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Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu has compiled answers to some common questions regarding COVID-19

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Indoor dining at restaurants is now allowed, but at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Places of worship can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Tattoo parlors, body waxing, and other personal care services can also reopen indoors with modifications.

Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen at 25% capacity. Shopping centers can operate at 50% capacity.

Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Please see the industry guidelines on the state's website for further information

Previously, in the purple tier, elementary schools could reopen with approval from Dr. Luu and CDPH.

Now, in the red tier, all-grades schools can also reopen at full capacity if we hold at the red-tier metrics for two consistent weeks. The decision to reopen fully will come from each school district (those metrics include staying between 4-7 new cases each day per 100,000 people, and test positivity between 5-8%).

Each school district will need to follow State guidance on social distancing measures, cleaning and disinfecting, testing and contact tracing, facial coverings and more.

The tier below red is orange. To qualify, we must stay between 4 and 7 new cases per day (per 100,000 people) over a 7-day period, and have a test positivity between 2% and 4.9%. We also need to stay in the red tier for at least 3 weeks before moving to the orange tier.

All we have to do to get there is continue what we’ve been doing:

  • Wearing facial coverings in public and around people you don’t live with;
  • Social distancing from people you don’t live with;
  • Follow state guidelines on social gatherings, as this is how at least HALF of local infection originate.
  • If you do decide to take part in a social gathering, be safe: make a pact to only hang out with two other households, social distance, wear a facial covering when in close contact, don’t share food or utensils, and stay home when sick with any symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms, even if they’re mild; if you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case; or if you have attended a social gathering where the tenets were not being practiced.

YES. This is one of the key tenets that will not only slow and break the chain of transmission, but will allow more businesses to open up. The May 4 facial covering order remains in effect until further notice.

This Public Health Order simply terminates the previous May 4, 2020 Order to align our communities with the State Public Health Order—since the State has since changed its metrics and reopening phases.

This means that our communities will continue to follow the State order—since law outlines that Counties can be more restrictive than the State, but not less.

The local health emergency remains in effect in Yuba-Sutter, as does the public facial covering order.

The Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce has put together a program to help support at-risk seniors and low income residents in obtaining food. Information can be found here.They have also assembled a list of all food pantries and food closets in our area to help food insecure members of our community. It is found at the same link, just scroll down.

Food Assistance Programs

Option 1:

  • Seniors 65+
  • Senior 65+ with chronic illness
  • Or have compromised immune system

Call 645-2003

Orders placed on Monday for Tues home delivery
Orders placed after Monday for Sat home delivery

Option 2:

  • Seniors 60+
  • Under the age of 60 with chronic illness or disability, & unable to prepare food themselves
  • Under the age of 60 with disability and live with someone 60+

Call 742-4474

Participants given up to 14 meal vouchers for take-out/delivery at selected local restaurants.
*Cannot receive food assistance from more than 1 of these two programs.

Most sectors at this point are permitted to reopen with precautions in place to minimize transmission of the virus.

At this point, it's easier to look at what is not reopened (in the question below).

To see all businesses permitted to reopen under the current Public Health Order, read the Order in full here:

In-person K-12 schooling is permitted to reopen in Yuba-Sutter at the start of the new school year in mid-August.

Festivals, concerts, concerts, festivals, live audience spots, theme parks, and nightclubs are also not yet permitted to reopen.

Nail salons, tattoo/piercing shops, massage therapy, and other close-contact personal care services (facials, waxing, skin care, etc.) were permitted to reopen Friday, June 19.

All businesses that have been permitted to reopen –whether recently or “essential” businesses that have remained open this entire time – should review State guidances as well as local protocols to ensure they are in compliance.

In short, these protocols ensure physical distancing of 6 feet or more among patrons and staff; disinfection/sanitation; contactless methods as much as possible; symptoms screenings before shift start for each employee; and the wearing of facial coverings when adequate social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible between non-household members.

Yes. Businesses must have proper protocols in place to minimize exposure to and transmission of the virus. This means tables and seating will be spread out to ensure proper social distancing, and seating capacity will likely be less than what you’re used to.

Businesses may also ask if you’re sick upon entry, and some may require you wear facial coverings upon entry.

No. The State and Yuba-Sutter Public Health teams recognize that COVID-19 remains an ongoing threat. In recent days, the hospitalization rate in Yuba-Sutter has risen.

BUT—recognizing the totality of health and how important it is to go to work to provide for your family and buy necessary medications, and minimize the mental health ramifications of this crisis, Public Health officials believe residents can alter their behavior to make smart decisions that lessen the risk of being exposed to the virus and transmitting it to others.

The virus is highly contagious, but also depends on how many people are in close physical contact for an extended period of time.

Your chances of getting COVID-19 passing by someone at the grocery store are less than getting it from a family member or friend—who you are more likely to be talking to/hugging/hanging out with in close proximity for a longer period of time.

When you hang out with a smaller group of people you know, that also helps with contact tracing. So, if you test positive for COVID-19, our Public Health team will have an easier time tracking down your contacts to tell them they were in contact with a positive case (privacy will be respected). Those people will be asked to be tested and quarantined to break the chain of transmission.

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, chills, new loss of taste or smell.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, even if mild, call your doctor or register for FREE COVID-19 testing.

If you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or if symptoms worsen, seek medical care immediately.

COVID-19, a respiratory illness, certainly can be serious—especially to vulnerable populations such as those over 60 years old and those with chronic health issues.

It can be especially dangerous if you do not seek medical care immediately if symptoms worsen or if you have difficulty breathing.


It continues to spread to household contacts of already-postive cases, as well as extended family in other households. We have also seen in recent days positive cases going out to graduation and birthday parties.

Without people taking the proper precautions to stay home when sick with any symptoms, even if mild, and maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet, it will continue to spread.

Voluntary quarantine means keeping yourself at home to keep your family, friends, and community safe. You would separate yourself by staying in a separate room, using a separate bathroom, and not sharing food or utensils for a period of 14 days.

Federal laws are established to protect patient privacy, and those laws are very strict. We are not allowed to give out any information that may provide any indication of a person's identity.

Facial coverings protect everyone, as they reduce the chance of water droplets getting into the air and spreading COVID-19 to others. Not everyone who is infected with coronavirus has symptoms, so face coverings are required for everyone who goes out in public.

There are medical exemptions for those who are unable to wear one. Wearing a facial covering should be done in conjunction with other precautions, such as social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when you are ill.

If you test positive, a nurse from the public health department will call you to see how you are doing and offer you support. The nurse will also ask you about any close friends, co-workers or family that you have been in contact with so they can call them too. It is ok to share this information with the health department. The health department is only interested in supporting you and any close family members and contacts that might have to be isolated to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus. If you have any questions, you can always call the Health Department at 530-812-3938. If you only speak Spanish you can call Daniela Canchola, Resource Specialist for the Latino Community at (530) 682-4649.