Bear Valley Community Services District

COVID FAQs

Updated information on Official Recommendations and Mandates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These Answers are updated daily

What does the "Stay-at-Home" order mean?

Staying home is the most effective tool available to protect yourself, your family, first responders and healthcare workers. Staying home saves lives by slowing the spread the spread of coronavirus throughout the community and reducing the chances of an overwhelming impact on our emergency services and healthcare system.

Timeline

  • March 19, 2020 - Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 directing all residents of California to stay at their home or place of residence. The exception to this order was "essential workers" who are needed to maintain continuity of operation in federal critical infrastructure sectors including healthcare/public health, emergency services, food and agriculture, energy, water and wastewater, transportation and logistics, communications and information technology, and more. A list of essential workers can be viewed in detail HERE.
  • March 31, 2020 - Governor Newsom announced the "Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In." campaign urging California residents to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among vulnerable elderly populations. This campaign urges all Californians to check in on their older neighbors with a call, a text, or talking to them through the door.
  • April 2, 2020 - the Health Officer of the County of Kern issued an order recommending that all persons 65 years and older, who have underlying conditions, or who have compromised immune systems should self-quarantine at home.
  • April 3, 2020 - The state announced that thousands of isolation rooms in hotels and motels were being secured to provide safe isolation for individuals experiencing homelessness in order to protect them and the state from COVID-19.
  • April 3, 2020 - Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-42-20 allowing health care providers to use video chat and applications to provide health services without risk of penalty, further supporting efforts to stay home.
  • April 14, 2020 - Governor Newsome outlined six key indicators taht will be considered before modifying the state's stay-at-home order

Six Critical Indicators that the state will consider before modifying the Stay-At-Home order:

  1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.
  2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19
  3. The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
  4. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
  5. The ability for businesses, schools and child care facilities to support physical distancing
  6. The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making the decision. He also said that things will look different as California makes modifications . For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.

When is it OK to go out in public?

Staying home is the most effective tool available to protect yourself, your family, first responders and healthcare workers. Staying home saves lives by slowing the spread the spread of coronavirus throughout the community and reducing the chances of an overwhelming impact on our emergency services and healthcare system.

Timeline

  • April 2, 2020 - the Health Officer of the County of Kern issued an order prohibiting public gatherings, closing specific businesses, and requiring increased sanitation standards, social distancing, and telecommuting where possible. This order also recommended that all persons 65 years and older, who have underlying conditions, or who have compromised immune systems should self-quarantine at home.