General Information about the Novel Coronavirus
On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, meaning that all countries should prepare for the potential spread of disease.
The CDC also cautioned that the immediate risk to the public remains low and has not issued or recommended additional precautions for the general public at this time.
Members of the public can obtain the latest information by visiting the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
• It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs (washing hands often, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick) and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
• If you have been to a country with community transmission of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you may face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions from the public health department or the CDC during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
• For people who are ill with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
*Alameda County Public Health launched a new website page for updates on the Coronavirus and the local response in Alameda County: http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-268-2101.
*Contra Costa Health Services is working closely with its partners and other health systems to track the situation locally. You can find more information at https://cchealth.org/coronavirus/
For more information, please visit the Department of Developmental Services website: https://www.dds.ca.gov/corona-virus-information-and-resources/
For care providers requesting resources related to COVID-19, please complete the request form located here.