Staying home is still safest

We must prevent spreading COVID-19 as the state gradually reopens. It’s important for San Joaquin County residents to continue staying home as much as possible, and do their part to keep everyone healthy.

Keep six feet away from others, wear a cloth face covering, wash your hands, and cover coughs and sneezes. Recreate and do business locally to avoid spreading the virus across county lines. If you feel symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.

To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, gatherings unless otherwise specified are not permitted across the state of California until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health. See the CDPH guidance information here .

Effective September 22, 2020, per California Department of Public Health, nail salons can open indoors with modifications in SJC.

Tier 2 - Substantial
4.7% Positivity Rate
and 6.8 adjusted case rate (6.3 unadjusted)

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If you feel any symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health provider to schedule a test. Stay home and keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headaches, or sudden loss of smell and taste.

Interested in getting tested for COVID-19?

Make a free appointment in Lodi at OptumServe. If you do not have internet access, call 1-888-634-1123. Appointments available M-F.

Testing through Project Baseline is provided free of charge M-F near San Joaquin General Hospital. Complete the screening at Project Baseline.

Testing locations in San Joaquin County (English) (Spanish)

Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance

What you need to know

  • CORRECTED Order Of The SJC Public Health OFficer Implementing The August 28, 2020 Directives Of The CA State Public Health Officer Regarding Brewpubs, Bars, Breweries, And Pubs 8/31/20
    San Joaquin Officials Update County Stay at Home Order
    Implementing the Blueprint for a Safer Economy 8/31/20 (English)
    Order of the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Implementing the Blueprint 8/31/20: (English)
    Order of the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Regarding Bars, Breweries, and Pubs 8/31/20: (English)
    Statewide Public Health Officer Order (8/31/20): (English)
    Youth Sports and Personal Care Services 8/05/20: (English)
    Order Implementing Distance Learning for all schools in San Joaquin County 7/29/20: (English)

Guidance for Approved Sectors:
  • Campgrounds, RV Parks and Outdoor Recreation (Approved 6/12/20): (Guidance)
    Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks (Approved 6/12/20): (Guidance)
    Day Camps (Approved 6/12/20): (Guidance)
    Expanded Personal Care Services: (Approved 7/20/20): (Guidance)
    Gyms and Fitness Studio (Approved 6/17/20): (Guidance)
    Hair Salons and Barber Shops (Approved 7/20/20): (Guidance)
    Hotels, Lodging and Short Term Rentals (Approved 6/12/20): (Guidance)
    Places of Worship: (Guidance)
    Schools and School Based Programs (Approved 6/12/20): (Guidance)
    Wineries (Approved 6/19/20): (Guidance)
    Youth Sports (Approved 8/05/20): (Guidance)
    Additional Guidance can be found here

Local Protocols:
Press Releases:
  • Can I go outside?
    Yes. In fact, being outside is good for you. Just remember to stay at least six feet away from others, stay local, avoid crowds, and wear a mask when unable to distance.
    Can my family or friends come visit?
    If you spend time with anyone outside your immediate household, continue staying 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings and wash your hands frequently.
    How can I protect myself if I go out?
    Staying home is still safest, but if you go out, stay at least six feet away from others, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. Stay close to home to avoid spreading COVID-19 across county lines.
    Should I cancel my vacation plans?
    Non-essential travel is discouraged. If you do travel, stay 6 feet from others and wear a cloth face covering. Be sure to check the status and conditions of the location you’re traveling to. Visit for current guidance.
    I’m nervous about seeing my doctor in person. Is it safe?
    Yes, if your provider is open it’s because they have all the safety protocols in place to keep patients and staff safe. You can call your healthcare provider to confirm they are seeing patients for non-emergency services.
    Do I need to wear a mask?
    Public health officials now require Californians to wear masks or cloth face coverings in most settings outside the home. Read the new rules in English or Spanish
    Who shouldn’t wear a face covering?
    When should you wear a face covering?
    When can I take my face covering off in public or at work?

    You should replace the face covering as soon as you can after these activities to reduce risk of infection.
    Note: Face coverings remain strongly encouraged even when not required.

    Kinds of face coverings, masks, and respirators
    There are many kinds of face coverings, masks, and respirators. See this chart for a summary.
    Where can I find more information on Masks?
    Visit the California's Mask and PPE page for the most up to date information on masks and face coverings

Important Links:
  • The State of California has launched a one-stop website for information on the COVID-19 outbreak, including links to services and information.
    See here for the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus information.
    See here for California Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates.
    See here for San Joaquin County Public Health Services COVID-19 updates.
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Donations and Volunteers

  • Blood Donation: Right now, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations. To learn more about donating blood products, visit the American Red Cross’ website.
  • California Volunteers: Californians can safely help their community during these difficult times. To learn how you can help, visit the California Volunteer’s website.

Community Resources

  • 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 for helpful, around-the-clock resources.
  • California DMV: DMV allows customers to avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days. Field offices are currently closed. Learn more.
  • CDPH Covid-19
  • CDPH County Data Monitoring
  • Census: The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. Please check this page for regular updates.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - The CDC has helpful videos providing information on COVID-19. They also have videos with American Sign Language translation.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - About Quarantine and Isolation
  • Cybersecurity Tips: Cybercriminals are abusing the panic of the COVID-19 global event. Fake websites, phishing campaigns, and Coronavirus themed malware have increased and are formulated to deceive you and steal your personal information. For tips on staying safe and secure online, visit the ReadyGov Cybersecurity page. To learn more about reporting COVID-19 related scams, visit the DOJ website.
  • Drive-Thru Testing: Drive-thru testing is being offered by Verily. To see if you qualify for testing, visit the Verily website to complete an online screener based on guidelines from public health officials.
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)/Unemployment/Sick Leave/Caregivers: The EDD provides a variety of support services to people affected by COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, please use their online options.
  • Meals for Kids: California K-12 school may provide school meals in non-congregate settings through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture. To learn more about these programs, visit the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
  • OnwardCA - One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Parks: State Parks has temporarily closed vehicle traffic to parks experiencing high visitation. San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation closures.
  • San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS)

Business and Employment Resources

Reporting Employee COVID-19 Outbreaks in the workplace Employers in San Joaquin County should report any outbreaks of COVID-19 among their employees to San Joaquin County Public Health Services as soon as possible by calling Disease Control and Prevention office at 209-468-3822, during normal business hours.

Looking for Personal Protective Equipment? Find some here.

HealthCare Service Providers:

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance:

SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans to Small Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans to San Joaquin County small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The SBA's Customer Service is available to assist businesses with questions and provide technical assistance on the application process. Contact the SBA Disaster Customer Assistance Center at (800) 659-2955 or email Additional disaster assistance information and online applications are available at The deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

CARES Act Economic Development Fund

The grant application forms and associated documents will be available for on the County’s website beginning at 5 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020. In order to apply for grant funding, businesses should submit a complete application package via email to Grant applications will be evaluated by a private firm for completeness using a comprehensive set of criteria consistent with Federal statutes, regulations, and terms and conditions of San Joaquin County award. This private firm will provide an independent review of the grant applications and ensure a timely and transparent approval process.

Additional Resources


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