Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for the Yuba-Sutter Area
OptumServe No-Cost Testing Sites
- Register Online: https://LHI.care/covidtesting
- Register by Phone (only for those without Internet access): (888) 634-1123
- Testing by appointment only - register online or call (see above). No walk-ins will be tested.
- If the person being tested has insurance, the insurance company will be billed. For uninsured individuals, the testing costs will be covered by the state.
- Test result turnaround time may take up to 5 days or longer.
- Those tested will be given a card they can use to check for results later. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a nurse.
2 OptumServe Testing Sites:
Yuba City: Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle
- Monday-Friday 7am-7pm
Marysville: Yuba County Library, 303 Second Street
- Tuesday-Saturday 7am-7pm
- Yuba City: Sutter County Veterans Memorial Building, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle
- OptumServe Testing Site Flyer
* Information about COVID-19 cases are Yuba and Sutter County residents only
* Cases may have symptoms or estimated source identified after initial test results are reported.
* Not all symptom onset dates are immediately known/not all cases have symptoms.
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.
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What To Do If You Are Sick
People with mild symptoms, who are not sick enough to be hospitalized, should self-isolate at home. These people should:
- Avoid close contact with others
- Stay home for at least ten days from the start of symptoms, AND
- Stay home at least 72 hours after fever is gone, AND
- Stay home until respiratory symptoms have improved (coughing/sneezing)
People with severe symptoms of respiratory illness should call their healthcare provider immediately. Call ahead so that you can be safely evaluated to prevent exposing others. Your healthcare provider will evaluate you and determine the best course of action for your illness, including whether or not you should be tested.
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