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Public Health Information Line
☎️209-533-7440
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

▪️Adventist Health Sonora Advice Line
☎️844-542-8840
▪️Public Health Facebook Page Updates
https://www.facebook.com/tuolumnecountypublichealth
▪️ Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order
https://covid19.ca.gov/ 
Copy of the Order HERE
▪️ California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Page
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cid/dcdc/pages/immunization/ncov2019.aspx
▪️Frequently Asked Questions About the Statewide Shelter-in-Place HERE


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DATE: 3-31-2020

​CASE COUNT/TESTING*
 TOTAL TESTED  TOTAL PENDING  TOTAL NEGATIVE TOTAL POSITIVE  TOTAL DEATHS  TOTAL KNOWN NON-RESIDENT CASES 
 207  26 180  1 0 1

California case numbers can be found HERE
National case numbers can be found HERE

*Tuolumne County testing numbers include those routed through Public Health to a Public Health Laboratory and those reported through the State infectious disease reporting system. The numbers do not necessarily include those routed through a commercial laboratory. All positive cases of Tuolumne County residents must be reported to Public Health. 


NEWEST UPDATES:

 3-31-2020

▪️ATCAA offices are closed to the public until further notice, though most services are still being provided. Please call 533-1397 for general information and leave a message if you would like a call back, or visit atcca.org

▪️Head Start has been closed until further notice, but are still working with families remotely

▪️Food Bank: Food is being distributed using social distancing methods on usual schedule and is available for pickups with our partner food pantries. Please call 984-3901 x101 for information on signing up

▪️PG&E and Propane assistance is fully operational with mail in, drop off and email applications being accepted

▪️Housing assistance is being provided by scheduled appointment

▪️Emergency Shelter is operating with strict social distancing, hand washing and sterilization schedules

▪️Weatherization and Water Conservation Services have been temporarily halted

▪️Yes Partnership meetings are being scheduled virtually

▪️Prevention classes are being developed to work via teleconferencing

 

The Sonora Area Foundation has established a Community Recovery Fund and will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $300 to benefit local non-profit organizations, government agencies, and those doing charitable work during the COVID-19 response.
For more details visit:
🔹https://sonora-area.org/sonora-area-foundation-news/saf-establishes-community-recovery-fund/

 

The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools announced on 3/31/20 that County schools will extend their closure through May 1, 2020. See press release HERE


3-30-2020 

Press release on positive COVID-19 case identified in Tuolumne County HERE



3-27-2020: Joint Advisory on Travel
▪️A joint press release by Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services and the City of Sonora was issued today regarding essential travel in Tuolumne County. View the release HERE
3-26-2020: Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Treated in Tuolumne County
▪️Press release can be viewed HERE A press release was issued on 3/26 regarding the notification of a positive case of COVID-19 in a non-Tuolumne County resident who is being treated at Adventist Health Sonora. See attached Press Release. Please note as indicated in our data table above, that in California, positive tests are attributed to the individual’s county of residence, not where they were tested or may have sought treatment. 
More Details Available:
-The identified positive case contracted the virus while in Mono County.
-She traveled to Tuolumne County last week with a 29 year-old male companion, who is not symptomatic and is self-quarantined at a home in Tuolumne County. Public Health is in regular contact with the travel companion to ensure that services and needs are provided that will allow them to remain in their home and out of contact with people.
-Based on the investigation, the current risk to the community from these individuals is low.
-It is important for everyone to adhere to the current statewide stay-at-home order and other preventive guidance and only venture out for essential functions.
Acting Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko issued a Health Officer order effective 3/26/20 to screen for febrile (related to fever) respiratory illness and for ill residents to isolate. The order includes direction for healthcare provider reporting of febrile respiratory illness (FRI), monitoring and isolation instructions, and for all employers to screen employees at the start of work. Please see the attached Health Officer Order and associated employee screening form. Healthcare providers are being sent the FRI reporting tool separately. ▪️Health Officer Order to Screen for Febrile Respiratory Illness & Ill Residents to Isolate can be found HERE ▪️COVID-19 Screening Checklist for Employees HERE


PUBLIC HEALTH COVID-19 CALL CENTER: Public Health has activated a call center that is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center phone number is 209-533-7440. We still encourage community members to call the Adventist Health COVID-19 Advice Line at 844-542-8840 with questions or concerns about visiting an Adventist Health clinic or hospital, but phone calls with other questions or concerns may be made to the Public Health COVID-19 Call Center.

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SHELTER-IN-PLACE / STATE ORDERS
Governor Newsom has put in place a statewide shelter-in-place order. Those visiting Tuolumne County from areas should adhere to the order and refer to their local orders, which may be stricter than the statewide order. We are unaware of any strict travel restrictions outside of the state order, which are in effect in Tuolumne County.

On March 19, 2020, the State Public Health Officer Dr. Angel issued the following, “To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home  or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors" outlined at:  https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

 View the full Executive Order HERE

For more information about the Executive Order, click HERE

All California State Parks have been closed to vehicle traffic. View their information release HERE:



SCHOOL INFORMATION
Tuolumne County School Districts are extending their closure through April 13th, 2020, with the anticipated return to classrooms on April 14th, depending on guidance from the Governor, CDE, and CDPH. The full announcement can be viewed 
HERE

School meal distribution information can be found HERE

Columbia College campus is closed. All instruction and student support services continue and have been moved to online format. Check their website for more information HERE

EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS & ACTIVATION
Dr. Eric Sergienko, acting Tuolumne County Health Officer has declared a local health emergency in order to enhance the effectiveness of the response to COVID-19, to seek and utilize mutual aid, potentially obtain reimbursement, and ensure that the County’s public health professionals and providers have all necessary resources to provide quality care and keep our community safe.


▪️The Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, declared a local state of emergency on 3/17/20.

▪️The Public Health Department has activated its Department Operations Center (DOC) to effectively respond to the COVID-19 incident, including communication and coordination with our federal, state, and local partners. This includes ongoing receipt and processing of resource requests from our partners through the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) program.  

▪️The Tuolumne Band of Me Wuk Indians declared a local emergency on March 16th, 2020 due to COVID-19.

▪️The City of Sonora declared a local emergency on March 16th, 2020 due to COVID-19.

GUIDANCE
California's COVID-19 website can be viewed HERE
California guidance materials are also available HERE
CDC guidance can be viewed HERE

FOOD HANDLING GUIDANCE
The Tuolumne County Environmental Health Division has developed important materials related to food safety, handling, and delivery for the food service industry, and those who are assisting with food distribution during this emergency. Currently, under the State Health Officer order, restaurants are only to provide to-go, drive-through, or delivery options.  Find documents here: 
DeliveryFood DistributionRestaurant Guidance

RETURNING TRAVELER MONITORING
As of March 18th, the state is no longer collecting information about California travelers from countries that have confirmed outbreaks, in order to better focus public health resources on the changing needs of California communities. Since early March, most of the confirmed cases in the state were not related to travel outside of the U.S.

COMMUNITY PARTNER UPDATES:

▪️Jamestown Family Resource Center, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, and Resiliency Village are partnering to help with food distribution for those in need during this emergency. Applications can be submitted HERE

▪️Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA)
ATCAA offices are closed until further notice.
Please call 533-1397 for general information 

-Head Start has been closed until further notice
-Food Bank: Food is being distributed by highest need. 
Please call 984-3901 x101 for information on signing up.

▪️Catholic Charities has updated some of their service changes. Please see the attached update HERE

▪️Enrichment Center – Beginning 3/27 the Enrichment Center will be open for showers and laundry only for those not housed or those with no access to a shower or laundry facility. Please see the attached flier for more information HERE.

▪️Foothill Pregnancy Center- Some programs and services have changed. Please call 536-9262 for information

TESTING
Since the beginning of March, any health care provider (MD/DP, NP, PA) can order a test for COVID-19. Testing remains at the healthcare provider's discretion based on their clinical assessment. 

Although providers can order the test without restriction, this could potentially create a backlog at commercial and public health labs which may delay results. Limited testing supplies are impacting healthcare providers' ability to conduct widespread testing at this time. 

A request to the State has been made to secure more testing supplies for our County.

For more information on testing please refer to the state guideline HERE 


Tests that will be conducted through the Public Health laboratory system are coordinated with our Public Health Department.

Testing is also available through private laboratories with a health care provider’s order. 
 

WHAT CAN YOU DO
The CDC and CDPH have updated information and guidance for specific audiences such as businesses, healthcare professionals, schools, community- and faith-based organizations, vulnerable populations, and more. Those sites can be found at: CDPH and CDC

Practice everyday prevention actions to stay healthy
*Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, or with hand sanitizer of soap is not available
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
*If you are ill, stay home. If other family members are ill, including children, keep them home.
*Practice social distancing: put more space between yourself and others. About 6 feet is good, if you can
*Avoid contact with people who are sick
*Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects often with soap and water or household cleaners. Don’t forget your cell phone
*Eat nutritious foods, try to get good sleep and physical activity each day

If you have symptoms or get sick
✔️Stay home, unless you need to seek medical care
✔️Call ahead before visiting your doctor, clinic, or hospital
✔️Wear a face mask to avoid spreading germs
✔️Cover your cough with a tissue and immediately throw it in the trash, or cough into your bent elbow. Wash your hands after using a tissue.
✔️Wash your hands often and avoid sharing personal items


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Thank you for your support, patience, and efforts to protect the safety and health of our community.


 
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