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).
To contact Public Health regarding the coronavirus, call 707-263-8174 or email MHOAC@lakecountyca.gov.
Below are information resource guides. Updates are posted here as information becomes available.
Lake County Cases at a Glance
Looking for More Lake County COVID-19 data?
Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing is now available in Lakeport, Clearlake, Middletown and Upper Lake.
Lake County Health Services has partnered with the California Department of Public Health in collaboration with Project Baseline by Verily to bring testing to sites around Lake County.
For more information, or to schedule your test, visit Project Baseline.
To schedule, please visit Project Baseline
Who is eligible?
- Eligibility determined through screening process
- Must be age 18+
- Have transportation to a mobile testing site
- Willing to sign a COVID-19 Public Health Authorization and Lab Consent Form
What is involved?
- Create an account with Project Baseline
- Complete a screening process
- Sign authorization forms
- Schedule an appointment
- Get tested for COVID-19
- Receive your results
Protect Yourself & Others
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.
Social DistancingLimiting 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
- 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.
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.
Will warm weather stop the outbreak of COVID-19?
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
What should healthcare professionals and health departments do?
See the CDC's FAQ for Healthcare Professionals for more information.