The Colusa County Public Health Department (CCPHD) announced on Friday, March 27, that it had 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 CCPHD said that 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 the department said.
Colusa resident, Rebecca Olivares Leon, 50, reached out to the Pioneer Review following the announcement.
“I am okay,” Olivares Leon said, “My breathing symptoms are getting a bit worse; but all this is a bit overwhelming.”
Olivares Leon said that she and her family have been in isolation.
On social media, Olivares Leon posted, “I want to let people know that the generous people who have brought us groceries and supplies have not come in contact with us. They give us things by leaving at our door. I know this virus have made people scared, although we still see people out and about like there is nothing happening. But now that they know I have it, they will be keeping an eye on us. Do me a favor just pretend everyone has it and stay in your homes. I was open about this because I think you all have the right to know who in your community has the virus, and because I’m not ashamed, I got this because my immune system is compromised because of cancer treatment, not because I deserve it or because I’m a bad person.”
Olivares Leon advised for: “everyone to take this serious. Stay at home, love each other and enjoy every minute you have with your loved ones.”
Olivares Leon said that she has received several regular phone calls from local physicians and county health officials checking in on her daily. “I am full of gratitude,” she said.
According to the CCPHD, the Colusa County is following the appropriate investigation protocols to protect the community and will collaborate with local and state partners to manage the confirmed case and any future cases.
On March 18, 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,” said Elizabeth Kelly, CCPHD Director in the press release. “The County 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.
For more information on COVID-19 and how it is affecting our community, please visit www.countyofcolusa.com ■