COVID-19 Information

Sacramento County Public Health Department Updates

CO​VID-19 Update, March 23

Sacramento County has 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 4 who have died from complications of COVID-19. The four individuals who died from complications of COVID-19 were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions.

The County has a webpage listing departments that are operating as usual, as well as those who have limited or modified services

To get further guidance on whether your business is exempt or non-exempt from the Public Health Officer Order:

  • Step 1: If you have not already, please take a look at page 5 of the Public Health Order and FAQ​ to see if your business is listed as an essential business. 

  • Step 2: If you do not have clarity after reading the FAQ, go ahead and call 916-875-2002. 

  • Step 3: Our Health Services Team will connect back with you shortly.

To report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order, call 311.

 

The goal of the Public Health Order is to slow the spread of the virus by taking all reasonable means to stay home, and only venture out to public spaces when it is absolutely necessary – and when you must – maintain social distancing at all times. ​   

​COVID-19 Update, March 20

Sacramento County has 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and three who have died from complications of COVID-19. Due to the community transmission of this virus in Sacramento County, yesterday, the Sacramento County Health Officer directed all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities until at least April 7, 2020. 

Individuals and organizations may have questions around:

  1. ​Getting further guidance on whether your business is exempt or non-exempt from the Public Health Officer Order. 

  2. Reporting a violation of the Public Health Officer Order.​

     

To get further guidance on whether your business is exempt or non-exempt from the Public Health Officer Order:

  • Step 1: If you have not already, please take a look at page 5 of the Public Health Order and this FAQ to see if your business is listed as an essential business. 

  • Step 2: If you do not have clarity after reading the FAQ, go ahead and call 916-875-2002. 

  • Step 3: Our Health Services Team will connect back with you shortly.

To report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order, call 3-1-1.

 

The intent of the Public Health Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

The Public Health Order directs that there should not be gatherings in any formal setting – please, see below. To report a violation of the Public Health Officer Order, call 3-1-1. 

  • All bars, wineries and brew-pubs should be closed

  • All in-dining at restaurants should cease (take out and home delivery with social distancing may continue)

  • All gyms should be closed 

  • All bingo halls and card rooms should be closed

COVID-19 Links and Resources:

 

​Specific ​Resources for Schools, Employers, Health Care Providers, Homeless Providers, Pet Owners and Laboratories

​The goal of the Public Health Order is to slow the spread of the virus by taking all reasonable means to stay home, and only venture out to public spaces when it is absolutely necessary – and when you must – maintain social distancing at all times. 

​In summary:

  • Read the Public Health Order​ and FAQs, and if additional clarity is necessary, call 916-875-2002.

  • To report a violation of directed closures, call 3-1-1.

  • Review the COVID-19 website.​

  • Remember the goal for everyone – Stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary so we all can slow the spread of COVID-19.​

 

Update for March 19, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

As of March 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the Sacramento County Health Officer is directing all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities. The legal order is based on the same directives of social distancing issued this week to slow the transmission of the disease, but it provides more detail and enforcement ability. The legal order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to protect those most vulnerable to the disease, slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and preserve local healthcare capacity.

 

The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services t​o continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

 

All individuals currently living within the County of Sacramento are ordered to stay at home or place of residence. To the degree individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations. For definitions, please see the Public Health Order. 

Read the full new​s release.


Public Health Order materials:

Specific to Agriculture (within the Order):

10. Definitions and Exemptions.

g. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:

  • ii. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non- grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

  • iii. Agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution, including but not limited to, farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries and breweries in order to preserve inventory and production (not for retail business);

Disaster Assistance for California Small Businesses


If you own a small business in Sacramento county that has suffered economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus, you may be eligible for the low-interest federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FMLA & Paid Sick Leave Expansion

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will impose new federal workplace mandates, including an expansion of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the first-ever federal Paid Sick Leave (PSL) mandate.  


 New FFCRA leaves, passed to address the Coronavirus pandemic, will be applicable to all employers with fewer than 500 employees. FFCRA (H.R. 6201) addresses many other issues, such as providing infusion of funds for states to use for unemployment insurance benefits, welfare benefit increases for the EBT, WIC and SNAP programs, and other issues. 

The U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) has released its employer workplace information poster on FFCRA leaves.  If you employ fewer than 500 employees and are covered by FFCRA leave requirements PRINT & POST IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ALONG WITH OTHER WORKPLACE POSTINGS.  You can read more here.

 

The Department has also released its first guidance for employers on implementation of expanded Family & Medical Leave Act leaves and new federal Paid Sick Leave required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Guidance includes a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers, and Questions & Answers.  Notably, DOL now takes the position that implementation begins April 1, 2020, not April 2 as previously widely reported.  You can read more here.

 

FELS will present a webinar on Friday, March 27 at 10 AM to provide you the latest information about FFCRA leaves.  The webinar will feature Pat Moody of FELS' Group Legal Services Program partner firm Barsamian & Moody.  You can register here, and you can read more here.