Yuba-Sutter Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yuba-Sutter Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu has compiled answers to some common questions regarding COVID-19
What businesses are allowed to reopen in this next phase (June 19)?
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:
What is still NOT open?
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.
What do I have to do to reopen my business?
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.
Will businesses look different when I go out with my family and friends?
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.
If we're opening up, COVID-19 must not be as much a danger as before?
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.
If I'm wearing a facial covering, why does it matter if I hang out in a group of 10 versus a concert of 100?
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.
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
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.
How serious is the coronavirus?
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.
Is the coronavirus spreading through the Yuba-Sutter area?
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.
What does it mean to be quarantined? What is expected if I'm asked to quarantine myself?
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.
Why can't you tell us who the sick people are and where they live?
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.
Will I be safer if I wear a facial covering?
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.
What is Public Health's role in all of this?
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.