It’s been roughly one week since the City of Modesto started taking drastic steps to ensure we do our part to slow the spread of coronavirus, but it’s been since January when it was found in China that our team of emergency personnel truly started to review how this pandemic could affect our community. We’ve been pouring over our emergency plans for months and have been working closely with the Emergency Operations Center staffed by the County, the Health Officer, and other important partners. Around the clock, your local government is working hard to ensure the safety and health of its constituents, but also to ensure we get out as much information as possible.
Here’s what we know
- As of this writing, there are nine (9) confirmed cases of coronavirus in Stanislaus County.
- The Governor has issued a Shelter-in-Place Order for the entire state, calling for all Californians to stay home unless making essential trips.
- Most City buildings and facilities are closed to public access, and most meetings and activities have been cancelled or postponed.
- All City services to your home continue as normal, and should you need to conduct business with City Hall – for business license, permitting, or for questions about your utility bill – check out our COVID-19 page or call (209) 577-5200.
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever; Cough; Shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
- For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
We also know, from experts and examples around the globe, that the number of cases will increase – in this county and around the world – and that we can expect to be dealing with this disease for many weeks and potentially even months.
Do your part
It’s important to remember that although this virus is new and many of us have not dealt with this type of crisis before, it’s clear that each of us play a role in slowing the spread.
- Stay home if you are able and avoid in-person contact with others.
- Avoid gatherings and events, and maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Know the COVID-19 symptoms, and seek treatment if:
- you have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
- you feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting worse rapidly
- you are unable to care for symptoms at home
- Get tested through your local healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms