March 3, 2021 Public Health Order
Sacramento County is in Purple/Widespread Tier 1, but this week has met criteria of fewer than 14 per 100,000 new COVID-19 cases. This new benchmark allows elementary schools (grades K-6) that hadn’t already, to now reopen with County and State approval based on specified safety plans and mitigation measures for in-person instruction. This criteria also qualifies youth and adult sports activities for outdoor low-contact, moderate-contact, and high-contact sports with specific mitigation measures and requirements in the sports guidance. Inter-team competitions are permitted for allowable sports. However, tournaments or competitions involving more than two teams are prohibited. Read the full March 3 Public Health Order.
February 8 - Updated Sacramento County Public Health Order
On Feb. 6, the State of California updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure purple tier criteria to allow indoor operations for places of worship – at a 25 percent capacity maximum with modifications that prohibit singing/chanting. In order to coincide with the State’s tier structure, Sacramento County has updated its public health order. Effective immediately, Sacramento County’s Feb. 8 Health Order
aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to continue some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity, and supersedes the Jan. 25, 2020, Order. Additionally, for schools, counties must reach a COVID-19 adjusted case rate threshold established by the State of California (currently an adjusted case rate of less than 25 cases per 100,000 for grades K-6) before additional schools may reopen for in-person instruction. Inter-team competitions are permitted for outdoor low-contact sports. Tournaments or competitions involving more than two teams are prohibited.
02/01/2021 - When Can I Get Vaccinated?
Starting February, Sacramento County has begun coordinating vaccinations at various sites for those who are living in Sacramento County and are 75 years old and older, and at other sites for those 65 years old and older. For ages 65 and up living in Sacramento County, learn about appointments: http://bit.ly/COVIDvax65plus, or register your interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccination on the Vaccine webpage. If you have vaccination questions or need assistance to register your interest in getting the COVID-19 Vaccination, email, Covid19vaccine@saccounty.net or call the SCPH COVID-19 Hotline, 916-875-2400.
January 6 - CDPH Revises Travel Advisory for Surge and New Strain
Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The January 6 CDPH Travel Advisory Supercedeing the Travel Advisory issued on November 13, the new advisory states that Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries. Also, non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to quarantine procedures (self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival - certain exceptions may apply). Read the 1/6/21 CDPH Travel Advisory.
Coronavirus Variant Strain
It’s been reported by the CDC that a variant strain has been found in the U.S. – including in California. For details about the variant strain, visit the CDC website. In the meantime, everyone should use the tools we’ve been using to slow the spread of the virus: stay home as much as possible, socially distance, always wear a mask in public, and do not gather with non-household members.
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.
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.