Covid-19 Safety Precautions

Please review all of the items on this page. 

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Press Release-Stay Home for Mild Illness 010522.pdf

Free Covid-19 Testing available through Santa Cruz County COE

Click on the link below for more information.

Stay Healthy: Get a Flu Shot, Wear a Mask, and Social Distance

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever. It can offer protection against this year’s flu strains and help keep you out of the hospital. The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu every year.

Covid or the Flu?

If you get sick, it could be tricky to know if you have the flu or COVID-19. They have similar symptoms: Fever, chills, congestion, cough, muscle aches, nausea, headache and fatigue. Although there is symptom overlap, there are two key hallmarks of COVID-19 infection:

-New loss of taste or smell, without nasal congestion.

-Shortness of breath.

Other signs to look out for: the severity of symptoms can be much worse with COVID-19 and critical illness can develop quickly. Another difference is time between exposure and when a person typically gets sick. With COVID-19, a person usually develops symptoms about five days after infection, but the range is two to 14 days after exposure. With the flu, you typically get sick one to four days after exposure. Also, how it makes you sick differs. When you get the flu, it often makes you feel very sick within a few hours after symptoms start. COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily knock you down the first few days and may not make you feel very sick until a few days after it starts.

In general, colds are much milder than either the flu or COVID-19. Cold symptoms tend to come on gradually over a few days and can include stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing and a scratchy throat. In most cases, a cold won’t cause a fever or extreme fatigue and doesn’t lead to serious health problems.

It’s important to remember that with every illness not everyone gets all the symptoms. Review our chart detailing the symptoms of these respiratory illnesses. You can also check the CDC website for a complete list of COVID-19, flu and cold symptoms.

Free PPE Available!

Are you in need of PPE supplies?! We've got 'em! Please contact the BalanceSCC office to schedule a time to come by and pick up supplies if you need them.

Covid-19 Testing Information

Free Covid-19 tests continue to be available through LHI. If you are in need of a test this is a great, free, and easy resource. You can find more information HERE.

Staying Safe During the Holidays

Please click HERE for the county's guidelines for staying safe from Covid-19 during the holidays.

Click on the "Get Started" button, below, to use this Coronavirus Self-Checker.

Locations for Covid Testing.pdf

Covid-19 Reporting Procedure for Staff


Letter to Home Respite Staff about Covid-19

Letter to Home Respite Workers 3_30_2020.pdf

Per  CDC Recommendations,  we are  strongly encourageing our employees to take the following actions:

Please take the time to read these guides from the CDC.


Click HERE to view the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Health Alerts Page.