Sacramento County public health officials announced late afternoon Tuesday that they want all residents to stay home as much as possible and to avoid gatherings, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

They also have directed all restaurants to close in-dining opportunities, encouraging take-out and delivery services.

The directive addresses all gathering places.

Per the county’s website: There should be no gatherings in any formal settings;
all bars, wineries and brew-pubs should be closed;
all in-dining at restaurants should cease; take-out and home delivery (with social distancing) may continue;
all gyms should be closed, and all bingo halls and card rooms should be closed.

The county is also asking that, when possible, employees should work from home. Nonessential businesses should close.

The county listed essential sites that will remain open, including, but not limited to: “health care facilities,
grocery stores,
pharmacies,
hardware stores,
businesses that provide food, shelter and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals,
newspapers, television, radio and other media services,
gas stations and auto supply, auto repair and related facilities,
banks and related financial institutions
plumbers, electricians, exterminators and others who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences,
airlines, taxis and other private transportation providers,
food and agricultural processing.”

Those aged 65 and over or those with chronic health conditions, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems, are of highest risk of complications.

People at higher risk should stay home and away from gatherings of unrelated individuals; however, those in vulnerable populations can go outside to go on walks or go to the park, provided they stay at least six feet from others.

Those who are at a lower risk should stay home to the maximum extent possible, except when going to essential sites, to help avoid spreading the disease.

Anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should stay home until they have had no fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms for at least 72 hours after symptoms resolve, or seven days from when symptoms began, whichever is longer.

Those with cold-like symptoms who can manage their symptoms at home with over-the-counter-drugs should do so, regardless of whether they have a cold, the flu or COVID-19, according the county website.

If, however, difficulty breathing and lethargy develops, or symptoms were better and then get worse, they should call their healthcare provider or urgent care center ahead so they can prepare to take care of them.

People should only call 911 or go to an emergency department if they believe that they are extremely sick or their life is in imminent danger. Other emergencies are still occurring, and emergency resources must be available to address all of them, not just COVID-19.

These directives are effective immediately and stay in affect until further notice.