What businesses are NOT allowed to open?
The State of California announced Monday, July 13, that more businesses in Counties on the monitoring list (including Yuba-Sutter) must close their indoor operations:
--Indoor fitness centers/gyms
--Places of worship
--Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
--Personal care services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
--Hair salons and barbershops
For more information, visit the State website: covid19.ca.gov.
Additionally, indoor operations for restaurants, bars, movie theaters and museums are state-mandated to close in all counties in the state.
What do I have to do to reopen my business?
If your business was affected by the July 13 State mandate:
--Attempt to shift your operations to align with the State order, including take-out and/or outdoor dining. For information on County policies, how to ensure your business aligns with the State Order, or for resources, reach out to the Yuba Enterprise Solutions team at COVIDcompliance@co.yuba.ca.us, 749-5648.
--All businesses that have been permitted to reopen –whether recently or “essential” businesses that have remained open this entire time – should review State guidances (https://bit.ly/3cO7TSA) as well as local protocols (https://bit.ly/3dVdY0O) to ensure they are in compliance.
In short, these protocols ensure physical distancing of 6 feet or more among patrons and staff; disinfection/sanitation; contactless methods as much as possible; symptoms screenings before shift start for each employee; and the wearing of facial coverings when adequate social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible between non-household members.
Will businesses look different when I go out with my family and friends?
Yes. Businesses must have proper protocols in place to minimize exposure to and transmission of the virus. This means tables and seating will be spread out to ensure proper social distancing, and seating capacity will likely be less than what you’re used to.
Businesses may also ask if you’re sick upon entry, and should require you wear facial coverings upon entry.
If we're opening up, COVID-19 must not be as much a danger as before?
No. The State and Yuba-Sutter Public Health teams recognize that COVID-19 remains an ongoing threat. In recent days, the case count, hospitalization rate, and death rate statewide and in Yuba-Sutter has risen. Therefore, the State of California mandated that indoor operations of certain industries must close. For more information, visit covid19.ca.gov.
Recognizing the totality of health and how important it is to go to work to provide for your family and buy necessary medications, and minimize the mental health ramifications of this crisis, Public Health officials believed residents could alter their behavior to make smart decisions that lessen the risk of being exposed to the virus and transmitting it to others. That has not proven to be the case.
We must all do our parts to minimize transmission of the virus, to ensure we can re-open safely again. Social distance of 6 feet or more from non-household members, wear a facial covering when social distancing isn't possible, practice good hand hygiene, limit the number of households you mingle with, and STAY HOME when sick with ANY symptoms.
If I'm wearing a facial covering, why does it matter if I hang out in a group of 10 versus a concert of 100?
The virus is highly contagious, but also depends on how many people are in close physical contact for an extended period of time.
Your chances of getting COVID-19 passing by someone at the grocery store are less than getting it from a family member or friend—who you are more likely to be talking to/hugging/hanging out with in close proximity for a longer period of time.
When you hang out with a smaller group of people you know, that also helps with contact tracing. So, if you test positive for COVID-19, our Public Health team will have an easier time tracking down your contacts to tell them they were in contact with a positive case (privacy will be respected). Those people will be asked to be tested and quarantined to break the chain of transmission.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, chills, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, even if mild, call your doctor or register for FREE COVID-19 testing at LHI.care/COVIDtesting.
If you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or if symptoms worsen, seek medical care immediately.
How serious is the coronavirus?
COVID-19, a respiratory illness, certainly can be serious—especially to vulnerable populations such as those over 60 years old and those with chronic health issues.
It can be especially dangerous if you do not seek medical care immediately if symptoms worsen or if you have difficulty breathing.
Is the coronavirus spreading through the Yuba-Sutter area?
It continues to spread to household contacts of already-postive cases, as well as extended family in other households. We have also seen in recent days positive cases going out to graduation and birthday parties.
Our contact tracing investigations have shown us that:
50% of infections originate from a social gathering (party, BBQ, etc).
5% of infections originate from the workplace.
5% of infections originate from travel.
40% of infections are of unknown origin ... meaning we cannot determine where the person became infected. This can be because the infected person cannot be reached by contact tracers, cannot remember where they have been, or are not forthcoming with contact tracers.
Without people taking the proper precautions to stay home when sick with any symptoms, even if mild, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet and wearing a facial covering when that is not possible, COVID-19 will continue to spread.
What does it mean to be quarantined? What is expected if I'm asked to quarantine myself?
Voluntary quarantine means keeping yourself at home to keep your family, friends, and community safe. You would separate yourself by staying in a separate room, using a separate bathroom, and not sharing food or utensils for a period of 14 days.
Why can't you tell us who the sick people are and where they live?
Federal laws are established to protect patient privacy, and those laws are very strict. We are not allowed to give out any information that may provide any indication of a person's identity.
Will I be safer if I wear a facial covering?
Facial coverings protect everyone, as they reduce the chance of water droplets getting into the air and spreading COVID-19 to others. Not everyone who is infected with coronavirus has symptoms. That is why the Yuba-Sutter Health Officer and the Governor have both issued orders making face coverings mandatory when going out in public and getting close to others from outside your own household. And to clarify, facial coverings are required to be worn in every indoor business.
There are medical exemptions for those who are unable to wear one. Wearing a facial covering should be done in conjunction with other precautions, such as social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when you are ill.
What is Public Health's role in all of this?
If you test positive, a nurse from the public health department will call you to see how you are doing and offer you support. The nurse will also ask you about any close friends, co-workers or family that you have been in contact with so they can call them too. It is ok to share this information with the Health Department. The Health Department is only interested in supporting you and any close family members and contacts that might have to be isolated to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Contact tracers will NEVER ask you for financial information, for your Social Security number, or immigration status. They will ask your date of birth, address, and work information for purposes of tracking outbreaks and breaking the chain of transmission.