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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from their surface. Coronaviruses can infect both animals and people, and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions. The current concern is about a novel (new) coronavirus that has not been previously identified that causes an illness called COVID-19.
Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:
Novel coronavirus is new, and we continue learning more each day about how it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick. As information changes, we will keep you informed.
Do not assume that someone is at risk for novel coronavirus infection based on their race/ethnicity or country of origin.
The virus appears to have originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened tens of thousands of people in China, and over hundreds of thousands of cases have been reported worldwide. A current list of locations with confirmed COVID-19 cases can be found at the CDC’s website.
Many people may be experiencing stress, fear, and anxiety in the face of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is recommended people keep updated on the evolving and expanding situation by following reliable sources of information such as the California Department of Public Health or CDC websites as guidance may change. Additionally, it is highly recommended that every community member follow guidance issued by the federal government or the state to preserve the public health and safety of our county’s residents. Residents can find additional mental health resources on the the Behavioral Health website.
Yes, here in the US, the CDC is working with each state, including the California Department of Public Health, who is in turn working with every local health jurisdiction in the state. While these collective efforts have been very successful to date, we are also planning for eventual local transmission and sustained community transmission.
On March 19, 2020, the State Public Health Officer issued an Order for all Californians to remain sheltered at home. This enforceable Order is intended to preserve the public health and safety of all Californians, and to ensure the health care delivery system is capable of serving all. More information can be found on the state’s coronavirus website.
Yes, community transmission has been confirmed in both the United States and California.
Stay at home. Only leave to access critical services (such as medical care) or to meet critical needs (such as to get groceries or to pick up prescriptions). If you are well and you stay home, then you cannot get exposed and you will not get ill. This effort will not only protect you and your household contacts, but it will also help to protect those most vulnerable to serious illness caused by this disease. Vulnerable populations, such as those 65+ and with underlying health conditions, should lean on their social support networks rather than leaving their homes for essential needs whenever possible.
Practice social distancing when in the community. Appropriate social distancing requires a 6 ft. distance between you and others.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay away from work and other people if you become sick with symptoms like fever and cough.
If you have mild respiratory illness, stay home until there is no fever for 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines), your symptoms have also improved for 72 hours, AND it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms first started.
For people who are well, wearing a face mask is not on the list of recommended practices to prevent infection. While they can be effective in preventing the spread of disease if worn by someone who is infected with a virus, they are not currently recommended to protect oneself from becoming sick.
To keep track of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 issue, please check the California Department of Public Health and the CDC website that regularly post updates in English and Spanish.
If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history.
If you have mild respiratory illness, stay home until there is no fever for 72 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicines), your symptoms have also improved for 72 hours, AND it has been at least 7 days since your symptoms first started. Nevada County Environmental Health has created recommendations for homes with known or suspected coronavirus infections (PDF).
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is also offering free video checkups for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Visit their website for more information on these free virtual checkups.
Call 2-1-1 if you do not have a primary care physician or regular health care provider as they may be able to connect you with other resources like a local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Remember that if you feel you have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms, contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk.
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is also offering free virtual checkups for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Visit their website for more information on these free virtual checkups.
Nevada County is happy to announce two community testing sites.
Western Nevada County
New COVID-19 testing sites are accepting appointments and will open on TUESDAY, May 5, in Grass Valley. Visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting (or call 1-888-634-1123 during business hours) to see if you are eligible for a test and make an appointment. In Grass Valley, the Grass Valley Veterans Hall will serve as the testing site.
Eastern Nevada County
New COVID-19 testing sites are accepting appointments and will open on MONDAY, May 4, in Kings Beach. Visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting (or call 1-888-634-1123 during business hours) to see if you are eligible for a test and make an appointment. In Kings Beach, the North Tahoe Event Center will serve as the testing site.
Recently, the California Department of Public Health expanded eligibility for COVID-19 testing. Anyone who meets the testing criteria can be tested at an OptumServe community testing site, including uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. More information about who is eligible for testing can be found on California Department of Public Health’s website. OptumServe will generate a unique identification number for individuals who do not have a driver license.
If an individual has medical insurance, OptumServe will bill the patient’s medical insurance company. Uninsured individuals may also use the community test site, and their tests will be paid for by the state.
If you have recently traveled to an area under travel advisory, follow the guidance outlined by the CDC including staying at home for 14 days, monitoring symptoms, and practicing social distancing. If you believe you have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, monitor yourself for symptoms, avoid public contact, and reach out to your local health care provider. You can also let Nevada County Public Health (or your local health department) know by emailing email@example.com.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended to treat this specific illness at this time. Appropriate care for those diagnosed with COVID-19 will depend on the severity of symptoms and will include steps to relieve those symptoms. Make sure you are taking care of yourself by drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest. Like with other respiratory illnesses, over-the-counter medications may help with symptoms and could be good to keep on-hand.
Additionally, vulnerable individuals (such as those who are over the age of 65 or have underlying health conditions) should prepare with a 2-week supply of their normal medications whenever possible.
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. More information about the order can be found on the state’s website.
On March 19, 2020, the State Public Health Officer issued an Order to remain sheltered at home. This enforceable Order is intended to preserve the public health and safety of all Californians, and to ensure the health care delivery system is capable of serving all. Up-to-date information about the order can be found on the state’s website.
Essential services will remain open, such as:
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. Review the State Public Health Officer’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance for more detailed information.
If you have a concern about a food establishment or facility please contact our Environmental Health Department at 530 265-1222 to determine the risk and appropriate response. For concerns about public gatherings not in compliance with the state-wide stay at home order please contact law enforcement at 530 265-7880.
Community members that have complaints regarding the continuation of use of short-term rental facilities and/or construction related social distancing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic can complete the following and Code Compliance/Building Department staff will investigate their complaint:
If the Short Term Rental in question is in Town of Truckee limits, please (or whoever receives the complaint) forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will need the address and any unit number to follow-up. The Town will then conduct an investigation using Code Enforcement and the owner will receive a letter from the Town Attorney if they are determined to be in violation.