On March 27, 2020, The Colusa County Public Health Department received confirmation that a Colusa County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case in Colusa County.
The first confirmed case is an older-aged individual with underlying health conditions and history of international travel. The individual is at home in isolation.
Colusa County is following the appropriate investigation protocols to protect the community The Public Health Department will collaborate with local and state partners to manage the confirmed case and any future cases.
On March 18, 2020, Colusa County issued an emergency proclamation for the COVID-19 pandemic. The county is taking a proactive approach to prepare for and carefully monitor the potential spread of the virus in our community. Colusa County Public Health maintains regular contact with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health and follow their guidance. We will continue to work closely with providers to ensure they have access to public health staff for consultations to quickly identify symptomatic patients and test those patients if warranted.
Colusa County directs community members follow CDC guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 including:
- Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue and washing hands afterward
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Following the health officer order and sheltering in place
- Stay home if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough
Colusa County residents with severe symptoms of respiratory illness should call their healthcare provider immediately. It is important for individuals to call ahead so that they can be safely evaluated. Healthcare providers will assess individuals and determine the best course of action.
During these uncertain times, it is important for our communities to remember we are in this together. We encourage all Colusa County residents to remain calm and practice preventative measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.