COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)


Current Status:

Total Amador Cases As of March 31, 2020: 2

  • Updated 9:16 PM, March 20, 2020: Amador County Public Health received confirmation that an Amador resident has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case of a resident currently within the county. To read the full press release Click here.
  • On March 20, 2020, Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr issued a Stay at Home Order for all residents of Amador County. This order will last at minimum until 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020 and serves to enhance measures already being taken to slow the spread and preserve critical health care capacity. To read the full press release Click here. To read the full Health Officer Order please Click here.
  • On March 13, 2020, Amador County Public Health confirmed 1 county resident traveling abroad had been diagnosed with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This individual has not been at home in the county. No persons in the county were exposed. There is no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 at this time. To read the full press release Click here.

Press Releases and Amador Health Alerts (A-HAN)

Emergency Declarations & Health Officer Orders

Stay at Home Order Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Currently Amador County Public Health is using a combination of containment strategies (quarantine and isolation) and mitigation strategies (stay-at-home and social distancing) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Amador County Public Health is working in coordination with Federal, State and Regional Public Health officials to respond to this emerging infectious disease. For more information please visit the CDC or CDPH websites.  

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a virus that can cause respiratory symptoms similar to seasonal flu, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. Disease severity can range from mild to critical depending on individual risk. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. There are several types of coronavirus; COVID-19 is only one (recently identified) type. Most people who become ill from coronaviruses that circulate in the U.S. recover on their own. Some people, particularly those with underlying health problems, the elderly or those with severe symptoms require more intensive medical care for COVID-19.

How Are We Protecting Our Community?

Using the Framework for Mitigation published by the CDC, and implementing guidance from the California Department of Public Health, we must all work together to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections in our community. Community mitigation is especially important at this time because no vaccine or prescription treatment is available yet.


How Can I Help Protect Myself and Our Community From Getting Sick With Novel Coronavirus?

Public Health officials strongly recommend avoiding non-essential travel and practicing social distancing. Use everyday preventive actions to keep from catching an infection, including novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.  Stay away from work, school and other people if you become sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Get a flu shot to help prevent influenza, which has symptoms similar to novel coronavirus.