The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General released a memorandum regarding schemes related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, there have been reports received throughout the United States of individuals and businesses engaging in a wide range of fraudulent and criminal behavior. These criminal behaviors include, but are not limited to:
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to stress to the community to take caution when receiving phone calls or offers of assistance from unreliable sources relating to COVID-19. Citizens are encouraged to report these types of schemes immediately to a law enforcement agency.
As a reminder, here are five things you can do to avoid a Coronavirus scam:
- No Early Access to Relief Checks: Beware of spam calls claiming to have early access to relief checks. No one has early access and anyone claiming to is a scammer. While the timeline for check distribution is not finalized, scammers are using the lack of detail to try and trick people into giving their personal information and money.
- Ignore Offers for Vaccinations and Home Test Kits: Scammers are selling home test kits and vaccinations without proof that they work. There are no products to treat or prevent the Coronavirus at this time.
- Hang Up on Robo Calls: Scammers are using Robo calls to illegally sell products, such as home fumigation and sterilization services, in order to get your personal information.
- Research Before You Donate: Don’t let anyone rush you into writing a check and making a donation. Verify the charity organization’s website before making donations. Get tips for donating wisely at ftc.gov/charity.
- Watch Out for Phishing Emails and Text Messages: Don’t click on links in email and text messages you didn’t expect.
Police Departments is warning the public about phishing scam involving COVID-19.
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On April 16, 2020, Dr. Korver, the Lassen County Health Officer, Lassen County’s Public Health Department and law enforcement agencies remind everyone to continue practicing protective measures whether you are enjoying the outdoors or are in town on an essential trip. After making great strides in slowing infection rates and bending the curve these past weeks, we cannot let our guard down against this virus. Therefore, to exercise or recreate close to home while following essential safety and social distancing laws.
The Lassen County’s Public Health Department and law enforcement agencies urge residents to recreate close to home and minimize contact with others. It is important to use good personal protective measures while recreating: avoid recreating in groups, maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times, avoid crowded areas like trailheads and parking lots, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often. In short, enjoy the outdoors but do it in a safe, isolated, and individual manner. If you are not a resident of Lassen County, please do not come to Lassen County to recreate until this crisis is over and the Governor’s March 19, 2020 Stay-at-Home order has been rescinded.
• Snow sports - Practice snow sports and activities like snowmobiling or cross country skiing individually or in small household groups. Avoid other groups and observe strict social distancing at trailheads, picnic areas and parking area
• Court sports - Avoid any activity with shared equipment. Basketball, tennis, pickle ball are all high risk activities where it is nearly impossible to avoid close contact with others. These activities should be avoided.
• Boating and fishing - Follow all state regulations for safe and legal activities. Avoid crowded boat ramps or fishing areas. Find another place to recreate if you don’t have several yards between you and your neighbor.
• Camping and RV Parks - Unless you are an essential worker performing essential duties, congregate camping is not permitted. Do not bring your RV or come to Lassen County to camp. If you have a seasonal RV at a local park, keep it vacant until it is safe to use it.
• Hiking, biking and horseback riding - Avoid crowded trailheads. If you meet someone on a trail, don’t stop to talk. Give plenty of space to allow passing at a safe distance.
In summary, if you are not in already in Lassen County, please do not come here. Everyone can walk, run, hike and bike in their local community, and nearby forests. When the COVID-19 crisis is over, we will be happy to share our beautiful county with you but until then, please exercise and recreate close to home.
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
Guidance for the General Public for Face Covering on April 7, 2020. "A study published by Cambridge University Press found that both homemade cloth masks and traditional surgicial masks significantly reduced the amount of potentially infectious droplets expelled by the wearer, though surgical masks were three times better for preventing transmission."
We’re still learning about how #COVID19 affects animals, but it appears that people can spread the virus to animals in some situations. Until we know more, limit contact with pets if you are sick or feeling sick. For more info, see: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html.
"Increased testing leads to quicker identification of cases and allows for isolation of positive individuals to prevent spread. It also helps identify others who came into contact with infected people. It is with this in mind that Dr. Mark Satterfield, Plumas County Public Health Officer has recommended to all health care facilities and health care providers to “expand COVID-19 testing to less symptomatic patients and those with concerning travel or COVID-19 exposure history”. According to Dr. Satterfield, “there’s good evidence 25% or more infected people have minimal or no symptoms”.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is extending driver licenses expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Licenses for drivers younger than 70 that expire between March and May 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020.
Health Professionals, California Needs You!
To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, we’re calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has released models and projections assuming full social distracting through May 2020.
"Many residents have concerns about our rural county’s response to meet the recommendations for social distancing. The Modoc County Sheriff’s Department released the attached infographic entitled, Fun Things that the Social Distancing Scoreboard doesn’t not take into account for Rural Counties. It explains, “In some rural counties, essential employees account for 75% of the workforce, so very little would change in their day to day patterns.” Emergency Services, Local Government, and State and Federal Institutions make up the vast majority of employment in Lassen County. Most of these workers have been reclassified to different positions within the emergency structure while others continuing to work through these extraordinary circumstances. As the infographic states, “Many people carry a work phone and a personal phone which will look like they are socializing but in fact are not.” - Lassen County COVID-19 Incident Command
Lassen County Press Release:
A novel coronavirus means it is new. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans causing mild illness, like the common cold.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. It can spread from person-to-person. It mainly spreads, by droplets from coughing and sneezing. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new). It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) named it. ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe illness with symptoms of
Experts are still learning about illnesses caused by COVID-19. Symptoms have ranged from those like a common cold to severe pneumonia. Some people have been hospitalized. Deaths have been reported mainly in older adults or those who have other health problems.
Food service is shifting to Take-Out and Delivery Only. Please see the Lassen County Environmental Health Departments guidance.
Emergency warning signs include:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
The time between exposure and symptoms is 2-14 days. To be safe, exposed people are asked to stay away from others for 14 days.
This video provides instructions on how to correctly wear a variety of masks, from homemade to N95s. Ensure the bands are wrapped around your head and are not crossed. One should be placed below your ear and the other band above your ear. Aim for an airtight seal around the borders of the mask. Use the metal nose band to pinch around the bridge of your nose to assist in the baiting an airtight seal is created and the mask is fitted to your face snuggly.
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