your family and loved ones safe and healthy.
Find additional Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance in multiple languages below:
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Prevention & Treatment
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Cloth face covering are recommended for use when in a public setting.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
President Trump's National Emergency Declaration
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13th to respond to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This national emergency declaration will allow access to over $40 billion in disaster relief funds to address Coronavirus and is expected to invoke invoke the Stafford Act, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deliver disaster response and coordinate response efforts across state and local governments.
State of California Important Information
As the state continues implementation of the four-stage framework to allow Californians to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces while continuing to preserve public health, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators, the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at home order this Friday, May 8, with guidelines released Thursday, May 7. The Governor released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories such as stabilized hospitalization and ICU numbers and acquiring PPE.
The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. Click on each of the links below to see county-by-county cases in our region:
The CDC has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Read more information HERE.
Information for communities, schools, and businesses.