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STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE

Friday, March 20, 2020/Categories: News and Announcements

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March 20, 2020

 

STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE

Oroville, Calif—On Thursday, March 19, 2020, California Governor, Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer, issued a public health directive ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except those needed to maintain operations of essential services, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction including housing. The order is effective immediately.

The stay at home order was put into place in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus, which in turn will decrease the impact on critical health care services and facilities. Please do not call to report businesses that remain open; the state is working to provide guidance to businesses at this time. We are all in this together, and we appreciate the efforts community members are taking to follow guidance provided by public health officials.

The stay at home order is in effect throughout California, and will remain in place until further notice. “It’s important to understand this order does not mean you can’t leave your house,” said Butte County Board of Supervisors Chair, Steve Lambert. “You can still walk your dog, you can still go grocery shopping, you can still take your kids to the park while practicing social distancing; however, it is critical that we take this order seriously and follow public health directives in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19.”

General information about the stay at home order is available online at, https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/. For more comprehensive information regarding essential services please refer to information provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

 “Going forward, anyone who develops respiratory illness with fever, we will consider the likelihood that they may have COVID-19,” stated Dr. Andy Miller, Butte County Public Health Officer. “Anyone who becomes sick in the coming weeks and months, should isolate at home away from well people in your home and stay home until it has been at least seven days from the onset of symptoms AND 72 hours that you have been without a fever AND your respiratory symptoms (cough/sneezes) have improved.”

For updated information on COVID 19 in Butte County please visit www.buttecounty.net/publichealth.

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