Take Simple Precautions
It is important that everyone take simple precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases. The actions below protect you and help keep the community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.
- Stay informed
- Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Follow the CDC’s guidance to Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using normal household cleansers
- Practice social distancing, and try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
- Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.
- Follow the CDC’s travel guidelines
- Plan for the possibility of school dismissals, cancellations of large gatherings, and other ways to reduce contact between people
The CDC website has additional information about how to get your household ready for a potential outbreak.
Practice Social Distancing
To lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our community, we must reduce the times and places when people come together. By acting now, we can reduce how fast and how far the virus spreads. Try alternatives to shaking hands, such as bows, foot taps, elbow bumps or waves.
Guidance for Persons at Higher Risk
Persons at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible.
Guidance on Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events
The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance on mass gatherings to protect residents from COVID-19, reduce community transmission of the virus, and decrease its spread. It is recommended that non-essential mass gatherings and large community events be postponed or cancelled. These recommendations will be reassessed as this COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Mass gatherings do not include typical office environments or stores.
In alignment with California Department of Public Health guidance, we recommend that:
- All non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled or postponed.
- Smaller gatherings should be cancelled or postponed if held in spaces that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person.
- Gatherings for people at high risk of complications from COVID-19 should be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
- A gathering is defined as any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or any other indoor or outdoor space.
- This guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services; nor to essential public transport, airplane travel, or stores and malls.
Prepare for Possible Disruptions
To prepare for the possible disruptions caused by an outbreak, you should:
- Prepare to work from home if that is possible for your job, and your employer. Understand workplace rights and responsibilities.
- Make sure you have adequate emergency supplies such as food and essential medications.
- Make a childcare plan if you or a care giver are sick.
- Decide how your family will manage school closures.
- Plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
- Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors.
- Learn more about how to manage emotional health during uncertain times.