Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

We understand that there may be concerns about Novel Coronavirus Disease also known as COVID-19. Glenn County HHSA’s Public Health Department is working closely with State and local partners and other healthcare systems to assess the situation locally and provide guidance as necessary. See below for COVID-19 testing results for the county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates:

Update April 1, 2020 

Glenn County COVID-19 Cases: 2

  • California COVID-19 Cases: 8,155 | 171 deaths (as of March 30 at 2PM)

    • Ages:

      • Age 0-17: 90 cases

      • Age 18-49: 4,137 cases

      • Age 50-64: 2,131 cases

      • Age 65+: 1,764 cases

      • Unknown: 33 cases

      • Gender of all confirmed positive cases:
        • Female: 3,753 cases
        • Male: 4,267 cases
        • Unknown: 135 cases

*As COVID-19 testing labs increase and testing is extended to commercial labs, healthcare providers may order testing for ill patients directly through a commercial lab and are not required to go through Public Health. Because of this, we won't have an accurate count on how many  pending tests there are in Glenn County. Commercial labs are only required to report  positive test results to Public Health. Glenn County will provide data on confirmed cases, based on positive COVID-19 lab testing reports and pending cases that go through our contracted Public Health Lab or reported by labs.

 

How can you protect yourself and your family?

The best way to prevent the spread of illness, including: seasonal flu, novel coronavirus and other respiratory illness is to practice everyday illness prevention steps:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  2. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or corner of your sleeve. Do not use your hands.
  3. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.
  4. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  5. Stay home if you are sick, especially from work, school and public places.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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People at Increased Risk

Adults over the age of 65 and people with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19. On Sunday, March 15th, California State Governor Gavin Newsom issued a directive calling for home isolation of:

  • All Adults over 65 years old
  • All persons with chronic health conditions, such as: heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. 

If you are at increased risk, learn how to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

Decision making tree for getting tested for COVID-19 

Testing must be done by a healthcare provider. Glenn County Public Health cannot perform COVID-19 testing.

Persons without symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath) do not need to be tested. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends if you are ill, you should avoid close contact with others and remain at home for at least 72 hours after your fever is gone (no use of fever-reducing medication) or 7 days from symptom onset, whichever is longer.

People who should be tested for COVID-19 are those with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) who have traveled to an affected area with COVID-19 or had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, or those who have severe symptoms with no known exposureCall ahead so that you can be safely evaluated to prevent exposing others.

Healthcare providers will determine if a person should be tested based upon their illness and other risk factors. If a healthcare provider determines that a person should be tested, the healthcare provider will collect a specimen and have it delivered to a COVID-19 testing lab. At this time, all labs capable of testing for COVID-19 are outside of Glenn County.  Labs in Glenn County are not equipped to perform the COVID-19 test. If you are ill and believe you could have COVID-19, you should notify your healthcare provider by phone before seeking care so you can be safely evaluated.

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