Coronavirus

Overview

Updates on Novel Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Placer County Public Health, and the City of Rocklin are monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The safety and wellbeing of the community is our highest priority. 

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Rocklin City Manager Steve Rudolph

Message From City Manager Steve Rudolph on COVID-19

To all residents and businesses,

It is imperative the Rocklin community stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is not only for our individual health and safety, but for the wellbeing of our loved ones – young and old.

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Updates on Coronavirus

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April 1

Message from the City Manager Steve Rudolph on COVID-19

March 31 Update

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and employees amid the pandemic and economic downturn. The act includes expanded economic disaster assistance loans, and updated business tax provisions. 

Learn more about the program and how to apply for loans at the U.S. SBA’s website

March 25 Update

Rocklin Chamber Assembling Quick Guide to Open Businesses

The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce has created a quick guide that allows businesses to share with residents how they continue to operate during this time. All local businesses are welcome to submit their information and the list will be updated every 24-48 hours.

Click here to fill out the Quick Guide form.

Download the latest guide here.

March 24 Update

Rocklin playgrounds closed

For the safety of the public, all playgrounds are closed as staff will be unable to keep them properly sanitized during this time.

Proclamation of Local Emergency Ratified

On Tuesday March 24, the Rocklin City Council ratified a local state of emergency proclamation first made by City Manager Steve Rudolph on March 18 due to the novel coronavirus. The proclamation will be in effect until ended by the City Council.

The proclamation of a local emergency does not signify an increased risk to the residents of Rocklin.  The proclamation of a local emergency allows the City to utilize and provide mutual aid, secure additional resources, and potentially obtain reimbursement for activities related to the emergency from state and federal sources.

March 23 Update

Rocklin PD Now Offers Online Non-Emergency Crime Reporting

Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and as an additional convenience to the public, the Rocklin Police Department now offers an online reporting option for certain non-emergency incidents where a suspect is not known. 

March 20 Update

BUILDING SERVICES DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE

Permitting and plan checks will be by appointment only. An inspection self-certification process has been put in place. Click the link above for more information or visit rocklin.ca.us/buildingservices

March 19 Update

WPWMA Temporarily Suspending Facility Services

The Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) will be limiting access to its solid waste facility located at the corner of Athens Avenue and Fiddyment Road beginning Monday, March 23 to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Visit the link above for more information.

March 18

City of Rocklin Proclaims Local Emergency

The City Manager of the City of Rocklin proclaimed a local state of emergency on March 18, 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. The local emergency is in effect now, through March 24, when it can be confirmed and ratified by the Rocklin City Council.

The proclamation of a local emergency does not signify an increased risk to the residents of Rocklin. The proclamation of local emergency allows the City to utilize and provide mutual aid, secure additional resources, and potentially obtain reimbursement for activities related to the emergency from state and federal sources.

March 17 Update

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance Loans to CA Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Association is now offering disaster relief low-interest rate loans for both for-profit (3.75 percent) and non-profit (2.75 percent) California businesses impacted by coronavirus. This amount can be up to 2 million, and the payback period may be up to 30 years.

For more information or to apply, visit the SBA’s webpage.

March 16 Update

Rocklin Parks and Recreation Programs Canceled Through April 30

The City of Rocklin’s highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our community. To help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City is cancelling parks and recreation programs through April 30.

This includes:

  • Group classes for seniors
  • Youth sports programs
  • Community activity courses
  • Field rentals
  • Venue rentals with expected attendance of 50 or greater (Cancellation of rentals with expected attendance under 50 can be done on a voluntary basis, with full refunds provided)

Staff is contacting individuals and organizations with reservations and will refund rental fees for cancelled events. 

General City of Rocklin services are operating at full capacity and leadership will continue to monitor public health recommendations, evaluate procedures and make changes accordingly.

March 13 Update

Rocklin Postpones or Cancels Events as Recommended by CDPH

The City of Rocklin’s highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our community. To help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City is following recommendations released by the California Dept. of Public Health on March 12 and postponing or cancelling all events at City-managed facilities expected to gather 250 or more people through March 31.

This includes reservations at the Rocklin Event Center and parks and recreation facilities. Staff is contacting individuals and organizations with reservations to make arrangements and will refund rental fees in full if an event is cancelled. 

Public meetings, including City Council and Planning Commission meetings, will continue to be held on their regularly scheduled dates with increased precautions recommended by public health agencies.

    March 12 Update

    Rocklin Fire Department Employees Cleared for Duty

    Three Rocklin Fire Department employees are clear to return to protecting the community after being under voluntary quarantine due to potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The Fire Dept. employees have not shown symptoms after responding to a call 15 days ago on Feb. 27, where the person assisted later tested positive for COVID-19 and died.

    The Fire Dept. employees and the City of Rocklin followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, and Placer County Public Health to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Importantly, the Fire Dept. employees extend their condolences, along with those of the entire City, to the family of the deceased.

    March 11 Update

    Placer County Public Health recommends COVID-19 mitigation

    On March 10, Placer County Public Health (PCPH) and Yolo County announced they are changing strategy for COVID-19 response from containment to mitigation to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    The City of Rocklin will follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and PCPH on mass gatherings and community events. The recommendations may lead to City events being modified, cancelled or postponed and updates will be released as the situation develops.

    March 4 Update

    Rocklin Fire Department Employees Quarantined after Exposure to Coronavirus

    Three employees of the Rocklin Fire Department are in quarantine after exposure to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Rocklin employees were exposed after responding to a call unrelated to respiratory illness on Feb. 27. The person assisted later tested positive for the virus and died.

    Placer County Public Health is actively monitoring the Rocklin employees, who are not exhibiting symptoms.

    City of Rocklin fire stations remain fully staffed and prepared to respond to emergencies.

    “The Rocklin Fire Department has been preparing for local coronavirus cases and has taken necessary steps to limit exposure to staff,” Rocklin Fire Chief William Hack said. “The City and Fire Department are following federal, state and local health policies and remain ready to protect the citizens of Rocklin in an emergency.”

    March 4 Update

    Placer County Public Health Press Conference

    Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson reports that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and is now the first to die from the illness in California.

    Event and Meeting Cancellations

    • All Rocklin Parks and Recreation events are canceled through April 30. This includes group classes for seniors, youth sports programs, community activity courses, field rentals and venue rentals.
    • The Rocklin Fire Department Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.
    • Rocklin Cleanup Day is in the process of rescheduling from its April 25 date.
    • Run Rocklin is in the process of rescheduling from its April 19 date.
    • The State of the City event scheduled for May 1 has been postponed with a new date to be determined after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 
    • Art Task Force Committee Meetings; Planning Commission Meetings; Parks, Recreation & Arts Commission Meetings have been canceled through April 30.

    Resources for Small Businesses

    The Rocklin Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The Chamber has created a quick guide that allows businesses to share with residents how they continue to operate during this time. All local businesses are welcome to submit their information and the list will be updated every 24-48 hours.

    Click here to fill out the Quick Guide form.

    Download the March 25 guide here.

    Ways to Stay Healthy

    The City encourages everyone to continue to follow basic steps to prevent illness, including:

    • Stay in Place
      • Stay home except for essential activities like grocery shopping, picking up medication or prepared food, caring for another family member, or outdoor exercise.
      • Regularly wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
    • Maintain Your Space
      • Avoid people outside of your household and maintain a safe social distance of six-feet whenever outside the house.
      • Vulnerable groups should take extra precautions and stay home when possible, in addition to turning away sick visitors.
    • Cover Your Face
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • When going out to perform essential tasks, Placer County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson recommends covering your nose and mouth with a face covering like a bandana or scarf. Special masks called N95 respirators are not recommended for the general public as they are in short supply and should be reserved for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

    City Department Services and Contacts During Closure

    Police Department non-emergency line: (916) 625-5400

    Rocklin PD Now Offers Online Non-Emergency Crime Reporting

    The Rocklin Police Department and Fire Department will continue full operations, but PD and Fire building lobbies will only be accessible by appointment or in an emergency.

    Plan Check Services: (916) 625-5120

    The City’s plan check and permitting services will be available by appointment only. A self certification process has been implemented for inspections. Email building@rocklin.ca.us for more information. 

    Human Resources: (916) 625-5050

    Finance: (916) 625-5020

    Public Services: (916) 625-5500

    Parks and Recreation

    Parks & trails will remain open, with only basic safety inspections taking place. With staff unable to maintain park restrooms, they will be closed. Please adhere to CDC social distancing procedures when utilizing public space.

    Rocklin City Council meetings will be held as scheduled until further notice, following social distancing procedures and with only essential business items on the agenda. The public is encouraged to submit public comment in advance to City Clerk Hope Ithurburn at hope.ithurburn@rocklin.ca.us and to view meetings live on the city’s website.

    Commission meetings have been cancelled until April 30.

    County, State and Federal General COVID-19 Links

    Placer County Public Health COVID-19 webpage

    New CA State ‘One Stop Shop’ COVID-19 Resources webpage

    California Dept of Public Health COVID-19 webpage

    Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 webpage

    Quick Resources Guide

    View the easy guide to local resources during the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking on the printable PDFs below, or by viewing the guide online:

    View the Local Resource Guide ▶  
    Print the Resource Guide

    Quick Local Resource Guide During Coronavirus Pandemic (color)
    Quick Local Resource Guide During Coronavirus Pandemic (black and white)