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Advisory: First Case of COVID-19 Identified in Lake County

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04/05/2020

First Case of COVID-19 Identified in Lake County
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Summary:

The first case of COVID-19 in Lake County was identified  April 5, 2020. The transmission appears to have been from contact with a known case at an out-of-county workplace. There is no evidence of community spread, at this point. The patient is currently doing well, following appropriate precautions, and is isolated.
Public Health Nursing is communicating with the patient, and helping the person to safely follow the home isolation protocol. Contact Tracing is underway, as well. In order to slow community spread, we want to take whatever steps possible to identify any close contacts that could be infected, and separate the sick people from those that aren’t sick.



03/31/2020
Please be advised that the City of Lakeport Office of Emergency Services has issued Executive Order 2020-01, which authorizes the use of administrative citations for violations of orders issued by the Lake County Public Health Officer or Governor of the State of California. This includes the current Shelter in Place directive. Violations of said order hereby constitutes a violation of the Lakeport Municipal Code and a public nuisance subject to the enforcement as provided in Lakeport Municipal Code Chapters 1.08, 8.22, and 8.30.

 

 Our goal remains achieving voluntary compliance with all directives as a means of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus without our community. We do not desire to issue citations, however should the need arise this order gives the Lakeport Police Department more flexibility with enforcement of the local and state orders.

Director of Emergency Services Executive Order No. 2020-01
Enforcement of Public Health Office Orders and Governor Newsome's Executive Orders in the City of Lakeport

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Summary:
Margaret Silveira, City Manager of the City of Lakeport, as Director of Emergency Services, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Government Code section 8634 and Lakeport Municipal Code section 2.28.120(F)(1) does hereby issue the following order to become effective immediately:

  1. All orders issued by the Lake County Health Officer are mandatory and enforceable within the City of Lakeport. Violation of any order issued by the Lake County Health Officer hereby constitutes a violation of the Lakeport Municipal Code and a public nuisance subject to enforcement as provided in Lakeport Municipal Code Chapters 1.08, 8.22, and 8.30
  2. All executive orders issued by the Governor of the State of California relating to COVID-19 are mandatory and enforceable within the City of Lakeport. Violation of any order issued by the Governor of the State of California relating to COVID-19 hereby constitutes a violation of the Lakeport Municipal Code and a public nuisance subject to enforcement as provided in Lakeport Municipal Code Chapters 1.08, 8.22, and 8.30.
  3. This Order shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk, posted at Lakeport City Hall, on the City’s website, published in a local newspaper and posted in public spaces as practicable. 
  4. If any provision of this Order to the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the reminder of the Order, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect.  To this end, the provisions of this Order are severable.




03/22/2020

ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. C20-3; ALL IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES AND GATHERINGS TO STOP OR BE CANCELLED
Addendum (1) 03/22/2020
ORIGINIAL ORDER DATED MARCH 18, 2020
DATE OF ADDENDUM ORDER: March 22, 2020

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Summary:

The risk from coronavirus continues to escalate in our region and across the
country. We have taken strong measures to try to slow the spread-- issuing emergency orders, closing schools, and on March 19, Lake County began following "shelter in place" orders. These actions are very disruptive to people's lives and financial security, yet they are necessary to prevent the spread of this potentially devastating illness. Public Health Officer issued Order c20-3 for the County was issued on March 19, 2020 and was similar to orders issued by many neighboring counties that mandated people stay home and stop all nonessential
visitation and gatherings, except to conduct "essential business." What constitutes "Essential" businesses are well-outlined in the order, and FAQs that can be found on our webpage. Governor Newsom issued similar orders for the whole state the following day. Reportedly, 25% of the US population has been placed under some form of these isolation orders.

We need public cooperation to stop any unnecessary activity. Please do not ignore the Order to stay at home with your family. Mixing with other people, ignoring social distancing, having out of town guests are the ways that this virus will get a foothold in the community. Given the escalation of regional COVID-19 infections, and given the fact that over the weekend there has been significant recreational activity in local parks, hotels, and on Clear Lake that increase the risk of transmission, deem it necessary to take stronger action in an attempt to prevent the introduction and transmission of the coronavirus into Lake County.

Under any of the limited circumstances in which individuals are allowed to interact in person outside their residence, the Health Officer Order directs individuals to abide by the following requirements:

(i) maintain at least six feet from other individuals, wash hands with soap and
water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, as frequently as possible,
cover coughs or sneezes, and not shake hands; and
(ii) people with medical conditions, regardless of age, putting them at higher risk of serious complications should they be infected with COVID-19, other than health care workers and other essential service providers, SHALL SHELTER AT HOME unless seeking medical care; and
(iii) employers in Lake County that do not provide essential business or government services, take all steps necessary for employees to work from home, to the extent possible. These requirements build on the California Department of Public Health and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines issued March 11, 2020, extended as necessary to address the health emergency affecting the Lake County, and 
(iv) No individual who is sick may go to the workplace or be outside the home,
except as necessary to seek or receive medical care in accordance with guidance from public health officials.

THIS ORDER IS IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER NUMBER C20-3, ISSUED March 18, 2020 A COPY OF WHICH IS A TT ACHED TO THIS ORDER AND INCORPORATED BY THIS REFERENCE AS WELL AS THE STATE GUIDANCE REGARDING ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS ISSUED MARCH 20, 2020.
THIS DOES NOT REPLACE THE PRIOR ORDERS BUT IS IN ADDITION TO.
The Health Officer may revise this Order as the situation evolves, and all service providers and managers of facilities subject to this Order must stay updated by regularly checking the Public Health website (http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus.htm).



03/18/2020

ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. C20-3

 

ORDER OF THE HEALTH 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


 

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Summary:
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 12:0 I 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.




03/18/2020
Advisory: A shelter in place order issued by the Lake County Public Health Officer is anticipated in the next 24-36 hours

NOTE:  The order will be posted here once it has been issued

A shelter in place order issued by the Lake County Public Health Officer is anticipated in the next 24-36 hours for all of Lake County due to the COVID-19 Virus threat.  Residents will be asked to shelter at their place of residence and cease all non-essential activities or travels.  The following is a broad overview of activities that will be allowed:

  • Attending Medical/Veterinarian Appointments
  • Travel to Essential Businesses: Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Restaurants for Pickup/Delivery, and Hardware Stores
  • Compliance with Court Orders (Child Exchange)
  • Conducting Business with Banks
  • Gas Stations for Fuel
  • Outside Activities With Immediate Family(Adhering to Social Distancing)  
  • Picking up School Lunches
  • Private Patrol Operators Working for Planned Communities
  • Homeless Will be Exempt but Encouraged to Find Shelter

 
This is not the order and more detailed information will provided when the order is issued by the Public Health Officer.

03/16/2020
CITY OF LAKEPORT OPERATIONAL CHANGES RELATED TO COVID-19

 As a means to aid in stopping the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus through the implementation of recommended Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing practices, the public lobbies of Lakeport City Hall and Lakeport Police Department will be closed to the public until April 13, 2020.

 The City of Lakeport remains committed to the provision of high quality essential services during this evolving emergency.  With the safety of the citizens and the employees of the City of Lakeport in mind, those seeking services from the City are requested to conduct activities through the phone or by email.  Specific contact information for City Services are provided below:

Police Services

The Lakeport Police Department will continue to respond to emergency calls and non-emergency calls for service.  For emergencies call 911 and non-emergencies call (707) 263-2690.  For general administrative business (e.g. evidence and records requests, tow retrieval, etc.)  please call (707) 263-5491 ext. 8 or email info@lakeportpolice.com.

Fire & Emergency Medical Services

For all fire and medical related emergencies call 911.  For all other fire and administrative services call (707) 263-4296 or email mhuff@lakeportfire.com.

Utility Payments and Account Services

To speak with a Lakeport Finance Department representative regarding utility billing or account services please call (707) 263-5615 ext.305 or email financeinfo@cityoflakeport.com.  Utility payments may be made online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/lakeportca or by phone at 1-833-208-7229.

Building & Planning Services, Permitting and Inspections

For assistance related to building and planning services, permitting and inspections please call (707) 263-5615 ext. 204 or email CDD@cityoflakeport.com.  Building permit submittal and inspection services may be scheduled through special arrangements.

Public Works

For the reporting of utility and infrastructure problems please call (707) 263-3578 or email admininfo@cityoflakeport.com.

Business Licensing

For payments, obtaining a license or general business licensing inquiries please call (707) 263-5615 ext. 204 or email businesslicensing@cityoflakeport.com.

Special Events Scheduling & Reservations

Reserving public spaces and requesting street closures for special events during this continuing emergency will be limited.  For more information please call (707) 263-5615 ext. 102 or by email at admininfo@cityoflakeport.com.

Public Meetings

The City of Lakeport is working on an alternative procedures for the administering of upcoming public meetings, including City Council meetings.  Additional information to follow prior to the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 City Council meeting at 6:00 PM.

The City’s priority during this declared emergency is to continue to protect the public, as well as our employees so we may continue to serve, by limiting the spread of COVID-19.  We appreciate your understanding and your patience.

 03/12/2020

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What is the Proper Level of Concern and Preparation for Coronavirus?

March 12, 2020

Gary Pace MD, MPH, Public Health Officer, COUNTY OF LAKE

If you are watching the news, you recognize that coronavirus situation is rapidly changing.  The World Health Organization now says that we are in a ‘pandemic,’ the stock market is dropping quickly, colleges are closing around the state, and some sports events are beginning to be cancelled.  Yet there are still only about 1000 documented cases in the United States, and a handful of deaths at this moment.  Are we over-reacting?

 

 In Lake County, we are still at low risk of getting coronavirus.  We have not had any people testing positive yet, but we have only been able to do a limited number of tests.  There is no known community spread, but there may be some people with the virus in our county that we haven’t been aware of.  At Public Health, we have been monitoring some returned travelers, and following some sick people who have been tested, but so far there have been no positive cases here.

 

 We did declare a “Local Health Emergency” and the Board of Supervisors ratified it on Tuesday, March 10.  This was not done to cause more anxiety, but is meant to allow us to make changes quickly (if needed), to request supplies and staffing (if needed), and to access emergency State and Federal funds (if needed).

 

 Also, the California Department of Public Health came out on March 12 with strong recommendations limiting group gatherings:

 

  • Postponing or canceling non-essential gatherings including 250 people or more,
  • Smaller gatherings should be held in venues that allow social distancing (keeping 6 feet distance between people),
  • Canceling events of 10 or more people that are in vulnerable groups—senior citizens, immune-compromised.

 

This is a significant change, which reflects the intention to limit mixing of people, thus preventing the introduction and the spread of the virus.  As seen in Washington State and Italy, once the virus gets a firm foothold and starts spreading, the situation can get to be difficult to manage.  It appears that strong attempts to slow or stop this spread by limiting group gatherings and social mixing can be effective.

 

 Testing.  There are a lot of questions about how to get testing if one is sick.  Please see the attached document:  Can You Get Tested For Coronavirus If You Are Sick?

 

 County agencies, schools, and healthcare providers are in regular communication in order to prepare and adapt to the changing environment.  We are also involved in regular communication with the public.  Our website is becoming a good resource, and there are some documents translated into Spanish.  We are also trying to provide weekly press releases and a social media forum hopefully starting next week.

 

 With no cases currently identified in the county, but with the situation worsening in the larger Bay Area, we are recognizing that we are in a unique situation and that limiting large group gatherings may allow us to prevent the virus from getting a solid foothold here, or at least slow down the process, and thus minimizing impact on the healthcare system.  Our particular concern is our most vulnerable populations—the seniors and people with underlying medical condition.

 

 Overall, we want to continue to try to walk the line between adequate, reasonable preparation for what may come down the road, without causing unnecessary concern or panic.  We live in a resilient community with reasonable, practical leadership.  If we are very lucky, this outbreak may pass by Lake County without significant impact, but we appreciate the diligent efforts by so many of our community agencies and partners to prepare for the possibility that we do begin seeing cases.

 

 

Local Health Emergency Declared for Lake County

in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 March 10, 2020 

Gary Pace, MD, MPH-- Lake County Public Health Officer

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – On March 9, 2020, Lake County Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace, declared a local public health emergency in response to Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  As of today, Lake County remains at no laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The local health emergency has been executed in an effort to be proactive, allowing the County to expedite their planning and response to potential COVID-19 cases and make additional resources available to the County to limit and slow community spread of the disease.
(Click here to view Emergency Declaration)

 Although the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 continues to remain low in Lake County, all community members should take the opportunity to plan for the possibility of local cases and the potential for community spread. Clearly, the virus is spreading widely—as of March 8, 2020, there were four hundred twenty-three (423) cases in the United States with nineteen (19) deaths.  Outbreaks continue to spread in Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South East Asia and the Western Pacific-- and the global impacts are beginning to be felt.

 Lake County Public Health is prepared to manage and investigate suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. Public Health will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners to provide the public with accurate information about actions to be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to care for those who may become ill with this virus. As with other respiratory infections, there are steps that everyone can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 People Can Protect Themselves By:

The best way to prevent the spread of illness, including; seasonal flu, novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

and other respiratory illness is to practice everyday illness prevention steps: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, making sure to rub your hands together until the sanitizer is dry
  • Cover you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

 

Personal Preparation Measures Include:

  • Gradually stock up extra supplies of important items, such as: soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, over the counter medications and prescription medications.
  • Gradually stock up on non-perishable foods.
  • Create a back-up plan for work, school and childcare in the event of closures.
  • Talk to your workplace about getting ready. Plan for telework, if possible.
  • Create a space in your home to care for sick family members.
  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps – make a game of this with your kids.

 What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

Previously, all testing was being performed at the CDC laboratory in Atlanta. 

Diagnostic testing for Coronavirus is becoming more available with state testing at nineteen (19) California Public Health Laboratories including in Sonoma County.  Commercial labs like Quest are now offering these tests.  Unfortunately, the capacity continues to be limited, so during this transition period, only the highest risk patients are recommended to receive testing.  Speak with your medical provider if you have symptoms.

 Call Ahead if You Have Symptoms:

If you develop a fever, cough and shortness of breath, and believe you could have COVID-19, notify your healthcare provider by phone. Call ahead so that you can be safely evaluated and prevent exposing others.

 Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus COVID-19 by visiting the following websites:    

CDC Website:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

 CDPH Website:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx 

and/or 
Contact Lake County Public Health (707) 263-1090.            http://health.co.lake.ca.us/