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Solano County Public Health celebrates National Public Health Week 2021 by highlighting the divisions core values
April 2, 2021
SOLANO COUNTY – On Monday, April 4, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Solano Public Health will kick off National Public Health Week along with hundreds of partners across the nation to celebrate and recognize public health. National Public Health Week, April 5-11, includes hundreds of events, conversations and activities, encouraging communities to act on public health priorities.
This year’s theme, “Building Bridges to Better Health,” focuses on the core values of public health and encourages communities to organize and mobilize into action to improve health for all. The efforts aim to highlight the benefits of prevention, advocate for healthy and equitable policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system.
COVID-19 has underscored the importance of public health and highlighted the need for increased investment in public health infrastructure to keep communities safe and healthy. Solano County takes this opportunity to honor all the dedicated staff and community partners working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 response efforts have included case investigation and contact tracing, outbreak mitigation, medical care and monitoring, testing, vaccination, public information dissemination and health education, case management & navigation, community collaboration, connection to basic needs resources and support, needs assessment and strategic planning, emergency preparedness and logistics coordination, and many more.
“I’m proud to highlight the public health efforts of each community in our county,” said Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Health Officer for Solano County. “National Public Health Week is an opportunity for us to appreciate the importance of prevention and promotion of health in our community. This year’s theme describes Public Health’s commitment creating the healthiest community and nation.”
Each day during National Public Health Week will focus on a different theme. Public health experts will discuss the themes in detail on APHA’s Public Health Newswire throughout the week. To learn more about National Public Health Week events, visit the APHA’s calendar at www.nphw.org. In Solano County, Solano Public Health will join health care partners to present Solano’s Community Health Assessment to the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6. This report provides community level data and indicators of health in Solano County. Many of these outcome measures have been impacted by the pandemic. After Tuesday, this report may be found at http://bit.ly/SolanoCHNA.
For the most recent local COVID-19 health information, including the current number of COVID-19 cases and vaccination in Solano County, visit the Solano County website at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVID19 and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SolanoCountyPH (@SolanoCountyPH).
PLEASE CONTINUE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:
n Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
n Cover coughs and sneezes
n Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
n Stay home when sick and keep children home when they are sick
n Wear a face covering and maintain at least a six-foot distance from others in public settings
UPCOMING CHANGES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS
Solano Public Health has recently seen an increase in the number of daily cases, and a continuation of this trend can keep Solano County in a more restrictive opening tier. To move to a less restrictive tier, test positivity rates and additional metrics must continue to improve and meet tier three (orange tier) requirements for two consecutive weeks. If Solano County continues to make progress in preventing COVID-19 transmission, additional business sectors and indoor activities can progressively begin to open with modifications according to the State of California’s framework. To find the status of reopening in the County, visit www.covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
More than 126,000 individuals have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Solano County. More information on the vaccine can be found at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVIDVaccine. The site also includes links to register for notifications about upcoming vaccine clinics on both the County Vaccine Interest Form (bit.ly/solanovax) and the State of California’s MyTurn system (MyTurn.Ca.Gov). As of April 15, all people ages 16+ will be eligible for vaccination in California. Currently Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for 16 to 17-year-old individuals. Vaccinations are no-cost and available to all current eligible groups regardless of health insurance or immigration status.
FREE COVID-19 TESTING FOR ANYONE IN SOLANO COUNTY
As more businesses begin to reopen, COVID-19 testing continues to be available for free, regardless of symptoms. Same-day appointments are available. Sign up at www.Lhi.Care/CovidTesting and/or by calling (888) 634-1123.