COVID-19 News & Updates
March 27, 2020 Update
In the last two days, there has been an increase of 51 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sacramento County. As of March 27, at 11a.m., there is a total of 164 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and those who have died of complications of COVID-19 is 6 (Individuals who died from complications of COVID-19 were either age 65+ or had underlying health conditions).
While those older than age 65 tend to have more severe complications of COVID-19, the 18-65 year old group in Sacramento County has the highest rate of positive tests. Currently, there are 95 in the 18-65 age range, and for those over 65, there are 66 adults. For the 0-17 group, there are few, at three individuals. The overall average age is 56, and the age spread is 9 and 97 years old. Between the genders, there is less than a 2-percentage point difference, with more males than females testing positive.
“Although these numbers are unsettling, they are not surprising,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Health Services. “Together, using social distancing, we are reducing new cases today, which will stagger the rate of cases in the weeks to come.”
If we are to move the needle on reducing new COVID-19 cases, Beilenson says, there are promising models that show an exponential impact on suppressing new cases if we can continue to reduce our social contact as the Health Order directs.
“A Health Order like this is unprecedented so it is to be expected that there would be a learning curve – but the most important action people can take is to stay home, don’t gather with others, be sure to keep your six foot distance and clean your hands and surfaces often,” said Beilenson.
March 25, 2020 Update
As COVID-19 testing continues to increase, there are more confirmed COVID-19 cases within the community. Sacramento County has 113 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and five who have died from complications of COVID-19. The five individuals who died from complications of COVID-19 were either older than 70 or had underlying health conditions.
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site
A Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS) for COVID-19 has been setup in Sacramento County and is being spearheaded by CDPH, verily, CalOES and the Governor’s Office in coordination with Sacramento County Public Health. This testing location at the outset will give immediate COVID-19 testing options to the healthcare providers and urgent care clinics in Sacramento County to refer health workers, first responders and patients with mild/moderate symptoms who are in the high-risk category for complications of COVID-19. As backlog begins to taper and capacity is established, an announcement will be made when testing is widened outside of provider referrals. People with severe symptoms, especially the elderly, should contact their health provider. Those who meet testing eligibility will be scheduled for a drive-through appointment for free COVID-19 testing and will be sent details by email or phone on how and where to get tested. The COVID-19 testing location is unable to take walk-ins and testing is by appointment only – those not registered will not be tested. Medical care is not provided on site. Sacramento County Public Health continues to work collaboratively with our healthcare providers and public health agencies to serve our communities and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Services Hours
Public Health Order
To get guidance on the Sacramento County Health Order and whether your business is exempt/non-exempt, please take the following steps:
- Step 1: Please take review page 5 of the
Public Health Order and
FAQ to see businesses listed as an essential business.
- Step 2: If you do not have clarity after reading the FAQ, go ahead and call 916-875-2002.
- Step 3: Our Health Services Team will connect back with you shortly.
To report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order, call 311.
Medical Supplies Donation Site
Sacramento County opened a donation site for members of the public who have specific items needed by health care professionals and emergency personnel. Donations of unused and unopened medical items will be accepted at 9680 Conservation Road, from 9 a.m., to Noon. The County drop off location will operate Monday through Friday, rain or shine for the foreseeable future. The donation site will only accept the following items: N95 mask of any type; Surgical or procedural masks; Non-latex medical gloves; Hand sanitizers; and Disinfectant sprays. No other items will be accepted at this location.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance related to temporary prohibition of evicting residential tenants due to the impacts of COVID-19, also known as the “Sacramento County Emergency Renter Protection Act of 2020
." The Board continued the adoption of the ordinance to April 1, 2020.
Upon adoption of the ordinance by a simple majority vote on April 1, the effective date will be May 1, 2020.
The goal of the Public Health Order is to slow the spread of the virus by taking all reasonable means to stay home, and only venture out to public spaces when it is absolutely necessary – and when you must – maintain social distancing at all times.