January 25 Health Order Aligns with Purple Tier 1 January 26, 2021

On Jan. 25, the State of California announced that all regions are permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order with a four-week ICU availability projection of greater than 15 percent. Counties can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State’s tier criteria, Sacramento County will be in Purple/Tier 1 Widespread.

Effective immediately, Sacramento County’s Jan. 25 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to reopen some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity, and removes the State’s Nov. 21, 2020 curfew that is no longer in effect and supersedes the Jan. 13, 2020, Order.
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only with social distancing, face covering and sanitization:

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, skating rinks and arcades)

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums

  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks and recreational facilities

  • Restaurants

  • Wineries

Bars, pubs, breweries and distilleries offering sit-down meals may operate outdoors conducted under a tent, canopy or other shelter as long as no more than two sides are enclosed with non-permeable walls and is classified as “outdoor” using CDPH outdoor business structure criteria.

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations with social distancing, face covering, sanitization and *specific modifications:

  • All retail (*maximum 25% capacity; grocery stores 50% capacity)

  • Critical infrastructure 

  • Entertainment production, studios, broadcast

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • Hotels and lodging

  • Libraries (*maximum 25% capacity)

  • Nail salons and electrolysis operations

  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)

  • Professional sports (*without live audiences)

  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (*maximum 25% capacity)

Bars, pubs, breweries and distilleries are prohibited from operating except when serving sit-down, outdoor meals.

Schools

In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sep. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction with mitigation measures in compliance with CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.  Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks or through State of California approved processes for school reopening. All organized youth and adult recreational sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by CDPH youth and adult sports requirements and guidance and must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, sanitization, cohorts).  In alignment with Purple Tier 1, only outdoor low-contact sports are permitted.  Inter-team competitions are not permitted until authorized by the State of California.

This Order will take effect immediately and will be in effect until it is rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer of Sacramento County.

Please review the California Department of Public Health updated face covering mandate, which requires all people in California to wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, with specific exemptions.  As part of the Sacramento County Health Order, it continues to align the County face covering Order with the State mandate.

“We need to continue to stay at home as much as possible even though Sacramento County is in the less restrictive Purple Tier 1. We also need to comply with the cautious reopening of business sectors and maintain social distancing, limit gatherings with non-household members, and always wear a mask in public spaces. It will be several more weeks for the full protection from the COVID-19 vaccine to develop in our communities,” said Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye.

Review the differences between the Regional Order and Purple Tier 1.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. For complaints about unsafe practices at businesses (e.g. face coverings, social distancing), or violations of the Health Order, dial 3-1-1 or visit to the Sacramento County 311 Connect website, or email, SacCo311@custhelp.com.​

COVID-19 Vaccination Status in Sacramento County January 14, 2021

Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) continues to create and refine its vaccine rollout action plan as conditions evolve. Currently, SCPH is vaccinating identified worker groups, primary frontline healthcare and first responders, in the Phase 1a: Tiers 1 – 3 with the limited vaccine allocations coming weekly from the State.

Outside of the doses that the State has sent to Hospitals/Multi-County Entities (MCEs), to date, SCPH has been allocated 10,500 doses of Moderna and 5,850 doses of Pfizer vaccines. So far, all but 1,235 of those doses have been administered to doctors, nurses, healthcare staff, correctional health staff, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, long-term care facilities or given to other providers.

While demand far exceeds allocation, we are hopeful that allocations will drastically increase in the near future and we can envelop those residents 65 years old and older who are approved for vaccination, as well as other Phase 1b groups.

SCPH has 975 doses allocated for the week of Jan. 18. MCEs​ such as hospitals have also been provided a small allocation. Due to the limited amount, Sacramento County will not be able to accommodate all requests for vaccination between the continued need in Phase 1a frontline workers, as well as the addition of those who are 65 years old and older. We are also coming quickly upon the timeframe for the second dose for all our original vaccine recipients, which further limits our availability to bring in new recipients.

“We request patience as we work to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of vaccination best practices and availability,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “We are working closely with health care providers, frontline employers and dozens of other public and private entities to ensure that anyone eligible and interested in the vaccine can receive it as soon as possible. We are closer than ever t​o COVID-19 immunizations for everyone who wants them, but we are not there yet.”

At this time, we request that residents who are 65 years old and older to wait to receive more information from their provider and/or public health, so that when allocations increase, they are aware of next steps. Please also keep an eye on the Sacramento County vaccination webpage for timely updates to the process, the current tiers vaccinating and other important information.

As the availability of the vaccine increases, more locations will be available for residents to receive a vaccination – such as healthcare providers, pharmacies, schools, Cal Expo and more.

For the latest information on COVID-19 testing, data, vaccinations and other helpful resources visit the Sacramento County COVID-19 website.

January 13 Health Order Aligns with Purple Tier 1 January 13, 2021

On Jan. 12, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region is permitted to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order with a four-week ICU availability projection of greater than 15 percent. Counties in the Greater Sacramento region can resume operating under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure. Based on the State’s tier criteria, Sacramento County will be in Purple/Tier 1 Widespread.

Effective immediately, Sacramento County’s Jan. 13 Health Order aligns with Purple/Tier 1 Widespread to reopen some indoor and outdoor operations under reduced operational capacity and supersedes the Dec. 9, 2020, Order.

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only with social distancing, face covering and sanitization:

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, skating rinks and arcades)

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums

  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks and recreational facilities

  • Restaurants

  • Wineries

Bars, pubs, breweries and distilleries offering sit-down meals may operate outdoors conducted under a tent, canopy or other shelter as long as no more than two sides are enclosed with non-permeable walls and is classified as “outdoor” using CDPH outdoor business structure criteria.

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations with social distancing, face covering, sanitization and *specific modifications:

  • All retail (*maximum 25% capacity; grocery stores 50% capacity)

  • Critical infrastructure 

  • Entertainment production, studios, broadcast

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • Hotels and lodging

  • Libraries (*maximum 25% capacity)

  • Nail salons and electrolysis operations

  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)

  • Professional sports (*without live audiences)

  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (*maximum 25% capacity)

Bars, pubs, breweries and distilleries are prohibited from operating except when serving sit-down, outdoor meals.

Schools

In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (Sep. 29 – Nov. 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction with mitigation measures in compliance with CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.  Schools that had not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either when Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks or through State of California approved processes for school reopening. All organized youth and adult recreational sports, including school- and community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues must abide by CDPH youth and adult sports requirements and guidance and must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, sanitization, cohorts).  In alignment with Purple Tier 1, only outdoor low-contact sports are permitted.  Inter-team competitions are not permitted until authorized by the State of California.

This Order will take effect immediately and will be in effect until it is rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer of Sacramento County.

In addition, the California Department of Public Health issued Curfew is still in effect, which was put into effect on Nov. 19, for all counties in Purple Tier 1. This Order requires that all gatherings with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., except for critical infrastructure activities.

Please review the California Department of Public Health updated face covering mandate, which requires all people in California to wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, with specific exemptions.  As part of the Sacramento County Health Order, it continues to align the County face covering Order with the State mandate.

“Although the Purple Tier 1 is less restrictive, we still have widespread transmission of COVI​D-19 in Sacramento County. We need to continue to stay at home as much as possible, comply with the cautious reopening of business sectors and maintain social distancing, limit gatherings with non-household members, and always wear a mask in public spaces. The COVID-19 vaccine distribution has started, but it will take several weeks for the full protection to develop in our communities – until then, we must continue to protect ourselves and others from exposure to this deadly virus,” said Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye.

Review the differences between the Regional Order and Purple Tier 1.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. For complaints about unsafe practices at businesses (e.g. face coverings, social distancing), or violations of the Health Order, dial 3-1-1 or visit to the Sacramento County 311 Connect website, or email, SacCo311@custhelp.com.​

Sacramento County Health Order Remains In Effect December 31, 2020

County Health Order Remains in Effect

The State of California will release its official four-week ICU availability projections on Saturday, Jan. 2, regarding the Greater Sacramento Region’s eligibility to exit the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order that took effect on Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m.  However, the State has indicated today in a news release that its Regional Order will likely be extended for the Greater Sacramento Region to help ensure ICU capacity. Independent of the State’s Health Order, Sacramento County’s current Public Health Order that also became effective on Dec. 10 for Sacramento County will remain in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Sacramento County Health Officer​.

Health P​ublic Order ​- December 9, 2020

Today, the State of California announced that the Greater Sacramento region has met the ICU availability criteria of 15 percent or less to trigger the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. Sacramento County Public Health has issued an updated Dec. 9, 2020 Sacramento County Health Order that aligns with the State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. The Health Orders will take effect Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11:59 p.m. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least three weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent. The H​ealth Order restricts all operations of certain sectors such as hair salons, bars and personal care services. While other sectors are only permitted to operate outdoors, such as gyms, and places of worship.  Some essential operations are allowed to operate but may have reduced capacity, such as retail at 20 percent and grocery at 30 percent. Finally, restaurants are only allowed to provide take-out and delivery – no dining indoors or outdoors. The Health Order includes the State’s curfew for counties in the Purple Tier 1 and the updated face coverings guidance.​

SacCounty Amended Health Order for November 21 – November 20, 2020

​​​Sacramento County’s Public Health Order has been amended, effective 10 p.m., Saturday, November 21 to align with the State of California’s new limited “Stay at Home Order” as well as updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings.

Yesterday, the State of California announced new limited “Stay at Home” order that set a curfew from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. for counties that are in the Tier 1 Purple on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system. The curfew is effective at 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and remains in place for one month. Sacramento County moved to Tier 1 Purple on November 10 due to increased daily cases and higher positivity rates – therefore under the curfew restrictions for residents and businesses not deemed essential or critical infrastructure.

The state also issued updated guidance on the wearing of face coverings. People in California must wear face coverings when they are outside of the home, unless one of the exemptions applies. Exemptions include:

  • Driving in a vehicle or working in a room alone

  • When actively eating or drinking, provided that six feet of distance can be maintained

  • Outdoors when at least six feet of distance can be maintained at all times

  • Medical exemptions

Public Health has reopened its waiver application for Elementary schools to apply for in-person learning while Sacramento County remains in the Tier 1 Purple.

Read the November 21 Public Health Order​.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.

Nov. 13 Sacramento County Health Order for Tier 1​ ​- November 10, 2020

Today, the State of California announced new COVID-19 Tier assignments for counties. Due to increasing case rates, Sacramento County will move back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple. Effective at noon on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the amended Sacramento County Health Order will align with the State’s Purple Tier 1 for allowable activities, which closes certain indoor operations or reduces operational capacity.

Nov. 13, 2020 Sacramento County Health Order

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization):

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades)

  • Gyms and fitness centers 

  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums

  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Playgrounds and recreational facilities

  • Restaurants 

  • Wineries

Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other shelter as long as no more than one side is closed.

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:

In alignment with Purple Tier 1, bars, breweries and distilleries are prohibited from operating with the exception of those serving sit-down, outdoor meals.

​Schools

In alignment with CDPH requirements, schools (all grade levels) that have reopened for in-person instruction, either under a waiver or while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2 (September 29 – November 10, 2020), are permitted to continue to conduct in-person instruction. Schools that have not reopened must wait until they are eligible again, either by acquiring a waiver from Sacramento County Public Health (grades TK-6 only) or by waiting until Sacramento County returns to Red Tier 2 for at least two weeks.

If a school was implementing a phased re-opening (e.g., only opened grades K-2 for in-person instruction with set plans to phase in grades 3-6) while Sacramento County was in Red Tier 2, the school site may continue their phased re-opening. This is only applicable to individual school sites. If a district has a phased reopening of their schools, the schools in that district that did not open for in person instruction may not reopen until Sacramento County has returned to Red Tier 2 for two weeks.

Schools conducting in-person instruction must maintain mitigation measures, including social distancing, face coverings, and sanitization, in compliance with schools guidance from CDPH and Sacramento County Public Health.

Tier Advancement

Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks and must meet the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier.

“To advance back into the Red Tier 2, Sacramento County needs to have lower daily case rates. The only way to do that is to do what we know works,” said Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “We all have a part in this and we must be committed to social distancing measures in public spaces (6ft apart, wear face coverings, wash hands, etc.) and to avoid gathering with non-household members.”

To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.​​​

Schools/Gatherings: Updated SacCounty Health OrderOctober 13, 2020

As Sacramento County has been allowed to move further into the State’s less restrictive Red Tier 2 (substantial), the Sacramento County Health Order has been amended, effective October 13, at 3 p.m., from its previous Health Order on September 29.

Primary updates to the Oct. 13 Sacramento County Health Order:

Schools

This order supersedes the August 28, 2020 School Closure Order due to the County meeting the school in-person learning criteria for continuing to maintain daily case counts and positivity rates in the Red Tier 2 for two consecutive weeks.

All school grade levels in Sacramento County are permitted to conduct in-person instruction (regardless of a granted waiver from Sacramento County Public Health) with required mitigation measures maintained (social distancing, face coverings and sanitization) in compliance with schools guidance from California Department of Public ​Health (CDPH) and the guidance from Sacramento County Public Health.

Gatherings

To align with the CDPH guidance for private gatherings issued on Oct. 9, Sacramento County Public Health continues to discourage social gatherings of non-household members. However, people who choose to attend gatherings should limit the size to the same members from no more than ​three different households:

  • Gatherings should only be outdoors and less than two hours

  • Don’t gather if you feel sick or in a high-risk group

  • Account for those in attendance for contact tracing if needed

  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours of a gathering should notify other attendees to get tested

  • Practice social distancing measures (6ft distancing, good hand hygiene, wear face coverings properly)

  • Limit activities that cause respiratory droplets to increase and be released into the air (singing, shouting, playing “wind” musical instruments)

​For details, review the 10/13/2020 Public Health Order, and for questions about the Order, call the Public Health hotline, (916) 875-2400.

Learn more about the County’s response to COVID-19, by visiting Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.

Also, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website to find out about the State’s Tier system and the allowable reopening activities for Sacramento County.

Lowering Risk: New SacCounty Red Tier Health OrderSeptember 29, 2020

The Sacramento County Health Order has been amended to move into the State’s less restrictive Red Tier 2 (substantial) effective Sep. 29, at 3 p.m., from its previous designation of Purple Tier 1 (widespread).

The tiered system has criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities of a county to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and for re-opening of business sectors. Based on specific COVID-19 indicators, counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks and meet criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier.

As of Sep. 29, Sacramento County had a​ daily case rate of 6.6 per 100,000 and positivity rate of 4.6 percent, for the second consecutive week, which meets criteria for placement in Red Tier 2 (substantial).

“I’m grateful to all of our public health professionals and especially the people of Sacramento County for heeding all the necessary directives to ensure we slow the virus and save lives together,” said Board Chairman and First District Supervisor Phil Serna. “While progressing into the Red Tier marks significant progress, complacency remains our common enemy and we must continue to stay vigilant to protect the health of our friends, family and neighbors,” he continued.

In alignment with Red Tier 2, the following sectors are permitted for “OUTDOOR operations only” until further notice. These sectors must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings and sanitization):

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering

  • Wineries

  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and distilleries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals

Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter with no more than one side closed.

In alignment with Red Tier 2, the following sectors are permitted to open for “INDOOR operations with modifications.” These sectors must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:

  • All retail (maximum 50% capacity)

  • Critical infrastructure (covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce)

  • Gyms and fitness centers (maximum 10% capacity)

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (maximum 25% capacity)

  • Nail salons and physician-ordered electrolysis operations

  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians)

  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Professional sports (without live audiences)

  • Restaurants (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)

  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 50% capacity)

Schools in Sacramento County must continue to follow the specific Order issued by the Health Officer on Aug. 28. Sacramento County must continue to meet criteria for Red Tier 2 for an additional two weeks before allowing all schools (transitional kindergarten-12th grade) the option to open for in-person instruction. When this criterion is met, the Health Order for schools will be amended/rescinded.

The next less restrictive tier is Orange Tier 3 (moderate) and allows for greater capacity for reopening business sectors. To meet the criteria, Sacramento County must reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate (1-3.9 per 100,000 daily cases / 2-4.9 percent positive tests). Later this week, be sure to look forward to getting details about the “Turn Sacramento County Orange by Halloween” campaign. To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.​​

SacCounty Health Order Amended for New Tier SystemAugust 31, 2020

​​​A new tiered system of county monitoring and for re-opening of business sectors was announced on Aug. 28, 2020, by the Governor of California that is based on specific COVID-19 indicators.

The revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases has placed Sacramento County in Purple/Tier 1 (widespread) for having a daily case count of more than seven per 100,000 people and positivity rate of more than eight percent.

Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three​ weeks and must meet the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier.

To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.

In alignment with Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for “OUTDOOR operations only” until further notice:

  • Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, estheticians)

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums

  • Places of worship

  • Movie theaters

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Restaurants

  • Wineries

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering

  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals

Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed.

In alignment with Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted to open for INDOOR operations with modifications:

  • Critical infrastructure

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • All retail (25% maximum capacity)

  • Shopping centers (Malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) maximum 25% capacity

  • Professional sports (without live audiences)

Schools in Sacramento County must follow the specific Order issued by the Health Officer on Aug. 28. 

The amended Sacramento County Health Order goes into effect at 3 p.m., Aug. 31.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.

SacCounty Public Health Gives New School Guidance – August 28, 2020

​​​In alignment with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) announced new guidance with  State Cohort FAQ that permits schools to provide targeted, specialized support and services to children and youth in small, stable cohorts, Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) has amended the School Closure Order to align with the State’s new guidance. Additionally, SCPH has updated its FAQs for schools.

8/28/2020 Sacramento County School Order

FAQs for Schools​

SCPH Letter to Schools​

Earlier this week, Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) released our elementary school waiver application packet.  Elementary schools (TK-6) wishing to apply for a waiver to conduct in-person instruction must submit their completed application at least 14 days prior to their desired opening date.

Sacramento Public Health is also finalizing a program for school teachers and other school site staff to access dedicated, no-cost COVID-19 testing. Also, in a few weeks there will be a team of nurses to work exclusively with schools on contact tracing and disease investigation.

Sacramento County will adjust to evolving guidance and framework to work toward safely opening schools for in-person instruction and providing support to the children and families in our community.​

Public Health Order to All SacCounty SchoolsAugust 20, 2020

Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) noticed all schools (TK-12), both public and private, with a Public Health Order for Schools that all schools in Sacramento County must utilize a distance learning model, until further notice.

Schools may not conduct instruction or otherwise operate as a “day care,” “child care,” “camp,” or any other allowable activity. Students are not permitted on school campuses or to otherwise engage in in-person school activities, except as specifically noted below:

  • Emergency Mental Health Counseling – If emergency in-person mental health counseling is deemed necessary, in lieu of virtual settings, it may be conducted on an individual (1:1) basis.

  • Initial English Language Learner Assessments – May occur in-person on campus and conducted on an individual (1:1) basis unless group settings are legally required, in which case the groups should be the smallest size possible.

  • Special Education Assessments – May occur in-person on campus on an individual (1:1) basis as required by state and federal regulations.

The Order provides clarification that all schools must not conduct in-person instruction while the County is on the State’s Monitoring List. The State requires counties on the Monitoring List be removed for a period of at least 14 consecutive days in order for the Public Health Officer to consider in-person instruction for grades 7 – 12. The State has provided guidance that allows local health officers to grant waivers for elementary schools to conduct in-person instruction, but Public Health will hold off on the consideration of these waivers until the data shows evidence that the transmission of COVID-19 is slowing. It is anticipated that waivers could be considered no sooner than mid-September.

Along with the Order, schools received a letter from the Sacramento County Health Officer and a document with answers to frequently asked questions for schools​.

Sacramento County Public Health understands the difficulty this creates for students, teachers, staff, and families. However, these restrictions are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Sacramento County to help keep our community healthy and safe.​

Sacramento County School Campus Ordered Closed – August 18, 2020

Today, Sacramento County Public Health ordered the closure of Capital Christian School for violating the State’s Order that prohibits in-person instruction in counties on the Monitoring List.

Sacramento County is currently on the State’s Monitoring List and is not issuing school waivers for in-person learning/activities. Last week, Sacramento County Public Health was made aware that a school with students in all grades, including high school students, were on campus for in-person learning under the guise of daycare services.

Sacramento County reviewed the State’s guidance related to schools and daycares. Currently, there has been no state guidance for high school students to have in-person learning in a school or daycare setting. Capital Christian School, regardless of grade level taught, is directed to follow the State of California’s School and School-Based Program Guidance

Therefore, in accordance with the State and County Health Orders, Sacramento County Public Health has ordered the immediate closure of in-person instruction by Capital Christian School to mitigate the public health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to comply is punishable by fine, imprisonment and subject to civil fines of up to $1,000 per day, plus any incurred costs.

“We take the health and safety of our community seriously. We simply cannot risk having gatherings that will create clusters of COVID-19 transmission,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Sacramento County Department of Health Services director. “We have lost the lives of 219 residents and another 250 are hospitalized right now. Transmission of COVID-19 is preventable, but as of today, there have been 14,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases in our County – with hundreds of new cases a day. We have to do better and it takes all of us to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.”

The health and safety of our residents has been and will continue to be the County’s number one priority. T​he County will work to ensure the health and safety of our community by following the State’s COVID-19 guidance to use distance-learning models at this time.

View the Sacramento County Health Officer’s Closure Order served to Capital Christian School (9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento, CA 95827).

Sac County Public Health Order Amended – July 14, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on July 13 that all counties on the State’s County Monitoring List for three consecutive days are required to shut down certain industries and activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Sacramento County is on the Monitoring List, and the following industries/activities are to shut down unless they can operate outside/via pick-up:

  • Fitness centers

  • Worship services

  • Protests

  • Offices for non-essential sectors

  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • Indoor Malls

This is in addition to the sectors that previously shut down indoor operations on July 2:

  • Bars/Brew Pubs (only in conjunction with sit-down, outdoor meals)

  • Zoos/Museums

  • Wineries

  • Restaurants

  • Movie Theaters

  • Family Entertainment Centers

  • Cardrooms​

The amended Pub​lic Health Order goes into effect at 3 p.m., July 14.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.

Public Health Order Amended; Certain Sectors to Close Indoor Operations – July 2, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on July 1, that the California Department of Public Health is requiring all counties that have been on the COVID Monitoring List for at least three days to move certain sectors to outdoor operations. Sacramento is one of the 19 counties on list and has amended its Public Health Order to reflect the requirement. The Order goes into effect at 3:00 p.m., July 2.

Sectors to close indoor operations include:

  • Restaurants

  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms

  • Movie Theaters

  • Family Entertainment Centers

  • Zoos and Museums

  • Cardrooms

The indoor operations requirement for these sectors will be in place for at least three weeks.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.

For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage​.

Sacramento County Public Health Order Appendix B Revised June 29, 2020

Upon the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health and Governor Gavin Newsom, the Sacramento County Public Health Order has been amended to take bars off of the list of allowable activities. The Order goes into effect today, June 29, at 6 p.m.

Updated Public Health Order

Sacramento County Public Health Order Amended June 19, 2020

Sacramento County has an amended Public Health Order that will allow for additional allowable activities. The new Public Health Order will become effective at 11:59 a.m. today, June 19.

Updated Public Health Order

SacCounty Public Health Order Amended – June 12, 2020

Sacramento County has an amended Public Health Order that will allow the relaxation of restrictions on low-risk businesses consistent from the direction of the State of California, to move further into Stage 3 of the state’s Resilience Roadmap. The new Public Health Order will become effective at 11:59 a.m. today, June 12.

Updated Public Health Order

SacCounty Health Officer Extends COVID-19 Order – April 29, 2020

The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order effective at 11:59 p.m., May 1, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

Updated Public Health Order

SacCounty Health Officer Extends COVID-19 Order – April 7, 2020

The Sacramento County Public Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order effective at 11:59 p.m., April 7, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 1, 2020.

The Public Health Order reinforces the direction for all individuals to stay home and extends the terms of the order to increase social distancing and reducing person-to-person contact to further slow transmission of COVID-19.

Updated Public Health Order