The following is a press release issued by Mendocino County Public Health:
In the past two weeks, Mendocino County COVID cases have more than doubled. This count is based on positive cases identified by highly sensitive PCR tests and rapid Antigen tests. Schools, which are returning from proms and sports competitions, are reporting increased positivity. These results mean that the county is now a HIGH CDC TRANSMISSION RISK area.
ORDERS and RECOMMENDATIONS have changed substantially due to the rapid decline of cases in March. Rollbacks of orders relaxing some masking, distancing, and proof of testing and vaccinations has led to understandable confusion about what is current.
We can all limit contagion with a few simple steps:
- Continue MASKING INDOORS in public places. Masks are still required for EVERYONE in some settings, including public transit and long-term care facilities.
- Keep GATHERINGS small (less than 25), outdoors if possible, especially if food is served.
- TEST using PCR or Rapid Antigen Test before travel, gatherings or visits. Tests are available over the counter, through your provider, or at County test sites.
- STAY HOME if you test is positive, or if have symptoms. If you might have COVID, call your medical provider quickly for a very effective antiviral PRESCRIPTION.
- Follow the Guidance regarding isolation to prevent further infection.
We are now at the beginning of a new wave of COVID. While it is difficult to predict if our hospitals will be overwhelmed, severe infections are still possible, especially for the elderly, those with immune compromise or chronic disease, and those who are not vaccinated. The new wave of variants (BA 2.12.1) is almost twice as contagious as the original COVID infection, and new variants from overseas may cause more severe disease.
Recently completed vaccine research shows efficacy is waning but is still most effective in preventing severe disease. Those who have had COVID have some immunity, but not as strong or long-lasting as immunity from vaccines, and should get vaccinated. Boosters are still strongly recommended for those who have been vaccinated.
To review current California requirements for masking, please visit the California Department of Public Health website. For local questions about where to find a vaccine or testing, please call
Mendocino County Public Health at 707-472-2759 or visit the Public Health website at: www.mendocinocounty.org/covid19