What to know about masks, testing and vaccinations as cases rise again in Sacramento

As COVID-19 transmission increases heading into summer, mask mandates remain patchy across the Sacramento area, though some resources remain in place for testing and vaccination regardless of health status. insurance or citizenship.

When a judge in Florida rescinded federal government guidelines mandating masks on public transport on April 18, he launched a wave of waiver warrants across the country on the same day. Requiring masks on public transport is now up to individual agencies.

Sacramento International Airport and Sacramento Regional Transportation recommends, but does not require, masks.

However, some agencies have reversed their policies. In Los Angeles County, those taking public transportation and visitors to Hollywood Burbank and LAX airports need to wear masks until the county’s coronavirus transmission reaches a Centers for Disease Control “moderate” level or May 22, whichever comes first. On April 28, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system reinstated his mask mandate until July 18.

Sacramento County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Samantha Mott said via email that while the county is seeing a nationally consistent increase in cases, “hospitalizations and deaths are not seeing the same gradual increase than cases, showing that vaccinations are working as expected. ”

the Sacramento County COVID-19 Dashboard shows a gradual increase in the seven-day average of cases; on March 30, 60 new cases were reported in the last 7 days. As of April 30, there were 161.

“Masks are always strongly recommended when going out in public, especially in crowded places and especially for people at increased risk of serious illness,” Mott said.

The City of Sacramento Unified School District also reiterated its recommendation for masks in its April 29 weekly update, although masks are no longer required since April 18.

“Multi-level prevention strategies, like staying up to date on vaccines and wearing masks, can help prevent serious illness and reduce the potential strain on our healthcare system,” he said.

Dr. Ahna Suleiman, an adolescent development consultant and public health faculty member at Sacramento State University, has another perspective on what she hopes responses to growing transmission will look like.

“If we don’t recognize that the expertise that community members bring to the table with their lived experience is just as valuable as any amount of epidemiology or policy understanding or anything else , we’re really missing the boat,” she said.

Suleiman added that she hopes future solutions for creating safe and effective ways to gather will address the nuances in a “yes and” way rather than an “either-or” model. For example, she said, while working from home has allowed many to thrive, it’s also “very stratified by people’s economic status.”

“A lot of times we’re just trying to socialize community members, young people, whoever it is, to navigate really broken systems, rather than improving those systems so that they’re more accessible to everyone,” a- she declared. “If we could take one thing away from the pandemic…let’s be innovative…find ways to use multiple modalities to get people engaged at school or work.

COVID-19 Resources Still Available in the Sacramento Area

The following testing sites do not require health insurance and are available to all residents, regardless of citizenship status:

  • Robertson Community Center: 3525 Norwood Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95838
    • Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Registration link
  • Liberty Towers Church: 5132 Elkhorn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95842
  • La Familia Maple Neighborhood Center: 3301 37th Ave., Room 7, Sacramento, CA 95824
  • Cordova Neighborhood Church: 10600 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
  • Asian Resources, Inc.: 6270 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento, CA 95824
  • Chabolla Community Center: 600, avenue de Chabolla, Galt, CA 95632
  • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church: 3996 14th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820

This more comprehensive list of COVID-19 testing sites in the county includes the above sites, plus others that require insurance.


The department also continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics every week. Visits without an appointment are accepted, but you can also do an appointment via MyTurn in advance.

Emotional support

In response to the emotional upheaval some may have felt due to the pandemic, the Sacramento Native American Health Center offers a variety of support groups to the Sacramento community.

You do not have to be an Indigenous person or an SNAHC patient to participate in the groups, of which there are three: one deals with bereavement, another deals with reacclimating to social activities as restrictions are lifted and another is aimed at health care providers.

“People think they’re the only one going through particular fears or anxiety, or the grieving process,” he said. “But we’ve had some really good responses from people saying it’s good to have a space where you can share how you feel what you’re going through with other people who share some of those same emotions, you know, in particular being isolated in many cases, or going through something new like the pandemic.

For more information or to join the groups, you can call SNAHC at 916-341-0576 or email them at [email protected].

Benefits for workers

If you had to miss work because of the omicron variant at the beginning of the year, you are eligible for retroactive sick leave related to COVID-19 until January 1, 2022.

You can also deposit an application for disability insurance in English or complaint in spanishwhich can provide at least 60-70% of a worker’s earnings based on income once a week for up to a year, by mail or through California’s online program.

Additionally, you can also drop a request for paid family leave; citizenship and immigration status do not affect your eligibility for disability insurance or paid family leave.

Sacramento-area workers can also call the Center for Workers’ Rights’ Coronavirus Employment Protection Hotline at 916-905-1625 for more information.

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