State Executive Order          State Face Covering Mandate (Updated Nov. 16)          State Reopening Guidance (Aug. 28) 

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. For a summary of permitted activities under each tier of the new Reopen Placer Opens in new windowblueprint, click here.

Businesses that are permitted to open may find guidelines and checklists for safety measures on the Reopen Placer website.

FAQs on the state order as it relates to the county

Additional Guidance For All Residents:

COVID-19 guidance flowchart-thumb

Exposure Guidance Flowchart

Guidance for Contacts (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Other languages)

Guidance for Confirmed Cases (English) (Spanish) (Russian) (Other languages)

*Going forward, Public Health is unable to provide individualized return to work clearance letters.  Please refer to the above documents page 4) for details on when you may self-release from isolation or quarantine.

Business Outbreaks:

Packet for Businesses Responding to COVID-19 Outbreaks in the Workplace   

Sick Persons:

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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.

Exposed Persons: 

  • 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 for more information.

Other CDC, State and Local Guidance

Resources for Travelers

Resources for Schools/Childcare 

For more details please refer to:

Resources for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders

Additional Resources for Businesses and Employers

Resources for Nursing Facilities

Resources for Other Populations

Resources for Cleaning/Disinfecting


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)
Physical Distancing Protocol template for businesses plus signage example for essential businesses 
Supplemental physical distancing plans for golf courses and outdoor shooting and archery ranges
June 15 - Adapted Guidance for Distanced/Non-Contact Athletic Drills and Conditioning (superseded by state guidance)