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  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 8, 2016
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Over the July 4th holiday weekend Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) and its partners took in nearly 50 stray animals. SCAS worked with community partners such as Pet Care and Redwood Veterinary Hospital to shelter the 29 dogs found over the holiday weekend in order for their respective owners to claim them.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 7, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

     The County of Sonoma will be holding a series of town hall meetings and conducting an online survey to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Led by the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee of Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Susan Gorin, the County is currently in the process of developing ordinances and policies to create a comprehensive regulatory scheme for the marijuana industry

  • Health Services
    Published on July 5, 2016
    Health Services

    Today, marks Angie Dillon-Shore’s first day as the executive director of First 5 Sonoma County. Dillon-Shore was selected after a nation-wide recruitment process to replace the former executive director Alfredo Perez, who retired earlier this year. 

  • Health Services
    Published on April 28, 2016
    Health Services

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed an individual tested positive for the Zika virus in Sonoma County. This individual is the first case of Zika in our county. While traveling in Central America the Sonoma County resident was bit by mosquitoes. Spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes which are present throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 29, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    On March 29, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a tobacco retail license (TRL) ordinance that will support the County’s goal of protecting children from tobacco addiction.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 22, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    County Health Rankings has named Sonoma County as the sixth healthiest county in California. Sonoma County improved in the areas of premature death, health behaviors, unemployment and childhood poverty compared to the previous year’s rankings.

  • Published on March 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a second storm to pass through Sonoma County, with more heavy rainfall and some minor flooding of rivers and creeks. 

  • Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today and continuing through Sunday

  • Health Services
    Published on March 7, 2016
    Health Services

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Behavioral Division announces the opening of the new Urgent Care Center at 2225 Challenger Way in Santa Rosa.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 2, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance to establish a new grading system for food facilities using a color-coded placard program.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 8, 2016
    Health Services

    Tomorrow, on February 9, 2016, the First 5 Sonoma County Commission, First 5 of California, and the Sonoma County Library will have a day dedicated for celebrating children and their families. The First 5 Family Engagement Express Bus is visiting our community at the Roseland Library Branch and offering a range of activities, books, and other prizes.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 2, 2016
    Health Services
    Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP) is pleased to announce the 12 th annual GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY—the kickoff to a yearly two-day event during which dental professionals provide free dental care and public health officials seek to raise awareness of the state of dental wellness in the county.
  • Health Services
    Published on January 28, 2016
    Health Services

    Enroll in Covered California health insurance by Jan. 31, 2016 and avoid tax penalties.  Under the federal Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have health insurance, or pay a tax penalty.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 24, 2015
    Board of Supervisors

    Effective Thursday, December 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights and rain predicted for the next week. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 30, 2015
    Board of Supervisors

    Sonoma County is extending a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted through the morning of Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 24, 2015
    Board of Supervisors

    Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

  • Health Services
    Published on November 19, 2015
    Health Services

    Earlier this week, the Department of Health Services (DHS) received a $94,580 Farm to School grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand farm to school activities in preschools throughout Sonoma County.

  • Health Services
    Published on November 2, 2015
    Health Services
    The 2016 enrollment period for Covered California health insurance runs November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Residents can apply for coverage on the State exchange online at sonoma-county.org/healthcarereform and mybenefitscalwin.org, or in-person through at the County Human Services Dept. Economic Assistance offices and various locations throughout the County, including the Redwood Community Health Clinics. See the online listing of enrollment locations, or call Economic Assistance at (877) 699-6868. For Covered California coverage that takes effect January 1, the purchase deadline is December 15, 2015.
  • Health Services
    Published on October 19, 2015
    Health Services

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) released the first- ever study of local farmworkers' health and well-being. The main finding from the study found that the vast majority of farmworkers permanently reside in Sonoma County with their families.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 22, 2015
    Board of Supervisors

    On September 22, 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Stephan Betz as the new Department of Health Services Director. Dr. Betz was selected from a recruitment that attracted 38 highly qualified candidates from across the country following an extensive candidate selection and interview process.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    Residents of recently burned areas are advised to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that can be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 9, 2015
    Health Services

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Bay Area, including Sonoma County, warning of high temperatures today and through the end of the week. 

  • Health Services
    Published on September 4, 2015
    Health Services

    On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services issued a health warning to the public to keep animals away from the Russian River.

  • Health Services
    Published on August 21, 2015
    Health Services

    The Environmental Health & Safety Section (EHS) of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (NCRWQCB) are encouraging recreational users of the Russian River to take precautions and practice healthy water habits. Signs will be going up at public beaches along the River on August 21st. 

    A status update has been added to this press release.

  • Health Services
    Published on August 7, 2015
    Health Services
    The First 5 Sonoma County Commission announces the release of multiple contracts totaling $10.97 million to 12 different community partners. First 5 Sonoma awards this critical funding as part of the Commission’s 2010-2020 Strategic Plan prioritizing support of all children entering kindergarten ready to succeed.
  • Health Services
    Published on August 4, 2015
    Health Services

    The County of Sonoma’s Women-Infants-Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) agency was one of only five agencies to receive the Loving Support Award of Excellence at the Gold Premiere level from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 21, 2015
    Sonoma County Animal Services
    After a national search and community input process, Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) hired John P. Skeel as Director of Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS).
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 7, 2015
    Sonoma County Animal Services
    Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) announces today the planned launch of the Love Me, Fix Me Access Program providing vouchers for veterinary services to qualifying low-income pet owners.
  • Health Services
    Published on June 30, 2015
    Health Services
    The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the North Bay Area, including Sonoma County, warning of rapidly rising temperatures over the next few days.
  • Health Services
    Published on June 25, 2015
    Health Services
    On June 29, 2015 the First 5 Sonoma County Commission, Community Action Partnership (CAP) and Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) celebrate 10,000 preventive dental visits at WIC clinics for children ages 0 to 5.
  • Health Services
    Published on June 9, 2015
    Health Services
    Sonoma County marks the one-year anniversary of the release of an influential report, A Portrait of Sonoma County that provided the County with the first comprehensive in-depth look at disparities in Sonoma County.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 19, 2015
    Board of Supervisors
    On May 19, 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors supported the creation of a First 5 Sonoma preschool facilities grant program to address early care and education needs in Sonoma County.
  • Health Services
    Published on May 8, 2015
    Health Services
    Sonoma County Nurse-Family Partnership today announced that it is celebrating its fifth anniversary and sixth client graduation. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, voluntary prevention program that provides nurse home visits to low-income, first-time mothers.
  • First 5 Sonoma County
    Published on May 6, 2015
    First 5 Sonoma County
    On Saturday, May 2, more than 100 low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking Latino parents visited Sonoma State University (SSU) to learn how they can make attending college possible for their children and themselves. The parents and their 125 children are part of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program.
  • Health Services
    Published on April 10, 2015
    Health Services
    Two positive cases of animal rabies were reported during the first week of April to the County Department of Health Services. Both cases involve bats, one found in Sebastopol and one in Windsor. These were the first two animals to test positive for rabies in 2015.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 12, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    The Russian River crested at noon today at 33.41 feet. It was at 32.85 feet as of 6:00 PM this evening. With the River levels receeding, and no rain forecasted for tomorrow, the County is moving from emergency operations to a focus on recovery efforts.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 12, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating a reduced flood level estimate from the winter storm that began in Sonoma County on Wednesday. The latest modeling indicates that the peak of the Russian River flooding will occur at 11:00 AM today, at a crest of 33.3 feet. The River reached flood level (32 feet) at 5:15 AM Friday morning, and is anticipated to remain at or above that level through 8:00 PM. Rain is expected through 9:00 PM tonight, tapering off starting at 3:00 PM.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 11, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    The most recent forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating reduced flooding impacts from the winter storm that began in Sonoma County yesterday. The latest modeling indicates that the peak of the Russian River flooding will occur at 1pm tomorrow afternoon, at a crest of 34.3 feet. It is estimated that the River will reach flood level (32 feet) at 3am Friday morning, and remain at or above that level through 10pm Friday night.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 11, 2014
    County Administrator's Office

    The most recent forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating reduced flooding impacts from the winter storm that began in Sonoma County yesterday. The latest modeling indicates that the peak of the Russian River flooding will occur at 10:00 AM tomorrow morning, at a reduced crest of 33.9 feet. Given the reduction in anticipated flood levels, the County will limit its recommendation for voluntary evacuation…

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 11, 2014
    County Administrator's Office

    The National Weather Service is again forecasting that the heavy rains associated with the storm will cause the Russian River levels to rise throughout the day, and that they would reach flood stage (32 feet) overnight Thursday to Friday, peaking at 37.5 feet. Friday afternoon. The County Administrator and Emergency Operations Center Director Veronica Ferguson has proclaimed a local emergency as of 10:00 AM this morning. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been open since 7:00 AM today, and the County is prepared to transport and shelter residents in areas at risk of flood. Voluntary evacuation notices in likely flood areas is beginning. Details of the notification areas will be forthcoming.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 10, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today, Wednesday December 10 th, and continuing through Friday. There will likely be areas of local flooding in the morning during the commute and as the morning progresses. This water will cause the Russian River levels to rise throughout the day, and it is anticipated that they will reach flood stage (32 feet) overnight Thursday to Friday, peaking at 38 feet Friday afternoon.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 10, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today, Wednesday December 10th, and continuing through Friday. Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and some flooding of rivers and creeks is anticipated.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 10, 2014
    County Administrator's Office

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today, Wednesday December 10th, and continuing through Friday. Strong winds, heavy rainfall, and some flooding of rivers and creeks is anticipated.

    The County is closely monitoring the situation, and is prepared to open the Emergency Operations Center if needed. The County’s Homeless & Community Services Team has conducted intensive outreach to shelter operators to identify expanded capacity...

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  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on August 30, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    Sonoma County issued a Proclamation of Existence of Local Emergency related to the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. This Proclamation will make County residents and business owners eligible for state and federal emergency funding if it is made available. The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting to ratify the proclamation by Friday, September 5 th.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on August 24, 2014
    County Administrator's Office

    There are no identified disruption to services in Sonoma County at this time as a result of the August 24th, 2014 American Canyon Earthquake. No personal injuries have been reported in Sonoma County; there have been reports of minor property damage.The County Emergency Operations Center opened early this morning, and…

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on August 24, 2014
    County Administrator's Office
    There has been an earthquake centered near American Canyon in Napa County. The quake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale. Emergency Response personnel are working on minor issues throughout Sonoma County.
  • Health Services
    Published on August 19, 2014
    Health Services
    Department of Health Services, Environmental Health is proposing a new food facility grading system to improve food safety in retail food facilities and help customers make dining choices with one look. Please visit the Food Facility Inspections webpage for current information about the color-coded placarding program.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 10, 2014
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors strengthened public health protections today by adopting an amendment to its existing “smoking ordinance” to ban e-cigarettes in certain public places in unincorporated Sonoma County.  The amendments will help protect the public from secondhand vapors that are emitted from electronic smoking devices. The ordinance covers places of employment as well as public spaces including dining areas, recreational areas, public events, and service areas.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 10, 2014
    Board of Supervisors
    The Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of a new Health Officer at its meeting this morning. With the appointment, Karen Milman, MD, MPH, the current Prevention Division Director of Public Health--Seattle & King County...
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 21, 2014
    Board of Supervisors
    The Board of Supervisors received a report on Tuesday by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services titled A Portrait of Sonoma County that provides the first comprehensive in-depth look at the well being of each neighborhood in the county. The Portrait of Sonoma County, developed in partnership and consultation with over 50 community organizations and leaders, will serve as an invaluable tool for strategic planning, decision-making, and impact evaluation to ensure that all residents have an equal opportunity to succeed.
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