The Amador County Public Health Department announced earlier this week that it has confirmed a third case of COVID-19 in Amador County as the county moves through its third week of both a local and statewide “Stay-at-Home” order to help contain the spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Public Health reported that the third individual diagnosed is an elderly resident of Amador County, who is currently at home and recovering. Officials concluded that the case was travel-related and not community spread.
This is the third case of novel Coronavirus found in an Amador resident. The first was a resident travelling abroad, who has sought treatment and not returned to Amador County. The second case was similar to the just announced case; an elderly resident who caught the virus while traveling outside of the county and who is now at home recovering.
On Tuesday, March 31, Public Health reported that they were investigating two cases of positive COVID-19 cases where the individuals affected worked in Amador County, but did not live here. Earlier in the week, Amador Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr issued additional orders that hotels and other lodging facilities should not be opened to non-Amador County residents traveling for non-essential purposes such as tourism or recreation and that employers in businesses that continue to operate should monitor their employees for fevers and other signs of illness.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our community and we are reminding everyone of the importance of the Stay at Home Order,” Kerr said. “Our residents, health care providers, employers, and lodging facilities all serve an important role in our local COVID-19 mitigation and response.”
A recent study shows that Amador County is doing comparatively well in obeying the stay at home directives and limiting travel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a study first highlighted in the Sacramento Bee, technology company Unacast has launched a social distancing scoreboard that uses cell phone data to show how much people have reduced their movements since the outbreak. The site shows that among 15 rural California counties, Amador has done the best at social distancing, being the only rural county to reduce overall distance travelled by more than 45 percent.
Local businesses are feeling the impact of the shelter-in-place order.
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, one of the largest employers in the county, extended its closure indefinitely. The casino also announced a round of layoffs this week, saying it will reduce its 1,275-person workforce by 275 employees. Remaining employees will continue to receive pay and benefits through at least April 12. Management is scheduled to reevaluate the situation in mid-April.
On a positive note, though the Tribe has been greatly impacted by its temporary closure, the Tribe continues to look for ways to helps its community. Adam Dalton, Chairman for the Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians, announced Thursday, April 2, that he and the Tribe would be waiving rent for the month of April for all of its residential and commercial properties, including Pinewoods Apartments.
“We can and will get through this together,” Dalton said.
Harrah’s Northern California also remains closed and has committed to paying employees through mid-April.
The Amador County Courthouse is closed for business until April 6, except for very limited types of cases, including criminal in-custody hearings and emergency protective or custody orders. Judge J.S. Hermanson has issued an emergency order reducing bail for all misdemeanor offenses to zero. The only exceptions are for domestic abuse and restraining order violations, as well as DUI’s with prior convictions.
Amador Transit has further reduced service, including the cancellation of all Ione and Plymouth routes. Call (209) 267-9395 for the latest route information.