California Order to Shelter in Place for COVID-19

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COVID Dash 19 outbreak update March 19, 2020

The coronavirus that has put the nation on edge as to what to do. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is referring Californians to follow an order to stay at home except for essential needs that was put out on on March 19, 2020 by the California State Public Health Officer.

This order is to stay in effect until further notice and is granted under the authority of the health and safety code of California. It instructs California residents to stay at home or at the place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations and federal critical infrastructure sectors. The order goes on to say the purpose of the order is to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and the goal is to “bend the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.” The Washington Post put out an article with a simulator showing the how this virus is assumed to spread where a demonstration of infection curves can be seen. The California order issues a warning that while protecting the supply chains of necessities such as food prescriptions and healthcare in critical areas people should practice social distancing (Avoiding contact and standing a minimum distance, usually 6 feet, from other individuals to minimize transmission of the virus.)

Additional briefing are expected to be released daily. In the meantime, the CDC has been very consistent in making the public aware that handshaking, touching your face with un-washed hands and not covering your cough or sneeze should be avoided while washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm soapy water is one of the best ways to reduce spreading this type of disease. (https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html)