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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Protect yourself and others

We all have the power to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Leave your home only for essential needs, stay 6 feet away from others and cover your face when you're out, and practice healthy everyday behaviors like washing your hands often.

Stay home except for essential needs

With no pharmaceutical treatments or vaccine available for COVID-19, we all need to take steps to collectively reduce the number of people who become ill. The best tool we have for this is "social distancing," which reduces opportunities for exposure and spread by limiting close contacts between individuals.

  • Stay home, except for essential needs including getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting health care, or going to an essential job. Minimize trips outside your home.

  • Do not gather with people you don't live with. Many people with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, but they can still infect others. Every face-to-face interaction is an opportunity for COVID-19 spread.

  • Stay 6 feet away from other people when out.

Cover your face when out

When you must leave home, cover your nose and mouth with a bandana, fabric mask, neck gaiter, or other cloth barrier. This helps prevent you from unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to others if you are among those who are infected but don't have symptoms.

  • Don't use surgical masks or N-95s. There is a limited supply of medical grade masks and we need to preserve these for health care workers and first responders who cannot use physical distance to protect themselves.

  • Wash your face covering after each use with detergent and dry it on a hot cycle.

  • Make sure the covering is comfortable - you don't want to have to keep adjusting the mask, which means touching your face.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching your face or face covering.

Healthy behaviors protect everyone

In addition to practicing social distancing, everyone should practice healthy behaviors that help slow the spread of disease.

  • Wash your hands.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That's about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Don't touch your face.
    Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.
    Clean objects and surfaces you touch a lot daily using a regular household detergent and water. This includes phones, doorknobs, light switches, tables, and keyboards.

  • Cover coughs.
    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow.

  • Avoid close contact.
    Avoid close contact with other people. When you're out in public, try to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others.

  • Stay home when sick.
    If you feel sick, stay home except to get medical care. Avoid work, school, and public places so you don't spread your illness to others. Call first before visiting a health care provider, so they can take precautions to protect their staff and other patients.

These actions don't just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of disease.

High-risk groups

If you or a member of your household is at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, talk to your health care provider now about what personal precautions you should be taking.

Berkeley's Health Officer recommends that people in high risk groups stay away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible, such as parades, conferences, sporting events, and concerts where large numbers of people are within arm's length of one another.

The groups at highest risk from COVID-19 are:

  • People over 60 years-old, with risk escalating with age. Those over age 80 are in the highest risk group.
  • Regardless of age, people with underlying health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, severely weakened immune systems, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic lung diseases like COPD.

Last updated May 7, 2020

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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