ALPINE COUNTY, Calif .– Dr Richard Johnson, Alpine County health official, has ordered all county meetings to switch to a virtual format until further notice. It also encourages workplaces to hold remote meetings as well.
This morning, four people tested positive for COVID-19 and they conducted a contact tracing and found that 40% of students and 48% of staff had been exposed at Diamond Valley Elementary School and the district office.
Exposed and positive staff who are required to quarantine or isolate represent essential staff who are vital to the day-to-day operation of the school and the safety of students. In consultation with the Alpine County Public Health Officer, it has been determined that DVES students will move on to independent distance learning for the remainder of the week, returning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, unless other cases do affect their ability to reopen.
The rapid emergence of the highly transmissible variant of COVID-19 Omicron coupled with holiday gatherings has led to unprecedented rates of COVID-19 cases in Alpine County, Dr Johnson said. Instead of multiple cases every 1 to 2 weeks, they are now experiencing multiple new cases per day and have moved from the only California county considered “at low risk” to the highest risk category. Those affected include the most vulnerable – the very young, the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and those who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.
While data on the Omicron variant is still emerging, it quickly became the dominant variant in the United States. The high case rates in our region are expected to have a severe impact on the capacity of hospitals in the region in the coming weeks, Johnson added.
All people in Alpine County, especially those who are not vaccinated or are not up to date (reinforced, if eligible) and those at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19, should take personal steps to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19. 19. In addition to existing COVID-19 mitigation measures, including vaccination, face coverings and testing, additional actions can help limit the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and locations. public.
This decree is necessary to control and reduce the rate of community spread and to reinforce the need for safe interactions. The health worker will continue to assess the public health situation as it evolves and will reassess the need for this order no later than February 1, 2022. The health worker can modify this order or issue additional orders related to COVID-19, as the circumstances dictate.
Alpine County Health Order:
1. This decree will come into force on January 10, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. and
will continue to be in effect until canceled or amended in writing by the Department of Health
2. On January 5, the California Department of Public Health extended its
ordinance requiring all people to wear face coverings inside workplaces and public places until February 15. This state ordinance remains in effect and is unaffected by this ordinance. (guide for face coverings (ca.gov))
3. All offices, councils, commissions and other similar public bodies must
suspend public meetings in person and conduct all meetings virtually. Relevant organizations must ensure opportunities for virtual public participation and compliance with Brown’s Law and all other relevant laws.
4. All county sponsored indoor and outdoor events will be suspended, and
departments are encouraged to organize events virtually when possible, or to
postpone when it is not possible to switch to a virtual event.
5. Employers and businesses should consider holding meetings remotely
and take other measures as necessary to reduce the risk of transmission as much as
the needs of the business will allow it.
6. Employers and businesses subject to Cal / OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and / or Cal / OSHA Aerosol Communicable Disease Standards should consult applicable regulations for additional requirements. The ETS allows local health jurisdictions to impose additional protective measures.
7. All state decrees and policy documents referenced in state decrees are
complementary to this decree. By this decree, the medical officer of health adopts
directives such as prescriptions. If there is a conflict between a local ordinance and any state public health ordinance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls in accordance and in accordance with the California Health and Safety Code § 131080.
8. Copies of the Order. Copies of this order should be promptly: (1) made available to the Alpine County Health Department at 75 Diamond Valley Rd in Woodfords; (2) posted on the Alpine County website (COVID-19 | Alpine County, CA – Official website (alpinecountyca.gov) and (3) provided to any member of the public requesting a copy of this by-law.
9. Severability. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the Order, including the application of that part or provision to other persons or circumstances, will not be affected and will remain in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this decree are severable.