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Date: March 26, 2020
From: Dr. Eric Sergienko, Tuolumne County Interim Health Officer
Subject: Health Officer’s Order to Screen for Febrile Respiratory Illness and for Ill Residents to Isolate
Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 120175, and 120175.5(6) the Health Officer of the County of Tuolumne orders as follows:
The order is issued as a result of the World Health Organizations declaration of the worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is contained in droplets that can be sneezed, coughed, or exhaled into the air by
As of today, there are over 413,400 cases and over 18 ,400 deaths worldwide. In California, there are 2,102 confirmed cases and 40 deaths. We can expect that the number of cases to increase significantly should action not being taken to decrease the spread of the disease.
There currently is no available treatment, however, reduced transmission of the disease can be done through community mitigation measures that decrease the likelihood of being exposed to the droplets of an infected person. These measures include limiting large scale events and mass gatherings, and practicing social distancing. Aggressive containment operations including isolating suspect cases and persons under investigation and quarantining their contacts can limit the spread of the disease, reduce the impacts of the disease on society, and avoid more stringent measures that would cause further detriment to civil society.
COVID-19 testing in Tuolumne County is being conducted at the discretion of health care providers in the community, based on their clinical assessment and the current recommended guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) criteria for disease. Any positive test result shall be reported to the Public Health Department.
Effective on Thursday, March 26th 2020, the following will be in effect for Tuolumne County.
As Tuolumne County Health Officer, I do hereby order:
For the purpose of this order:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) may recommend further guidance.
I, as Health Officer for the County of Tuolumne, encourage voluntary compliance with this Health Officer’s Order. However, violation of this order is subject to fine, imprisonments or both (California Health and Safety Code Section 120295 .)
I ask that anyone who wishes to discuss this, contact the Public Health Department at (209) 533-7401.