Guidance for the Community


California Department of Public Health Guidance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Importance Guidance for Everyone

  • Stay home as much as possible, self-isolate and only go out for essential needs. Eliminate non-essential trips. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then toss the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine to prevent influenza if you haven’t already done so this flu season.
  • Keep your distance from people who are sick, especially if they have a respiratory virus.

Elderly and vulnerable populations are at the highest risk of experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of sickness caused by the novel coronvirus, called COVID-19, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that current studies suggest that serious illness occurs in 16% of cases with older people and vulnerable populations with certain underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes at greater risk.  It is crucial to reduce exposure of these individuals to COVID-19 to prevent infection. 

Vulnerable Populations

  • Older adults (65 and older) 
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems
  • Individuals with pre-existing health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.  

Self-Isolation for Older Adults and Those Who Have Elevated Risk

What To Do if You Are Sick

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals:You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
    • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
      Read the full guidance here.                   


       Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to add more than 80 community testing sites across the state, Nevada County has launched a test site in Grass Valley and another in the Town of Truckee. 

Western Nevada County:

Grass Valley Veterans Hall: 255 S Auburn St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Eastern Nevada County

Town of Truckee across the street from the Tahoe Forest Health System at 

10990 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after initial exposure that include Fever, Cough, and/or Shortness of Breath. If you or someone you know is showing symptoms associated with COVID-19, call your healthcare provider immediately. Tell your healthcare provider about your recent travel or contact and work with them to determine if testing is needed.

Coronavirus Symptoms GraphicsFind up-to-date information from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC)


Find up-to-date recommendations for populations more vulnerable to COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), encouraging these populations to get ready for COVID-19 now.

Find up-to-date additional guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus for homes, schools, workplaces, community and faith based organizations, large events, healthcare settings and first responders from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Don’t Make Assumptions

The CDC has tips on stigma and resilience. Be mindful to not make assumptions or stigmatize individuals based on their age, ethnicity or disability. Social stigma is often a result of fear and anxiety which can lead to discrimination against people who may be associated with an infectious disease. This can result in harmful social and financial impacts to individuals and the community at large.