Coronavirus News Archive
October 29, 2020
Watch: Yuba-Sutter Safe Halloween
It will be different this year, but it can still be both safe and fun. Dr. Luu has some thoughts.
October 28, 2020
Watch: Reopening Yuba-Sutter Schools Safely
We finally got the nod from the California Department of Public Health to reopen all schools in the Yuba-Sutter region. But what does that mean. Dr. Luu, along with Yuba County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francisco Reveles and Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Tom Reusser, lay it all out.
October 12, 2020
Sutter County’s COVID-19 risk level is being downgraded by the State of California as the rate of transmission has been dropping. The California Department of Public Health confirmed today effective at noon on Tuesday, October 13, the state is moving Sutter County from the "purple zone" (Widespread transmission) into the “red zone” (Substantial transmission). The designation loosens some of the restrictions on business and religious gatherings, although facial coverings, social distancing, and other COVID-19 protocols remain in place.
For more about what this means visit: Blueprint for a Safer Economy
October 6, 2020
Watch: Let's Head to the Red
Yuba County can open a little further. Being in the Red Tier creates new opportunities, but we need to remain focused on being careful to reduce risks. If we continue this pace, the Orange Tier is in reach by the end of the month -- and we will still need to hold fast to the same precautions: wearing facial coverings, washing hands, social distancing, and staying home when sick.
September 29, 2020
September 28, 2020
Watch: Going in for a COVID-19 test
Russ Brown with Yuba County OES takes you along for a visit to the state-sponsored OptumServe site at the Yuba County Library in Marysville, where he is swabbed for COVID-19.
September 18, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's September 18 Update.
In this week's briefing, Dr. Luu discusses the long-term effects from COVID-19 experienced by some people, and how we can get from the purple tier to the red tier.
September 1, 2020
- Taking Care of your Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19: Mental Health Issues and Coping
September 1, 2020
The State of California announced Friday that hair salons and barbershops can reopen in all counties effective Monday, regardless of the Monitoring List. Retail stores and malls can also reopen indoors at 25 percent capacity.
At a noontime press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom also unveiled new tiered stages based on a county’s average case count in a 7-day period. Both Yuba and Sutter counties are included – along with 36 other counties – in the most restrictive (purple) tier with more than seven new cases per 100,000 population over a 7-day period. In this current tier, while indoor hair cutting and styling services and partial indoor retail can reopen, all other sectors remain in their current status. The state utilizes case count calculations from August 18th to calculate the case counts. The reason for this two week look-back is to ensure that all data reconciliation has occurred prior to the finalization of the counts.
Under the new guidance, elementary schools can apply for an in-person schooling waiver when the average case rate is less than 14 new cases per 100,000 population daily, which is essentially equivalent to the previous metric that used a formula based on a two-week average count of 200 new cases per 100,000. Once a county qualifiesd for the next step – the red tier – it must maintain the lower count for at least two weeks and not revert back to purple tier levels, in order for all in-person schooling to continue.
“While Yuba-Sutter is in the most restrictive tier currently, both counties are improving and we do expect to drop to a lower tier in the coming weeks,” Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu said. “However, with five new deaths in the past week, we must remain diligent in doing our part to not get sick in the first place, and not infect those around us.”
The state indicated that the new case rates to determine which tier a county is placed on now includes an adjustment factor for counties testing above the state average, which addresses concerns that increased testing works against counties trying to get off of the state Monitoring List.
The four tiers and the activities allowed in each are outline (add a “d” to make it outlined instead of outline) on the revised state website: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy . Counties must remain in a single tier for at least 21 days before moving to the next tier, according to the State. A county can only go from one tier to the next.
The red tier includes counties with an average of 4 to 7 new cases in a 7-day period; the orange tier will include Counties with an average of 1 to 3.9 new cases in a 7-day period; and the yellow tier is for Counties with an average of less than one new case in a 7-day period.
Yuba and Sutter public health officials stress the importance of continuing to practice the following tenets to help break the chain of transmission: social distance of 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with; wear a facial covering when in public and around people you don’t live with; do not host or attend social gatherings; practice good hand hygiene; and stay home when sick.
If you choose to gather with others, consider making a pact to mingle only with one or two other households, in an attempt to lessen the spread of the virus to other households.
Blueprint for a Safer Economy
California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.
September 1, 2020
Where can you go locally to get your flu shot?
The time is now to get a flu shot.
August 26, 2020
Watch: The numbers are improving, but the virus is still dangerous
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu outlines the encouraging indications coming form the local COVID-19 stats, but she implores everyone to remain diligent. Recent lives lost underscore that the virus is still deadly. She also talks about the "Twindemic" -- a time when we will see flu season and COVID-19 season overlap.
In this video, Dr. Luu mentions two recent virus-related deaths. Just a few minutes after this video was filmed, we got word of another local person who died as a result of COVID-19.
August 19, 2020
Watch: Dr. Luu Discusses Her Own Struggles In This Season of COVID-19
Many are doing what is necessary to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, but we must also pay attention to our mental and emotional health. Dr. Luu talks about how important it is to first acknowledge such struggles in our lives and then address them.
- Local Mental Health Resources
August 13, 2020
Watch: Yuba-Sutter OptumServe Testing Sites
COVID-19 test result turnaround times have greatly improved and now take about 3-4 days. If you have any symptoms, even if mild, register for testing at LHI.care/COVIDtesting or call 888-634-1123. Walk-ins are also welcome.
August 12, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's August 12 Update. Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Luu talks about case counts and testing.
Dr. Luu encourages diligence, as positive case counts lean the wrong direction. On a better note, the state data glitch is fixed and turnaround time on testing has improved.
August 11, 2020
Watch: How the state data glitch impacts the COVID-19 numbers....not a lot.
Sutter County Epidemiologist Dr. Robert Herrick explains how redundancies built into reporting of positive tests is keeping the state data glitch from adding too many "old" cases.
August 10, 2020
Watch: Are people who test positive for COVID-19 multiple times counted on the Dashboard as new cases? No.
Sutter County Epidemiologist Dr. Robert Herrick answers a popular misconception about the Yuba-Sutter Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard.
August 5, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's August 5 Update. Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu details the state data glitch related to COVID-19 counts
About a week and a half ago, two key state computer systems involved in counting and tracking some COVID-19 positive and negative test results stopped communicating with each other. This glitch is impacting all California counties, and Dr. Luu describes what it means in terms of local numbers.
Also, if you get a call from one of our health team members who is following up on a positive test result, please talk to them. They are simply working to give you good information and to prevent any further spread of the virus.
July 30, 2020
Watch: Whether calculated by mortality rate or case fatality rate, Y-S doing better with COVID than state.
Sutter County epidemiologist explains the difference between "mortality rate" and "case fatality rate" and how whether you use one or the other, both indicators show Yuba-Sutter is outperforming the state of California when it comes to controlling spread of COVID-19 and protecting the public.
July 29, 2020
Watch: Dr. Luu discusses the recent lives lost to COVID-19. She also busts the myth that there is a "cure."
The deaths this week are sad reminders of the dangers of COVID-19. Also, Dr. Luu addresses claims about supposed curing powers of chloroquine and hydrozychloroquine. Nope... no established benefit.
July 24, 2020
July 23, 2020
Watch: Behind the COVID-19 Dashboard
Sutter County Epidemiologist Dr. Robert L. Herrick discusses what goes into creating the daily COVID-19 dashboard, who gets included in the numbers, and why the number 13 is important to getting off the California County Monitoring List.
July 22, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's July 22 Update
Dr. Luu dons a lab coat today to talk about the latest studies on COVID-19 and children.
July 21, 2020
Watch: Want to learn more about the person who updates the COVID-19 dashboard for Yuba-Sutter every day?
Dr. Robert L. Herrick, the Sutter County Epidemiologist who pulls in all the local data and posts it to the shared dashboard, will be on 93Q (93.3 FM) this Friday at 7 a.m. We will share the conversation on our Facebook pages.
July 15, 2020
July 14, 2020
July 12, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom announed today that, effective immediately, additional closures will be required for Yuba County, Sutter County, and all other counties on the statewide COVID-19 monitoring list. Indoor restaurant activity and all bars are being closed across the entire state.
Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. These are the restrictions imposed on Yuba and Sutter counties and 32 other counties on the watch list that became effective yesterday.
The additional indoor closures announced today for the counties on the watch list indoor include fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. County closures apply to counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.
July 10, 2020
Yuba-Sutter on State Watchlist; Local Health Order Amended to Align with State
Sutter County was placed on the State of California’s County monitoring list late Thursday and Yuba County will follow on Saturday, July 11. Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu Friday issued an amended local Public Health Order to align with these new State mandates.
Both counties will remain on the monitoring list for three days for the State to see if metrics change in that time. Public Health officials do not expect that either county will be taken off the list during those three days. After the three-day waiting period, on Sunday, July 12, designated businesses will be state-mandated to alter their operations: bars and brewpubs, must close. Restaurants, card rooms, wineries/tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos/museums, and card rooms must close their indoor operations - outdoor operations are still allowed.
The State will look at Yuba-Sutter’s numbers continually during the next three weeks. If it sees improvement to the point that Yuba-Sutter is meeting all the State's metrics again, the counties will be removed and can phase back in the operations. If Yuba-Sutter continues to exceed the State metrics, the counties will remain on the State monitoring list until improvement.
Metrics to be put onto County monitoring list include having greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people population in a 14-day period and less than 20 percent ICU beds available.
“This is an unfortunate step back in the progress Yuba-Sutter was making in re-opening the community,” Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu said. “I hope residents will take this time to really practice the safety precautions we all know while at home and when they go out. The only way we can get through this is by working together to stay healthy.”
Local contact investigations show that 50 percent of cases are linked to social gatherings, 5 percent of infections originate from workplace outbreaks, and another 5 percent of infections originate from travel. A staggering 40 percent of cases are of unclear origin. This means Public Health officials cannot say whether someone became infected at a business or elsewhere. These cases are unclear because either contact tracers cannot get ahold of the infected person, the infected person does not remember where they have been or the infected person is not forthcoming with contact tracers.
Adventist Health-Rideout issued a heartfelt letter to the community urging residents to do their part in keeping themselves and others healthy.
“We can choose to reduce the risk of this illness – which results in hospitalizations, breathing tubes, prolonged recovery, lasting deficits, and deaths of our family members and neighbors,” the open letter reads. “We can accept this as our collective responsibility to each other. By reducing the transmission and the impact of this disease, our community will benefit from an open, thriving economy and continuation of its recovery efforts.”
Leaders of other local healthcare facilities have also lent their voice to support a communitywide effort to change the path Yuba-Sutter is currently on.
“We need to be careful to not let our guard down in areas such as wearing facial coverings and social distancing in order to keep everyone safe,” Chief Clinical Services Officer of Ampla Health Cindy Snelgrove said. “There is scientific data that reveals these measures truly do help. I do not view these measures are to impose on anyone’s constitutional rights. Instead, as a nurse, I believe this is a public health issue and we need to count on each other to do their part in protecting our public’s health.”
“We have been collaborating with Dr. Luu since the beginning of the pandemic. I have come to know her as a physician well trained in public health, a leader in the medical community and a person deeply concerned about our community” Peach Tree Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Fury said. “Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the bi-county area. To help prevent significant worsening, as has occurred in several communities in California and around the country, I fully support Dr. Luu and her order.”
July 8, 2020
Sutter County will be placed on the State County monitoring list tomorrow and likely as early as Monday will be forced to close all bars and pubs, both indoor and outdoor, as well as indoor dining, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, and museums, due to rapidly expanding cases of COVID-19. Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu explains.
Also, here's the guidance from the state's COVID-19 website: Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down some industries unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors. The closures will apply for a minimum of three weeks and are subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators.
- Dine-in restaurants
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
July 8, 2020
Watch: Health Officer on 93Q Radio
Bi County Health Officer Dr Luu is on the air with John Black for an update on the coronavirus fight for Yuba-Sutter.
July 8, 2020
Due to a substantial increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19, Sutter and Yuba counties are being placed on the state’s “watch list” and, like occurred in 19 other California counties last week, the state is likely to order indoor restaurant eating, wineries, museums, and some other businesses to close again. While Sutter County will comply with California’s public health orders, our Board of Supervisors felt it was worth pointing out that a majority of the increased cases are from gatherings of people from different households, and not business activity.
Sutter County Board Chairman Ron Sullenger signed the attached letter to Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday, which questions whether businesses practicing social distancing and taking other precautions need to be closed absent evidence their activity results in transmission of the disease.
From the letter: “It seems unjust to close certain businesses at this economically perilous moment without evidence they are a significant factor in the spike in cases. Sutter County asks that the state take a closer look at the actual risk posed by industries, such as food service, where sanitation and social distancing are practiced, and reconsider whether it is necessary to order the closure of these businesses at all. As the state has been willing to do in the recent past, please allow local governments to make these decisions based upon local data.”
July 7, 2020
Watch: Yuba City Council Meeting 7-7-2020 Item 2
Sutter County Administrative Officer Steve Smith and Yuba County CAO Robert Bendorf were part of a presentation on COVID-19 and the state watch list at last night's Yuba City Council meeting.
July 7, 2020
Watch: The Yuba-Sutter Tracer Team - It's Tough Work
Behind the scenes in Yuba-Sutter, the team that traces and investigates COVID-19 cases works seven days a week to protect the community. Learn more about the work being done to protect your health.
July 6, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's July 6 Update
Dr. Luu's Message to the Community Regarding Hospitalizations
July 3, 2020
July 1, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's July 1 Update
Dr. Luu is concerned about the trend of positive cases and the ongoing risky behaviors seen in our region. She notes that we expect to see the state put Yuba-Sutter on the list of counties that are required to start pulling back on our reopening efforts.
June 24, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 12, 2020
Press Release: Bi-County Health Officer Issues Amended Order to Align with New State Guidance
Starting today, Friday June 12, more businesses will be permitted to re-open with appropriate precautions under new guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu issued an amended Public Health Order to align with the State, and so residents can see, in one place, all the businesses that are permitted to operate at this point.
- Yuba-Sutter Order and Amendment
June 10, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's June 10 Update
In her weekly briefing, Dr. Luu talks about the recent uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases, and how we can all choose safer activities with lower risk for exposure and transmission.
June 5, 2020
- Yuba and Sutter counties are moving forward with the opening of more sectors in the community, effective next Friday, June 12, 2020.
June 3, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's June 3 Update
Sometimes, we just want to drive across town and spend time with family or friends, but we need to be aware of the risks -- take precautions. And do protests pose any additional risks, in this era of COVID-19?
May 30, 2020
Amendment of Health Order to Address Faith Gatherings (Effective May 31, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Address Barber Shop and Hair Salon Guidance
The State of California issued guidance on faith gatherings and hair services in the last week of May allowing faith gatherings to resume, with modifications. Dr. Luu's May 4 order did not allow large group gatherings, so the amendment aligns the state and local orders. The amendment is effective May 31, 2020.
May 27, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 27 Update
Dr. Luu's Update for May 27, 2020 - new test site, contact tracing, more guidance coming
May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020
May 22, 2020
May 21, 2020
May 20, 2020
May 19, 2020
May 18, 2020
May 15, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 15 Update
Dr. Luu discusses the motivation and reasoning behind requiring a facial covering in public.
May 14, 2020
Watch: In Lieu of Luu - Expanded Testing
A new testing site has expanded availability for Yuba and Sutter residents. Visit LHI.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123. You must register for an appointment to get tested.
May 13, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 13 Update
The Yuba-Sutter region has its "Attestation" approved today by the California Department of Public Health, and Dr. Luu talks about what that means to our community.
May 13, 2020
Phase 2 Attestation
May 13, 2020
Yuba-Sutter Receives Attestation Approval From CDPH
- Media Release: Yuba-Sutter Receives Attestation Approval From CDPH
- Media Release: Yuba-Sutter Receives Attestation Approval From CDPH (Punjabi)
- Media Release: Yuba-Sutter Receives Attestation Approval From CDPH (Spanish)
Frequently Asked Questions
- FAQs Related to Yuba-Sutter Attestation/Roadmap
- FAQs Related to Yuba-Sutter Attestation/Roadmap (Punjabi)
- FAQs Related to Yuba-Sutter Attestation/Roadmap (Spanish)
May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020
New Community COVID-19 Testing Site
Hay un nuevo sitio de pruebas de la comunidad donde puedes hacerte la prueba de COVID-19. Si tiene algún síntoma, incluyendo fiebre, tos o falta de aliento, por favor regístrese para hacerse la prueba.
Asegúrese de registrarse para una cita en línea primero: LHI.care/covidtesting.
El lugar de la prueba está ubicado en el 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, y está abierto de 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. Los residentes de los condados de Yuba y Sutter pueden hacerse la prueba aquí.
No hay barreras para las pruebas, incluso si no tienen seguro, son indocumentados o no tienen hogar.
May 9, 2020
Yuba-Sutter Attestation Submitted to the CA Department of Public Health
During a special meeting today, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support the Attestation by Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu that Sutter County and Yuba County have met all the conditions of readiness to pass through the entirety of the state’s phase two re-opening plan.
- Sutter County Board of Supervisors Letter of Support
- Yuba County Board of Supervisors Letter of Support
- Yuba-Sutter Attestation
- APPENDIX A Sutter County COVID-19 Employee Guidance
- APPENDIX A2 Sutter County Return to Work FAQ
- APPENDIX B1 Yuba County Employee Stay Home
- APPENDIX B2 Yuba County Employee Prevention
- APPENDIX B3 Yuba County Return to Work Guidance
- APPENDIX B4 Yuba County Facial Coverings
- APPENDIX B5 Yuba County Employee Protocols
- APPENDIX B6 Yuba County Employee Guidance
- APPENDIX B7 Yuba County Employee Memo
- APPENDIX B8 Yuba County Employee Telework Memo
- APPENDIX C Letter of Support from Adventist-Rideout Hospital
- APPENDIX D Drive Time Analysis
- APPENDIX E Region III SNF FEMA PPE Distro
- APPENDIX F COVID19 Business Protocols
- APPENDIX G Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Guidance
- APPENDIX H Letter of Support from Sutter Health
May 8, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 8 Update
Dr. Luu on the new Yuba-Sutter Order
May 7, 2020
May 6, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 6 Update
Dr. Luu let's us know what steps you need to take to sign up for OptumServe testing for COVID-19. What does the process look like?
May 6, 2020
Health Officer's Letter to the Yuba-Sutter Business Community
As the Yuba-Sutter area prepares to move into the third day of the “Modified Stay at Home” and “Facial Coverings” orders I put in place this past Monday, May 4, 2020, it has become clear a number of businesses are not enacting required protocols to ensure the safety of the Community.
- Health Officer's Letter to the Yuba-Sutter Business Community (Punjabi)
- Health Officer's Letter to the Yuba-Sutter Business Community (Spanish)
May 4, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 4 Update
This evening, Dr. Luu explains why it is always important to pay attention the risks for our vulnerable population. She also touches on the facial covering order and how it applies to retailers; especially big box stores. Yes, facial coverings are a must there.
May 1, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's May 1 Update - NEW order to go into effect May 4
Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Luu discusses a new order to go into effect May 4, which outlines guidances for lower-risk businesses who choose to re-open.
Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes and Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson join to discuss facial coverings.
May 1, 2020
- Yuba-Sutter Order (Effective May 4, 2020)
May 4, 2020 Order Directing Persons in Sutter and Yuba County to Wear Face Coverings
May 4, 2020 Order Directing Persons in Sutter and Yuba County to Continue to Limit Activities to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
Collaboration is Key
Dr. Luu praises the collaborative effort that led to the order; local health care community weighs in with support
- Facial Coverings Required in Public
- With New Yuba-Sutter Public Health Orders, More Businesses Could Operate with Safety Protocols; Facial Coverings Now Required in Public
April 30, 2020
Watch: Contact Tracing - In Lieu of Luu
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Stephanie Lucio discusses contact tracing and how it helps minimize further spread of the virus.
April 29, 2020
Increased COVID-19 testing coming to Yuba-Sutter on Monday
With expanded testing capacity will come more identified positive cases
More than 130 additional individuals living in both Yuba and Sutter counties will be tested for COVID-19 each weekday thanks to a new community testing site set to open Monday, May 4, 2020 in Yuba City. The site will increase testing capacity in Yuba-Sutter 600 percent, and will identify more existing cases in the community.
The new site is among the first of 8 new testing sites across California recently announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in partnership with OptumServe, a leading health services company.
The testing site will be located at the Sutter County Veterans Hall on 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle in Yuba City, testing will be by appointment only through an online portal or toll-free phone number. No walk-in testing will be allowed.
Persons who would like to be tested will need to register online. An online registration system managed by OptumServe will be activated Saturday, for those seeking to be tested for COVID-19. A toll-free phone number for residents without Internet service will also be available at that time. The registration website link and the toll-free number will be posted on both county websites – BePreparedYuba.org and BePreparedSutter.org – beginning Saturday.
“The limited number of available testing kits in our area since testing first began in early March has made it difficult to gain a clear picture of COVID-19 infections in our region, so we appreciate the state choosing us for expanded testing,” Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu said. “As we increase the capacity to test more people in the region, our residents can expect to see the number of COVID-19 cases rise. That will not mean a surge in cases, it will simply mean we are identifying more of the cases that we knew already exist here.”
Dr. Luu said each confirmed case requires contact tracing. Additional public health staff from both Yuba and Sutter counties are currently completing training, in order to address the expected increase in the number of positive cases that need to be tracked, as well as those who are contacts of positive cases.
The Yuba-Sutter site was selected following a statewide review of both rural and urban areas where Californians would have to travel between 30 and 60 minutes to reach an existing testing site or hospital. The socioeconomic status of communities were considered in determining which regions would get the testing sites.
“OptumServe is honored to assist California in expanding COVID-19 testing for residents,” said Patty Horoho, CEO of OptumServe. “We are bringing our full commitment and capabilities to serve Californians, including extensive experience conducting large community health events.”
At maximum capacity, OptumServe will be able to support up to 80 testing sites at one time throughout the state, increasing total testing capacity by more than 10,500 tests per day.
“Thanks to Yuba and Sutter counties and to OptumServe, for the collaboration to make these testing sites possible,” said Charity Dean, M.D., Assistant Director of the California Department of Public Health. “We’re working together as part of the state’s Testing Task Force to ensure regions with the greatest need have access to tests, and these sites are going to be a major component in reaching our testing goals.”
April 29, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 29 Update - Exciting News About COVID-19 Testing
Dr. Luu outlines the new state testing site for COVID-19 that will begin operating on Monday, May 4, at the Veterans Center in Yuba City. Any Yuba County or Sutter County resident who wants to be tested must first register. Information for online registration and a toll-free number will be posted Saturday, May 1 on the websites for both Yuba and Sutter counties -- BePreparedYuba.org and BePreparedSutter.org
April 28, 2020
Watch: Yuba-Sutter Call Center has taken more than 3,500 calls
Several dozen employees from Yuba County and Sutter County have been taking calls at the Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Call Center since early March.
April 27, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 27 Update
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Luu discussed current case count and what residents can expect from the phasing-in re-opening of our community.
April 24, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 24 Update
Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Luu discusses the two newest confirmed cases this week, and hopes to have increased testing in the near future.
April 23, 2020
Watch: Small businesses with 300 employees receive emergency loans funded by Yuba and Sutter counties.
The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation is administering a zero interest loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. With $500,000 contributed by Sutter and Yuba counties, 28 businesses with 301 employees, gross annual revenues of $39 million, and an annual payroll of $10 million, received emergency loan assistance. Brynda Stranix, president and chief operating officer of the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation explains the program.
April 22, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 22 Update
Dr. Luu talks about the Governor's call to carefully resume some elective surgeries and procedures at hospitals. She expands on this topic to help our residents understand what that means.
April 22, 2020
California Agriculture: PPE Needs Survey
To help us best capture the need in the agricultural sector for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies, please fill out the following survey by Friday, April 24th.
April 21, 2020
Watch: Planning Underway to Reopen Yuba-Sutter Region
Dr. Luu introduces various local elected officials and business leaders who join to talk about efforts underway to develop a plan to reopen businesses and other activities in the Yuba-Sutter area. A detailed plan is necessary, as the state of California will need to approve the proposed strategy.
April 20, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 20 Update
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu discusses how COVID-19 is different from the seasonal flu.
April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020
At urging of Registrars of Voters, Sutter County and Yuba County Boards of Supervisors to consider request to Governor for all mail-ballot election in November
In recognition of the difficulties that are going to be faced by both counties with the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election due to the ongoing COVID-19 event, both the Sutter and Yuba County Boards of Supervisors will be considering recommendations from the respective Registrars of Voters to send a request to Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to expand vote-by-mail options for the November 3, 2020 election.
The Sutter County Board of Supervisors will consider the recommendation at its meeting Tuesday, April 21. The Yuba County Board of Supervisors will consider the recommendation at its next meeting, April 28.
“As Sutter County Elections is currently in the process of preparing for the November Presidential election during this COVID 19 pandemic, voter safety and poll worker safety is of concern. Requesting a Vote by Mail election for November, with limited in-person voting opportunities, will help ensure that safety in our community,” said Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters
“In light of the current COVID 19 pandemic, and in an effort to keep voters and poll workers alike safe, Yuba County is moving forward with plans to implement a primarily vote by mail election for November 2020. Please watch your mail and local media as details develop,” said Terry Hansen, Yuba County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters.
April 17, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 17 Update
Dr. Luu says reopening our local economy is not a matter of if, but when -- and it has to be done correctly. Today she is joined by Rick Rawson, CEO of Adventist Health + Rideout.
April 16, 2020
Watch: Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Task Force formed and emergency food drive Friday at 850 Gray Avenue, Yuba City
More than 100 volunteers have delivered more than 900 weeks of food to seniors in need.
April 15, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 15 Update
Dr. Luu discusses some good news about local COVID-19 statistics and talks about making plans on the west coast to reopen businesses. But what does that mean for the Yuba-Sutter area?
April 14, 2020
Watch: Logistics Branch of Bi-County Department Operations Center Explains Duties
Yadira Friday -- who under normal circumstances works for Yuba County Public Health -- explains the role of the Logistics branch under the bi-county Department Operations Center working on COVID-19 efforts.
April 13, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 13 Update
Dr. Luu discusses that latest local stats on COVID-19, noting they contain some hopeful signs but cautions that the situation remains "fragile." She also talks about how a diagnosis is reached for a death considered to be cause by the coronavirus.
April 10, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 10 Update
Dr. Luu talks about the ongoing risks faced with COVID-19, but emphasizes everyone can take steps to protect themselves and their families. She encourages everyone to be creative and find safe ways to connect during the Easter weekend.
April 10, 2020
April 9, 2020
Visitors to County Facilities, and Employees, Required to Wear Facial Coverings
While Sutter County and Yuba County services are limited at this time, residents who choose to come to County facilities to conduct business will now be required to wear a face covering, and will undergo a brief symptoms screening prior to entry, including a temperature reading, under new guidance from Yuba-Sutter Public Health. Counties are not able to provide face coverings to the public, so those coming to County facilities must wear their own.
County employees will also be screened for symptoms daily, and required to wear face coverings.
Public Health officials from Yuba and Sutter counties, in coordination with the bi-county Emergency Operations Center and local healthcare facilities, are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance in recommending that residents cover their face when leaving home for essential activities like grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy or doctor.
This recommendation is being made amidst an expected peak of confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide in the coming weeks. Jurisdictions up and down the state are also making the same recommendation. Face coverings should not be hospital grade, as n95 and surgical masks must be reserved for medical personnel and first responders. Face coverings include bandanas, scarves, and fabric masks, which can be washed and reused, and should cover the nose and mouth. It should be noted that, according to CDC, the risk of being infected can actually increase with face coverings if residents reduce their use of strong defenses like social distancing and hand washing.
“While residents should be staying home as much as possible under the state’s ‘stay at home’ order, face coverings offer extra precaution while out for essential activities,” Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu said.
Staying home as much as possible remains the best directive to avoid getting yourself or others sick in the first place, as well as frequent hand washing, not touching your face and social distancing while out performing essential functions. But covering your mouth and nose can also help as the virus’s transmission occurs through respiratory droplets—through coughing or sneezing, and because individuals may be contagious days before the onset of symptoms. These coverings should be worn whenever residents venture outside of their home, even if working an “essential” job.
For more information on the novel coronavirus in Yuba-Sutter, visit BePreparedYuba.org or BePreparedSutter.org. A bi-county Call Center is also fielding general calls Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The California Department of Public Health guidance on face coverings can be read in full at: CDC Face Coverings Guidance.
April 9, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 9 Update
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu discusses facial coverings which residents will be required to wear when coming to County facilities for limited services. The CDC recommends the public wear facial coverings when leaving home for essential activities.
April 9, 2020
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April 9, 2020
- Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Relief Task Force
Helping at-risk seniors and low income residents during the Coronavirus outbreak
April 8, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 8 Update
Dr. Luu wants everyone to check out the new "Dashboard" now on the dedicated coronavirus webpages for Yuba and Sutter Counties.
April 7, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 7 Update
Today, Dr. Luu talks about the new order and concerns she has about how well the community is following it. She mentions a study that grades the two counties (and all others across the nation) on how we are doing on social distancing efforts --- and the report card is not good.
- Unacast Social Distancing Scoreboard
April 6, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 6 Update
Dr. Luu talks about the new order, the reasons for it, and the response we heard from our fishing community.
April 6, 2020
Yuba-Sutter Order Restricting Activities (April 6, 2020)
Answering Your Questions
About the "Stay at Home" Order
On March 18, 2020, the Yuba-Sutter Health Officer issued a directive limiting activity, travel, and business functions to the most essential needs. We refer to that Directive as the “Prior Shelter Directive.” This Order replaces the Prior Shelter Directive.
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Issues Extended "Stay Home" Order
In order to continue flattening the curve and slowing the spread and severity of COVID-19, Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu today issued a more stringent “stay at home” order through May 3, effective tonight at 11:59 p.m.
Dr. Luu initially issued a “stay at home” directive on March 18, one day before California State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell issued a statewide order. Today’s order further restricts outdoor activities that have impeded mass social distancing efforts.
While many Yuba-Sutter residents have taken the directives seriously – halting their day-to-day lives for the greater good of the community’s health – there are also those who continue to put themselves and others at risk. Education has been key in local efforts, but it hasn’t been enough. For this reason, Dr. Luu’s order gives local law enforcement the tools needed to enforce the regulations as they deem necessary.
“Without this tailored set of restrictions that further reduces the number of interactions between people, scientific evidence indicates that the public health crisis in the area will worsen to the point at which it may overtake available healthcare resources,” Dr. Luu said.
This order is in conjunction with other Yuba-Sutter efforts to fight this pandemic: this weekend, staging at two alternate care sites (Yuba City High School and River Valley High School) began in the event of a spike in medical need to support our healthcare system; Public Health officials continue to push for more test kits to ensure broader testing of residents; and both counties are working with area nonprofits to ensure residents in need have access to food and housing.
The local order has several differences from the directive, including the restriction of fishing on boats in groups, automotive sales lots, parks and barbecue areas. For a comprehensive list, see below.
Yuba and Sutter counties understand the disruption and anxiety that comes with these efforts. While there is still much to learn about the novel coronavirus – which has been infecting humans for only four months – Public Health officials feel that the more residents strictly heed these orders, the sooner life can get back to normal.
The bi-county Emergency Operations Center, in coordination with the Department Operations Center, and local healthcare facilities, stand united and dedicated to doing everything possible to protect the Yuba-Sutter community from the most severe consequences, learning lessons from around the country and the world.
Further Restrictions on Activities
The Public Health Officer requested the sheriffs and police chiefs enforce social distancing requirements. “Violation of any provision of this order constitutes an imminent threat to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, and will remain in effect, unless extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer, until May 3 at 11:59 p.m.
The order differs from the previous directive in many ways. For instance, the order:
- Now requires employers in essential businesses to maximize the number of people who work from home. Businesses may only assign those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home.
- Clarifies that auto repair and auto supply operations are essential, but auto sales must be limited to online and delivery only.
- Clarifies that landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals are essential, but only to the limited extent necessary to maintain the operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public; a sole gardener may provide work on the exterior of a home without any contact with a homeowner.
- Removes fishing as an essential business activity.
- Clarifies that funeral homes and mortuaries are essential businesses.
- Adds clarifications regarding what construction is considered essential.
- Clarifies that businesses that include an essential business component alongside non-essential components must, to the extent feasible, scale down their operations to essential businesses components only.
- Clarifies that mixed retail business may continue to stock and sell non-essential products alongside essential products (i.e., liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of essential products.)
- Clarifies people may use public transit for travel for essential work or activities only.
- Authorizes local governments to limit or block access to recreational access to parks, rivers, lakes and other open spaces to reduce crowding.
- Requires the closing of playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, dog parks, and barbecue areas outside of residences.
- Requires the closing of golf courses, tennis and pickle ball courts, rock parks, climbing wall, pools, spas, gyms, disc golf, and basketball courts.
- Clarifies that any sport or activity that includes the sharing of equipment may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
- Clarifies that gatherings for a funeral must be limited to no more than 10 individuals.
- Clarifies that moving from one residence to another is essential, but only if it cannot be deferred, or if the move is necessary for purposes of safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or to preserve access to shelter.
- Clarifies that services to assist individuals finding employment with essential businesses is are essential services.
- Clarifies that volunteering for “health care” operations is an essential business activity.
- Clarifies that gun stores are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that personal storage (min-storage) facilities are essential businesses.
- Clarifies that moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves allowed.
- Clarifies that government entities and their contractors must employ all necessary emergency protective measures to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic to the greatest extent feasible.
- Clarifies that travel for the following are also considered essential travel—to manage after-death arrangements and burial; to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness; to avoid domestic violence or child abuse; for parental custody arrangements; and to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19.
- Clarifies that service providers that enable residential transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales), including, but not limited to, real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, and title companies, provided that appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit (except that in person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence).
- Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Issues Extended "Stay Home" Order - Translation
April 4, 2020
Staging of Alternate Care Sites Begins at Two School Gyms
Expanded Capacity Would Address Worst Case Scenarios for COVID-19 Spread
Necessary steps to expand the ability of Yuba-Sutter hospital operations to handle even the most serious scenarios for the local COVID-19 outbreak will be evident today with the arrival of the first round of equipment at two area high schools.
The gymnasiums at Yuba City High School and River Valley High School have been selected as alternate medical sites, and they will soon be staged with beds and medical equipment to handle any surge in the number of patients. This proactive addition of medical space to prepare for the potential increase in severely ill COVID-19 patients is similar to efforts taking place in communities across the country.
"Establishing these two alternate medical care sites is crucial, as we face the possibility of our region being hit with an unprecedented increase in ill coronavirus patients," said Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu. "We need to plan for the worst case scenarios, but we hope it will never become necessary to fully use those two buildings."
The opening of additional space to address an anticipated spike in medical need is part of a planning process known as "surge capacity." Yuba-Sutter Emergency Services worked with Yuba City Unified School District officials to secure the two gyms, after evaluating several possible sites throughout the two counties.
“Surge capacity planning is integral to our day-to-day emergency operations in an effort to ensure that our local health system, including our only hospital, can continue to adequately support patients and staff,” Dr. Luu said.
Dr. Luu said efforts to establish and equip the two sites is in addition to surge capacity work already being done in collaboration with the bi-county Emergency Operations Center, Adventist Health and Rideout, Sutter North, Ampla, Peach Tree, and Harmony Health.
The purpose of these alternate sites would be to provide medical care to COVID-19 positive patients who are deemed stable for hospital discharge but still need to be monitored and require some level of assistance with medications management and other activities of daily living. These patients are considered better suited for a facility that has an open layout to allow limited numbers of healthcare personnel to more easily monitor their status.
"We purposefully began this process early-on to allow our planners ample time to coordinate with our medical community and to secure the needed beds and equipment before those resources become even scarcer," said Yuba County Administrator Robert Bendorf. "These are two sites we hope we never have to fully use, but models we are seeing for the potential spread of the coronavirus compel us to do all we can to get ahead of this threat.”
The Yuba-Sutter Emergency Services also secured 500 cots, along with 1,000 blankets and 1,000 pillows for the alternate hospital sites. The two school gyms were ultimately selected based on their size, electrical capacity, locations, and other factors.
“We are very appreciative of the team at Yuba City Unified School District, who have been vital partners in making these sites available and ultimately bolstering the health community’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis,” said Sutter County Administrator Steve Smith. “Their cooperation allows us to move quickly and efficiently to establish a strong backup plan, should cases grow beyond the capacity of our single hospital.”
Dr. Luu said the extent to which Yuba-Sutter residents adhere to the state's Stay at Home order and take extraordinary precautions when they run essential errands will ultimately dictate how many eventually become sick with COVID-19. Current models indicate cases could well-exceed the bed space available at Adventist Health and Rideout, making the alternate care sites necessary.
"It would have been irresponsible to take a wait-and-see approach with COVID-19 before starting the process to set up alternative sites," Luu said. "The risk is very real, and we have to act now to ensure medical resources are available, should we see a serious rise in cases."
For the most current information, check BePreparedYuba.org or BePreparedSutter.org. A bi-county Call Center is also fielding general calls from the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 749-7700.
April 3, 2020
Watch: Health Officer's April 3 Update
Bi-County Health Dr. Phuong Luu reports there are 25 cases in the Yuba-Sutter region as of 5 p.m. on April 3, 2020. Today's topic is general facial covering guidance for the public. Follow the stay at home orders and adhere to good hand hygiene.
April 3, 2020
Fabric Face Coverings
The Centers for Disease Control today recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Already, there are a number of people in the community making and wearing face coverings for when they go out in public. Some are making them and donating them to different organizations, including community volunteers and health care workers. (The Yuba-Sutter Health Department is accepting donations of face coverings for health care workers on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 Eighth Street, Marysville).
Here are some important links regarding the face covering guidance, and tutorials on sewing a face covering, or creating a no sew face covering.
California Department of Public Health: Face Coverings Guidance
California Department of Public Health about what face coverings can or can’t accomplish, examples of the types of materials they can be made of, and why social distancing, hand washing, and staying home except for essential functions remains the number one defense against COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control recommendation on wearing cloth face coverings in public
- Do It Yourself No Sew Face Covering
- How to sew a reusable face covering
- Kaiser Permanente face covering instructions
April 3, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020
Yuba-Sutter Grocery Stores Remain Open to the Public
Due to the high volume of customers, stores have been challenged with restocking shelves quickly and are working diligently to ensure supplies are available to customers. The following stores have made adjustments:
- WinCo is allowing customers to enter the store in intervals of 10 people at a time. Store hours are 7:00am-10:00pm. Early hour shopping for seniors (60+), vulnerable populations, & WinCo employees Tuesday, Thursdays 6:00am-7:30am.
- Dollar Generals are only open to the elderly during the first hour of business and is closing one hour earlier.
- Walmart - Yuba City & Linda store hours are 7:00am-8:30pm. Seniors can shop early on Tuesdays from 6:00am-7:00am.
- Sam’s Club - Starting March 26, Sam’s Club began offering early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems. This includes pharmacy and optical centers and will last until further notice. They also offer a concierge “Shop from your Car” service during those same special shopping days and hours. Shoppers can order from their vehicles and items will be brought out to them by a Sam’s Club associate. Regular shopping hours for Mon.-Sat. have shifted to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow for restocking. Sunday hours remain the same as usual, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Save Mart is open for seniors & those with compromised health on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00am-9:00am.
- New Earth Market is offering dedicated shopping time for vulnerable customers (elderly, pregnant, etc.) 8 am – 9 am Monday through Friday. Regular open hours are 9 am – 7 pm.
- New Delhi Palace is open 10 am -7 pm every day, they have groceries and their restaurant is offering take-out.
- Both Raley’s and Bel Air are offering ‘Senior Essentials Bags’- pre-packed bags at a set discounted price available only to seniors.
- May Elston’s Philippine Grocery Store open regular hours weekdays, every other weekend open Saturday, other weekend Sunday to increase access.
- Tony’s Fruit Stand is open 8 am – 5 pm every day, and is offering mixed boxes of fresh produce that can be ordered online for pick-up.
Grocery Stores open their regular hours:
- Grocery Outlet
- El Toro Loco
- Masala Market
- La Superior Mercado
- Noble Halal Market
- Phooj Ywg Lee’s Market
April 1, 2020
April 1, 2020
- Watch: Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes and Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson on 93Q Radio Discuss the Response to Coronavirus
March 31, 2020
Sutter County Board Sets Aside $250,000 For Small Business Zero Interest Loan Relief
In an emergency session Tuesday, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved $250,000 for a small business loan program for local businesses dealing with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and a statewide ‘stay at home order.’
In a unanimous vote conducted by phone, the Board of Supervisors voted to transfer $250,000 to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corporation to administer a small business loan program as a bridge until federal funding is available.
Short term, zero-interest secured loans of up to $20,000 each would be available to qualified Sutter County businesses on a first come, first served basis.
Payments would begin within 90 days after the lifting of the stay-at-home order by the Governor with loan amounts being amortized over 36 months. Loan funds may be used to cover day to day operating expenses of the business such as payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities or operating inventory and supplies.
Criteria have been established by YSEDC to ensure that loans go only to independently owned local businesses within Sutter County, including the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak. Businesses must have a physical establishment within the County and have been in business for at least one year.
According to Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Sullenger, “This funding will provide a critical lifeline for businesses to survive during this unprecedented pandemic event.” The Sutter County Board of Supervisors appreciates the close partnership with the Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation for making this program possible.
More information about the program, including how to apply and additional eligibility requirements, will be released as soon as it’s available.
March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020
Two Recent Deaths Suspicious for COVID-19
Two Yuba-Sutter residents died at Adventist Health and Rideout last night, and early this morning. Both cases are highly suspicious for COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death. Both individuals were in their 80s, and had been tested for COVID-19. Results are pending. (This post initially had the incorrect age range of one of the individuals.)
“We are saddened by this loss of life from suspected COVID-19, and it’s a terrible reminder of just how dangerous this illness can be for the elderly and chronically ill,” said Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu. “The most vulnerable in our community are at risk for the most severe consequences of this disease, and each person who ignores the order to stay at home or fails to practice good hand washing and social distancing practices increases the chances of spreading the illness.”
Dr. Luu emphasizes that the most important thing people with COVID-19 symptoms can do is immediately isolate themselves from others. She said Yuba-Sutter residents with mild cases should follow the recommendations to remain at home, avoid vulnerable individuals, practice good cough/sneeze etiquette, and maintain good hand hygiene. Those exhibiting severe symptoms should contact their physician or Urgent Care.
For more information, visit BePreparedYuba.org or BePreparedSutter.org. A bi-county Call Center is also fielding general calls at 749-7700. For information on the state order and state resources, visit COVID19.CA.GOV.
March 31, 2020
Public Health Taking Donations of Fabric Masks in the Event of Health Care Worker Mask Shortage
Although recommended by the Centers for Disease Control only as a last resort for health care workers facing a shortage of appropriate personal protective equipment, the Bi-County Public Health effort to deal with Coronavirus includes taking donations of fabric masks.
Donations are being accepted at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 8th Street, Marysville, on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For information on fabric masks, here are three online sources recommended by the Stanford School of Medicine:
- DIY Face Mask – 8 Steps in Making Protective Gear
- U.S. Hospital Workers Are Making Masks, Protective Gear From Office Supplies Amid Equipment Shortage
- How to Make a Surgical Face Mask
Some health care professionals have suggested using different colors on each side of the mask to make it easier to remember which side of the mask you’ve used against your face.
March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020
Construction Related Industries are Considered "Essential"
Construction related industries are considered “essential” for the “stay at home” order. The Associated Building Contractor’s of Northern California, a construction industry trade group, has issued the following guidelines for construction companies. (The accompanying flyer is in both English and Spanish).
- Encouraging all jobsites to have a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to ensure compliance with the CDC, OSHA and State Order Health guidelines.
- Conducting COVID-19 safety talks and daily personal health reminders
- Banning visitors to a jobsite unless the visit is purpose driven to control unnecessary quantities of people on a jobsite.
- Developing new work techniques that do not allow workers to work over or under each other
- Maximizing technology for communication purposes to reduce onsite people and jobsite traffic
- Limiting the number of employees riding hoists
- Providing hand sanitizer and additional portable hand washing stations
- Maintaining 6 to 10 feet of space between workers.
- Moving all jobsite meetings from the trailer to open air meetings
- Purchasing additional tools to ease sharing where possible, however, if sharing tools are disinfected multiple times throughout the day
- Staggering crew arrival/departure times to prevent all workers showing up at the jobsite at the same time
- Utilizing a "Fit for Duty" protocol
- We are encouraging workers to change clothes prior to arriving home and wash work clothes in hot water and sanitizer.
- Proper care and use of personal protective equipment (respirators, gloves, eye, and face protection)
- We are encouraging site disinfection schedules to happen throughout the day to reduce exposure through surface contact.
- Safety Construction Industry Best Practices English and Spanish Version
- Sutter County Construction Industry Safety
March 29, 2020
Testing Rates in Yuba and Sutter Counties
The Yuba-Sutter Public Health Department released the following information about testing rates in Yuba and Sutter counties. As of today, Sunday, March 29, 2020, a reported 348 COVID-19 tests have been administered between those authorized by Public Health and those performed at private labs, with 215 results received and 133 tests pending. Out of the 215 results received, there have been 10 positives and 205 negatives. Because there is only a requirement to report confirmed cases to Public Health, there is long lag time in getting information about all completed tests. The reported numbers will always lag behind the actual number of tests.
The amount of testing that can occur is a function of the low number of test kits available at this time across California and nationally.
The rate of testing in Yuba-Sutter is similar to the rate for California as a whole, about two-tenths of one percent of all Californians.
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
Food bank to deliver three days a week to most at risk
Yuba-Sutter Food Bank will make deliveries three days a week to food insecure seniors 65 and older, and to handicapped or other groups at high risk to Coronavirus.
Deliveries will be made on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, beginning tomorrow, March 28.
Those qualifying for delivery must contact the Food Bank or the Yuba-Sutter Call Center by 3 p.m. on the day before delivery only. To get a delivery tomorrow, for instance, you must contact them by 3 p.m. today. To get a delivery Tuesday, you must contact them on Monday before 3 p.m, and to get a delivery on Thursday, you must contact them on Wednesday by 3 p.m.
The Yuba-Sutter Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday only. That number is 530-749-7700.
March 27, 2020
Local Law Enforcement Working with ‘Non-Essential’ businesses
Police and sheriff departments from both Yuba and Sutter counties are working in concert to identify non-essential businesses that continue to operate, even as the state’s “Shelter in Place” order enters its second week.
Law enforcement officers are visiting those who operate businesses deemed non-essential to help them understand Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order, which is intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most of those businesses have already complied, however reports about possible violations continue to come in from both sides of the river.
While early efforts to reach out to non-compliant businesses have had an educational focus, officials say enforcement of the state order – which can include significant fines – is highly possible.
Businesses listed as “essential” under the Governor’s Executive Order can remain open but need to follow social distancing guidelines. A list of “essential” businesses can be found online at: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Officers and deputies are also contacting community and faith based organizations to urge them to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
Throughout Sutter County, law enforcement officials are making contact with "non-essential" businesses discluded from the state Public Health Officer's list of "essential" businesses which may continue to operate as long as social distancing is practiced in the work place. The Yuba City Police Department is conducting the outreach inside the city limits of Yuba City, while the Sutter County Sheriff's Office is conducting the outreach in the City of Live Oak and the unincorporated areas of the County. Once businesses are contacted initially, follow up visits will occur to confirm compliance.
Yesterday, the City of Yuba City issued this media release, along with three flyers, one in English, one in Spanish, and one in Punjabi, explaining the purpose of their visits: "Starting this week,every non-essential business who continues to have their doors open will be notified. This notification will come in the form of a flyer created by the Yuba City Police Department delivered by a dedicated Officer within the Department.The flyer was generated as the result of the Governor’s Executive Order and is available to review on our website and social media pages. Most of the businesses have complied and we thank those who are doing their part to minimize exposure and risk of the coronavirus spreading through our community. Once a business has been notified through this educational contact, follow up will be conducted to confirm compliance. If non-essential businesses don’t comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, the Yuba City Police Department will have no other option than to seek legal remedies. Businesses listed as “essential” under the Governor’s Executive Order can remain open, following social distancing recommendations. For a list of “essential” businesses, please visit the website: COVID-19 Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Most importantly, please know that we are working on this issue and are taking it very seriously.
March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020
Two test positive for COVID-19 in Sutter County
Total number for Yuba-Sutter region now at five
Two Sutter County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Yuba-Sutter Public Health, underscoring earlier statements by bi-county Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu that community spread has been evident for several days in the bi-county region.
“The two Sutter County residents confirmed with COVID-19 should be a stark wakeup call for all living in both Yuba and Sutter counties that every household must adhere to all possible precautions to reduce the spread of this virus,” Dr. Luu said. “Community spread is very real here, and those who ignore the call to stay at home unless conducting essential services everyone they meet at risk.”
The two individuals who tested positive have been notified and contact investigation completed. Both cases are also from community-transmission – similar to the previously reported three cases this past weekend. Dr. Luu said each of these cases fit the definition of “community spread,” meaning they did not fit the typical “at risk” criteria, such as having traveled recently or been a close contact of someone with laboratory confirmed COVID-19.
For more information, visit BePreparedYuba.org or BePreparedSutter.org. A bi-county Call Center is also fielding general calls at 749-7700. For information on the state order and state resources, visit COVID19.CA.GOV.
March 25, 2020
Counties Authorize $20,000 to Seed Community Volunteer Effort to Aid Most Vulnerable During Coronavirus ‘Stay at Home’ Order
The Boards of Supervisors of Yuba County and Sutter County today authorized a combined $20,000 contribution to a community organized effort to assist chronically ill seniors with grocery and prescription shopping, and restocking the shelves of the area’s food banks.
In separate actions, the Boards of Supervisors each authorized $10,000 to seed the efforts of the Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Relief Task Force, a group of local volunteers who will work with the United Way to coordinate efforts, and with Health and Human Services Departments from both counties to identify and assist those 65 years of age and older with chronic health conditions, so they can remain at home and still have food and prescription needs met.
The group conducted an online meeting Monday night to discuss the mission and structure of the organization. Practicing social distancing, some two dozen attended the meeting in person in the chambers of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors.
Replenishing supplies at local food banks is critical. Food banks lean quite heavily on oversupplies at grocery stores. Mass purchases of canned food items and other items with long shelf lives by anxious shoppers has put increased pressure on the grocery store supply chain and food bank donations have dropped precipitously.
“There are a number of food banks that are out of food. They are zero and they can’t provide service to our communities,” said Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher, who was among those at Monday night’s meeting.
“This is an important step to help immediately replenish the food banks and pantries,” said Sutter County Board Chair Ron Sullenger.
Organizers of the Yuba-Sutter COVID 19 Relief Task Force said that once they are satisfied they are meeting the needs of the chronically ill seniors, they will then focus on seniors who are not chronically ill, and, with time, the needs of the general community.
For information about joining the community effort to assist financially, as a volunteer, or with donations of canned goods during the ‘stay at home’ order, contact the Yuba-Sutter COVID-19 Relief Task Force at 530-682-5348.
March 24, 2020
March 23, 2020
- Watch: Health Officer's March 23 update
- Watch: Health Officer on 93Q Radio talking about the Coronavirus fight
March 22, 2020
March 22, 2020
California Public Health Officer Designates 'Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers'
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents immediately to heed current State public health directives to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians. In accordance with this order, the State Public Health Officer has designated the following list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
March 21, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020
To protect the health and safety of our community and staff, many Sutter County offices will be closed to the public starting March 20, 2020 until further notice.
March 19, 2020
March 19, 2020
Notice about Price Gouging:
It is unlawful during a declared state of emergency in California to sell specified consumer goods or services for a price more than 10% greater than charged previously. (Penal Code section 396(b).) Violation of this law can result in criminal or civil law enforcement action against retailers engaging in this illegal conduct.
The Sutter County District Attorney’s office is tasked with prosecuting crimes such as price gouging during a declared state of emergency. Our community should not have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of Coronavirus.
If you experience price gouging, we urge you to take a photo of the product and the price tag, and then report offenders by submitting information, including date and retail location, to: https://www.suttercounty.org/contact/da
March 19, 2020
A Message from the Director of Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health (SYBH) for the Community
Dear Sutter and Yuba County Community Members:
With the news of the recent coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to take a moment to address responses of anxiety and stress. It’s important to remember that these responses are normal, and may be more pronounced in people with loved ones in areas more impacted by the outbreak.
Now that California has declared a state of emergency, it is important to do the following:
Understand the Facts: Sutter County and Yuba County Bi-County Health Officer, Dr. Luu and our respective Departments of Public Health are keeping us updated. The county websites, www.bepreparedsutter.org and www.bepreparedyuba.org , the California Department of Public Health website www.cdph.ca.gov , and the Centers for Disease Control websites, www.cdc.gov are the best sources for updated, factual information.
Be Prepared: Having a plan with regards to childcare, working from home, and maintaining effective quarantining and social distancing helps to alleviate anxiety with a sense of control and security. Remember, that in the event of a community-wide quarantine (as is occurring in the bay area), grocery stores will remain open and you will still have access to basic needs.
Healthy Habits are Key: Eat healthy whole foods, move and stretch every day, get as close to eight hours of sleep as possible and practice mindfulness.
Wash your Hands: Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and drying them thoroughly along with practicing other recommended health habits is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Keep sanitizer with you for when soap and water are not readily available.
Keep Calm: Anxiety increases heart rate and respirations, clouds judgment and takes us out of the present moment. Ground yourself. What is happening at this moment? Focus on your physical surroundings and be present in the moment. Remind yourself to do this often and reassure yourself by saying something like, “I am doing everything I can to support my health and be safe.”
Rick Bingham, LMFT
Director, Sutter-Yuba Behavioral Health
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
- Directive Press Release
March 18, 2020 Press Release: Yuba-Sutter Health Officer issues directive to stay home except for essential activities
Stay Home Except for Essential Needs - Questions and Answers
Directive of the Sutter County and Yuba County Bi-County Public Health Officer Restricting Activities in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak, with Exceptions and Exemptions, as Specified
Definitions of Essential Activities and Exclusions
Definitions of Essential Activities and Exclusions to the Directive to Remain at Place of Residence Except to Engage in Essential Activities
- Watch: Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu announces a bi-county directive to remain in their homes
March 17, 2020
March 17, 2020
New guidance regarding retail food, beverage, and other service venues
Today California officials issued guidance regarding retail food, beverage and other service venues. These venues bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase the transmission of COVID-19.
"These are aggressive, but necessary actions to protect our communities," said Governor Gavin Newsom. "We all have a role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. These establishments that are remaining open should think creatively about how they can continue to provide services to the community. Shifting operations to focus on pick up and delivery options should be prioritized."
The guidance will protect individuals attending and working at these venues and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community
March 16, 2020
- Watch Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu provide an update on coronavirus in the region: no confirmed cases; please follow the new guidance; and share only official information from www.bepreparedsutter.org or www.bepreparedyuba.org
March 16, 2020
Access and Functional Needs Info
- Plain-language ENGLISH information on Coronavirus
- Plain-language SPANISH information on Coronavirus
- What you need to know about Coronavirus (American Sign Language)
March 16, 2020
Guidance from Governor Newsom
During his announcement yesterday, Governor Newsom laid out new guidance regarding the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The new guidance Urged those aged 65 years and above, and those with chronic conditions, to self quarantine at home.
It urged Closing all bars, pubs, breweries, and wineries, but allow restaurants to continue serving at 50 percent of occupancy and with social distancing measures in place.
And he urged all hospitals and senior care homes to all visitors except for end of life visits
March 16, 2020
Screening and Testing Locations
Three local locations will open for COVID-19 screening and testing starting Monday. Call your doctor if you feel you need testing. If your doctor cannot test you themselves in their clinic, they will direct you to call Peach Tree (if you’re in Yuba County), or Ampla (if you’re in Sutter County) to discuss with staff your doctor’s recommendation.
Do not show up to any testing site without a doctor’s recommendation. You will not be tested. Please contact Peach Tree Health or Ampla Health ONLY after discussion with your doctor.
This is a fluid situation and directives are changing daily. We will update the public when information changes. Thank you to our partners in the local healthcare community for their work in getting these testing sites up and running.
- Peach Tree Health testing site: Corner of 5th and H streets at Marysville Immediate Care.
- Screening and testing 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
- *Please call (530) 749-3242, extensions 1408 or 1608 ahead of time so nurses can expect you, and drive through the driveway and park in front of the front door to be met by nurses.
- Ampla Health testing site: 1000 Sutter Street, Yuba City, follow signs through outdoor back parking lot.
- Screening and testing Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- *Please call (530) 812-2031 first so mobile unit staff expect your arrival before screening and possible testing, do not go into building/clinics.
March 13, 2020
- Watch Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu on 93Q discussing CDPH's guidance on canceling mass gatherings.
March 12, 2020
- Watch Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu on Facebook Live discussing CDPH's recommendation to cancel large gatherings and answering residents' questions.
March 10, 2020
Bi-County Health Officer Declares State of Emergency for COVID-19 Preparedness
While there remain no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Sutter County or Yuba County, Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu today declared a state of local health emergency, and recommended both county Board of Supervisors also proclaim a state of emergency – a step already taken by 15 other California counties to gain access to resources that will help bolster ongoing efforts to respond to the public health threat.
The Yuba County Board of Supervisors and Sutter County Board of Supervisors will consider her recommendation at their respective meetings on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Dr. Luu and staff from Yuba and Sutter counties believe this is the right time to make the declaration to ensure an appropriate, timely and organized response in the event COVID-19 cases are identified in the bi-county region. Dr. Luu believes it is simply a matter of time before someone in the region tests positive for the virus. Increasing monitoring and responsive capabilities now will further enable public health teams to prevent as much community transmission as possible.
Staff from both Yuba and Sutter counties have been working closely together to monitor residents who believe they could have COVID-19, communicate plans with area hospitals and health clinics, ensure nurses and first responders have the tools necessary to keep themselves healthy and safe, and communicate important information to the public. A coronavirus preparedness group was established last month, and that group has been in communication with each facet of the community – like schools, hospitals, Beale Air Force Base, and public safety entities – to ensure the area as a whole is equipped with the best knowledge and tools to minimize the impact of COVID-19.
Over the past several weeks of COVID-19 concerns, public health staff from both counties have been operating what is known as a Department Operations Center (DOC) at a low level. The DOC is now elevating to the next level and stepping up efforts to address the health threat. A bi-county Emergency Operations Center has also opened. This means staff from both counties are working together around the clock to ensure resources and staffing remain in healthy and reliable supply.
A Bi-County Call Center has been established to respond to inquiries from area residents regarding the COVID-19 threat. The Call Center number is (530) 749-7700, and will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Call Center is intended to field general questions, not provide medical advice. Please call your primary care physician for medical advice.
Yuba and Sutter counties have been planning for this possibility and staff are properly prepared to handle the work to come. Since there are NO confirmed cases in either county, the approach may look different from Sacramento, Placer, and other counties, where community transmission has been confirmed. Nonetheless, increasing the level of public health response is necessary in focusing vital resources on preventing severe illnesses and deaths.
With no confirmed cases, and per California Department of Public Health guidelines, en masse cancellation of schools is not recommended. Schools will continue with measures to prevent spread of COVID-19. The Counties continue to work closely with the Offices of Education in both counties and their respective school districts to plan and prepare our schools for COVID-19
Dr. Luu continues to recommend hand-washing and practicing good hygiene. Vulnerable populations – the elderly and those with chronic illness – are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Keeping yourself from getting sick in the first place remains key in this effort.
If you have experienced any symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as fever, chills, or cough and have recently traveled or been in close contact with a patient who has had COVID-19, immediately contact your medical provider by phone – do not go into Urgent Care, the Emergency Room or the doctor’s office. Instead, you should call your personal physician, who can assess whether your illness matches those of COVID-19 and if testing should be completed. If testing is indicated, the physician will then contact Dr. Luu, Bi-County Health Officer for consultation.
The first question everyone should ask:
What can I do to protect myself from the coronavirus?
Right now, you are much more likely to get the flu, colds or other seasonal winter illnesses than coronavirus. we recommend the following to protect yourself from flu, colds and other usual winter illnesses:
- Continue to practice good hand hygiene by washing hands regularly, especially before eating
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home or go home if already at work. If you have a fever do not return to work for at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever reducing medication). Please check with your work supervisory on the necessary sick leave procedures.
- Practice other good health habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Yuba-Sutter Coronavirus Q&A
March 9, 2020
February 14, 2020
- Watch Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu on a local radio station introducing herself and talking about the coronavirus
January 29, 2020