7/1/20: Dr Warren Rehwaldt issued a revised order for reopening Del Norte County. In this revision he adds limited services at fitness centers including martial arts, yoga, and dance studios. This revision also extends the date for all essential businesses, and government entities to turn in their reopening plan to July 24, 2020. All other orders that do not conflict with this order are still in effect.
6/29/20: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update in this letter to the community. He expands on the recently revised order from June 26th, and gives further information to business owners for re-opening. We have seen our first hospitalizations from COVID this week. Contact tracing is working well, they are contacting individuals within 24 hours. With 4th of July fast approaching, keep group settings to a minimum, and wear a mask if unable to keep safe social distancing.
6/26/20: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt issued a revised order for reopening in Del Norte County. This revision adds that hotels can now reopen to full capacity, but must retain one (1) un-booked room for every thirty (30) rooms in the hotel in the event a guest should become ill. It also allows museums, galleries and family entertainment to reopen. Businesses must continue to turn in their reopening plan to Public Health.
6/19/20: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt issued this revised order, adding expanded personal care services to reopen in Del Norte County, and the link to the definitions. It also removed the facial coverings portion of the original order, as we now have the Governor's order for facial coverings in California.
6/15/20: Dr. Rehwald issued a letter to the community and business owners regarding new openings for June 19th that include Massage, Tattoo, Facial, and Manicure services. This letter includes guidance on tracking patrons in businesses and guidance on how to reopen these services safely. Businesses must provide Public Health their business planning documents that have been revised as well.
6/12/20: Dr. Rehwaldt issued a revised order revising the order issued on 6/3/2020. This revised order outlines the businesses that are set to reopen on 6/12/2020, and the process which allows them to self certify so they can reopen safely. The facial coverings section of this order remains in place with no changes at this time
6/11/20: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt issued an Additional Reopening Plan letter to the community regarding the recent announcement last week by the Governor's office. This letter highlights a time frame of additional reopening guidance per business category, over the next several weeks. He reiterates for the public to remain vigilant while in the community, to continue to social distance, and wear masks. Read the entire letter here.
6/3/20: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt issued a revision regarding the letter released 5/15/2020, read it here. This letter revised the facial coverings section only, the remainder of the Order is unchanged. Please be aware of the REVISED Order, effective today, June 3rd, 2020. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time. We are making every effort to communicate clearly with the community and appreciate your support.
5/28/2020: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt issued a letter to hospitality owners and operators. It has come to the attention of Public Health that some hospitality owners are allowed bookings of non "essential" guests. He reminds business owners that there are still restrictions on lodging for "essential" travelers only. He also reminds operators of the penalties for not following the Public Health Order. Read the full press release here
5/28/20: Del Norte County Public Health and the Office of Emergency Services have partnered with Del Norte Unified School District, the State of California, and Verily to open a new community-based testing site! Read the full press release for more information.
5/27/2020 Public Health Officer Dr. Rehwaldt Gives the community an update on barbershops and hair salons. He also mentions the reopening with modifications of places of worship. He mentions again that with the community slowly reopening that wearing masks in public places is mandatory. Read the full press release here
5/23/2020: Public Health urges hotels to comply with state and local orders to only allow guests who are working in essential businesses or fall under the exceptions for short-term stays. Read the full press release.
5/20/2020: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, PHO letter to the community about the recent stage 2 opening of Del Norte county, and how we can continue to protect ourselves and others from becoming ill with COVID-19. Read the full letter.
5/20/2020: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, PHO, Public Service Announcement regarding the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Read the full letter here
5/15/2020: Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, PHO, signed the Order for Implementing the County's State-Approved Stage Two Variance, detailing the county's next steps into reopening and expectations of businesses and the community.
5/15/2020: Del Norte County's variance attestation and plan for implementing Stage Two of reopening was approved by the state today. Read the full press release.
4/27/2020: Public Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Warren Rehwaldt address a new confirmed case in Del Norte County who is recovering at home. Contact tracing is used to find, and inform anyone who has been in close contact that they may also need to isolate. A guidance document has been put together and is being reviewed for relaxing some of the restrictions. He again asks that people continue to enjoy the outdoors, while social distancing yourselves. Read the Full Letter
4/20/2020: Del Norte County Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update to the community regarding COVID-19. With almost 250 tests done we still only have 2 confirmed cases. He informs the community that the Federal Government is working on plans to re-open the country with “gating criteria.” We have created a new “normal” of how businesses can function, and he gives key principles on how this can be done moving forward. He encourages all community members to read the White House documents that were released last week to update themselves on the current conditions of COVID-19 for our Country. Read the full letter.
4/14/2020: Del Norte County Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update to the community regarding COVID-19. There are still only 2 confirmed cases in Del Norte, and both have recovered well. With social distancing, and community involvement, we have helped slow the spread of COVID-19. They are working on a document in regards to the business environment that will be allowed, and not allowed during this time to clear up some confusion. Read the full letter. (Spanish)
4/6/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives a community update regarding COVID-19. There are currently 2 confirmed cases in Del Norte, and he asks that we continue to do what we are doing as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. He also explains the importance of the shelter in place order to keep from having a pandemic in CA. There are now 3 confirmed cases in the neighboring Curry County, OR as well. (Spanish) (Hmong)
4/2/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer Dr. Warren Rehwaldt informs the community of the first positive COVID-19 test in Del Norte County. He also gives updates on the recommendations of wearing cloth masks in public. Read the full letter. (Spanish) (Hmong)
4/1/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt gives an update on the current status of COVID-19 for Del Norte County. We are still one of ten counties in California who have not had a positive test for COVID-19. In this community update he offers tips for going outdoors while still following social distancing guidelines. He thanks business owners in the community for their participation in the closures, and reminds business to follow the guidelines. (Spanish) (Hmong)
3/27/2020: Del Norte Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt ordered a declaration that all businesses that provide short term stays including hotels/motels, RV parks and private campgrounds, and similar lodging or housing shall not provide sleeping accommodations to any person for a period of less than 30 days, unless they have an exemption to the order due to COVID-19. Please read the full press release.
03/23/20: Our Public Health Officer offers insight on the recent changes with Italy and Spain, and how we can try to stop this from becoming a epidemic for the health care system in the United States. He expresses the importance of following the shelter in place issued by the Governor of CA, and how it affects our community, and families at large. Read the full Public Health Officer Letter (English, Spanish, Hmong)
03/19/20: We are updating our community on the recent public health emergency declaration, which included an order from our Public Health Officer, as well as discussing the testing situation, mandatory social distancing and closing dine-in features, and a request for those who have had and will cold or flu symptoms.
03/17/2020: Del Norte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, has declared a Public Health Emergency in conjunction with with a Local Emergency declared by County Administrative Officer, Jay Sarina. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, but officials are preparing for its inevitable presence. Read the full press release, the Declaration of a Local Public Health Emergency, and the Proclamation of a Local Emergency.
03/16/2020: Our health officer provides clarification and guidance about social distancing and testing in our community in our latest community update, with recommendations on social contact, traveling, preparedness, children at home, and our elderly population.
03/16/2020: The School Board unanimously voted yesterday to close all Del Norte Unified District Schools from Monday, March 16 through April 10, with Spring Break remaining as scheduled from April 13-17. At this point, schools will resume as planned on Monday, April 20th. Please read the full press release. DNUSD Nutrition Services will still be providing meals for students. For more information, please see the food services release and bus schedule for food delivery.
03/12/2020: In order to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of CVOID-19, CDPH recommends certain gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state of California for at least the remainder of the month of March. Del Norte County residents are asked to follow these recommendations now. View our press release and CDPH's guidance.
03/09/20: We are urging our community to takes steps to prepare for the arrival of coronavirus (COVID19) in our county and be conscientious of new testing. We need to do everything we can as a community to make sure that those who are at greatest risk are still with us when the outbreak is all over. Please read the community update from our health officer.
03/08/2020: The results of the suspected case of COVID-19 returned and are negative. There was no evidence of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read our Press Release from 03/08/2020.
03/05/2020: There is currently one suspected and unconfirmed case of a Del Norte County resident with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please read our press release from 03/05/2020.
03/03/2020: The CDC is still the deciding authority on whether a patient should be tested and all requests must go through the local health department. As of this morning, we have received no requests from local healthcare partners to test any patients as no patients have yet been suspected of carrying the virus.
02/26/2020: We are encouraging Del Norte County residents to be familiar with what we know about COVID-19 and ways our community can prepare to reduce risk. Learn more about how to prepare here. Please read our press release from 02-26-2020.
02/25/2020: The CDC has issued travel notices and created a new travel webpage specifically for COVID-19. Travel notices are changing often, so please check the CDC website for the most updated information.
02/21/2020: We understand that our community is concerned about the recent confirmed case and a suspected case of COVID-19 in Humboldt County. We would like to reassure the public that the risk remains low for both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. For more information, please read our press release from 02/21/2020.