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.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary. As of March 10th, 2021, El Dorado County is in the Red tier.
How to Protect Yourself:
The best ways to protect yourself and others from any virus, including seasonal flu and coronaviruses, are:
As a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases and the coming of vaccines to combat the virus, the Sheriff's Office reactivated the Emergency Operations Center in november 2020 after having been closed to this incident in June 2020. This allowed for all pertinent disciplines associated with planning, logistics, operations, and communications about the pandemic to operate under one command.
Most recently, the Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Governor Newsom urging his Adminisration to supply El Dorado County with additional vaccine to meet the need and demand of our senior population. Please see the letter here: Ltr to Gov Newsom re vaccines for seniors.pdf
Since February 2020, El Dorado County Public Health and agency partners have actively monitored reports about COVID-19, and taken steps to respond if a case is identified in the county. Public Health and partners participate in statewide conference calls, receiving updates and guidance from CDPH; share guidance with healthcare providers, other County agencies and organizations; review emergency preparedness plans; and share 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.
Two State-sponsored community sites for COVID-19 testing for any resident wanting to be tested for the virus opened May 4th.
One 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 accepted on a limited basis with a registration number. This site is available to any CA or NV resident. See information in English here and in Spanish here .
The other is located at the Placerville Fairgrounds. To register at this site, go online at projectbaseline.com. Walk-ins are accepted on a limited basis with a registration number.
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
COVID-19 and Pets/Animals
The virus can also affect animals. See more information from the CDC about Pets, Animals and Service & Therapy animals.