First Confirmed Case of Coronavirus in Yolo County
The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Yolo County. During a news conference on Friday, March 6, 2020, Yolo County Public Health officer Dr. Ron Chapman said the individual is an elderly female with underlying health conditions. She is currently hospitalized and is improving. It is believed she acquired the disease through community transmission. The location or residence of this patient is not being disclosed for privacy reasons. Her family members have been quarantined.
Dr. Chapman says to date 14 other people have been tested for the virus in Yolo County with ten coming back negative, and four are pending results.
The County has announced a local health emergency and a local emergency, both through proclamations that will open up additional resources and funding to provide tools for the County to effectively manage the situation. Yolo County News release.
The City of West Sacramento is in close communication with the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency and will notify the public with updates. Health officials are actively tracking travelers from high risk countries who arrive in Yolo County and quarantining them for 14 days for monitoring and testing if they show symptoms.
Community members and students in the Washington Unified School District are being advised to continue their normal activities and take the same precautions they would during cold and flu season.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and communicate all health concerns with your doctor.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get your flu shot. The flu vaccine won’t protect against COVID-19, but it is highly recommended to help keep you healthy.