Why do we need to continue limits on what we are allowed to do?
COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) through droplets made when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Some people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms or have a mild illness, which means that they can spread it to others without knowing they are infected. It can also spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus from an infected person on it and then touches their nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands. Everyone is at risk of becoming ill with COVID-19. Some people are more vulnerable to serious illness due to their age and health condition.
Reopening Calaveras County needs to happen in a very controlled way and informed by science and medicine. A spike in new COVID-19 infections can lead to a second shutdown to help control any spread of COVID-19 into Calaveras communities. Calaveras County has a limited healthcare infrastructure that may affect the county’s ability to care for a large number of sick people.
What is the State’s plan to reopen California?
The state of California created a four-stage roadmap to reopen California safely. They include the following stages:
- Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness. Making the essential workforce as safe as possible
- Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces. Creating opportunities for lower-risk sectors to adapt and reopen. Modified school programs and childcare reopen.
- Stage 3: High-Risk Workplaces: Creating opportunities for higher risk sectors to adapt and reopen.
- Stage 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order. Return to the expanded workforce in highest-risk places.
What does Calaveras Public Health’s readiness plan include?
To reopen the county safely Calaveras County must ensure:
- Epidemiologic stability of COVID-19
- Protection of essential workers
- Testing capacity for COVID-19
- Containment capacity
- Protection of vulnerable groups
- Triggers for adjusting modifications
- Plans for moving through each stage
What happens if I don’t comply with the statewide Stay-at-Home order?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing increased use of policing as a way to enforce stay-at-home orders. The goal of Calaveras Public Health is to prevent any spread of COVID-19 and doing so without the use of policing. We know that policing practices are likely to worsen the spread of COVID-19 by preventing people from seeking needed care or taking proper precautions. Calaveras Public Health believes that in order for people to physically distance themselves and stay at home, people need support and community investment, not punishment. Public Health trusts that the people of Calaveras County will voluntarily follow the Governor’s stay-at-home order to protect loved ones and Calaveras communities.
What can we do to help people who are at-risk for COVID-19 and staying home to protect themselves?
View mental health resources here
View Calaveras Seniors resources here
Where can I find Calaveras County’s Variance to California’s Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order?
View the variance
Where can I view Calaveras County’s readiness plan to reopen businesses?
On May 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health accepted the local attestation submitted by Calaveras County officials to move further into Stage 2 of Reopening. The local attestations can be viewed on the State webpage at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/County_Variance_Attestation_Form.aspx
Calaveras Public Health released a Roadmap to Recovery on our COVID-19 website, which outlines the stages for reopening the county that is consistent with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order. This provides a course of action for reopening Calaveras County as safe as possible.
Are mass gatherings permitted?
State public health directives prohibit professional, social and community mass gatherings. Gatherings are defined as—meetings or other events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time for a shared or group experience in a single room, space, or place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or other indoor or outdoor space. They pose an especially high danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19.
On May 25, 2020, in an effort to balance First Amendment interests with public health, the State Public Health Officer created an exception to the prohibition against mass gatherings for faith-based services and cultural ceremonies as well as protests. Those types of gatherings are permitted so long as they do not exceed 100 attendees or 25% of the capacity of the space in which the gathering is held, whichever is lower. All other mass gatherings are prohibited until further notice.
View the Calaveras County Roadmap to Recovery here