ACPH COVID-19 Press Release 5-04-20

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Governor’s Office Allows Additional Activities and Services Amador


County, CA – Over the weekend, the Governor’s Office re-interpreted portions of the State Stay-at-Home Mandate: https://covid19.ca.gov. This modification reflects additional allowable recreational activities and additional essential services, for example: real estate in-person property showing is allowable. The Governor’s Office also expects to move to allowing more business operations by Friday, 5/8/2020, if the business has a COVID-19 health and safety plan in place.

In order to stay in concert with and not more restrictive than the State-mandated Stay-at-Home Order, Amador County Health Officer, Dr. Rita Kerr, in cooperation with Amador County Counsel, has issued a Revised Amador County Stay at Home Order effective today, May 4, 2020.

The statewide Stay-at-Home Order is still in effect until further notice, and that order continues to restrict non-essential travel. Non-essential travel and lack of physical distancing are factors that are highly likely to lead to an increase in COVID-19 disease transmission.

As part of our local and regional planning to reopen Amador County, in alignment with the State Roadmap for Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order, Public Health is coordinating with County leadership, City elected officials, Tribal representatives and Sutter Amador Hospital. Our goal is to provide a toolkit of safe operating protocols for our businesses, recreation, hospitality and community agencies to prepare to implement measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission as we anticipate further direction from the State. Amador County will only be allowed to implement reopening plans once the State authorizes us to do so.

Amador County has been fortunate to have a low number of cases and no deaths due to COVID-19 to date. Our status remains in containment with no evidence of sustained community transmission, and we thank the public for their cooperation in achieving that. We understand the economic and personal challenges that the Stay at Home Order presents. We are planning for, and look forward to, moving safely into the next stage of modifying the statewide order, as more information comes to us from the State.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Revised Stay at Home Order

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What to do?
Vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay home as much as possible. All community members should stay home except to perform essential duties for business continuity or government functions, to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health or dental care, or perform activities related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during this time.

It is OK to go outside for walks or exercise if you are not in a group and practice proper social distancing. The state has expanded the list of activities that are now allowed, each of which can be done while maintaining social distancing. Tennis, pickleball, basketball and volleyball courts may be used by members of the same household only. A volleyball team cannot meet and practice, but you can play a game with your children or siblings. Games that require balls or other equipment can only be played if the equipment isn’t shared outside of household members. For example, it is allowable to play “catch” with your children or siblings, but not hold a pickup game that involves more than one household. For the current list of allowable activities, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top and click on “Outdoor recreation.”

How long will we stay home?
The Order is in effect as long as health officials deem it necessary to slow the spread of COVID19. The Order is currently in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. The Health Officer will be closely monitoring the situation in order to determine what adjustments make sense and advise the County through the process of planning for reopening.

To read all of the frequently asked questions for the revised Amador stay at home order, please click here.

To read the revised order itself, please click here.

Revised Amador Stay at Home Order

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This Revised Stay-at-Home Order, issued May 4, 2020, supersedes the previous Amador County Stay-at-Home Orders that were issued on March 20, 2020, April 3, 2020, and April 30, 2020. The Revised Stay-at-Home Order clarifies that Amador County remains under the State mandates contained in California Executive Order N-33-20 issued by the Governor on March 19, 2020.

To read the full stay at home order, please click here.

Health Officer COVID-19 Updates

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Amador County Public Health launched another COVID-19 Contact Investigation yesterday. This new confirmed positive case occurred in a 30 year-old male from Southern California who was working as a contractor for an essential business in Amador County when he became ill.

He had been living in Pioneer, CA for more than a month while on this work assignment before symptoms began, and had not traveled outside Amador County during that time. No exposure to a known case had occurred. This has been determined to be another case of community transmission.

This case is currently not hospitalized, and is isolated in another county under the care of his family.

Why COVID-19 Cases are reported by County of Permanent Residence
A uniform system has been established in California that assigns all confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to the county that is listed as the person’s address on the laboratory report, regardless of where they were living when they were exposed to or got sick from the illness. This is to prevent the possibility of inaccurate/conflicting counting of cases, which has been an issue in other states.

Amador County Public Health will keep our community informed whenever contact tracing for a case impacts Amador, whether that case is included in our total case count tally or not.

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ACPH Additional Contact Investigation Press Release

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Amador County Public Health Reports Additional Contact Investigation


Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms that another contact investigation is underway related to a positive case of COVID-19. This individual is employed in Amador but does not reside within the county. During contact investigations all persons who were in close contact with a confirmed case are contacted, evaluated, and given further instructions.

“This is another reminder that COVID-19 is circulating throughout California, and of the continuous importance of social distancing measures detailed in the Stay at Home Order” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “It remains everyone’s responsibility to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, particularly when feeling ill. The vast majority of those who contract COVID-19 exhibit mild symptoms. We are concerned for more vulnerable members of our community who are at greater risk for severe illness.”

The new confirmed case, who resides outside of the county, will not be included in the Amador County case count.

The best ways to stay healthy and reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:

  • When you have to go out for essential items cover your face to protect others, maintain 6 foot physical distance, minimize your time out and wash your hands as soon as possible afterward.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you are sick and call ahead before seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces.


The most current information on COVID-19 may be found on the Amador County website http://www.amadorgov.org.

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Public Health Press Release 4-9-20

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Amador County Public Health Confirms Four Additional Cases and Evidence of Community Transmission


Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms four additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Amador County residents. At least one of these cases is a result of community transmission, meaning that this case is unrelated to travel and had no identifiable contact with a known case, indicating likely infection within our community.

The positive cases are isolated at home. All household members and close contacts of these new cases are being contacted, evaluated and provided further instructions.

These four individuals are within the 18-65 age range and none have been hospitalized. No further information on these cases will be released to protect patient privacy.

“Given that we now have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19, it is especially important for the community to comply with the Stay at Home Order that has been extended through the month of April,” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “In addition we are recommending that the general public cover their face with a cloth mask when out to do essential activities.”

The best way for all community members to reduce their risk of getting sick:

  • When you have to go out for essential items cover your face to protect others, maintain 6 foot physical distance, minimize your time out and wash your hands as soon as possible afterward.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you are sick and call ahead before seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces.

 

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Amador Signed Health Officer Order

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ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF AMADOR

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS ENTERING CERTAIN LICENSED FACILITIES AND OTHER AGENCIES WHO ARE NOT A PATIENT, EXISTING RESIDENT, OR NEW RESIDENT; TEMPERATURE SCREENING AND SELFEVALUATION FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS; MASKING OF ALL STAFF WHILE IN FACILITY; AVOIDING STAFF WORKING IN MULTIPLE FACILITIES.

DATE OF ORDER: APRIL 8, 2020

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FAQs to Stay at Home Order

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Please click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Stay at Home Order.

Extended Stay at Home Order 4-03-20

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ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF AMADOR DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO REMAIN AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE EXCEPT THAT THEY MAY LEAVE TO PROVIDE OR RECEIVE CERTAIN ESSENTIAL SERVICES OR ENGAGE IN CERTAIN ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES, AND WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES; DIRECTING ALL BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES TO CEASE NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTY; PROHIBITING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GATHERINGS OF ANY NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS; AND ORDERING CESSATION OF ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL

DATE OF ORDER: APRIL 3, 2020

Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)

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ACPH COVID-19 Press Release 3-31-20

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Amador County Public Health Reports Contact Investigations

Amador County, CA – The Amador County Public Health Department confirms that contact investigations are underway related to two positive cases of COVID-19. These individuals are employed in Amador but do not reside within the county. During contact investigations all persons who were in close contact with a confirmed case are contacted, evaluated, and given further instructions.

“These newly confirmed cases are an indication of the increasing circulation of the novel coronavirus in California, as expected, given the patterns in our state and region” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “Our community should remain calm while remembering to take all appropriate steps for heightened precautions. Today’s new information reinforces the need for everyone to follow the Stay at Home Order and practice social distancing measures. They are intended to reduce the spread of the virus and protect community health.”

The new confirmed cases, who reside outside of the county, will not be included in the Amador case count.

The best ways to stay healthy and reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rubbing for at least 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you are sick and call ahead before seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces.
  • When you have to go out for essential items practice social distancing, maintain 6 foot distance, minimize your time out and wash your hands as soon as possible afterward.

The most current information on COVID-19 may be found on the Amador County website www.amadorgov.org.

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Health Office Order - No Short Term Rentals

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Order of the Health Officer of The County Of Amador clarifying the Governor's March 19th, 2020 and the Health Officer's March 20th, 2020 'Stay At Home' Orders as they pertain to the use of Lodging Facilities in Amador County in response to COVID-19 Outbreak.

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Amador County OES EOC Press Release

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On March 24, 2020, the Amador County Office of Emergency Services activated its Emergency Operations Center to support the Amador County Public Health Department Operations Center for the local response to COVID-19. It is imperative that Amador County stay ahead of the curve in regards to the health impacts to the community. The Emergency Operations Center will be coordinating efforts with state and local partners as we manage this incident.
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Public Health Press Release

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COVID-19 Stay at Home Order

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Please click here to read the COVD-19 Stay at Home Order

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

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Please click here to read the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration document.

Public Health COVID-19 Order

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Please click here to read the Public Health COVID-19 Order document.

Coroner’s Investigation Update – Philip Haney

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Date:  February 24, 2020
Type of Incident: Coroner’s Investigation Update – Philip Haney

On February 22, 2020 the Amador County Sheriff’s Office released initial details regarding Philip Haney being found deceased in our jurisdiction. Mr. Haney was located in a park and ride open area immediately adjacent to State Highway 16 near State Highway 124. Highway 16 is a busy state highway and used as a main travel route to and from Sacramento. The location is less than 3 miles from where he was living.

Currently we have scheduled a forensic autopsy to be performed by forensic pathologists from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Additionally we have reached out to our law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing documents, phone records and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. We are currently in possession of his vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, and his RV and we will be requesting evidence processing assistance from the FBI on those items as well.

Our investigators conducted a neighborhood canvas and interviewed his RV park neighbors on the day of the incident along with checking key areas for any video surveillance that may exist from that time. The investigators are continuing to follow-up with the overwhelming number of persons who are calling our office from throughout the United States asking for detailed information on our investigation.

Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case. We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.

This investigation is still active and will be ongoing. No further details will be provided at this time.

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Public Review for G19 OHV Grant

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Date:  February 20, 2020
Type of Incident:  OHV Grant Submission
Details:  Request for Public Comment

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public comments on their proposal for the 2020/2021 State of California Off-Highway Vehicle (OGV) grant program. According to state requirements, public comments can be submitted from March 3 through April 4, 2020.

A two-step application process is required to allow public comment and feedback before final submittal. The preliminary application is due March 2nd. This will open a 30-day public review and comment period and will follow with final applications due on Monday May 4th. The State is using an internet-based “On-Line Grant Application” process as the means to apply for the State funding.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office grant application is for law enforcement related activities. The preliminary application will be available online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Hard copies may be requested by contacting Sgt. Mark Ham at 209-223-6785.

If awarded, the grant will allow the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to maintain a successful partnership with the United States Forest Service and continue to provide the public with outstanding OHV recreation opportunities.

Current State regulations require annual public participation in this fund allocation process. The agreements support OHV management activities in the national forest, including operations and maintenance, restoration, law enforcement, education and safety.

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Hiring Dispatchers

We are seeking highly motivated and hardworking individuals for the position of dispatcher. Under general supervision, this individual must be able to receive and dispatch radio and telephone communications; dispatch law enforcement, emergency medical, and other public safety personnel; to maintain field communications during incidents; to process warrants; to perform office support assignments; and to do related work as required. For full details and application visit www.amadorsheriff.org.

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Project Lifesaver Program

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Project Lifesaver International was established in 1999 to assist law enforcement in locating those who wander with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, such as Down syndrome and autism. The Sheriff’s Office uses specially trained Search & Rescue members using Project Lifesaver tracking equipment to locate missing Project Lifesaver clients. Join the program here.

Code Red

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Amador County Sheriff’s Office has implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency/community notification solution provided by Emergency Communications Network to help keep residents and businesses informed with important information that may immediately impact their safety. Learn more about this program here.

INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

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Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.

Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:

Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Do not use usernames or passwords that include your name, birthdate, important numbers, or where you live.
Keep your location safe. Never share where you live or where you are with anyone. It is important to keep the locations of others safe as well.
Do not share photos of you or your family members.
Do not use numbers that are personally identifiable such as your driver’s license number, wedding date, VIN numbers, locker combination, social security number, or any other type of number that can help predators identify you.

These preventions can be applied to all aspects of web use for communicating online, socializing, sharing images, gaming, purchasing products, identity theft, fraud, and others.

For Kids:
Never give out personal information such as where you live, your name, and your phone number when in a chat room.
Never send a picture of yourself without a parent’s permission.
Do not continue speaking with a person that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable. Tell a parent if this happens.
Without your parent's permission, don’t meet someone or have them visit you.
Do not trust anyone, they could be lying to you.
To be safe, keep the computer in a room used often by family members.
Speak out when you are being bullied. Telling an adult is not a sign of weakness. Tell a trusted adult if you are being bullied.