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  • Health Services
    Published on October 25, 2016
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the start of an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship that will train 25 community members to serve our county as community educators.

  • Health Services
    Published on October 24, 2016
    Health Services

    During the week of October 17, a fox in the Sea Ranch area of Sonoma County tested positive for rabies. Aggressive behavior prompted authorities with state Fish & Wildlife to capture the fox and pursue testing for rabies. Individuals with known exposure to the fox were referred for medical evaluation and care, including post-exposure preventive treatment. Several domestic animals with known exposure have received booster vaccinations and have been quarantined by Sonoma County Animal Services. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 5, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    At their October 4, 2016, meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, also serving as the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors, provided direction to staff to return by the end of the year with a county-wide safe medicine disposal extended producer responsibility ordinance (Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance)

  • Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    The Sawmill Fire, which began at approximately 10:50 am today, has burned approximately 500 acres off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Due to ordered evacuations, the County of Sonoma has opened an Evacuation Center with the Red Cross. Read more

  • Health Services
    Published on September 22, 2016
    Health Services

    Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Jen Lewis is selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. Lewis is currently the Department’s Special Projects Director and formerly was the Health Program Manager for the county-wide initiative Health Action.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 21, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    On September 20, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Barbie Robinson as the Department of Health Services Interim Director. Ms. Robinson has served as Assistant Director with the Department, which consists of approximately 600 employees and a budget of $246 million, since February, 2016.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 20, 2016
    Health Services

    An award of up to $850,000 in funding over three years will create an Accountable Community for Health in Sonoma County.

  • Health Services
    Published on August 4, 2016
    Health Services

    During the week of August 1st, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) began detailed water testing throughout the Russian River. On Thursday, August 4, DHS received test results indicating that low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river.

  • 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 21, 2015

    The Valley fire, which burned 75,781 acres, is now 75% contained. All roads in Sonoma County that were closed due to the Valley Fire are now open. Some road closures are still in effect in Lake County. Information regarding these closures can be found at www.fire.ca.gov/.

  • Published on September 20, 2015

    Soft road closures remain in effect for Ida Clayton Rd at SR 128. Evacuees trying to locate pets and animals left behind in the fire area can post information online.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    For those wishing to make donations of goods to the Valley Fire Shelter, the Calistoga Beverage Company, located at 865 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga, CA 94515 is currently the designated site for drop-offs. Donations will be accepted every day from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

  • 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.

  • Published on September 17, 2015

    All advisory evacuation orders have been removed for Sonoma County residents. Soft road closures remain in place for two areas in northeast Sonoma County

  • Published on September 16, 2015

    Rains this afternoon offered a welcome assist to fire crews battling the Valley Fire, but this stint of rain is not expected to fully extinguish the fire. Road closures and advisory evacuation orders remain in place for Sonoma County.

  • Published on September 16, 2015

    Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks. The fire remains active and is subject to changes. A map of the fire area has been published on the website. Road closures and an evacuation advisory remain in effect for the Geysers area.

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    Emergency responders make progress in combating the Valley Fire. Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks and removed hazards that were impeding fire crews. The fire remains active and is subject to changes.

    For your safety, please avoid these areas. Individuals with residences or businesses in the area are allowed access these roads but are encouraged to use caution when entering.

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    The Valley Fire has burned 67,000 acres, is 15% contained, and 2,362 fire personnel from across the state are involved in the response. The Board of Supervisors approved supporting all County employees impacted by the disaster with a Disaster Leave Program which allows employees to share accrued leave time with those employees impacted by the disaster, and supported other administrative leave options that will assist impacted employees as they continue recovering from this event.

  • Published on September 14, 2015

    The Valley Fire spread further into Sonoma County last night, and fire boundaries have been set north of Knights Valley and east of Alexander Valley. The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response.

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above
  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above

    Advisory evacuations notify residents that existing conditions dictate that a Mandatory Evacuation Order may be given in the near future, but that the threat to lives is not yet imminent.

  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are currently monitoring the Valley Fire taking place in Lake County. No Sonoma County residences threatened at this time. Sonoma County is supporting the disaster response in Lake County.

  • 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.
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