By Bonnie Rodriguez

Managing Editor

Galt is not immune to the coronavirus pandemic. City officials released a press statement Monday evening confirming that two people in Galt have tested positive for the virus; however, there are no known deaths associated with the virus in Galt.

This statement comes on the heels of Sacramento County’s earlier press release stating that the county has 224 positive cases and seven deaths. According to the county, all seven deaths were individuals who were either 65 years old or older or had underlying health conditions.

The county reported that 37 individuals have tested positive in the rural areas.

“This data tells us that, regardless if we live in urban, suburban or rural areas, it is imperative that all of us continue to stay home as much as possible. When we absolutely must go out – whether in your neighborhood or to grocery shop – we must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services.

As expected, the larger cities within the county have taken the biggest hit as far as patients testing positive and deaths. The city of Sacramento has 121 confirmed cases and five deaths. Elk Grove has 28 positive cases and two deaths, followed by Rancho Cordova with 12 positive cases, Citrus Heights, with five, Folsom with five and Galt at two. Isleton is the lone Sacramento County city to not have a positive test.

According to the statistics released in the county, the average age of infected patients is 55 years old, with a range from 9 years to 98.

The largest age group to test positive is also the largest age range – 18-64 – which has 140 testing positive. Eighty-one seniors 65 and older have tested positive with only three children aged 0-17 with positive results.

With seven deaths of the 224 positive tests, that leaves Sacramento County’s death rate at 3.1%.

In the city of Galt’s Monday statement, residents were reminded to stay home unless accessing essential services, such as obtaining groceries, food, medical appointments or undertaking work defined as essential in the Governor’s and County Health Officer’s stay-at-home orders.

President Donald Trump indicated over the weekend that social distancing should be extended through April 30.

Sacramento County schools have already extended their closures until May 4.

“The best method of preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing, which includes staying at home and staying at least 6 feet apart from other persons,” the city statement said. “Symptoms of COVID-19 include dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms, call your medical care provider for further instructions.

The stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Newsom and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19 because infected persons do not always display the symptoms described above, but still remain infected and active carriers of the disease. As carriers, these asymptomatic (show no symptoms) persons can still infect others. Persons 65+ years old and those with underlying health conditions are disproportionately susceptible to serious illness or death after being infected.

Protect others, stay at home unless you need to access essential services and, if you do, practice social distancing.”