The positive COVID-19 cases, in Galt, has tripled since May 1, triggering an admonition from City Hall Sunday morning. The city issued a statement through a social media platform and its website asking residents to take the virus seriously and to practice social distancing and proper sanitation procedures.
“Although there has been some relaxation of the stay-at-home orders, we need to ensure that our residents and businesses stay safe, which includes following the health and safety protocols that remain in place at the state and county levels,” Mayor Paul Sandhu said in the press release.
The statement said that Sacramento County officials reported that Galt’s running total of positive cases was 52, as reported on Thursday. As of Tuesday, that number has jumped again to 65.
“It’s not an alarming number of total cases; however, we do want to ensure that our residents and businesses are still taking this virus seriously and are continuing to practice social distancing and proper sanitation procedures when they are out in public or in the workplace,” Interim City Manager Tom Haglund said in the press release. “The majority of our businesses are finally able to reopen; the last thing we should do is move forward under the false pretenses that this virus is no longer circulating in Galt, because it is clearly still spreading in our community.”
As of Tuesday, Sacramento County has seen a total of 2,374 positive cases since tracking began in February. Where the county at large has seen 66 deaths due to complications from the virus, and age and other risk factors, Galt has yet to see any deaths.
Haglund’s concern stretches beyond Galt’s borders, noting that Galt butts up against San Joaquin County, whose cases have jumped more than 300% since May, according to Haglund. San Joaquin County has seen 2,400 positive cases and 48 deaths as of Monday.
Haglund also noted that Adventist Health Lodi Memorial in San Joaquin County is the closest hospital to Galt; however, the hospital recently announced that, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, it is limiting hospital admissions to COVID-19 patients only, diverting other patients to Stockton-based Dameron Hospital.
“This has caused considerable concern for city officials,” the statement said.
The city’s response comes on the heels of a directive from the California Department of Public Health requiring individuals to wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces, and outdoors when distancing is not possible. That requirement became effective June 18.