MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. — The Mendocino Department of Public Health issued the following press launch right this moment relating to the coronavirus:

In mild of latest information relating to native transmission (“community spread”) of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Northern California, Mendocino County Public Health is taking steps to put together for the risk of instances in our community in the close to future.

While there are ZERO identified instances of COVID-19 in Mendocino County right now, and the danger of an infection in our County stays low, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are recommending that our Nation and State put together for a doable pandemic of COVID-19.

The time period “pandemic” describes a illness that affects many locations and populations round the world at the identical time. Pandemic doesn’t essentially imply a illness that’s extraordinarily lethal or untreatable. The coronavirus in its traditional kind causes the frequent chilly. COVID-19 may cause an sickness that is sort of a extreme flu, whereas most individuals expertise delicate or no sickness. In normal, youngsters haven’t grow to be severely sick with this new coronavirus an infection.

In order to shield ourselves from COVID-19 an infection, it’s important to comply with all of the identical suggestions which can be associated to prevention of the unfold of influenza and different preparedness response:

  • Stay residence from work and/or faculty for those who or your youngsters grow to be sick with a flu-like sickness (fever and respiratory signs)
  • Make positive you’ve got a provide of your routine drugs, a thermometer so you may know for those who develop a fever, and have additional nonperishable meals at residence
  • Make plans now to have the assist needed for those who want to keep residence due to sickness; attain out to household, mates, and neighbors to provide and obtain assist
  • Wash your palms commonly with cleaning soap and water after being in public
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nostril and mouth with unwashed palms

If you must want medical take care of a respiratory sickness, name forward to your well being care facility and speak by telephone along with your well being care supplier if doable.

For normal well being associated questions or different issues throughout enterprise hours, please name Mendocino County’s Call Center at (707) 234-6052.

Since early January 2020, Mendocino County has been half of a coordinated Public Health response involving the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Mendocino County Public Health has led this native effort in response to the quickly evolving multinational outbreak of respiratory illness attributable to a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

While there are at the moment no instances in Mendocino County, (a ‘case’ is outlined as an individual who has examined optimistic by the CDC for COVID-19) this new coronavirus has now been detected in 75 international locations and territories, together with 43 instances in the United States (US) and at the least 40 instances in California, (24 of which instances have been individuals who caught the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship or caught the virus in Wuhan, China.) 1 individual has examined presumptive optimistic for the coronavirus in Sonoma County. The affected person had lately returned from a cruise ship that departed from San Francisco to Mexico, and is at the moment in steady situation and beneath isolation. There have been 2 deaths from COVID-19 in the US, each being in individuals over the age of 50 with underlying well being circumstances. All of the identified COVID-19 instances in the US are in isolation till they now not have any signal of the an infection on follow-up exams. COVID-19 exams are at the moment managed by the CDC and have simply grow to be accessible to some Public Health labs in California. It is predicted that the COVID-19 take a look at will grow to be extra available in the coming weeks.

As of March 2, 2020, California has had at the least 5 instances suspected to have been contracted due to community unfold. Community unfold is outlined as the transmission of the virus with out identified contact with a person with the virus, and with out identified reference to journey to or from a location the place the virus is understood to be quickly spreading (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea).

Mendocino County’s Public Health system has been actively getting ready in coordination with Federal and State companions and the native well being care system for community unfold of novel coronavirus COVID-19. Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency will proceed to replace the community as new data turns into accessible.

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