08/03/2020 - COVID-19 Situation Update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carma Roper, Public Information Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
INYO COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS UPDATE:
August 3, 2020 –4:00 P.M.
Local Numbers Update
Inyo County Cases:
Inyo County Testing:
*Data sources include testing totals from NIHD, SIHD, Toiyabe and Verily testing site, as they become available. Positives tests for those who are not full time residents in Inyo County are not included in the Positive Case count. Total, pending, and negative test numbers include individuals tested more than once.
Mono County Cases:
Inyo County Demographics
Unreported or Missing Data
Unreported or Missing Data
Local Information, Action, & Recommendations
- Inyo sees uptick in COVID-19 cases: Between August 1 and August 3, Inyo County has seen an increase of thirteen (13) new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative Inyo County case number to 64. At this time, three (3) positive COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, including two in critical condition. This significant increase in cases over a short period of time may result in Inyo County’s placement on the State’s County Monitoring List. The County Monitoring List currently includes 36 counties.
Inyo County contact tracing has been ongoing throughout the weekend and has determined that of the 13 the new cases reported, 5 have recently attended local gatherings or have traveled outside the area. 1 considered community transmission because a direct link to a source case has not been identified so far.
Additionally, 12 of the 13 new cases are staff or residents at the Bishop Care Center. The Inyo County Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, has consulted extensively with Bishop Care Center Administration and the facility has implemented maximum infection control procedures. The California Department of Public Health has been alerted and is involved in reviewing all procedures to ensure safety for Bishop Care Center residents and staff.
As California and the U.S. see rising numbers and uncontrolled spread of COVID-19, the importance of staying home and not attending gatherings or parties is paramount. If one must leave home to access essential services, it is a requirement in Inyo County to wear a face covering, maintain social distance, and wash your hands regularly. Residents of Inyo County should not be attending or hosting social gatherings of any kind.
These rising case numbers will likely put us on the County Monitoring List. If we remain on the monitoring list for 3 days, the state requires that indoor operations for several industries be closed. These includes indoor gyms and fitness centers, personal care services like nail salons and waxing, churches and cultural ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, offices for non-critical infrastructure, and shopping malls. These industries will still be allowed to operate outdoors.
- Inyo County Distance Learning: Inyo County Office of Education has created a Google Site with information and resources for teachers, parents, and administrators about distance learning under the shelter-in-place restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information please visit: https://learn.inyocoe.org/
- CRITICAL REMINDER - Failure to comply with Health Officer Orders places individuals and our community at increased risk of infection.Violation of Health Officer Orders may also result in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both (Health and Safety Code §120295).
Statewide/ Federal Information, Action, & Recommendations
Global: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data (08/03/20 –3:00 pm)
US: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data (08/03/20 –3:00 pm)
CA: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data (08/03/20 –3:00 pm)
Inyo County Health and Human Services- Public Health Division, Board of Supervisors, and County Administration are actively monitoring the situation involving the infectious disease outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The Inyo County HHS Public Health division is the lead authority for all public health emergencies in our County.