The people of Calaveras County have been doing their part to follow the County Health Officer’s Order that has slowed the spread of COVID-19. We are taking the first steps towards reopening Calaveras County.
This comes at a time when California Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to move the state closer to lifting stay-at-home orders and re-opening the economy. However, to ensure that there is not a resurgence of coronavirus cases, counties must meet certain criteria to proceed in relaxing their stay-at-home directives. As of now, six areas will drive California’s ability to change the state’s stay-at-home order:
- Expanding testing and contact tracing to be able to identify and isolate those with the virus;
- Preventing infection in people who are most at risk;
- Being able to handle surges in hospitals and the health care delivery system;
- Ensuring businesses, schools and child care facilities can support physical distancing; and
- Determining when to reinstate certain measures like the stay-at-home order if cases begin to increase.
Without a vaccine, social distancing measures are necessary to protect the health and well-being of Calaveras communities and safeguard our healthcare system. The best protection against COVID-19 is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Self-isolate if you are sick
- Stay six feet away from people who don’t live with you
- Wear a cloth face covering when you leave home