Lake County Tier Status
Widespread Transmission (Tier 1 / Purple)
January 10-16, 2021:
Daily case rate: 61.0 per 100,000 population
Testing positivity: 12.2% (7-day average)
Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.
All open businesses and industries must follow current California industry guidance.
To learn more, visit California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Lake County Cases at a Glance
Updated: January 27, 2021
Regional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capacity
The Regional Stay Home Order, announced on December 3, 2020, goes into effect if ICU capacity drops below 15% in a region. To learn more see California's Stay at Home Order.
Lake County is in the Northern CA region. As of January 24, the Northern CA region had 48% remaining ICU capacity.
Looking for More Lake County COVID-19 data?
The Lake County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tested COVID+ ? Tell your close contacts to quarantine anonymously by text or email using the website tellyourcontacts.org!
Keep the Emergency Room OPEN for Emergencies
Our local emergency rooms are a great resource, but should not be used for COVID-19 testing unless you have emergent symptoms. Help keep our emergency rooms open by testing through your healthcare provider or any of the sites below.
Expanded Testing Now Available!
OptumServe anticipates is now offering testing services.
Schedule online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting
Call 888-634-1123 for assistance with scheduling.
Testing is available Monday through Saturday, 7 am - 7 pm, excluding holidays at the following locations:
- Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays: City of Lakeport Silveira Community Center (500 N. Main Street)
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: Lower Lake at Town Hall (16195 Main Street)
Appointments are highly recommended; limited on-site registration is available.
Testing is available to all residents, including:
- Minors (with parent/guardian)
Alternative Testing Resources
- Rite Aid is conducting Drive-Thru testing in Clearlake and Ukiah. Appointments can be made online at https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing. Insurance is not required.
- Labcorp offers home testing by mail. Visit www.pixel.labcorp.com for information. Insurance is not required.
- Lake County Tribal Health offers testing by appointment to established patients with or without symptoms. For appointments, call 707-263-1000. For pediatric appointments, call 707-263-1010.
Protect Yourself & Others
Vaccination and Vaccine Safety
Social Distancing & Facial Masking Requirements
Benefits to Practicing Social Distancing & Wearing Facial Masks
Practicing social distancing and wearing facial masks helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and protects others, especially our more vulnerable populations. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 also enables Lake County to move through California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which will help businesses and our community's economic recovery.
Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded place and avoid gatherings
Recent CDC studies show that people infected with coronavirus may not have symptoms and could spread the disease. Wearing a mask or face covering is critical to protecting you and those around you. Wearing a mask is now required state-wide, with limited exceptions.*
*Exceptions: Face coverings may not be appropriate for people that have medical conditions leading to difficulty breathing with face coverings, children six years or under, and for those who would have difficulty removing the covering without assistance.
How to Safely Wear & Take Off a Cloth Face Covering
Wear Your Face Covering Correctly
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
- Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2.
Follow Everyday Health Habits
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Use Face Coverings to Protect Others
- Wear a face covering to protect others in case you're infected but don't have symptoms.
- Keep the covering on your face the entire time you're in public.
- Don't put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Don't touch the face covering, and if you do, clean your hands.
Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You're Home
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
- Fold outside corners together.
- Place coverings in the washing machine.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, both of which should should be saved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. For instructions on making a cloth face covering, please visit:
CDC Guidance Videos
Stay Up To Date with Social Media
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
General Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Community, Work and School: Information for Where You Live, Work, Learn and Play
People with Disabilities
Daily Activities & Going Out
If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
Use of Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
What to Do If You Are Sick
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)News Releases
Outpatient Healthcare Facility Infection Control
Cleaning and Waste Management Considerations for Residences
Resources for Older Adults
The safety and well-being of Lake County's vulnerable populations, their families and caregivers are a priority. To help keep you updated during COVID-19, we have developed a list of resources:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Older Adults
Care Plans Help Both Older Adults and Caregivers
Complete Care Plan form (download)
Deciding to Go Out
Protect Yourself Financially from the Impact of the Crononavirus
Beware of Scams Related to the Coronavirus
BenefitsCheckUp.org Benefits Resource Library
Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
Medicare & Coronavirus, Coping with Stress
Medicare & Coronavirus, Telehealth and Related Services
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Senior Health Information
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
What is the source of the virus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people. More information about the source and spread of COVID-19 is available on the Situation Summary: Source and Spread of the Virus.
What should healthcare professionals and health departments do?
See the CDC's FAQ for Healthcare Professionals for more information.