YREKA, Calif. — Public health officials in Siskiyou County announced on Friday the area's first death attributed to coronavirus, just hours after reporting that the County is being rolled back to a more restrictive reopening phase.
“It’s with great sadness that we announce that we have lost one of our community members to COVID-19. This news is devastating,” said Shelly Davis, Director of Siskiyou County Public Health. “This pandemic is a historic public health challenge and our top priority continues to be protecting the health of our community-our family and friends.”
Siskiyou County Public Health said that it expressed its sincere condolences to the person's family and friends.
A statement from the agency gave few details about the individual, but said that case investigation suggested that the illness was "community acquired," not tied to any specific place or event.
"It continues to be critical that individuals and organizations take action to slow the spread of the virus by following all applicable guidance and recommendations from the Public Health Department, and carefully reviewing new recommendations and guidelines as they are updated," officials said.
Siskiyou County Public Health underlined that community spread of COVID-19 poses an even greater threat to people in high-risk categories — namely adults over age 65 and people with chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
The agency said that residents should take action to protect themselves, their family and their community by taking the following steps:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Washing hands often
- Maintaining a minimum of six feet of distance between others
- Wearing a face covering when away from home and in contact with individuals who are not part of their household
- Limit non-essential travel.
- Avoid gatherings
- Avoid sick people