COVID-19 is a virus that can cause respiratory symptoms similar to seasonal flu, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people have no symptoms. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. There are several types of coronavirus; COVID-19 is only one (recently identified) type. Most people who become ill from coronaviruses that circulate in the U.S. recover on their own. Some people, particularly those with underlying health problems, the elderly or those with severe symptoms, may require more intensive medical care.
The best ways to protect yourself and others from any virus, including seasonal flu and coronaviruses, are:
El Dorado County Public Health and agency partners are actively monitoring reports about COVID-19, and taking steps to respond if a case is identified in the county. Public Health and partners are participating in statewide conference calls, receiving updates and guidance from CDPH; sharing guidance with healthcare providers, other County agencies and organizations; reviewing emergency preparedness plans; and sharing resources. Agency partners are also coordinating with CDPH and neighboring counties, and participating in regional meetings to ensure a coordinated response.
Local partners include the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Preparedness and Response, local hospitals and health care facilities, schools and others.
We've established a Community Working Groups to address and provide resources for various segments of our County. Those can be found on the Community Resources and Workgroups here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19-Community-Partner.aspx
In light of Gov. Newsom's directive to temporarily house the most vulnerable homeless community members, the Board of Supervisors on April 2nd approved a three-phase plan to help keep all residents and especially the unhoused healthy and safe. See the FAQ COVID19 Fact Sheet re housing homeless and other at-risk populations.pdf
Primary care doctors are the point of contact for COVID-19 testing. Testing for COVID-19 is being done and is available in El Dorado County, but individuals must meet the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria in order to be tested.
One State-sponsored community site for COVID-19 testing for any resident wanting to be tested for the virus opened May 4th and is located at Lake Tahoe Community College. It is free and open to anyone who wants to be tested, whether or not one is symptomatic or has insurance, with an appointment. To register for an appointment, people can visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Those without internet access can
call 888-634-1123. Walk-ins are not accepted. COVID19 LTCC Testing Site 7-7-20 Eng COVID19 LTCC testing Site 7-7-20 Spanish
Although the risk of transmission remains low for the general public, notify your healthcare provider if you have one of the following risk factors:
Local healthcare providers are following CDC guidance about how to assess individuals, and when it's appropriate to conduct a COVID-19 test. It's important to know that some individuals, based on CDC criteria, may not need to be tested or fit the criteria for testing.
See the Get A Test tab for more information here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19-Get-A-Test.aspx
Contact tracing is a tool used to connect with the people a positive-tested person has been in close contact with and informing those individuals they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and advise them get tested or take other precautionary measures. See the FAQ: COVID19 Fact Sheet on Contact Tracing
The State of California mandates the use of face coverings in most indoor settings, with some medical exemptions. Please see the guidelines here. If you are an indoor business, please see the flyer you can post at your establishment. Face Covering business flyer
To Report a Complaint about a Noncompliant Business
Please see the flyer to determine where to direct your complaint and download a copy here: COVID19 mask complaint flyer
Managing Anxiety and Stress:
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Some people may be fearful or anxious about COVID-19. Taking care of yourself, your friends and family can help you cope. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. These things can help you support yourself:
For additional self-care tips,
visit the CDC's website