Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Public Health Department is the lead agency in Mono County managing the pandemic and states that the immediate risk to the general public in Mono County and the Town of Mammoth Lakes is low.
For current and reliable information about COVID-19, please visit the dedicated web portal, call (760) 924-1830, email, follow on facebook, or visit the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Mono County Public Health Department Update - March 13, 2020
As of 8:00 p.m. there were zero (0) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mono County. It is still cold and flu season and many people have viral illnesses, most of which are not COVID-19. Health facilities are being flooded with calls and visits by people with minor illnesses and it is not possible to test everyone who would like to be tested. Supplies and testing capacity are limited. If you have cold symptoms, stay home and take care of yourself, and try to avoid passing it to other people. If you have fever, a cough, and shortness of breath, please call your healthcare provider as COVID-19 testing is not available at the Health Department.
The vast majority of people with COVID-19 infection have mild disease and do not need supportive treatment in the hospital. Stuffy, runny noses or sore throats are usually due to a cold, not the new coronavirus. In either case, if your symptoms are mild, you probably do not need medical treatment. Stay home unless you are having trouble breathing or developing symptoms of serious illness.
Especially at this time, people with any respiratory illness should take great care to avoid passing infection to other people. Stay home from work, school, the gym, or social gatherings ideally for about a week. Be very careful not to expose the higher risk, vulnerable people in your life such as the elderly, and those with chronic medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, etc. If a week has gone by and you have been without fever for at least 3 days, it’s probably safe to resume normal activities.
Individuals at higher risk for getting infected with coronavirus, such as the elderly and those with serious medical conditions, should call their healthcare provider for advice if sick with a fever or cough. Individuals and healthcare providers must balance the possible risks of the acute illness against the risks of you catching something when you come to the clinic or the Emergency Department.
If you have fever, cough and shortness of breath you should seek medical attention. If breathing difficulty is severe, call 911. Inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms so the paramedics can take precautions. If you go on your own to the Emergency Department with fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call ahead for specific instructions on where to go and what to do.
Simple Everyday Preventive Actions
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple things everyone should do now at work, home, school, and in the community to reduce the spread of COVID-19, as well as flu and common colds:
• Wash your hands frequently using soap for at least 20 seconds and lathering your palms, fingers, fingertips, backs of your hands and under your nails.
• When no handwashing facilities are available, disinfect your hands with alcohol sanitizer (containing 60% or more alcohol).
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay away from others when you are sick, particularly by staying home from work or school.
• Cover your mouth with tissue or your arm when coughing or sneezing (not your hand). If available, you may wear a surgical mask when you are sick to protect people around you.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Encourage employees and students to stay home from work or school when they are sick.
• Businesses can encourage sick customers and clients to complete business through phone, email, or other means which do not require face-to-face interactions when possible.
• Consider “social distancing” to reduce your interactions with other people, especially if you are older or have medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or cancer, which increase the chance of severe illness if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus.
• If you are sick with fever and cough or shortness of breath, please let your doctor’s office or hospital emergency room know of your symptoms before you come, so that precautions can be taken to reduce spreading it to other people. Similarly, if you need an ambulance, let the 911 dispatcher know that you have symptoms that might mean COVID-19.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA will provide disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.