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Coronavirus in Sacramento 

Updated Sept. 17, 2020

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 are available in English, Spanish (español) and Chinese (中文).

FEMA has set up a web page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus pandemic.



Getting Tested

If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, click here to complete an online screener based on guidelines from public health officials.

Based on the responses and testing appointment availability, you will learn whether you qualify for testing through this program at this time.



Public Health Orders

The County of Sacramento on July 14 amended its public-health order. Following a directive from the California Department of Public Health and Gov. Gavin Newsom, the County has prohibited the operation of certain industries, including fitness centers, hair salons, nail salons, barbershops and indoor malls, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. Gatherings in homes of individuals who don’t shelter together are prohibited.

The County order aligns with the State of California public-health order, which requires people to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and outdoors when they cannot maintain six feet from one another (with some exemptions).

Here is an FAQ for the County order. It explains what businesses/activities are allowed and what modifications/restrictions they may require.

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.



Health Resources

Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services is the lead agency for diseases affecting the public in Sacramento.

For general information or questions about coronavirus in Sacramento:

The California Department of Public Health is the lead agency in California working with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to respond to coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States.

The outbreak of coronavirus may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can cause strong emotions in adults and children.

In Partnership with Sacramento County, Hope Cooperative has launched a peer support call center available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 1-855-502-3224.



Education Resources

All 13 public schools in Sacramento County, along with most programs offered by the Sacramento County Office of Education, are currently closed. Families are encouraged to visit their local school district’s website for the latest information on re-openings, food distribution schedules, and other information.

Sacramento City Unified School District

Twin Rivers Unified School District

Natomas Unified School District

Robla School District

Elk Grove School District



Community Resources

Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services has a community resources page that includes information about volunteering and donations.



Financial Resources

  • IRS Economic Impact Payments
    The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Please do not call the IRS about this. When more specific details become available, we will update this page.

  • Californians that have been financially affected by COVID-19, may be eligible for services such as unemployment insurance, paid family leave, disability Insurance, relief from financial institutions (including a 90-day grace period for all mortgages and no new foreclosures).

  • BankOn Sacramento
    If you don’t have a bank or credit union account set up to receive your COVID-19 economic impact payment, like the federal stimulus check, BankOn Sacramento can help you find a safe, affordable bank account, with no overdraft or hidden fees.

  • Financial Empowerment Center
    The City of Sacramento, in partnership with a broad range of community organizations, is now offering free professional one-on-one financial counseling and coaching in English and Spanish for local residents. 



Businesses and employees

A useful list of local, state and federal information and resources for businesses and employees.







On July 30, the California Department of Health started allowing training, conditioning, and physical education with limitations.