COVID-19 Notice: Barton Health remains prepared to care for those with COVID-19. Please read our up-to-date information, including how to access to care and current visitation policies. Learn more.
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COVID-19 is a virus that can cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.

COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have experienced, in the last 14 days, fever or chills/rigors/shaking, muscle or body aches or pain, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, OR if you have been in contact with anyone who is suspected positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please call your health provider’s office or Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999. Health Line callers can ask questions and may be scheduled for screening, testing and medical care at Barton’s referral-only respiratory screening centers or our Respiratory Urgent Care at Stateline Medical Center.

Who is at Higher Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19?

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Smokers
  • Older adults
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems
  • Individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition, it is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

Residents and visitors play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The CDC advocates the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people, including limiting large social gatherings, and keeping a minimum distance of 6 feet between people.

Watch the World Health Organization's (WHO) handwashing video. Review the CDC's handwashing guidelines, or print and distribute an informational handwashing flyer.

Face Masks

When out in public, for example to run errands, visit the grocery story or attend appointments, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Face masks are required for entry into Barton Health medical offices/ facilities. Per California and Nevada state orders, face masks are required when out in public spaces.

The American Hospital Association encourages people across the country to continue to practice safe measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 with their new public service announcement

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do not use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Duke University scientists tested 14 types of masks for the level of effectiveness in stopping droplets expelled during speech. Review the efficacy of the different types of masks.

CDC Face Mask Guidelines

It is also important to listen to public health officials who may recommend community actions to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, especially if COVID-19 is spreading in our community.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 information changes quickly, you can also find current details from these resources:

Local Public Health Departments

  • El Dorado County Health Department

    For the quickest response, residents in El Dorado County are encouraged to use the 211 El Dorado service for questions about COVID-19. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7 in multiple languages across the County:
    • Dial 211 on your phone to speak to a live operator
    • Text your zip code to 898211
  • Carson City & Douglas County Health Department
    • 775-283-4789 - 8am-5pm

Articles & News


Barton Health COVID-19 Video Playlist

Use the icon in the upper right corner of the video to choose from other Barton Health COVID-19 videos.


World Health Organization (WHO): How to handwash? With soap and water.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): How to Make Your own Face Covering

Learn more about how to wear a cloth face covering from the CDC website.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD): COVID-19 Hospital Communication Access

Learn more about communicating with medical personnel during coronavirus from the National Association of the Deaf's website.

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