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.
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.
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.
At this time, it isn't recommended that healthy people wear masks. However, masks are recommended for people who are sick with respiratory symptoms to prevent the spread of viruses. If you're sick with a fever and respiratory symptoms that require you to seek medical care, you'll likely be asked to wear a mask at the healthcare facility.
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