What is open?
Indoor dining at restaurants is now reopened, but at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Places of worship can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Tattoo parlors, body waxing, and other personal care services can also reopen indoors with modifications.
Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen at 25% capacity. Shopping centers can reopen at 50% capacity.
Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity (or 100 people, whichever is fewer), but please note that Yuba County has no movie theaters. There is a theater in Sutter County, but the State has not yet permitted Sutter County to move into the red tier; they will likely join the red tier on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
To see a full list of what can reopen, visit COVID19.ca.gov.
Can schools reopen? How will that look?
Previously, in the purple tier, elementary schools could reopen with approval from Dr. Luu and CDPH.
Now, in the red tier, all-grades schools can also reopen at full capacity if we hold at the red-tier metrics for two consistent weeks. The decision to reopen fully will come from each school district (those metrics include staying between 4-7 new cases each day per 100,000 people, and test positivity between 5-8%).
Each school district will need to follow State guidance on social distancing measures, cleaning and disinfecting, testing and contact tracing, facial coverings and more.
When will we get to the next tier?
The tier below red is orange. To qualify, we must stay between 4 and 7 new cases per day (per 100,000 people) over a 7-day period, and have a test positivity between 2% and 4.9%.
All we have to do to get there is continue what we’ve been doing:
• Wearing facial coverings in public and around people you don’t live with;
• Social distancing from people you don’t live with;
• Avoid social gatherings, as this is how at least HALF of local infection originate.
• If you do decide to take part in a social gathering, be safe: make a pact to only hang out with two other households, social distance, wear a facial covering when in close contact, don’t share food or utensils, and stay home when sick with any symptoms.
• Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms, even if they’re mild; if you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case; or if you have attended a social gathering where the tenets were not being practiced.
Do we still need to wear facial coverings?
YES. This is one of the key tenets that will not only slow and break the chain of transmission, but will allow more businesses to open up. The May 4 facial covering order remains in effect until further notice.
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.
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.
Dr. Luu issued a new Public Health Order that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. What does this mean?
This Public Health Order simply terminates the previous May 4, 2020 Order to align our communities with the State Public Health Order—since the State has since changed its metrics and reopening phases.
This means that our communities will continue to follow the State order—since law outlines that Counties can be more restrictive than the State, but not less.
The local health emergency remains in effect in Yuba-Sutter, as does the public facial covering order.
How can I be sure I'm opening my business in a way the meets State requirements?
Yuba County has a team that is out in the community helping businesses reopen in ways that are both practical and creative, while still keeping customers and employees safe. This can include things like curbside operations, creating a stronger online sales presence, etc.
For information on way ensure your business aligns with the State Order, or for helpful resources, reach out to the Yuba Enterprise Solutions team at COVIDcompliance@co.yuba.ca.us or call them at 749-5648.
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.
The State has allowed businesses to open up more and more in each tier according to each County's COVID-19 metrics. While we see sectors opening up, it's important now more than ever to keep practicing those tenets; we don't want to get too lax, see cases rise, and have our businesses shut down again.
We must all do our parts to minimize transmission of the virus, to ensure we can see our businesses continue to open up more. 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.
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.