More information can be found on the Testing page.
COVID test results are usually available 2-5 days. The provider that administers the test provides the result. Please contact the provider that administered your test for the results. Some providers will be send out an email with a link to create an account to access your results.
People can spread COVID-19 without knowing that they are sick, so protect your family, friends, and neighbors by getting tested. You can get tested for free, whether you have symptoms or not. People who are at higher risk, such as healthcare workers, first responders, people living with or caring for the elderly, and workers with lots of contact with the public, should get tested at least monthly. Employees in certain sensitive professions may be notified by their employer if they need to be tested more frequently than once a month.
Widespread testing provides a more accurate picture of how many cases exist in our community and where the virus is spreading. It also helps identify people without symptoms who could be spreading COVID-19 so that they can stay away from work and public places until their infectious period is over. Testing is one of the key indicators we are tracking as we assess whether, and to what extent, we can move away from the existing shelter-in-place restrictions.
Most common symptoms include:
Other less common symptoms include:
If they meet these 2 criteria then they can come out of isolation on the 11th day:
San Joaquin County is now following the state guidance (Blueprint for a Safer Economy). Those activities allowed to function in the current tier are approved to operate following the state guidance in San Joaquin County.
Yes, some outdoor gatherings are permitted, but they must meet certain conditions. This is because gatherings pose an especially high danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19.
Gatherings are defined as events that bring together people from multiple households in one space, indoors or outdoors. That space could be as large as an arena or as small as a private home.
On May 25, 2020, in an effort to balance First Amendment interests with public health, the State Public Health Officer created an exception to the prohibition against mass gatherings for faith-based services, cultural ceremonies, and protests. Those types of gatherings are now permitted indoors in counties in Substantial (red), Moderate (orange), and Minimal (yellow) tiers, subject to certain restrictions in those counties.
As of October 9, 2020, outdoor private gatherings are allowed under the following conditions:
At any gathering, observe these safety protocols:
Read more details in the state’s private gatherings guidance. Be aware that local health departments may have additional restrictions.
Crowds and limited physical distancing increase the risk for COVID-19. If you attended a gathering, remember that confidential, free COVID-19 testing is available. If you test negative it does not mean that you may not develop COVID-19 later on. Therefore, it is advisable that you self-isolate for 14 days if possible.
Yes, but only wedding ceremonies are allowed, not receptions. Wedding ceremonies should follow the guidance for Places of worship or cultural ceremonies. As required by that guidance, social distancing should be practiced by all attendees. Wear masks, wash hands frequently, and keep 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with.
Ceremonies have restrictions on their setting or capacity, depending on your county’s tier status:
While wedding receptions are not permitted, consider safer options like sharing your wedding online via video conference (Zoom, Google Meet, or other platforms). This protects all your loved ones, especially those at high risk like seniors or people with chronic conditions. See more details in guidance for Places of worship and cultural ceremonies.
Yes. The County’s August 31, 2020, Health Order requires that people follow the State’s Guidance for Face Coverings issued June 18, 2020, unless they are exempt.
The guidance specifies when face coverings should be worn and the exceptions for wearing a mask. Generally one should be worn when in public, when inside or in an enclosed places where you cannot socially distance or outside where you cannot socially distance.
Those under 2; those with medical conditions or disabilities; those working in a job where it is deemed a safety hazard; those eating or drinking; those recreating outdoors where social distance can be maintained; and those who are incarcerated (because they have specific rules they will follow).
Do not purchase masks designed for health care professionals. N95 and surgical masks are in limited supply and designed to protect those who are working in high risk situations with a likelihood of exposure.
The statewide guidance issued on 6/18 specifies cloth face coverings. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory‐made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T‐shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
Yes. The County’s August 31, 2020, Health Order requires that people follow the State’s Guidance for Face Coverings issued June 18, 2020, unless they are exempt. The Order requires that face coverings/masks be worn when a person is working at a workplace or performing work off‐site when:
Elections are an essential activity. The Governor has issued executive orders to ensure elections are safe and accessible. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent to all registered voters for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Most counties will provide three days of early voting in-person starting the Saturday before the election. Open ballot drop-box locations will be available between October 6 and November 3, 2020. Existing laws addressing the use of vote-by-mail ballots in California elections remain in effect except where suspended by Executive Order. Find guidance for the safe administration of elections during COVID-19.
Visit online voter registration to register to vote or check your voter registration status.
Practice physical distancing and follow other applicable public health directives while engaged in election-related activities. These include collection and drop-off of ballots, and collection of signatures to qualify candidates or measures for the ballot.
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