COVID-19 Updates January 14, 2021

COVID-19 (January 14, 2021)
Posted on 01/14/2021

State Orders in Place:

 San Joaquin County EMS Report

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The State of California is in the process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone who wants to be vaccinated through local public health departments.  For information on the phases that are currently being vaccinated in San Joaquin County and how to schedule an appointment (please note that scheduling information is currently not available, but planned to be added), please use the links below:

San Joaquin County Department of Public Health:

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services:

For additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the following websites:

State of California:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule

Regional Stay Home Order - NEW
San Joaquin County is currently under the Regional Stay Home Order. The Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, and a supplemental order, signed December 6, 2020, will go into effect at 11:59 PM the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. The supplemental order clarifies retail operations and goes into effect immediately. They prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders.

Region Map
The state released a map of the five regions being measured. When a region first falls below 15% ICU bed availability, the Regional Stay Home Order goes into effect there the next evening at 11:59 PM.

-Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
-Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
-Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
-San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
-Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

What Does This Mean? 
The Regional Stay Home Order instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible and to stop mixing between households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health. The Regional Stay Home Order will help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity. 

Under the order, the following sectors are allowed to remain open with safety precautions: 

-Critical infrastructure (when remote option is not possible)
-Non-urgent medical and dental care
-Child care and pre-K

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

-Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
-Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
-Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
-Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
-Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
-Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
-Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
-Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity all operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

-Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
-Hair salons and barbershops
-Personal care services
-Museums, zoos, and aquariums
-Movie theaters (except drive-in)
-Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
-Family entertainment centers
-Cardrooms and satellite wagering
-Limited services
-Live audience sports
-Amusement parks

Limited Stay Home Order 
The San Joaquin County Department of Public Health released a statement November 16, 2020 detailing San Joaquin County's return to Purple Tier.

Effective November 21, 2020 it is required that all non essential work and activities stop between 10:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M. for counties in the Purple Tier.  Click Here for the Limited Stay at Home Order.

Stay at Home

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a new plan for reopening. Counties are given a designation related to the risk of activity or business: Purple, Red, Orange, or Yellow. The color determines how businesses can operate in each county. Information, including the types of businesses and activities allowed in each county, is available on the State's website.

These orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. 

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Each county is assigned its tier every Tuesday. A county must remain in a tier for a minimum of 21 consecutive days before moving to the next tier. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier criteria for 14 consecutive days. The rates of cases and positivity are an average over the previous seven days and both must be met.

Current Tier for San Joaquin County-Purple

Effective November 17, 2020 San Joaquin County is in the Purple Tier, which indicates "widespread" with more than 7 new cases per 100,000 residents daily, or more than 8% positive tests. Counties can move backward by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations. 

Purple Tier

Businesses and Activities 

For specific guidance for businesses and activities, please refer to the State of California website and enter "San Joaquin" in the County search field.

  • Hair Salons and Barbershops may provide indoor services (August 31, 2020)
  • Retail Shopping Centers may open with restrictions (August 31, 2020)

Before Reopening Requirements

The State issues guidance; following the release of State Guidance, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer will approve reopening and implementation.

Requirements for cleaning and physical distancing are applicable to all operations. Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance for your workplace;
  2. Prepare a plan based on the guidance;
  3. Put the plan into action; and
  4. Post an industry-specific checklist to show customers and employees the actions taken to reduce the risk, including, but not limited to:
  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  • Implement disinfecting protocols.
  • Implement physical distancing guidance.

Outdoor Activities

San Joaquin County has also authorized reopening certain outdoor recreational activities: boat ramps; disc golf (no using nets); fishing; gun ranges; hunting clubs/archery; marinas; and parks.

Controlling the Spread of COVID-19 

To slow the spread of the virus, everyone must:

  • Wear a face covering;
  • Physically distance - at least 6 feet from others who are not members of your household; and
  • Wash your hands

San Joaquin County COVID-19 Data

The number of cases of COVID-19 is reported by San Joaquin County Public Health Services. County-wide information is updated daily. Data is available using the Dashboard available on the San Joaquin County Public Health website:

COVID-19 Testing

There are two testing sites available in San Joaquin County: One is located in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, and the second is located in Lodi, at the Lodi Public Library. Both sites require an appointment.  Please use links below.

Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program (Verily) - French Camp

The State of California Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program, developed by Verily, is provided in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, just off of Interstate 5. Please use the following link to request an appointment:

OptumServe Testing - Lodi

This is one of 80 testing sites provided through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  

  • Appointments made online at or by calling (888) 634-1123.
  • Fees will be covered by insurance or the State of California.

Ripon Recycling Center Information

Starting August 1, 2020, the Ripon Recycling Center will be open for limited operations Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 6:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The limited operations at this time will be for Ripon residents only. City staff will be evaluating the operation moving forward to explore the possibility of expanding this to businesses, commercial, and non-residents in the future.
In order to comply with the Stay at Home Orders, Ripon Unified School Volunteers will be on-site to direct individuals to ensure all distancing requirements are maintained. The following are the rules that will be in place during the current Stay at Home Orders:

  • Enter at the northern driveway
  • Remain in your car until it is your turn to unload your recyclable material
  • Residential loads only, no businesses or commercial sized truck/loads at this time
  • Residents must unload all material into proper container
  • The following are recyclables that are accepted at this time:
  • Cardboard, must be clean and free of trash
  • TVs & Screens, must be loaded directly into container
  • Plastics, no changes
  • Glass, no changes
  • Mixed Paper, no changes
  • Newspaper, no changes
  • Styrofoam, no changes
  • CRV (Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles) are being accepted at this time

Illegal dumping items at the Recycling Center outside of the posted hours of operation will result in a citation for violating the Ripon Municipal Code.    

Solid Waste Disposal

Effective 5/13/2020, the Lovelace Materials Recycling Facility and Transfer Station is open to the public, resuming normal business hours.  Customers are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings and gloves when visiting sites.

Credit, debit and business checks only will be accepted - NO CASH transactions.

Please expect longer wait times at County solid waste facilities due to required social distancing and Health Orders. 

Lovelace Materials Recycling Facility and Transfer Station:  (209) 982-5770 

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