Newsicon1 Local Corona Virus News Timeline (updated Wednesday April 8, 2020)

This news item contains a timeline of local, national, and global news about the 2019 novel corona virus (COVID-19).  The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 6, 2020.   A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.   If you would like an event added send email to  

April 8:  67 cases are confirmed with 34 cases in West Sacramento, 17 in Woodland, and 10 in Davis.  2 additional deaths were reported in the last couple of days bringing the total to 3.  

April 6:  37 cases are confirmed.  For the first time, Yolo County is reporting cases by area in a dashboard format (LINK).  There are 19 cases in West Sacramento, 8 in Davis, 6 in Winters and unincorporated Yolo County and 4 in Woodland.   The shelter-in-place order has been extended until May 1.  The CDC and the California Department of Public Health now recommends wearing a face mask in public (LINK).  

March 30: 24 cases have been confirmed in Yolo County.  You can get updates at this Yolo County web page.  For California as a whole, this LA Times web page is useful.  

March 23:  The 7th and 8th cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Yolo County.  In addition, there was first confirmed death due to the virus.  Yolo County Press Release

March 18: The Yolo County Public Health Officer issued a countywide health order for residents to shelter in place from March 19, 2020, to April 7, 2020, unless extended by the Public Health Officer.  The order applies to the City of Davis and becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 19, 2020.  For instructions on how to shelter in place see this Shelter in Place Document.   

March 17:  5 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Yolo County

March 16:  Governor Newsom issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.  State of California webpage

March 13: Davis School district announces schools to be closed from March 16 - April 12, 2020.  DJUSD announcement

March 13: 2nd Case of COVID-19 confirmed in Yolo County.  Sacramento Bee Story.

March 13: President Trump declares National Emergency.  CNN Story

March 11: The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. NPR Story

March 6:   The first case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) is confirmed in Yolo County.  The individual who was confirmed with the virus is "an older female with underlying health conditions. She is currently hospitalized and is improving. From initial interviews, she acquired the disease through community transmission."  Yolo County Corona Virus Webpage

March 9: Video of presentation by Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County Heath Officer to Yolo County Board of Supervisors.  (Yolo County Webpage, click on "Additional Item" in the A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.Meeting Index pane).  

March 4: Governor Newsom declares a state of emergency in California. State of California announcement

Dec 31, 2019:  "A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019." World Health Organization webpage.

Suggested Prevention Measures from Yolo County Corona Virus Webpage

"There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Transmission of infection is believed to be through contact with respiratory droplets, such as from a cough or sneeze, from an infected person. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The risk of novel coronavirus infection to our community is low.  However, as a reminder, public health experts recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of common respiratory viruses, such as the flu, including:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces."

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