Sacramento Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Says Sleep Train Arena Will Have 363 Beds

March 19, 2020

Things are changing by the minute for all of us.

As the call for social distancing expands and changes by the day, we hope you and your family are staying healthy.

We are working hard to keep you informed as we all get through this together.

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Updated 4/1/20 6:00pm

Gov. Newsom has made a statement saying that 363 hospital beds will be ready in the Sleep Train Arena, should Sacramento need them. 

A large part of the state’s surge plan includes ensuring there will be enough beds and ventilators in California for the anticipated patients. Newsom said Wednesday he’s looking to secure 66,000 beds, 30,000 of which would come from the existing hospital system. The remaining beds need to be procured from other sites, including Sleep Train Arena.

For more info, click HERE.

Updated 4/1/20 12:53pm

California public schools will remain physically closed for the rest of the school year as the state works to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Schools will be teaching online via distance learning. 

For the full story, click HERE.

Updated 3/27/20 12:52pm

Sacramento County school district officials have announced that they will be extending school closures amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Closures are extended until May 1, and school districts in the county will move classes online, officials said in a news conference.

Click HERE for the full story.

Updated 3/27/20 11:00am

The House of Representatives has voted to approve a $2.2 trillion package tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic, even as one Republican threatened leaders’ plans for swift passage.

The package will now go to the desk of President Donald Trump for him to sign.

To read more, click HERE.

Updated 3/26/20 3:26pm

The United States now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases. 

Johns Hopkins University's account, the number of people infected in the U.S. reached over 82,000 on Thursday. Just ahead of the 81,000 cases in China and 80,000 in Italy.

Italy still has the most confirmed deaths out of any country with more than 8,000. More than 1,000 people have died in the U.S.

For the full story, click HERE.

Updated 3/25/20 3:00pm

Sacramento County has now reached 113 cases of coronavirus & 5 deaths which is an increase of 25 since Monday.

As the ammount of tests increase, its being warned that the number of cases are expected to grow much higher. Currently California has 2,535 known cases and 53 deaths.

Click HERE to read more.

Updated 3/25/20 10:07am

Newson said in a news conference on Tuesday that the next six to eight weeks wil be pivitol in "bending the curve" in novel coronavirus cases in California. 

The Governor also said that be belives April or early-April would be too soon to lift the stay-at-home order.

“We’re trying to bend that curve, but we haven’t bent it. And so the question is April or early-April, I think that would be misleading to represent, at least for California, that would be the case,” he said.

Newsom reiterated that Californians need to take the order and the COVID-19 outbreak seriously.

To read more about the "stay at home" order in CA, and the coronavirus cases in the state, click HERE.

Updated 3/24/20 5:48pm

Playground equipment is being closed off amid COVID-19 concerns in Sacramento. It is unclear if the parks within the City of Sacramento will be shut down as well.

In Placer and Yolo County, playgrounds, parks and other public recreation areas have been closed as well. 

To read more, click HERE.

Updated 3/24/20 10:41am

Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing is coming to Sacramento County on Tuesday through a private company called, Verily, that wants to rapidly expand testing in Northern California.

This drive-thru testing is going to be one of the most accessible in our area. It will not require a doctor’s note, just that you fill out a form about symptoms online. The company said they are focused on testing those most at risk.

Currently, the lack of testing for the virus is a problem nationwide. Verily’s goal is to have results within days.

Here's how to get tested:

  • Go to
  • Create an account
  • Take a screener test, sharing information about your health and symptoms.

Based on the Department of Health and CDC guidelines, the screener will determine if you are at risk and need a test.

The company says the test is free as long as you qualify. You’ll be given the location of a test site and your results will be emailed to you.

More information can be found HERE.

Updated 3/20/20 12:51pm

On March 17, 2020, the Sacramento City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to establish a temporary moratorium on evicting tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This moratorium will end once the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 issued on March 16, 2020 terminates on May 31, 2020, unless it is extended.

Click HERE for more information, and to download all necessary forms for delay of rent payment for City of Sacramento.

Updated 3/19/20 6:50pm

Gov. Gavin Newsom is instituting statewide order for people to "stay at home" going in force this evening. 

Updated 3/19/20 4:56pm

Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson has issued a directive for residents to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” effective 12:01 a.m., March 20, 2020, in response to local and regional spread of COVID-19.

Under the directive, Placer County residents are directed to only leave their residence to perform essential activities, some of which include:

  • Activities to maintain the health and safety of family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medication.
  • Obtaining necessary services or supplies (or delivering those services or supplies to others), such as getting groceries.
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, provided six feet of spacing is maintained between people who are not members of the same household.
  • Performing work providing essential products and services at an essential business as defined in the directive, or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in the directive.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

Click HERE to see the full directive.

Updated 3/19/20 at 12pm

Sacramento County officials have issued a "stay at home " legal order that will take place at 11:59pm Thursday night and will las until April 7th. Pleae be aware that this is a legal order but is not a “shelter-in-place” order. Public health officers are directing all individuals in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities. Click here for the full story and what essential activity are defined as.

Update 3/18/20 at 6:54pm

The state has extended the state tax filing deadline to June 15, 2020 for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.

To read more about how the state of California is helping residents during the coronavirus pandemic, click HERE.

Update 3/18/20 at 5:52pm

Solano County has issued a "shelter at home" order on Wednesday evening. This order is in effect immediately and will be in place until April 7th if it is not extended, rescinded, superseded, or ammended by the Solano County Public Health.

Officials said this will be an order, not a recommendation, which will be enforceable by police.

Click HERE for more information on the order!

Update 3/18/20 at 12:30pm

Yolo County officials have issued a county-wide shelter-in-place order that is expected to last until April 7th. Yolo County is now the 7th to issue this order behind the bay area counties issued on Tuesday. Click here for the full story.

Update 3/17/20 at 5:56PM

Sacramento City Council unanimously decides to suspend tenant evictions until public health emergency is lifted. Tenants have 120 days after the public health emergency is lifted to pay rent and no fees can be imposed.