CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
San Joaquin County Public Health Services (PHS) and its partners are planning and preparing for the potential spread of COVID-19 and will keep you updated.PHS is monitoring this rapidly changing situation closely and has plans and protocols in place in the event that we need to implement them, we are prepared to do so.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO:Practice daily preventive care
Every person has a role to play. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses that are the same precautions you would take to avoid the flu including:
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- Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds; especially:
- after going to the bathroom.
- before eating.
- after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If water and soap are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home, work and school.
- Practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
- If you have not received your annual flu shot, please schedule one with your provider to help protect yourself against the flu.
As this situation evolves, we will continually update the community through our Website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account, as well as news releases. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We encourage you to check the following websites and their social media accounts routinely:
What San Joaquin County Public Health Services Is Doing:
Since the start of this outbreak, we have taken a proactive approach to prepare for and carefully monitor potential cases of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County. Actions we have taken include:
- Maintaining regular communication with federal, state and local partners;
- Following the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
- Activating the Department Operations Center and conducting daily briefings
- Working to insure that our health care systems, first responders, community organizations, and schools have the guidance they need through presentations, phone consultations, and meetings
- Distributing information and updates to health care professionals, educational settings and the community
- Ensuring people who test positive for COVID-19 are properly isolated
- Identifying and quarantining close contacts to COVID-19 positive persons
- Working with employers and congregate living facilities to prevent and control outbreaks
- Ensuring steps are being taken to protect the most vulnerable populations such as homeless and elderly
- Collecting, analyzing and reporting COVID-19 case data; and,
- Conducting community education on prevention and control of COVID-19