Out of state delivery driver tests positive after local deliveries

Known COVID-19 cases in Lassen County remained at zero Wednesday evening, April 15, but the Joint Incident Command team released information of an out of state delivery driver, who tested positive, making deliveries in the area.

“It has come to the attention of the Incident Command team that some residents have been contacted by an out of state delivery service that delivers into Lassen County relaying information about their driver that tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus),” read the Wednesday update. “Based on the investigation by the county health department, it has been confirmed that a driver that has made deliveries to Lassen County later tested positive for COVID-19. We learned that April 3 was the last time the driver delivered to Lassen County. The Incident Command team will continue to be in contact with the company in order to monitor the situation and provide information to the public as necessary.”

Incident Command continued, sharing proper precautions when interacting with delivery service employees.

“The Lassen COVID-19 Incident Command wants to remind the public to adhere to social distancing and hand washing when interacting with delivery service employees. Many residents receive deliveries with products from out of the area,” the update read.

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In light of these events, Incident Command asked the public to follow some guidelines when accepting a delivery to limit exposure to COVID-19.

  • Don’t shake hands with the driver.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet with the driver.
  • Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds after handling any package.
  • Clean surfaces where packages have touched.