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There is currently an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected across the globe, including in the United States. COVID-19 usually causes mild disease such as fever and cough, but can cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6ft) or through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
Lakeport Safeway Implements 170 Customer Rule
We are in communication with Safeway management and beginning this morning, Sunday April 5th, they have implemented a rule allowing a maximum of 170 customers in the store at a time. Should that number be reached, you must wait in the marked/distanced outside waiting area until cleared to enter. We appreciate Safeway in the City of Lakeport providing a critical and essential service while also being diligent in taking steps to protect the public.
Further Restrictions Necessary to Decrease Risk of COVID-19 Transmission
Gary Pace MD, MPH, County of Lake, Health Officer
Unfortunately, regional COVID infections continue to escalate. Despite concerns, and restrictions placed last week, significant recreational activity that increases the risk of transmission was observed this weekend in local parks, hotels, and on Clear Lake. Given these factors, I am issuing a Health Order Addendum to c20-3 (issued March 19), effective at 11am, March 23, through April 10, 2020. This adds the following mandates:
- Immediate Closure of County of Lake waterways, including Clear Lake, Blue Lakes, Highland Springs Reservoir, Cache Creek, Lake Pillsbury, Indian Valley Reservoir and any other public, navigable waterway to any recreational boating activity.
- Immediate cessation of lodging in motels, hotels, campgrounds, RV parks, and vacation rentals (such as AirBNB), except in the case of medical staff, COVID 19 emergency workers, construction workers of critical infrastructure, and permanent residents (who have resided on-site since prior to March 9). Any people claiming exemption (other than first responders and medical staff will need written approval from the Lake County Health Services Department.
This order imposes further restrictions on activity on the lake and on travel and lodging for people coming from outside of Lake County. We are moving into a new phase of preparation for the outbreak, which demands we take major steps towards limitation of social contact to prevent transmission
ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. C20-3
ORDER OF THE HEAL TH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF LAKE DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE, EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES; EXEMPTING INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS FROM THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER BUT URGING
THEM TO FIND SHELTER; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON- ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTY; PROHIBITING ALL NONESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS; AND ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
(SHELTER IN PLACE)
DATE OF ORDER: March 18, 2020
(See full text here)
The virus that causes Coronavirus 2019 Disease ("COVID-1 9") is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential the spread of the virus be slowed, to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk ofrapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect all residents of the two cities and unincorporated areas within the boundaries of the County of Lake, particularly those most vulnerable to the virus and health care providers, this Order requires all individuals anywhere in the County of Lake to shelter in place-that is, stay at home-except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. This order begins at 12:01 a.m. on March 19, 2020 and will continue through 11 :59 p.m. on April 10, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions and under the terms and conditions more particularly set forth below.
Agency Contact Information:
City of Lakeport Emergency Operations Center: (707) 263-5683
We will be staffing the phone during normal City business hours (closed Fridays) and are available to answer calls from local residents and businesses related to the current shelter in place order. 911 should still be utilized for emergencies.
Lake County Department of Health Services Public Information Line: (707) 263-8174 or email MHOAC@lakecountyca.gov
For questions related directly to the COVID-19 virus
Lake County Sheriff's Department Non-Emergency: (707) 263-2690
Lakeport Police Department Non-Emergency: (707) 263-2690
Lakeport Fire Protection District Non-Emergency: (707) 263-4296
Lakeport Public Works Department (Utility and infrastructure problems): (707) 263-3578
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Resources include infection maps, tips for protecting your family, symptoms, guidence for travelers, and more.
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Lake County Department of Health http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus.htm
The Lake County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Public Information Line: (707) 263-8174
Small Business Administration (SBA): Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
About Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.
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WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT BECOMING INFECTED?
Everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you or household members are sick. If you feel ill but must go out in public, use a face mask to reduce the likelihood of viral transmission.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, bannisters, and countertops. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
- Increase "social distancing," or remaining out of crowded, congregate settings where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums; avoiding mass gatherings; and maintaining distance (approximately six feet) from others, when possible.
- It’s important that people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness (older adults and those with compromised immune systems or serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease) take special precautions to reduce their risk of getting sick.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGH RISK POPULATIONS INCLUDE:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying away from large gatherings and crowds.
- Staying home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
SHOULD PEOPLE STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES?
Prepare, don’t panic.
The City understands that everyone is concerned - the situation we’re in is unprecedented.
In preparing households, people should take what they need. Overbuying creates a shortage for others.
Threat of local transmission of COVID-19 does not necessitate additional preparation beyond standard emergency preparedness. Households should always be prepared in the case of a natural disaster. Ready.gov has a list of recommended preparation steps, including:
- Store a two week supply of food, and other important items you rely on, including food for any pets you may have.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?The current CDC guidance on whether it is safe to fly domestically is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.
WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I’VE BEEN EXPOSED?/I WANT TO BE TESTED.
If you’ve recently been to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days:
Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever over 100.4F, coughing, or shortness of breath. If you develop any or some of these symptoms, call (don’t visit), your healthcare provider.
Your provider will determine whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19. The provider may consult with the Health Department on whether to test. You should not call the Health Department directly to report symptoms or request testing.
You may be asked to self-quarantine. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted the disease. For COVID-19, quarantine usually lasts 14 days. You do not have to quarantine, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider or another official.
Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation are different things.
Social distancing is a practice individuals can proactively do to prevent becoming infected from others in public who may be infected. Everyone should begin practicing social distancing.
Quarantine is used by public health professionals to separate potentially exposed individuals from the public, in the case that they become symptomatic and thus contagious to others. Quarantined people are asked to limit their contact with others for 14 days, and may be excluded from work or school. Quarantined people should notify their provider immediately if they begin experiencing symptoms. Should they begin exhibiting symptoms, they may be required to isolate.
Isolation means separating a person that is sick in order to prevent them spreading the virus to others. People may be asked to self-isolate at home while they are being tested, while they recover, or they may be isolated in a healthcare setting if they need medical support to recover.
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