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“For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. “We have to just accept that, if we want to do what’s best for the American public.”
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Listen to your local authorities, follow the CDC Guidelines, stay home, wash your hands, clean common surfaces, most of all keep your distance from others. We can beat this virus, but we all have to do our part.
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California’s stay-at-home order explained: What’s allowed, what’s not?
Stay At Home Requirements
All Californians must stay at home except to get food, prescriptions and health care, care for a friend or relative, walking the dog and taking outdoor exercise such as walking, running or hiking. When people do go out, they should practice social distancing.
Most businesses and business venues such as indoor malls will be closed to the public. According to state health officials, they include dine-in restaurants; bars, nightclubs and other entertainment places where people gather, along with gyms and fitness studios. Convention centers and public events are also out of bounds.
What’s Still Open
Businesses that provide essential services will remain open. They include grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, pharmacies and other health care providers, news outlets, banks and laundromats. Restaurants can still provide take-out food and make deliveries. Businesses involved in construction and “essential infrastructure” such as plumbers, electricians, gas stations, auto repair shops and hardware stores also are exempt. Public transportation and utilities will continue to provide service.
Misdemeanor penalties apply but the governor said he hopes law enforcement won’t need to enforce the order and believes social pressure will encourage people to “do the right thing.”
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Napa County Issues Mandatory Shelter-At-Home Order
A shelter-at-home health order was issued Wednesday by Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio. The order takes effect early Friday morning as part of the county’s response to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic. The order will remain in place through April 7 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by Dr. Relucio.
The shelter-at-home order requires most people to stay home as of 12:01 a.m. Friday unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” Those who are sick should self-isolate, if possible, from others they live with, according to the county.”This order is mandatory,” Napa County Public Information Officer Noel Brinkerhoff said. “All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the order. It is a misdemeanor to not comply.”
Here are the so-called “essential” activities residents are allowed to do while the health order is in effect:
- Obtaining necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family, household members, and pets, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as food, pet food, and any other household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- Engaging in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, biking or running, provided people comply with social distancing requirements of staying 6 feet away from another person.
- Working for, or as, an employer to provide essential products and services at an essential business (see list below).
- Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
Under the county’s health order, “essential businesses” include, but are not limited to:
- Healthcare operations and “essential infrastructure”;
- Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks and convenience stores;
- Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
- Newspapers, TV, radio and other media services;
- Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and related facilities; and
- Banks and related financial institutions.
CA Orders Seniors Home, Bars Closed Amid Coronavirus Crisis
California is asking all bars to close and residents age 65 and older, along with those with chronic health conditions, to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday.
The policy applies to bars, nightclubs, wineries and brewpubs. Restaurants have not been ordered closed, as they have been in Illinois and Ohio, but Newsom said the state will require them to reduce capacity by half and practice “deep social distancing” by separating patrons by about six feet.
Officially, the closure is a “guideline” that businesses are expected to follow, Newsom said, but the state could enforce it if necessary.
Meanwhile, Newsom also announced new plans Sunday to protect the state’s homeless population, considered especially at risk of contracting the virus. Newsom said the state will convert hotels and motels to house the more than 100,000 unsheltered homeless people in California.
Increasingly, patients are contracting the virus though unknown exposures, a process known as community transmission. It means the coronavirus may already be circulating within the community. On Thursday, Newsom called for all large gatherings of more than 250 people to be canceled.
“We’ll remove or eliminate every obstacle necessary to deliver our people the care that they need and are entitled to,” he said.
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– What You Need To Know
There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation swirling around the virus, so here are quick just-the-facts answers to your most urgent concerns, based on current knowledge.
Q: What are the symptoms I should watch for?
- Fever (88%) and dry cough (68%) are two of the most common symptoms, followed by fatigue, thick mucus coughed from lungs, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, headache, and chills.
Q: If I have those symptoms, should I go to my doctor or the hospital?
- Right now, the CDC recommends you distance yourself from others, including your family and your pets. If you can, designate a separate bedroom and bathroom for yourself.
- Call your provider and tell them you suspect COVID-19. Remind them of any travel and if you are over 60 or have underlying conditions like diabetes or a heart condition.
- Don’t share dishes/glasses with anyone; wash hands often; clean surfaces frequently. Stay hydrated.
- The CDC does not recommend you go to the hospital unless you have shortness of breath, persistent chest pain, new confusion or strong lethargy, or a bluish tint to your lips or face.
- CDC’s hotline number for questions: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Q: Why is there a shortage of tests in the U.S.? When will we get them?
- The CDC’s initial test for the virus was faulty. And, for reasons that remain unknown, the U.S. opted not to rely on the World Health Organization’s test while the CDC developed a new one. Red tape slowed down academic labs that wanted to quickly develop their own.
- With both academic and commercial labs now pitching in, testing is becoming more widely available. But we’re still playing catch-up, and the virus has likely been spreading undetected in the meantime.
Q: What’s known about children and COVID-19?
- Children, fortunately, rarely seem to experience severe complications from the coronavirus, but it’s not known whether children with underlying conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.
- It’s unclear what about children’s immune systems is protecting them.
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