What We Know About COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Stanislaus County
Stanislaus County Public Health is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In collaboration with our local, state, and federal partners, we continue to provide guidance and education to our community and partners on how to prevent the spread of COVID -19 in our community.
Source and Spread of the Virus
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The source of this virus is not yet known.
The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose or mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in mouths, noses, or on surfaces or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How You Can Protect Yourself and Others
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home and practice social distancing
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Shake hands
- Touch you face
- Go to the doctor if you are not sick
- Stockpile masks or gloves
The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after being exposed to COVID-19.
- Feeling like you have a fever
- A new cough
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs can include*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
People Who at Higher Risk:
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
Other high-risk conditions can include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] > 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
What is the treatment for COVID-19?
To date, there is no specific treatment or medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms. Only take medication that has been prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover at home. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are continuing to learn more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.
Getting Testing & Treatment
If you have coronavirus symptoms and think you need testing, contact your healthcare provider. If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely. For information on what to do if you are sick, please visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
EFFECTIVE MAY 20, 2020:
The State of California has approved our county variance application. This new state approval will allow for our county to move forward into an expanded stage 2 with modifications such as:
- Destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets
- Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2)
The opening of schools for in-person learning will be delayed, as more planning still needs to take place. The Public Health Officer engaged in discussions with local Superintendents beginning in March and continues the collaborative process to assess and plan.
To learn more about the new county variance attestation visit the California Department of Public Health at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/County_Variance_Attestation_Form.aspx.
Coronavirus in Stanislaus County
As of 05/26/2020 at 4:30pm.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency testing numbers include those reported through the State infectious disease reporting system. The numbers do not necessarily include those routed through a commercial laboratory. All positive cases must be reported to Public Health.