Nevada County Public Health understands that our community wants current and up-to-date information about COVID-19 in our community. Since we have rapidly identified the arrival of COVID-19 in our community, our focus is to slow the spread of the virus, protect our medical infrastructure, and protect the most vulnerable people in our community. A key priority is to shift testing to people who are at greatest risk for severe disease, complications, and death.
“Because the demand for testing continues to exceed the capacity to test due to a critical shortage of necessary testing supplies, Nevada County Public Health continues to recommend prioritizing testing for high-risk patients until testing supplies become more available,” says Jill Blake, the Director of the Public Health Department. “Unfortunately, this will mean that the number of lab-confirmed tests may not reflect the true spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county.”
Connecting Point is now providing a way for the public to contribute to the understanding of COVID-19 in our community. To help track the virus’ spread in our county, the Public Health Department encourages the community to help in Connecting Point’s efforts. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms that could be related to the COVID-19 virus, including headache, fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms, please fill out the “Community Symptoms Report” survey. One form should be filled out for each member of the household or family who is experiencing symptoms. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call 211 (or 1-833-DIAL211) and the call agent can compete the form on your behalf.
Connecting Point and Nevada County Public Health also want to share this crowd-sourced data with the community. To do that, they have created a Community COVID-19 Monitoring dashboard (www.211connectingpoint.org/covid-19/project). The Dashboard is best viewed on Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers. This Dashboard will give the public a summarized version of what the community is reporting via the survey. The Dashboard allows people to look by their geographic area to get a snap-shot of what your neighbors are reporting. The more people who complete the survey, the more accurate the Dashboard will be.
Please note that the Community Symptoms Report form is not a way to request or receive medical advice. If you require medical advice or care, please contact your primary care physician or your local urgent care clinic. For more information about the County of Nevada’s response to COVID-19, visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.