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COVID-19 - Amador County Health Officer Issues Stay at Home Order

Post Date:03/20/2020 5:13 PM
Amador County Public Health Department
10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 400
Sutter Creek, California 95685
Phone (209) 223-6407
Fax (209) 223-1562

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020
Contact: Diana Evensen, MSPH
Amador County Public Health
Public Information Officer

Amador County Health Officer Issues Stay at Home Order

Sutter Creek, CA – With increasing cases statewide of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr is issuing a Stay at Home Order for all residents of
Amador County. This order serves to enhance measures already being taken to slow the spread
and preserve critical health care capacity. The intent of this Order is to supplement and clarify the
statewide order to stay at home issued by the Governor on March 19, 2020, and to ensure the
maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent
feasible.
The order announced by Dr. Kerr will begin immediately and last for at least two weeks, until
11:59 PM on April 3, 2020.
“Temporarily making these drastic changes to our lives and routines may be frustrating, but it is
critical to slowing the spread of the virus,” says Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer, “We
must weigh the loss of some freedoms we enjoy with the ability to separate healthy people who
may not show symptoms from those at risk who may be inadvertently exposed.”
This order is similar to ones issued earlier this week by other counties limiting activity, travel and
business function to the most essential needs. Essential businesses and operations should remain
open. This order does not affect essential government services – services to protect the health,
safety and welfare of communities. It also makes provision for our agricultural community and
fieldworkers who keep food in our markets and on our table, and provide other products for
personal consumption.
The term “stay at home” is a more rigorous form of social distancing. The goal is to limit groups
congregating together to stop the further spread of the virus; it is not a complete social shutdown.
It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated
exceptions. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You
can leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as
getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a
walk, and just be outdoors, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six
feet of distance between you and other people.
Amador County residents should continue to practice the other precautionary measures such as
handwashing and using hand sanitizer and if you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the
extent you can, from others you live with.
If you have specific questions about what activities are covered under the Order, please see the
Stay at Home Frequently Asked Questions on the Amador County Public Health webpage:
https://www.amadorgov.org/services/covid-19 .
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