The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has issued a new public health order in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new order took effect May 1 and will be in effect until May 23, unless otherwise revised.

The new order continues the direction for all individuals to stay home and continue social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, some restrictions have been lifted, allowing additional activities.

With the new order, patients are now able to visit health care professionals for medical or dental care for chronic conditions or preventive services. Hospitals and healthcare providers can now schedule appointments for care that was considered non-urgent and canceled when the public health order was first issued. This includes elective procedures, preventives services such as immunizations and other care for chronic conditions.

Additional recreational facilities and activities are now allowed, including shooting and archery ranges, disc golf, tennis courts and boating, provided participants continue to practice social distancing and proper disinfectant processes are maintained.

Viewing rentals, leases and homes for sale are now allowable when the occupant is still residing in the residence; however, appointments are still required and no more than two visitors at a time, along with the individual showing the unit, are allowed during the visit.

Although food trucks have been operating under the “food service” allowance, the county has specifically named them as an essential business under this new order.

Nearly two months after the initial stay at home order, Galt’s positive tests for the novel coronavirus have held steady at 12 for nearly two weeks. Galt and Isleton are the only two cities within Sacramento County that have confirmed cases under 15 and no reported deaths caused by the virus. (See chart page 1). The local numbers have held steady even after the city reopened the Galt Market to essential vendors a month ago.

As of Tuesday, May 5, Sacramento County has confirmed 1,133 cases in its approximate population of 1,552,000 residents. Of those confirmed cases, 47 have succumbed to the illness. According to the Sacramento County website, those 47 patients were individuals who were either age 65 or older and/or had underlying health conditions and/or other risk factors.

The county has reported that, of the 1,133 positive cases, 884 of those patients have likely recovered so far, leaving 202 patients with an active case within the county.

According to the county’s website, at its peak, the county had 77 COVID-19 patients hospitalized – spread over 10 hospitals. That peak was at the beginning of April and has continued to decline with only 26 hospitalizations as of Monday, May 5.

Of those hospitalized, at its peak, the county had 33 patients in ICU due to the virus. That ICU peak was on April 19. As of Monday, there were only 16 reported patients in ICU due to the coronavirus.

Twenty-two congregate facilities (facilities such as skilled nursing, assisted/senior living and memory care facilities, group and board and care homes, and mental health, alcohol or drug treatment facilities) account for 121 positive cases and 16 deaths.