Yolo – COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Staying at Home During This Upcoming Holiday

(Woodland, CA) – Yolo County is re-emphasizing to residents and businesses the importance of staying at home and practicing social distancing as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health of family, friends and community members.

During a time when people traditionally gather for holiday celebrations, residents should remember that the Public Health Order was issued to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and that gatherings of any kind should be cancelled. Groups that gather have the potential of spreading COVID-19. There are examples throughout the world where a single individual infected multiple people with COVID-19, and even led to deaths.

“The COVID-19 virus continues to spread through Yolo County and is a danger to people of all ages,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman. “I know that this holiday is a time for people to gather but this is NOT the time to gather. Gathering will cause more sickness and death. Please stay at home and practice social distancing.”

Social distancing does not have to mean social loneliness. The following are creative yet thoughtful ways that people can still connect, especially during this holiday:

  • Posting photos or stories on social media
  • Calling or texting individual to share well wishes
  • Hosting virtual egg hunts or celebrations with friends
  • Hiding holiday gifts or eggs in the house or backyard for those living in the residence
  • Dropping off holiday baskets on doorsteps
  • Supporting local businesses by ordering holiday gifts or take out

For Yolo County’s COVID-19 dashboard visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard. For information about COVID-19 in Yolo County, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.  For guidance regarding the shelter in place order, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus/shelter-in-place. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.   

Current situation in Yolo County:

Yolo County extends Shelter-in-Place to May 1st.
Click for: Health Officer Order  | Press ReleaseTranslations coming. 

As of April 1, Yolo County has a dashboard
of local COVID-19 information. The dashboard has data on confirmed cases, gender, age- range and filters by area or city. Visit now at:  www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-dashboard

Yolo County Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund

As of April 1, 2020, there are
**28 confirmed cases including 1 death in Yolo County.

04/01/20: The  28th confirmed case is an older adult who acquired COVID-19 in the community. The 27th confirmed case is an adult who acquired COVID-19 in the community. The 26th confirmed case is an adult and it is unknown where this person acquired the disease.

03/31.20: The 25th confirmed case is an adult over 65 years old that acquired the case through travel and is isolating at home.

03/30/20: Yolo County is reporting its 17th – 24th confirmed cases of COVID-19. #17: Adult over 65 years old. #18: An adult. #19: An adult. #20: An adult over 65 years old. #21: An adult. #22: An adult over 65 years old. #23: An adult over 65 years old. #24: An adult. All eight acquired COVID-19 in the community and are isolating at home.

03/27/20: Yolo County is reporting its 14th, 15th, and 16th confirmed case of COVID-19: #14 is an adult over 65 years old with underlying health conditions. #15 is an adult with no health conditions and #16 is an older adult with no health conditions. All three acquired COVID-19 in the community and are isolating at home. To protect patient privacy, personal health information that is covered under HIPAA, such as geographic location and gender, will not be shared

03/20/20: Yolo County reports the first fatality due to COVID-19; an older adult with underlying chronic health problems. The infection was community-acquired and was previously reported as the 6th confirmed Yolo County case. Read the press release here.  

The fatality occurred in an older adult with underlying chronic health problems. The infection was community-acquired and was previously reported as the 6th confirmed Yolo County case. Read the press release here.  

For information on the each of the confirmed cases, please see the first tab below titled ‘Confirmed Cases.’ **We will be updating our website and social media with confirmed numbers so please check back.

We will not be issuing a press release every time there is a confirmed case as the frequency of positive cases with the additional testing capacity will increase. A press release will be issued for major updates. 

Go To Main Coronavirus Guidance Page
Go To Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place Page

Residents and Community Members: Call 2-1-1

Providers call: (530) 666-8614 Monday – Friday  8:00 am – 5:00 pm; or MHOAC (530) 321-3620 Weekdays after 5:00 pm and on the Weekends (24/7)

Confirmed Cases

03.25.20: The 11th confirmed case is a middle-aged adult with no chronic health issues. This person acquired the illness through travel and is isolating at home.

03:24.20: The 9th confirmed case in Yolo County is a young adult, that acquired the illness in the community, and is currently hospitalized. The 10th confirmed case is a middle-aged adult with chronic health problems. They acquired the illness in the community and are isolating at home.

03.23.20: The 7th and 8th confirmed cases in Yolo County are both older adults, one with chronic health problems. Both acquired the illness through community transmission and are now at home isolating.

03.20.20: The 6th confirmed case in Yolo County is an elderly adult with chronic health problems. The individual has been discharged from the hospital and is isolating at home. They acquired COVID-19 through community transmission. 

03.20.20: The 5th confirmed case in Yolo County is an elderly adult with chronic health problems and is hospitalized, in critical condition. This person acquired COVID-19 through community transmission. 

03.17.20: The 4th confirmed case in Yolo County is an older adult who recently traveled. This person is monitoring symptoms and is isolating at home. This person is isolating at home until they meet recently-released CDC criteria for discontinuation of isolation. 

03.17.20: The 3rd confirmed case in Yolo County is a young adult with chronic health issues and  acquired it through community transmission. The patient was hospitalized, has been discharged, and is doing well. This person is isolating at home until they meet recently-released CDC criteria for discontinuation of isolation. 

03.13.20: The 2nd confirmed case in Yolo County is an adult over 60 years old and acquired the infection through travel. Read the press release here.  

03.06.10: The 1st confirmed case in Yolo County is an older female. Read the press release here. 

To protect patient privacy, personal health information that is covered under HIPAA, such as geographic location and gender, will not be shared. We will not be issuing a press release every time there is a confirmed case as the frequency of positive cases with the additional testing capacity will increase. A press release will be issued for major updates.  If You’re Sick

Mild Symptoms

if you are sick and experiencing mild symptoms you should stay at home and, if possible, sequester yourself from others you live with. Common symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, tiredness and a dry cough. If symptoms persist, contact your primary health care provider. There is no vaccine for the coronavirus so the best thing you can do is to rest and drink fluids. Don’t go to the ER if you have mild/no symptoms because then you are putting yourself, first responders, healthcare staff and other patients at risk. Find your provider in the list below to see if you need to be seen or not.

Provider Triage Lines (website)

Severe Symptoms

If you are short of breath or have persistent pain or pressure in the chest, you should call your provider.

Additional Resources

Should You Be Tested?

The vast majority of people DO NOT NEED COVID-19 testing as there is no treatment. Testing labs are at capacity all over the state; demand has outpaced the capacity to test people and there are just not enough tests for everyone.

Testing is limited to:

1. People with a severe infection who are hospitalized
2. People who have COVID-19 signs and symptoms and live in a nursing home
3. Healthcare workers who have symptoms and have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19
4. The elderly who have symptoms and chronic health problems

For the rest of the community, if you are sick with a cough, runny nose, and/or fever stay home and do not go to work or school. Do not smoke or vape any products. Most people will feel better after a few days using standard home treatments such as rest and drinking fluids.

If you have questions about how to care for yourself at home please call your provider. Should You Wear A Mask?

There is no need to purchase or wear masks.

  • At this time, masks are ONLY recommended for healthcare workers and front line medical staff.
  • The headlines you’ve seen concerning members of the public rushing to Costco and/or buying out local supplies is not recommended; it can actually make supplying first responders and medical personnel more difficult.
  • For those who are sick, the decision to purchase and wear a mask should be made by your Primary Care Provider.

How You Can Help

Self-isolation and social-distancing doesn’t mean that we still can’t be neighbors and friends. We can still look out for each other and find ways to connect, assist, and be a community.

Tiers of Support that you can consider

  1. Check-in with your (extended) family
  2. Reconnect with your neighbors
  3. Help others in your community that are elderly, have access or functional needs, or no family support with esentials
  4. Volunteer through the Yolo Food Bank, the County’s lead nonprofit organization for coordination of emergency food access at: https://yolofoodbank.org/.
  5. Volunteer by contacting the Regional Center for Volunteerism at: (916) 447-7063 or www.handsonsacto.org.

Emphasis FACTS not fear. Go to trusted and verified websites

  1. The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/
  2. The California Department of Public Health (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/)
  3. Yolo County’s Coronavirus page (www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus)
  4. Yolo County’s Guidance page (www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-guidance)
  5. Call 2-1-1 for specific resource questions.

Social media for more information

Other Work

Yolo County is also working with our partners, such as Yolo Food Bank, to help those in isolation or the elderly get food or other essentials. This is an ever-evolving situation that requires all of us to work together to support all our community members. 

Yolo County residents that are 65 and older, have an underlying medical condition of any age, or low-income and in need of food assistance can visit a food distribution site (list at https://yolofoodbank.org/get-help/) or sign up for weekly home delivery at: https://yolofoodbank.org/. Local School Closures

Davis Joint Unified School District

Website: http://www.djusd.net/
All Schools Closed March 16th – April 10th

Esparto Unified School District

Website: https://edo.eusdk12.org/home
All Schools Closed March 16th – April 3rd

Greengate and Cesar Chavez Schools

Cesar Chavez Website: https://www.ycoe.org/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1529997507892&vdid=i24c21rp93t0
Greengate School Website: https://www.ycoe.org/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1529997507910&vdid=mi24c1wff3ey
Schools Closed March 16th – April 17th

Sacramento City College (West Sacramento & Davis)

Website: https://www.scc.losrios.edu/ 
Los Rios is suspending all face-to-face classes/student interactions March 13th. Beginning March 18, all Los Rios facilities will be closed, and the district will begin 100% remote operations including moving all classes and student services online until further notice. 

UC Davis

Website: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news
Online Finals March 15th – 20th. Spring Break March 23rd – 27th

Washington Unified School District

Website: https://www.wusd.k12.ca.us/
All Schools Closed March 16th – April 3rd

Winters Joint Unified School District

Website: http://www.wintersjusd.org/
All Schools Closed March 16th – April 13th

Woodland Joint Unified School District

Website: http://www.wjusd.org/
All Schools Closed March 16th – April 17th

Woodland Community College

Website: https://wcc.yccd.edu/
All in-person classes cancelled March 16th – 17th. In-person classes will transition to remote (online) instruction effective March 18 and run through March 27. Spring Break: March 30 – April 3. Current online classes, and dual enrollment classes will continue as usual, and are NOT cancelled during this period. 

* Information listed here applies specifically to school closures and does not reflect any other mitigation measures, event cancellations, or social distancing practices which may be taking place. Visit each website for specific information.  Articles About Local Coronavirus


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Davis Enterprise: County suspends animal adoptions; lobbies close at DA/sheriff’s offices

Davis Enterprise: Yolo County orders residents to shelter in place; confirms fifth coronavirus case

Davis Enterprise: Courthouse remains open with modified calendars, formats

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Daily Democrat: Coronavirus: Woodland declares local emergency

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Winters Express: City of Winters prepares for shelter in place order starting March 19

Winters Express: City Hall closure and response to Yolo Health Officer order

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KDRT: Episode 2 – COVID-19 Community Report

Capital Public Radio : West Sacramento Mayor Discusses Yolo’s Shelter in Place Order 03.18.20

Davis Enterprise: Demand outpaces capacity as coronavirus testing begins in Yolo County

Davis Enterprise:  First responders prepare for Coronavirus risks

Davis Enterprise:   City of Davis urges residents to shelter in place

Daily Democrat: Yolo County announces 3rd and 4th confirmed cases of Coronavirus

Daily Democrat: Woodland shutting down all non-essential services

Daily Democrat:  Yolo County Library branches temporarily closing due to coronavirus

Winters Express: Yolo Superior Court will operate with limited operations amid COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

Winters Express:  State tells residents 65+ to shelter in homes to protect against Covid-19

Sacramento Bee: Coronavirus updates: Davis urges shelter-in-place, 11 deaths reported in California, tribal casinos to close (regional, state also)

CBS 13: Davis asks residents to shelter in place over coronavirus, following bay area’s model

California AGGIE : UC Davis officials address decision to make Spring Quarter instruction remote

Davis Media Access : March Workshops Postponed

KDRT: COVID-19 Community Report – Episode 1 – March 17, 2020


Woodland Daily Democrat: Woodland Public Library shutting down until further notice

CBS Sacramento: Coronavirus Concerns Cause Cache Creek Closure

Davis Enterprise: Yolo County libraries closed through April 5

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Capital Public Radio News: Parents Hustle To Find Child Care, Teachers Seek Out Additional Income As Northern California Schools Close

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Patch.com: Coronavirus: UC Davis Research Continuity Plans

KCRA Sacramento: 2nd coronavirus case confirmed in Yolo County

Davis Enterprise: Demand outpaces capacity as coronavirus testing begins in Yolo County

Davis Enterprise: UC Davis cancels in-person instruction for spring quarter

Sacramento Bee: UC Davis cancels cherished spring rite, Picnic Day, to stem coronavirus spread

Woodland Daily Democrat: Yolo County court system increases protection against coronavirus

Sacramento Bee: Yolo Food Bank to begin home-delivery service amid coronavirus emergency

Woodland Daily Democrat: Woodland City Council looks at ‘teleconferencing’ future meetings

Woodland Daily Democrat: Woodland and Esparto students can still get lunches

CBS San Francisco: Cache Creek Casino Resort Closed Indefinitely Due To Coronavirus

PRNewswire (press release): Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Leadership announces temporary closure of Cache Creek … 03.14.20

Capital Public Radio News: Sacramento Region Schools Announce Closures Due To Coronavirus, Thousands Of Students To Stay Home

Davis Enterprise: Yolo County confirms second coronavirus case


Yolo County: Second Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Yolo County

Davis Enterprise: Yolo courthouse, jail address coronavirus concerns

Daily Democrat: Yolo County events canceled due to the coronavirus: Updated at 12:50 p.m. Friday

Sacramento Bee: Yolo County reports second confirmed coronavirus case as it urges event cancellations

Davis Enterprise: Yolo County Jail suspends some visitations; more changes at courthouse

Daily Democrat: Second case of coronavirus confirmed in Yolo County 03.12.20

Daily Democrat: Woodland school board passes emergency resolution limiting non-essential activities

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Daily Democrat: Yolo County events canceled due to the coronavirus Sacramento Bee: A list of school and college events canceled in the Sacramento area due to coronavirus

UC Davis: Coronavirus: New Campus Directives

Daily Democrat: 3 US Davis residents in isolation over coronavirus concerns Davis Enterprise: UC Davis student being tested for coronavirus

Sacramento Bee: Close all California public schools to contain coronavirus, teachers’ union advises 03.11.20

Davis Enterprise: County ends quarantines; urges social distancing, cancellations

Daily Democrat: Coronavirus: UC Davis cancels in-person exams, large gatherings


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Davis Enterprise: Yolo County reports first coronavirus case


Sacramento Bee:  Coronavirus now in Yolo County: ‘Older woman’ likely infected from community transmission
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Daily Democrat:  California declares emergency after 1st coronavirus death
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Sacramento Bee: California declares state of emergency to contain coronavirus after 1st death
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Davis Enterprise: UCD student tests negative for coronavirus
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Daily Democrat: UC Davis students cleared of suspected coronavirus


UC Davis: UC Davis Student Tests Negative for Coronavirus
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Sacramento Bee: UC Davis student showing ‘mild symptoms’ of coronavirus. 3 roommates in isolation
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the name of the virus causing the outbreak of coronavirus disease starting in 2019?

On February 11, 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, charged with naming new viruses, named the novel coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2. As the name indicates, the virus is related to the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003, however it is not the same virus.

Why is the disease causing the outbreak now being called coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.” There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.

What is the source of COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus. What Is it? Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which cause respiratory illnesses. The common coronaviruses that infect humans cause symptoms of the common cold: low grade fever, cough, sneezing and a runny nose. The novel coronavirus 2019 is a new virus that we haven’t seen before. Early in this outbreak, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.  Symptoms & Prevention


For confirmed COVID-2019 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Transmission is occurring through the community and by contact. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now the County has put a ‘shelter in place’ order in effect to minimize exposure by having residents stay at home. In addition to these steps, you should also be:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching your face..
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.


The best sources of information will be your healthcare provider and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • If you are concerned about your current health, you should contact your primary care provider directly for additional guidance.
  • Those who want to know more about travel advisories, signs and symptoms, are encouraged to utilize the resources and found at California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.

For more resources, click on the links below:

Go To CDC Website
Go To Main Coronavirus Guidance Page
Go To Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place Page

Click here for a printable PDF version.

COVID-19 General Information and Guidance Infographic - English

Click here for a printable PDF version.

2 Fighting Disease Outbreaks Infographic_2.27.20


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