On Aug. 28, the State of California released the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy: a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. This replaces the state’s previous COVID-19 County Monitoring List framework. To learn more about what this means for COVID-19 reopening guidance meanwhile, please visit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website here Version OptionsGuidanceHeadline New State COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (Aug. 28). For a summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new blueprint, click here Version OptionsGuidanceHeadline New State COVID-19 Reopening Guidance (Aug. 28).
Placer County Health Officer Directive (issued March 19; expired April 10 at 11:59 p.m.)
Placer County Health Officer Order (issued April 10; amended April 16; expired May 1 at 11:59 p.m)
June 15 - Adapted Guidance for Distanced/Non-Contact Athletic Drills and Conditioning (superseded by state guidance)
Additional Guidance For All Residents:
- Anyone who is feeling ill should stay home.
- Vulnerable (high risk) individuals are encouraged to stay at home.
- Starting June 18, all Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here . Read some Face Covering FAQs here .
- When in public, maximize physical distance from others (at least six feet).
- Maintain good hygiene practices by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Gathering with others who are not part of your household is not allowed.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Everyone should stay home if they are sick until:
- At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in symptoms; AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. However, at this time, there is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care.
Individuals who develop difficulty breathing, feel extremely tired, or were feeling better but then feel a lot worse should call their health care provider. If they will be going to the provider’s office or urgent care center, they should call ahead so that the health care provider can be prepared to care for them.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, the entire household should stay home for at least two weeks.
- If you were in close contact (within six feet for about 15 minutes or more) with a person confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, you should stay home for at least two weeks and monitor yourself every day for fever or respiratory symptoms. Follow this guidance.
An exception to this voluntary quarantine would be a health care worker or first responder. These critical workers are being closely monitored by their employers for symptoms.
Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should access testing through medical providers or upcoming OptumServe test sites, even if symptoms are mild. Testing capacity in Placer County has grown to support diagnostic testing for mildly symptomatic individuals. OptumServe sites can now test all individuals, regardless of symptoms.
Antibody (serologic) tests should not be used as the only way to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. These types of tests are slowly becoming available through healthcare providers, but only some are FDA-approved. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they offer serologic (antibody) tests. A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related coronavirus. It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time if the antibodies detected make you immune to the virus. Click here Version OptionsGuidanceHeadline for more information.