In response to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and reported cases within our county, the City of Antioch is following the guidance of local, state and federal health agencies. We will update this page regularly to provide information about what the City and our regional partners are doing to address this global health crisis.
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020
Contra Costa County, in collaboration with five other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, has issued a shelter-in-place order to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and remain through April 7, 2020.
Los oficiales de Salud Pública anunciaron una orden legal dirigiendo a sus respectivos residentes a quedarse en casa por las siguientes 3 semanas empezando el 17 de marzo.
Minimize Your Risk
According to health officials, you can minimize your risk of becoming infected or spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses by:
- Washing your hands with soap and water frequently, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow (not your hands)
- Staying home from school or work when you are sick
- Plan ahead for childcare in case children get sick and need to stay home from school
- Avoiding travel when you are sick
- Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
- Limiting unnecessary trips and avoid crowded public spaces when possible
- Telecommuting when possible
- If you are sick, wear a mask when you go out in public or visit the doctor
City staff will be communicating as quickly as possible with impacted program participants and renters regarding options for rescheduling or refunds, beginning with the most immediately impacted events. We appreciate your participant’s patience as we work through this process.
The City of Antioch is continuing to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Contra Costa County Public Health. Below are links to their websites:
Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov
Contra Costa County Public Health https://cchealth.org/coronavirus
The primary sources for information and guidance are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Contra Costa County Public Health. Attached are the most recent documents from those agencies.
What Are the Primary Symptoms of the Coronavirus?
In the confirmed cases of Coronavirus, affected individuals have reported mild to severe respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the virus has led to pneumonia, kidney failure, and death. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear within two to fourteen days after exposure. However, some infected individuals have shown little to no symptoms.
How Can Spread of the Coronavirus Be Prevented?
Because there is presently no Coronavirus vaccine available, the CDC is recommending standard precautions to avoid the spread of respiratory viruses, such as washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or, if soap is not available, using hand sanitizer; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; staying at home when you are sick, and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. Employee use of issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for work involving exposures is also a very important element to avoid exposure and spread of viruses.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking some actions to help prevent the circulation of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Common areas in the workplace, including break rooms and computer keyboards used by more than one person, are to be kept clean and disinfected.