Archived COVID-19 Updates​​


11/16/20 - How to More Safely Celebrate During COVID-19 
Thanksgiving is around the corner, but with COVID-19 cases spiking locally and throughout the U.S., the way we celebrate will need to be different so it’s safer. Sacramento County Public Health and Environmental Management have provided Holiday Guidance to take part in the holiday while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19, and as always, keeping food safety in mind, too. To get full details of the Holiday Guidance, read the SacCountyNews story.

11/13/20 - ​California Issues ​Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

On Nov. 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a travel advisory for non-essential travel due to a spike in ​COVID-19 cases statewide. People arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to immediate household. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Read the CDPH Non-Essential Travel Advisory for details.

11/10/20 - ​Nov. 13 Sacramento County Health Order for Tier 1​

On Nov. 10, the State of California announced new COVID-19 Tier assignments for counties. Due to increasing case rates, Sacramento County will move back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple. Effective at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the amended Sacramento County Health Order will align with the State’s Purple Tier 1 for allowable activities, which closes certain indoor operations or reduces operational capacity. Learn more on the Sa​cCountyNews


​10/28/20 - SacCounty Streamlines COVID-19 Contact Tracing Via Email and Text
Sacramento County Public Health is making the COVID-19 case investigation process more efficient by launching a new solution to streamline its COVD-19 contact tracing. The new program powered by Qualtrics allows the department to contact individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 via email or text. The communication will link those positive for COVID-19 with an assessment that gathers contact information for those they have exposed. Public Health then notifies these contacts that they may have been about exposed to the virus and the actions they should take. To learn more read the SacCountyNews story.

​10/27/20 - Housing for the Harvest is a Sacramento County partnership with La Familia to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Housing for the Harvest provides farm workers or food processing workers who have COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus with a free hotel room to effectively quarantine/isolate to protect their family, co-workers and the community from contact with the COVID-19 virus. Please see the Housing for the Harvest flyer for details in English and Spanish.​

10/19/20 - ​CDC Adds Vaccine-Specific Content to the CDC COVID-19 Website 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added vaccine-specific content to its extensive COVID-19 website. Newly posted resources include information on vaccination planning, how vaccine safety is being ensured, and frequently asked questions. These resources are intended to clarify how COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be made and how the vaccines will be monitored for safety. CDC anticipates making  updates available ​as vaccines become authorized or approved and recommended for use in the United States.  

​10/13/20 - Schools/Gatherings: Updated SacCounty Health Order
As Sacramento County has been allowed to move further into the State’s less restrictive Red Tier 2 (substantial), the Sacramento County Health Order has been a​mended, effective October 13, at 3 p.m., from its previous Health Order on September 29. The primary updates to the Oct. 13 Sacramento County Health Order on the topics of requirements for in-person learning at all schools and gatherings.​ Read the SacCountyNews story.​


09/29/20 - Due to Lowering COVID-19 Risk, SacCounty Announces New Health Order for Red Tier 2 
As of September 29, Sacramento County had an adjusted daily case rate of 6.6 per 100,000 and positivity rate of 4.6 percent, for the second consecutive week, which meets criteria for placement in Red Tier 2 (substantial). Effective at 3:00 p.m., today, Sept. 29, the Sacramento County Health Order has been amended to move into the State’s less restrictive Red Tier 2 (substantial) from its previous designation of Purple Tier 1 (widespread). Schools in Sacramento County must continue to follow the specific Order issued by the Health Officer on Aug. 28​. Sacramento County must continue to meet criteria for Red Tier 2 for an additional two weeks before allowing all schools (transitional kindergarten-12th grade) the option to open for in-person instruction. When this criterion is met, the Health Order for schools will be amended/rescinded. 

09/23/20 - Nail Salons Allowed to Reopen in Sacramento County
Effective September 23, at 3 p.m., Sacramento County will allow nail salons and physician-ordered electrolysis to resum​e indoor operations with modifications while following State of California guidance, the County’s face covering order, strict social distancing protocols and sanitization. To reflect this new change, Sacramento County has ​upda​ted the Public Health Order​​​. ​

09/22/20 - Make Your Plans to Celebrate Halloween in Your Own Neighborhood and Trick-or-Treat Safely ​HappyHalloween.PNG

​09/15/20 - Flu Vaccination Urged During COVID-19 Pandemic 
​Sacramento County Public Health urges everyone to prioritize getting the flu shot this flu season to protect you and your family from the deadly virus. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will not only reduce your risk from flu but also help conserve potentially scarce health care resources. Get your free flu vaccination from Sept - Nov. ​​​


08/31/20 - SacCounty Health Order Amended for New Tier System

A new tiered system of county monitoring and for re-opening of businesses sectors was announced by the Governor. Sacramento County has been placed in Purple/Tier 1 (widespread) for having a daily case count of more than seven per 100,000 people and positivity rate of more than eight percent.  Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of 3 weeks and must meet criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier. The Health Order for Sacramento County was amended and goes in effect: August 31, 2020 Public Health Order 

Many of the same business sectors remain having "Outdoor Operation Only" -- including restaurants.

However, the following can resume Indoor O​perations: Hair salons and barbershops; All retail/shopping centers (25% maximum capacity); and Professional sports (without live audiences).

SacCountyNews Story: SacCounty Health Order Amended for New Tier System 

State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, go to:​​

08/10/20 - Pop-up Testing Site Announced for Wed., Aug. 12, starting at 8 a.m.​

The CA National Guard will operate a community-based pop-up COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. in Elk Grove, at Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624). Testing is first come, first served an​d testing capacity is limited. Testing will be drive-thru only. There are no appointments needed,​ but testing will be on a first-come-first-served basis until daily capacity (100 tests per day) is reached. There are no prerequisites, such as having symptoms, for testing, but residents must be 18 or over and have a valid ID and contact information for test results. Results will be provided to residents within 5 – 7 business days after testing. ​ View the full schedule of all Community-Based Testing Site locations​.​​​

​08/05/2020 - Latest Appointment Information on SacCounty Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

The newest Community-Based Testing Site in Rancho Cordova is now scheduling free COVID-19 testing appointments for Tuesdays. Additionally, St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church Community Testing Site is ramping up to be on the same appointment system, supply chain, and test processing/results through StemExpress as our other Community-Based Testing Sites – expect St. Paul’s sch​eduling information coming soon for appointments every Friday starting Aug. 14! The Sacramento County Department of Health Services has partnered with UC Davis Health, StemExpress and local community agencies to provide these locations for free COVID-19 testing within Sacramento County communities. View the full schedule of all Community-Based Testing Site locations​.​


07/31/2020 - Sacramento County’s Utilization of the CARES Act Funding

The U.S. Treasury CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund was created to stabilize​ State, Local, and Tribal budgets to manage the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sacramento County established a Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Committee to review and recommend funding that meet specific requirements. View the CARES Act Funding & CRF webpage​ that provides a summary of the spending categories and CARES Act FAQs.  ​​

​​07/31/2020 - Workplace Guidance for Businesses

07/28/2020 - New SacCounty Community COVID-19 Testing Sites

To provide additional locations for free COVID-19 testing in Sacramento County communities, the Sacramento County Department of Health Services has partnered with UC Davis Health, StemExpress and local community agencies at four new sites. Beginning the week of August 3, three new Community-Based Testing Sites will provide COVID-19 testing by appointment in North Highlands, Folsom and Galt. As the fourth new Community-Based Testing Site by appointment, testing will begin on August 11 in Rancho Cordova. View the full schedule of all Community-Based Testing Site locations.

07/14/20 - Community Sites Partner with New Testing Supplier Starting July 20 - COVID-19 Testing Returning to Sacramento Neighborhoods

Sacramento County and UC Davis Health worked to secure needed testing supplies and lab services from StemExpress that will start the week of July 20 at the Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Sites. The re-launch of the partnership provides much-needed service to expand testing that is critical to offer accessible testing led by and within the diverse neighborhoods of Sacramento County.  

Each of the five Community-Based Testing sites to launch next week will have 100 tests per day for this first week starting July 20 to transition to the new system, which is expected to scale up the testing capacity to 1,500.  UC Davis Health will continue collecting the specimens at each test site and StemExpress will host a new registration system for all Community-Based sites that will provide test results. StemExpress is expected to be able to turnaround testing results within 72 hours – providing critical information to patients that may be COVID-19 positive. 

Testing at all Community-Based sites will be by appointment only, and priority will be given to those on waitlists and/or had cancellations. For testing locations and appointment details visit our COVID-19 Testing webpage (appointment scheduling details and link will be updated on 7/16).​​

News Stories​

11/16/2020 - How to More Safely Celebrate During COVID-19 

11/10/2020 - Nov. 13 Sacramento County Health Order for Tier 1

10/28/2020 - SacCounty Streamlines COVID-19 Contact Tracing

10/23/2020 - Schools/Gatherings: Updated SacCounty Health Order

9/29/2020 - Meals to Seniors During COVID in Sacramento County

9/29/2020 - Lowering Risk: New SacCounty Red Tier Health Order

9/22/2020 - Have Safer Halloween Festivities During COVID-19

9/15/2020 - Flu Vaccination Urged During COVID-19 Pandemic

9/11/2020 - Free COVID Testing, Fast Results: Now Longer Hours

8/31/2020 - SacCounty Health Order Amended for New Tier System

8/28/2020 - SacCounty Public Health Gives New School Guidance

8/20/2020 - Public Health Order to All SacCounty Schools

8/18/2020 - Sacramento County School Campus Ordered Closed

8/18/2020 - Vaccinations Critical During COVID-19

07/30/2020 - New SacCounty Community COVID-19 Testing Sites​

7/23/2020 - Addressing Mental Health and Wellness During COVID

07/15/2020 - Community Sites Partner with New Testing Supplier​ ​

07/14/2020 - Sac County Public Health Order Amended 

07/09/2020 - Face Masks for Ag Growers, Workers and Processo​rs

07/02/2020 - Amended Health Order Some Indoor Operations Closed

06/29/2020 - Health Order Amended; Gatherings Still Prohibited  

06/24/2020 - Mental Health Clinic​ians Added to Schools 

06/23/2020 - Protecting Sacramento County Seniors 

06/19/2020 - Sacramento County Public Health Order Amended 

06/12/2020 - SacCounty Public Health Order Amended 

06/11/2020 - Budget Process Different Due to COVID-19 Impacts 

06/10/2020 - SMF Installs PPE Vending Machines  

06/04/2020 - Board Ratifies Local State of Emergency  

06/02/2020 - County Proclaims Local State of Emergency ​ ​

05/26/2020 - TRS Cooks Up Creative Solutio​n During COVID-19

05/22/2020 - SacCounty New Health Order and Stage 2 Variance

05/19/2020 - Sacramento County Accelerates Further Into Stage 2

05/6/2020 - Need to Access Food for Your Family? Get WIC Fast

04/30/2020 - Mental Health Services Available Amid COVID-19

04/29/2020 - SacCounty Health Officer Extends COVID-19 Order​ 

04/28/2020​ - COVID19, Closed Schools and Child Abuse Prevention​ ​

0/4/07/2020 - ​County COVID-19 Homelessness Plan Adopted

04/07/2020 - County Health Officer Extends COVID-19 Order

04/06/2020 - County COVID-19 Update April 06

04/01/2020 - County COVID-19 Update April 01

04/01/2020  - County Protecting Unsheltered From COVID-19

03/30/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 30

03/27/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 27

03/25/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 25 

03/23/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 23

03/20/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 20 

03/19/2020 - County Health Officer Issues COVID-19 Order 

03/17/2020 - County Public Health Directives Update March 17 

03/17/2020 - County COVID-19 Update March 17 

03/16/2020 - County Urges Compliance with State/CDC Directives 

03/12/2020 - County Follows CDC Lead: Gatherings, Mitigation 

03/10/2020 - County Reports a COVID-19 Death 

03/09/2020 - County Announces New Mitigation Efforts: COVID-19 

03/05/2020 - County Proclaims Public Health Emergency 

02/27/2020 - Media Alert: Sacramento County Detects Novel Coronavirus ​

01/30/2020 - Coronavirus Update and Reminder About the Flu​​