by Tia Will
The following is a brief summary of yesterday’s Health Council Meeting. It is comprised of what I considered to be the major points and actions and is in no way meant to be comprehensive.
For clarity, I have divided the meeting into two sections. The first represents updates on items from the last meeting and interim developments as well as answers to specific questions. The second is a discussion of action items to be presented before the Board of Supervisors.
Brian Vaughn – County Health Officer
- Phased guidance recommendations will be posted by the State of California on its website. Next update expected 5/8/20.
- County recommendations are listed on the county dashboard
In addition, social media platforms, and local news programs have been used to inform the public
County actions can be more, but not less restrictive than state regulation
Metrics to advance to next phase of progressive opening include:
- Prevalence – Stable or decreasing number of cases
- Testing capacity – initial target of 1 test per 1000 residents/day & tracing contacts
Current testing capacity includes:
– Testing by private state contracted firm at the Fairgrounds- no MD order requiredllr=dfdf98bab&p=oi&m=1101518769315&sit=99enzcbcb&f=64669ab4-a397-4800-9775-08e36bfe25c9″>
Process is online questionnaire, date for drive through testing arranged
Results within 48 hours
– Private testing through Sutter, Dignity, Kaiser, UCDMC
– County testing
All above are counted to meet testing metric
In addition, work is currently continuing for a mobile testing unit to meet rural needs.
Capacity of tracing – currently adequate capacity with 30 fully trained tracers
Plan to expand number as needed using state system of tracers who will have all
passed a state mandated training program
- Hospital capacity – Yolo currently has sufficient hospital capacity, agreements with surrounding counties and Sleeptrain arena availability for surge
- Availability to meet needs of vulnerable individuals
Skilled nursing and assisted living facility parameters discussed.
-visitation restrictions will continue
-daily screening of care providers and other workers
-2 weeks of PPE must be available
– suspected cases will be reported to County and testing, isolation,& tracing initiated
The question was raised of what rules will apply to and what support provided to in
home health care givers was raised and the issue will be investigated and reported back on
by the county health officer.
Recommendations to be presented to the Board of Supervisors as included in a letter from
the Health Council to the Board of Supervisors:
In light of the on-going effort to safely and intentionally re-open parts of the economy, and
begin to alleviate pieces of the shelter-in-place order (as it aligns with State guidance), the
Yolo County Health Council has developed recommendations for the consideration of the
Board of Supervisors.
Recommendation 1: The Yolo County Board of Supervisors publicly posts the State of California guidelines on safe business practices to amplify the message, and requests public postings (included in Yolo County HHSA dashboard) of HHSA audit results that positively address specific State requirements.
Recommendation 2: The Yolo County Board of Supervisors and Emergency Operations Center work together to create visibility for where to acquire face coverings for the general population.
Recommendation 3: The Yolo County Board of Supervisors support the acceleration of COVID-19 testing capacity, including mobile testing for vulnerable populations.
Recommendation 4: The Yolo County Board of Supervisors works with local school districts to ensure implementation of protocols for safe return to school practices and provide communication to the public on specific guidelines. To the extent possible, the Yolo County Health Council requests that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors clarify and support continuity between childcare providers and the school systems.