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Coronavirus Update for the Yuba-Sutter Area
Current Risk: LOW

We will endeavor to keep this page updated with the latest information from Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu.

March 6, 2020

The following "Daily COVID-19 Update"
from the California Department of Public Health

State Health & Emergency Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts
California now has 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19

SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 69 confirmed cases. For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit

COVID-19 in California by the Numbers (as of 10 a.m. Pacific Time):
69– Positive cases
1 – Death
24 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights
45 – Cases not related to repatriation flights
   • 22 - Travel-related
   • 12 - Person to person
   • 9 - Community transmission
   • 2 – Currently under investigation
9,900+ – number of people self-monitoring who returned to the U.S. through SFO or LAX
49 – Number of local health jurisdictions involved in self-monitoring
15 – Labs with test kits

How Can People Protect Themselves: Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
   • Washing hands with soap and water.
   • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
   • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
   • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
   • Following guidance from public health officials.

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:
• Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
California’s Response to COVID-19: We have been actively and extensively planning with our local public health and health care delivery systems. Here are some of the things we are already doing:
• As in any public health event, the California Department of Public Health’s Medical and Health Coordination Center has been activated and is coordinating public health response efforts across the state.
• California continues to prepare and respond in coordination with federal and local partners, hospitals and physicians.
• Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.
• Governor Gavin Newsom requested the Legislature make up to $20 million available for state government to respond to the spread of COVID-19.
• California activated the State Operations Center to its highest level to coordinate response efforts across the state.
• 24 million more Californians are now eligible for free medically necessary COVID-19 testing.
• California made available some of its emergency planning reserves of 21 million N95 filtering facepiece masks for use in certain health care settings to ease shortages of personal protective equipment.
• The Public Health Department is providing information, guidance documents, and technical support to local health departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, universities, colleges, and childcare facilities across California.
• The Public Health Department is coordinating with federal authorities and local health departments that have implemented screening, monitoring and, in some cases quarantine of returning travelers.
• In coordination with the CDC, state and local health departments, we are actively responding to cases of COVID-19.
• The Public Health Department is supporting hospitals and local public health laboratories in the collection of specimens and testing for COVID-19.
• The California Department of Public Health’s state laboratory in Richmond and 14 other public health department laboratories now have tests for the virus that causes COVID-19.

UPDATED March 6, 2020


Updated Novel Coronavirus FAQs

  • I just returned from a trip abroad, and my boss told me to get a note from the Public Health Department before returning to work.  Is that where I need to go to get medical clearance for my employer?

    No, any medical clearance to return from work needs to come from your primary physician.

  • Is it safe for my family and me to eat out at restaurants among the public? We wouldn’t know if they’re sick or recently traveled from mainland China. 

Yes, it is safe to go out in public. There is no known ongoing community transmission in the bi-county region at this point.

  • Should we take our kids out of school/are officials planning on canceling school?

There is no need to consider mass cancellation of schools at this time. If there was a concern about a suspected or positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) case in a specific school, then we would recommend closure of that school to conduct contact investigation, environmental cleaning, and ensure that there would be no further ongoing transmission.

  • What if I work in a highly public place, like the grocery store or post office?

The overall risk to the general public in the bi-county region remains low. There is no need to be concerned about exposure in the course of normal work. 

  • I’ve heard that coronavirus can live on a surface for hours/days… Can I contract it that way?

Like any virus, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through touching the same surface that was contaminated with the bodily fluids of an ill person. The best way to prevent transmission is to adhere to good hand hygiene – washing your hands often, or if not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and do not touch your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Is the homeless population especially at risk? Do you have a plan for them?

No, the homeless population is not especially at risk. However, everyone-- regardless of his or her housing situation -- should practice good hand hygiene. The bi-county coronavirus preparedness team is ensuring that we reach out to various groups in our community including healthcare personnel, schools, business, first responders, community leaders, and organizations that serve the homeless populations.

  • Can pets at home spread the coronavirus?

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals / pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with your pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

  • Is it safe to receive packages delivered from China?

Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The World Health Organization says, “From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.”

The World Health Organization tackles myths surrounding coronavirus here:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance for colleges and universities and for education-related travel:

February 28, 2020
Dr. Luu put together and Question & Answer post to help our residents understand the current situation here in the Yuba-Sutter region.

  • How bad is this coronavirus thing?

The risk in the US, California, and the bi-county region remain low for the general public. There is no need for panic.

  •  Should I start wearing masks?

If you do not have any symptoms, masks are not necessary. Masks are recommended for those who are ill or healthcare personnel when they are interacting with ill persons.

  •  But I’m immunocompromised, why shouldn’t I wear a mask?

Even with those who are immunocompromised but without any symptoms, a mask is not recommended. You are at higher risk for infection so social distancing – keeping away from those who are ill or ill-appearing is key. Six feet of distance is suitable. Good hand hygiene through hand washing or using alcohol-based sterilizer is also important.

  •  Do you guys have masks that we can have? Where can I get masks?

Masks are useful for those who are sick to help prevent them from getting others sick. They are less effective in protecting someone who is not sick. At this time, the health department is not distributing masks.

  •  Are there any cases in Yuba or Sutter County right now?

As of right now, there are no confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases in the bi-county Yuba-Sutter region.

  • If I think I have the coronavirus, what should I do?
If you become ill and have traveled internationally to China, Japan, South Korea, Italy or Iran and/or am a close contact of someone who has, you should contact your doctor for further guidance. Do NOT go straight to the ER or Urgent Care.

If you do not have either of the above criteria, it is very, very unlikely that your fever, cough, is from the novel coronavirus.

  •  I heard there was a case at UC Davis. My mother was there for a procedure yesterday. Does she have coronavirus?

People suspected of having coronavirus are put into strict isolation during any testing and medical care at a hospital. They are kept separate from other people in the hospital. You are not going to contract coronavirus just from being in the same hospital as someone who has coronavirus.

  •  I am flying to another part of the United States tomorrow. Do I need to be worried about getting coronavirus?

At this time, there is no transmission of coronavirus in airports in the United States or worldwide. The risk of getting coronavirus in airports in the United States is low.

  •  What can I do to protect myself from coronavirus?

Right now, you are much more likely to get the flu, colds or other seasonal winter illnesses than coronavirus. we recommend the following to protect yourself from flu, colds and other usual winter illnesses:

    • Continue to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands regularly, especially before eating
    • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • Stay home or go home if already at work. If you have a fever do not return to work for at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever reducing medication). Please check with your work supervisory on the necessary sick leave procedures.
    • Practice other good health habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  •  I heard people in other communities are worried about going to Asian restaurants, grocery stores, or communities. Should I be worried?

No. At this time, the risk of coronavirus from Asian restaurants, grocery stores or communities is as low as it is in other types of restaurants, other grocery stores, or other communities. It is still flu season, so we recommend you practice good health habits wherever you go.

  •  I’m going to Sacramento/Solano County/Bay Area/SoCal this weekend. I heard they had a patient hospitalized there. Should I be worried?

The risk of getting coronavirus in other parts of California is low. However, it is still flu season, so we recommend you practice good health habits wherever you go.

February 14, 2020
Click HERE to watch Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu on a local radio station introducing herself and talking about the coronavirus.

February 3, 2020
See Yuba-Sutter's original Press Release related to the coronavirus by clicking HERE

January 29, 2020

Facebook Live chat with Dr. Luu covering coronavirus and other topics. (Don't forget, you can turn on closed captioning on video settings.)