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Health and Human Services

About Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms (add link to CDC) but some people can become severely ill. Most people who become ill from coronaviruses that circulate in the U.S. recover on their own. Some people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions may require more intensive medical care.

How to Protect Yourself:

  • The best ways to protect yourself and others from any virus, including seasonal flu and coronaviruses, are:

    • Get Vaccinated (link to our updated vaccine info)
    • Wear a mask
      • Those not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older should wear a mask in indoor public places
      • In general, masks are not needed in outdoor settings
      • For more information (link to either CDC or CDPH)
    • Stay 6 feet away from others
    • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
    • Monitor your health daily
    • Stay home from work or school if you're sick and contact your primary care provider if you have questions
      • COVID-19 testing options (link to our testing information)
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes
    • If you work in an office, you can post this flyer (English Spanish) as a good prevention reminder for everyone

What is El Dorado County Doing for its Residents:

Since February 2020, El Dorado County Public Health and agency partners have actively monitored reports about COVID-19, and have taken steps to respond to cases identified in the county. Public Health and partners participate in a variety of statewide conference calls, receiving updates and guidance from CDPH; share guidance and resources with healthcare providers, other County agencies and organizations; review emergency preparedness plans and coordinate with neighboring counties by 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. El Dorado County has two State sponsored community sites available for residents wanting to be tested. For more information click here 

Contact Tracing:

Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by

  • Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested
  • Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19

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:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Repeatedly hearing about COVID-19 can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row

 For additional self-care tips, visit the CDC's website

COVID-19 and Pets/Animals 

The virus can also affect animals. See more information from the CDC about PetsAnimals and Service & Therapy animals.