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  • Health Services
    Published on August 1, 2017
    Health Services

    Bay Area health officials remind parents to ensure their children are vaccinated in time for the first day of school. State law requires vaccination for students without a medical exemption. Make your appointments today to ensure your children have all the required immunizations.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 26, 2017
    Health Services

    On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 19, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded the 2017 Local Health Department of the Year Award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). The award recognizes and honors outstanding health department accomplishments. Sonoma County was selected as the Gold Level Recipient, the top honor, among counties with a population of 500,000 or more.
  • Health Services
    Published on July 12, 2017
    Health Services

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. DHS will remove the closure signs placed at the beach. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 7, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    Follow-up testing of samples taken from Monte Rio Beach continue to show elevated levels of coliform bacteria. The beach remains closed and signs advising the public to avoid swimming, wading or water contact remain posted in accordance with state guidelines.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 6, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    Recent bacterial testing of Russian River beaches indicated elevated levels of coliform bacteria at Monte Rio Beach. Today, in accordance with state guidelines, the Department of Health Services (DHS) Environmental Health staff posted ‘warning-closure’ signs at the Monte Rio Beach. The closure sign advises the public “no swimming, wading or water contact” should occur at this location.

  • Health Services
    Published on June 1, 2017
    Health Services

    Summer is an ideal time to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities Sonoma County has to offer. However, for adults and children alike, additional risks for injury or illness are present, including heat-related illnesses, drowning, and diseases from bug bites.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 10, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today accepted a $3.5 million award from the California Department of Health Care Services to support new initiatives to improve childhood dental health. The Department of Health Services will administer and manage the grant program, titled Cavity Free Sonoma. 

  • Published on April 24, 2017

    According to a kindergarten readiness assessment survey, for the past two years approximately 2 out of 5 participating kindergarteners entered school “Ready to Go” with significant disparities by home language. These findings were presented to the First 5 Sonoma County Commission today.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on April 24, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services is partnering with HALTER (Horse & Livestock Team Emergency Response) Project for this year’s Ranch Readiness Day.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 13, 2017
    Health Services

    My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County is hosting local events as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 to inspire, educate, and empower the public and local healthcare providers about the importance of advance health care planning.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 31, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The annual County Health Rankings have been released, and Sonoma County is listed as the fifth healthiest county in California, making it one of the top mid-sized counties in the state. The list is produced collaboratively by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 14, 2017
    Health Services

    On March 15 and 16, 2017, two community partners contracting with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Behavioral Health Division will be presenting at a statewide behavioral health summit.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 8, 2017
    Health Services

    Just released findings from statewide survey shows unhealthy products easily edge out healthier ones, and more retailers are now selling e-cigarettes and/or little cigars, popular among youth.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 1, 2017
    Health Services

    On Saturday, March 4, more than 100 low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking Latino families will visit Sonoma State University (SSU) to learn how they can make attending college possible for their children and themselves.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 15, 2017
    Health Services

    A trip to the dentist is as easy as A, B, C at three Santa Rosa City Schools elementary schools serving as test sites for simplifying state-mandated oral health screenings of kindergartners and for school-based delivery of dental care.

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Russian River will recede to below flood stage at midnight tonight and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will deactivate at 6 pm, Cleanup and damage assessment continue throughout the weekend. Clear skies expected this weekend

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian will peak at 12 noon today, February 10th, at a crest of 34.4 feet.

  • Published on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 8, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    Stepping Up is a national initiative sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Sonoma County joins at over 300 counties nationwide and 26 in California in this effort.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 7, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    On February 7, 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Barbie Robinson as the Director of the Department of Health Services. Ms. Robinson served as the Interim Director of the Department since September 2016, and was previously the Assistant Director of the Department.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on January 26, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services reports no additional dogs have tested positive for the parvovirus. Today the shelter will be open for all adoptive services.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on January 25, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services’ public shelter remains open to the public but no adoptions will be allowed today. The Shelter’s additional cleaning and decontamination efforts from recent cases of the canine parvovirus are ongoing. The Shelter will open for adoptive services once all dogs are cleared and it is safe to adopt out dogs.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on January 23, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services reports a possible canine parvovirus outbreak at the County's Animal Shelter located at 1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa. A decontamination of all the kennels is underway at the Shelter.

  • Health Services
    Published on January 23, 2017
    Health Services

    Today the Committee for Healthcare Improvement, a coalition of healthcare providers that is part of Sonoma County Health Action, announced health care organizations across Sonoma County are implementing common guidelines for safe pain management.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Effective Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has opened a temporary permit center in Guerneville to help property owners obtain permits for non-structural storm damage repairs, such as drywall and electrical repairs, resulting from recent flooding of the Russian River.  Today, 1/24/2017, is the last day for the Temporary Mobile Permit Center, and that all operations will be at Permit Sonoma’s (PRMD) main office at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Published on January 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    While another winter storm is expected to hit Sonoma County starting Wednesday, January 18, 2017 the California Nevada River Forecast Center does not forecast flooding of the Russian River as a result.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will remain at flood stage (above 32 feet) until 6 p.m. this evening. The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to remain active to provide updated information and emergency services to Sonoma County residents.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding. Six sites will be available to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Published on January 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    El Centro de  Pronósticos del Rio California/Nevada pronóstico que el Rio Ruso alcanzara su maximo a las 2 p.m. La cresta de inundacion a 37.7 pies. El pronóstico actual indica que el río permanecerá en fase de inundación hasta las 8:00 p.m. el Jueves.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    El Condado emite aviso de evacuación voluntaria en las áreas de inundación previstas
  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    An advisory evacuation notice has been issued from the Sonoma County Emergency Operation Center for residents living in the Russian River flood way and its tributaries. For your safety, you're requested to leave the areas below the 38.3-foot flood level in the lower Russian River area. Be sure to take essential items, such as medicine, with you.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM
    Debido a la llegada de una segunda tormenta, se espera que el Rio Ruso llegara otra vez a escenerio de inundación a 32.3 pies, hoy a las 5:00 p.m. El Centro de Pronósticos del Rio California/Nevada pronóstico que el Rio Ruso alcanzara su maximo mañana a las 6 p.m. La cresta de inundacion a 38.4 pies.
  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Due to the arrival of a second winter storm, the Russian River is anticipated to again reach flood stage of 32.3 feet at 5:00 p.m. today. The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will reach its peak at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, cresting at 38.4 feet.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM
    El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia responde a las inundaciones y se prepara para una segunda tormenta
  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Russian River is currently cresting at 35.1 feet and is anticipated to remain at flood levels through 6 am on Tuesday, January 10th.  A second storm is predicted this evening and into tomorrow with high winds of over 40 miles per hour with moderate flooding on Wednesday January 11th.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    El Rio Russo alcanzo niveles de inundación (32 pies) a la 1 a.m. de esta mañana. Se anticipa la cresta de inundación (35.2 pies) ocurrirá a las 2 p.m.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    The Russian River reached minor flood stages of 32 feet at 1 am this morning, January 9 th. As of 9 am on January 9 th, the forecast model indicated that the Russian River will peak at 1 pm today, January 9 th, at a crest of 35.2 feet.

  • Published on January 8, 2017 at 7:15 PM
    El Condado de Sonoma abre el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia, empieza  evacuaciones voluntarias areas de inundation previstas.
  • Published on January 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM
    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating that the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight, January 8 th.
  • Health Services
    Published on January 6, 2017
    Health Services

    Public Health Departments around the Bay Area are announcing that influenza activity is increasing and has reached "widespread" levels. Areas with the most influenza activity in the State include the Bay Area.

  • Published on January 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County­ beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday.  Heavy rainfall and some flooding of rivers and creeks is possible.

  • 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.

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