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Sonoma County bans large gatherings and advises residents to stay at home as much as possible for the next 30 days as cases and hospitalizations rise significantly
The province this week reported a number of cases of: 211.6 new daily cases per 100,000 (significantly increased from 56.3), a test 20.5 percent positivity rate (from 13.7), and stock statistic positivity rate of 23 percent (up from 14.1) and the number of COVID-related hospitalizations rose from 28 on January 3 to 80 on Tuesday. See the updated of the province Statistics and Trends page for the most current information.
Due to rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, Sonoma County Health Officer dr. Sundari Mase on Monday appealed to residents in a recorded statement to stay at home as much as possible for the next 30 days and limit interactions with people outside their immediate household. dr. Mase advises people to limit outdoor travel to work or school alone and only make necessary trips, such as going to the supermarket or the doctor. They also issued a Health Sequence canceling large gatherings to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the municipality. Large gatherings of more than 50 people indoors, or more than 100 people outdoors (where social distancing is not feasible), are prohibited for the duration of the order. The order took effect today and is expected to remain in effect until February 11, 2022.
Volunteers urgently needed
The wave of business has resulted in staff shortages for some of our civil society organizations that provide critical services to our community. The Sonoma Valley Unified School District and Sonoma Valley Hospital have an immediate and acute need for new support. Learn about current needs and find additional volunteer opportunities at SonomaValleyVolunteers.org.
The Sonoma Valley Volunteers website is operated by the Sonoma Ecology Center and the Sonoma Valley Collaborative to help organizations and volunteers match the evolving needs of the Sonoma Valley community during the COVID-19 crisis. Sonoma Valley Volunteers allows volunteers to sign up to help with the organizations of their choice and is regularly updated with new volunteer opportunities.
Residents encouraged to upgrade face coverings
Residents are encouraged to upgrade the quality of face covering from a cloth mask to a surgical mask or a KN95, KF94 or N95 mask, as cloth masks are less effective at stopping the spread of the ommicron variant. View the latest state guidelines on masks.
The demand for testing makes it difficult to get tested in a location or get tests at home. The province is working to increase the availability of tests, both PCR and antigen, and the state and federal governments hope to provide more free home tests soon. Find additional pop-up test locations and make an appointment at the counties test page or call the hotline at 707-565-4667. The hotline is available to help residents navigate their many testing options in Spanish and English.
Pop-up testing in Sonoma Valley:
- Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
- Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Must call (707) 939-6070.
- Sundays, 8am – 2pm at the Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride on Hwy.12 & Thompson Ave., Boyes Hot Springs. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
Vaccine Updates and Clinics
Public health authorities in the Bay Area are urging everyone to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot right away to protect themselves against the rapidly spreading Omicron strain. Vaccination appointments are now available for: anyone of 5 years or older who wants a at one of the many clinics, pharmacies or health centers in the province. Go to MyTurn.ca.gov to find an appointment that works for you and to find a list of local clinics on the Sonoma Valley Health Partner Website.
Boosters highly recommended to protect against Omicron variant
Widely available through appointment or walk-in sites, boosters retain the power of vaccines to strongly protect against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Everyone should get one if they qualify, especially those over 50 or those with significant underlying health conditions.
Buy one if you are at least 12 years old and:
- 5 months have passed since your second dose of Moderna (18+)
- 5 months have passed since your second dose of Pfizer (12+)
Vaccine clinics for children aged 5-11 (pediatric 1st dose, 2nd dose, boosters for those who qualify)
More than 39% of 5-11-year-olds in the county have received at least one dose of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine as of this week. Parents who have health care coverage are encouraged to contact their pediatrician, local pharmacy, or the state MyTurn website to find a vaccination appointment or attend one of the Sonoma County Office of Education school clinics that cater to students and their families, more clinics will be added soon, visit the Sonoma County Education Office website for a full list.
Vaccine Clinics for 12+ in Sonoma Valley (1st dose, 2nd dose, supplemental dose & boosters):
- Wednesday and Thursday, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-in welcome. For inquiries call (707) 939-6070
- Saturdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-in welcome. For inquiries call (707) 939-6070