BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus in Northern California

More school districts announce closures amid virus spread

February 26, 2020

Update 3/13/20 - A number of school districts have announced three week closures amids the spread of COVID-19.

The Sacramento County Office of Education stated that all 13 of its school districts, including Sacramento City Unified and Elk Grove Unified, will be closed for up to three weeks starting Monday, March 16.

The Davis Joint Unified School District has announced that it's schools will be closed for a month, including all activities, performances and athletic practices and events. The district will be closed until April 12th.

The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District announced their closure until April 13th.

Solano County also announced their closure will remain in place until March 27th.

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Update 3/10/20 - Sacramento County Public Health officials have announced the county's first death related to COVID-19.

They stated a living facility resident in their 90s died from coronavirus. The resident also had an underlying health condition.

The facility will now limit visitor access, stop new admissions, close common areas and ramp up cleaning efforts.

As of Tuesday, there have been 10 confirmed cases in Sacramento County, and one person has recovered from the virus.

Update 3/7/20 - The Elk Grove Unified School District announced it will be shutting down all schools the week of March 7 through March 13 due to coronavirus concerns, according to an email sent out to Elk Grove families Saturday.

Update 3/6/20 - Placer County officials have confirmed three more cases that are linked to the Grand Princess cruise ship. Of all of the cases in Placer County, two people had mild symptoms that have already disappeared, and the third person is currently experiencing mild symptoms.

There has been no hospitalization in any of the Placer County cases. All three have been isolated at home.

Update 3/6/20 - The first Yolo County resident has tested positive for novel coronavirus according to the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency. The woman is described as being an "older woman with underlying health conditions."

She is hospitalized and her condition is improving. For now it is believed that the woman caught the virus through community spread.

Update 3/5/20 - Sacramento County declared a public health emergency Thursday due to the novel coronavirus. Officials stated the local emergency declaration will allow the county  to receive outside mutual aid and request federal or state funding.

Phil Serna, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors made the following statement:

"Our intent in proclaiming a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure uninterrupted access to the resources necessary to keep people as safe as possible and lessen disease transmission. The proclamation should not be considered a reason for elevated concern; in fact, it is quite the opposite as it helps our mission to contain the virus."

Update 3/4/20 - Placer County health officials announced on Wednesday the death of a novel coronavirus patient. The patient was described as "an elderly adult with underlying health conditions," officials said.

A news release from the county health department states that the patient was exposed during international travel in February. They tested presumptively positive on Tuesday, March 3.

This was the second confirmed case of the virus in Placer County, and the first death related to the virus in California. It's the 11th coronavirus-related death in the United States.

Officials have stated that this specific case was not transmitted locally, but local transmission is likely in the future.

Update 3/2/20 - A NorthBay VacaValley Hospital worker has become Placer County's 1st confirmed case of coronavirus.

According to the Placer County Public Health, the worker who tested positive had been in close contact with a woman who was later transferred to another hospital.

The resident is currently isolated at home with mild symptoms and the immediate risk to the general public in Placer County is low.

This hospital worker joins the more than 120 other health care workers, including the dozens of nurses at UC Davis Medical Center, who were instructed to undergo quarantine exposure for the same patient. 

Update 2/27/20 - In Sacramento, however, two schools in the Los Rios Community College District say two students -- one who attends American River College and one who attends Cosumnes River College -- have both, in their role as medical professionals, came into contact with a patient who has since tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Both students were told to self-quarantine for two weeks and self-monitor in case they begin to feel symptoms.

The exposure happened last week, according to an email that was sent to students at both campuses.

According to the email, the Sacramento public health department says there does not appear to be a risk of potential exposure to either campus.

Update 2/27/20 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday the United States’ 15th case of the novel coronavirus was detected in Northern California.

Officials said the patient is a resident of Solano County and is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. 

A news release from the CA Department of Public Health stated, “The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual.”

According to officials, the risk to the general public still remains low, despite this possibly being the first instance of community transmission.

“California has a strong health care system and public health infrastructure. California has prepared for the potential spread of diseases, such as H1N1, in the past and is prepared and actively responding to the potential community spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing in this case has already begun,” the CDPH release said.