For the latest information from Yolo County about COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus, visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus
Yolo County has launched a website for information on the Shelter-In-Place Order. The site has helpful resources for the community on the Order, including definitions of terms, sample scenarios, essential versus non-essential activities, and do’s and don’ts for community members. View the website at: https://www.yolocounty.org/shelter-in-place and view https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap
May 14, 2020 County Updates Health Order with New Allowed Activities
This is an update from Yolo County on additional activity openings, such as childcare for non-essential workers, certain business services and outdoor museums. Non-essential offices in Yolo are not opened under these guidelines. Please read the press release for all the details.
May 7, 2020 - Yolo County Amends Health Order to Include Curbside Retail Pick-up, Manufacturing and Logistics Businesses
HEALTH ORDER UPDATE: Yolo County details the move into Stage 2 of the State's Resilience Roadmap - Health Order Now Includes Retail Curbside Pick-up, Manufacturing and Logistics businesses. Read the County press release for details.
April 30, 2020 - Yolo County Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 31
Effective immediately, Yolo County will extend the countywide health order for residents to shelter in place through May 31. The extended order aligns the County approach to “sheltering in place” with the requirements of the State Shelter in Place Order -which limits what the County can allow local business and residents to do - and is similar to the extension timelines of neighboring counties. In addition, the health order is intended to continue to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The original Shelter in Place order, issued on March 18, established a shelter in place through April 7, but was extended on March 31 to May 1.
While the State Order to stay at home is still in effect, counties may only permit activities to resume that are not prohibited by the State Order. Counties can only be more restrictive than the State Order, not less. This means that the County cannot allow certain activities to resume unless also allowed by the State Order.
Under the County’s extension and not prohibited by the State Order, Yolo County is allowing the following activities to resume, effective May 4th, that have been assessed as low risk for the spread of COVID-19 and are consistent with the State Order, as long as they 1) follow guidelines from the County and its partners and 2) adhere to strict social distancing protocols:
- Drive-in religious services
- All construction
Guidelines for both activities will be forthcoming and available on the Yolo County website: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. For businesses needing permits, please check with county and city departments for open hours. Yolo County continues to monitor developments related to the State Order as well as local data. Additional amendments on loosening or tightening activities under the County’s Shelter in Place order will be based on developments related to these two areas.
“The extension underscores the fact that the threat from the virus is still very real,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “Please avoid crowds and large gatherings, stay at home, wash your hands regularly and use face masks. We must not let our guard down.”
The extension is part of Yolo County’s recently announced ‘Roadmap to Recovery” (R2R) response plan, which is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual. The draft plan was supported by the Board of Supervisors during the Board meeting on April 28th.
For additional information visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
April 24, 2020 - Yolo County Mandates Face Coverings and Launches New Roadmap to Recovery Webpage
Yolo County issued a new health order that requires wearing a face covering in public and an amendment to the current Shelter in Place order that now allows certain activities to resume.
The broader Shelter in Place order that ends May 1 will be extended on or before May 1 and shared with the public once finalized. Residents are still required to stay at home and practice social distancing as much as possible.
The County's Roadmap to Recovery is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health, and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations. The draft Roadmap to Recovery document was released on Thursday and will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28.
Visit the County’s NEW webpage on ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ at: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap for the face covering health order, the amendment to the Shelter in Place order that allows these community activities to resume, infographics, and other supporting documents.
April 13, 2020 - Yolo County Reports First Nursing Home Outbreak of COVID-19
Yolo County is announcing an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) at a nursing home. At this time, there are 35 confirmed cases (23 residents and 12 staff) and 1 resident death at the facility, although COVID-19 testing is still ongoing for all facility staff and residents. Not all the confirmed cases are Yolo County residents.
The nursing facility is working closely with Yolo County staff and emergency responders and have received additional support and resources. All positive cases have been isolated and staff and residents are being appropriately monitored. Residents and their families have been notified of the outbreak. To protect patient privacy, the name and location of the nursing home are not being provided. It is important that everyone continues to stay at home and practice public health measures to protect the health of their loved ones and community.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about another COVID-19 death and an outbreak in a nursing home,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “Nursing homes are at very high risk for COVID-19 outbreaks. In most nursing home outbreaks, the virus is introduced from visitors and staff. Unfortunately, this means that people need to stay at home and not visit their loved ones. In Yolo County, prior to starting a work shift, all nursing home staff are required to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperatures taken to prevent viral spread."
To date Yolo County has 93 confirmed cases and 3 deaths from COVID-19. In response to the increasing transmission of COVID-19 in the community, Yolo County issued a countywide health order on March 18 for residents to shelter in place that was extended through May 1.
“Our hearts go out to the patients and their families during this difficult time,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “The response to this crisis has been extraordinary. From healthcare workers to local restaurants, the outpouring of care and concern is heartening and encouraging. Our strength and resiliency as a community is making a huge difference in battling the further spread of this virus. Everyone can make a difference.”
Residents are encouraged to continue to follow guidance from public officials to prevent the spread of illness. These measures include:
- Staying home if you are sick.
- Following the health order to shelter in place.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cleaning all “High-Touch” surfaces every day, following use instructions on the label.
For detailed information about confirmed COVID-19 cases in Yolo County, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA
April 1, 2020 - Yolo County Extends Shelter in Place Order to May 1 and Launches Online Dashboard
Yolo County has extended the countywide health order for residents to shelter in place through May 1. This extension is in line with the timeframes of recent federal directives and local school closure extensions and is intended to continue to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The original health order that was issued on March 18 only extended to April 7.
For the new COVID-19 dashboard, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard
March 27, 2020 - Yolo County Allows Deliveries by Non-Essential Businesses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer
W: (530) 666-8042 - C: (530) 908-0186
Effective March 27, Yolo County is allowing non-essential businesses to process online and phone orders for home deliveries while physical locations must remain closed to the public.
As residents stay home longer due to shelter in place orders from the County and state of California, non-essential items will start to become essential for many communities. As an added layer to help keep residents at home and support local businesses during this time, non-essential businesses will be allowed to make home deliveries.
"This is a very difficult time. People and businesses are making huge sacrifices to keep everyone healthy and safe,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread it becomes even more important for people to stay home. To support people staying at home, the county has decided to allow deliveries from local businesses."
Yolo County residents still need to follow the shelter in place order that went into effect March 19 and runs through April 7 while practicing social distancing as much as possible, including keeping children at home. The shelter in place order is intended to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and help protect the health of everyone in Yolo County.
“The benefits to allowing local deliveries is three-fold: one, it enables individuals to continue sheltering in place, thus maintaining their health and safety; secondly, it reduces the number of individuals who are out moving around the community potentially spreading the virus or exposing themselves to it; and finally, it enables a sector of our struggling local economy to resume business activities which provide employment and services,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “We believe this is a prudent and practical decision.”
For detailed information about COVID-19 and further guidance regarding this order, visit the Yolo County webpage at: https://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus. To see the Health Officer Order and other shelter in place guides, visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/shelter-in-place. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.
March 18, 2020 - Yolo County Issues Shelter in Place Order to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenny Tan, Public Information Officer
W: (530) 666-8042 - C: (530) 908-0186
Yolo County Issues Shelter in Place Order to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
On March 18, the Yolo County Public Health Officer issued a countywide health order for residents to shelter in place from March 19 to April 7, unless extended by the Public Health Officer. This order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), protect those most vulnerable to the disease, and preserve local healthcare capacity.
“These are extremely difficult times. The COVID-19 virus continues to spread around the world and in our local communities,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “We need to do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable people from the harmful impacts of the virus.”
The shelter-at-home order follows increasing transmission of COVID-19 in California counties, including four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yolo County to date that acquired the disease through travel and community transmission. In response, communities in Yolo County have implemented mitigation efforts to slow the spread of the disease, such as encouraging social distancing and cancelling non-essential gatherings. A similar health officer order was released among the bay area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties as well as the City of Berkeley on March 16 and is in line with best practices seen from health officials around the world.
“The County has issued a health officer order which strengthens our social distancing efforts,” continued Dr. Chapman. “Together we can rise to the occasion to keep the people of Yolo County healthy and safe.”
The order defines essential activities as necessary for health and safety for individuals and their families. Essential Governmental Functions, Healthcare, and Infrastructure are allowed to operate, including law and safety and Essential Businesses, such as those that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life such as: fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses; restaurants and other facilities that prepare food and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out; businesses that supply other essential businesses with support or supplies necessary to operate or ship/deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residents; and any form of agricultural production and processing, including the cultivation of products for personal consumption or use through farming, ranching, livestock, and fishing, including, but not limited to, transportation, manufacturing, chemicals, equipment and services; and the services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. For the full list see section 10 of the order.
“We each must do our part to slow the spread of the virus. It is our individual responsibility to care for one another and our community,” said Yolo County Board Chair Gary Sandy. “We do that by staying home, by maintaining a safe social distance from one another, by washing our hands, and by disinfecting surfaces. Our goal is to safeguard our vital healthcare system from being overwhelmed.”
The order follows the increasing emergence of COVID-19 across the world and nation. The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency on January 30, followed the next day with the declaration of a federal public health emergency by the United States. On March 6, Yolo County confirmed its first case of community transmission of COVID-19. Most recently, on March 12 Governor Gavin Newsom ordered older adults, age 65 and older, to stay home.
For detailed information about COVID-19 and further guidance regarding this order, visit the Yolo County webpage at: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.
To see the Health Officer Order, visit: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=62364.
The County will also be releasing a shelter in place 101 document that will be available on the webpage. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information.