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  • Published on April 6, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will begin providing support to households impacted by COVID-19 through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) starting on April 19. The program will provide payment assistance for tenants who are behind on rent and utilities. ERAP additionally provides options for landlords to participate and receive financial assistance. This program is open to all County residents, regardless of immigration status, who are renters or landlords requiring rental assistance. 

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    Sonoma County has received a significant increase in COVID vaccines from the state, including a shipment of Johnson & Johnson doses specifically for the County’s effort to distribute the vaccine equitably to the most vulnerable communities. The increase in supply is a direct result of an appeal that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors made to the state.

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    After just three weeks in the red tier within California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Sonoma County will move into the less restrictive orange tier beginning on Wednesday, April 7. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for the orange tier from 4 to 6 per 100,000 now that California has finished administering 4 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

  • Published on April 2, 2021

    In honor of Cesar Chavez Day this week, community residents are invited to attend an outdoor health fair Saturday that will include a COVID-safety campaign art exhibit, consultations with health professionals and opportunities to sign up for vaccinations as well as COVID testing.

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Saturday, March 27, sent the following letter to state health leaders appealing for an increase in vaccines for Sonoma County "so that we can continue to support our community in an equitable and transparent way." The letter, sent by Chair Lynda Hopkins on behalf of the entire Board, was addressed to Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Yolanda Richardson, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency for the State of California:

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    One in every four Sonoma County residents 16 years of age and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the result of a coordinated multi-agency effort over the past three months. More than 282,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Sonoma County residents so far.

    As of today, at least one dose of vaccine has been administered to 183,173 Sonoma County residents -- 45 percent of the population 16 years of age or older. Meanwhile, 105,752 residents are now fully vaccinated. In total, the County has administered 282,785 vaccines to County residents (138,393 Moderna, 138,252 Pfizer and 6,140 Johnson & Johnson).

  • Published on March 26, 2021

    The County of Sonoma has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 years of age and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic. The County is working with Fox Home Health, which has established a mobile vaccine clinic for those who are homebound.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will host a virtual climate action and resiliency town hall from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. Community members are invited to participate in this town hall to provide input on how the County should move forward to achieve its vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The Board of Supervisors today delegated a committee to facilitate the allocation of $2 million to $4 million in PG&E settlement funds for near-term vegetation management projects with an emphasis on activities in high-risk areas and near key ecosystems.

  • Published on March 23, 2021

    As part of a county objective to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable and underserved communities, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Community Health are partnering to open a new vaccination clinic in Roseland.

  • Published on March 22, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and other community leaders will hold a joint news conference this afternoon to take a unified stand against  racism in light of recent racist acts, including attacks on Asian Americans, that have occurred locally and across the nation.

  • Published on March 17, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is expanding its early wildfire detection capabilities through innovative artificial intelligence technology that will notify emergency crews when fires are spotted through fire cameras

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    As local health officers, we fully support all three currently available vaccines for COVID-19. All three vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness and hospitalization.

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set June 1, 2021 as the deadline for completion of private cleanup of fire debris.

    The deadline pertains to all residential property owners in Sonoma County who had homes destroyed by the 2020 Walbridge, Meyers or Glass fires and submitted applications for the private debris removal cleanup option as an alternative to the state-managed program. The deadline requires that properties be cleared of ash and debris and soil samples submitted to appropriate labs by June 1, 2021. Commercial properties are also subject to the June 1 deadline.

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education today announced that all schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to grade 12 are eligible to reopen for in-person instruction based on Sonoma County meeting the criteria for the less restrictive red tier under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the first time that the county has moved out of the most restrictive purple tier since the opening of school in August. 

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    Sonoma County, for the first time, will be moving out of the most restrictive purple tier within California's four-tier, color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy beginning on Sunday, March 14. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for transition to red from 7 to 10 per 100,000 once California finished administering 2 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been most disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

  • Published on March 3, 2021

    The County of Sonoma Cannabis Program today announced four virtual town halls, including two each on March 8 and March 12, to allow for public discussion regarding a proposed policy change to streamline permitting for commercial cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource zoned areas of unincorporated Sonoma County.

  • Published on March 2, 2021

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a Five-Year Strategic Plan that includes a broad spectrum of goals, such as making Sonoma County carbon neutral by 2030 and ensuring racial equity throughout policy decisions and service delivery. 

  • Published on February 24, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today established a 15-member commission that will assist the Board in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries using new Census data.

  • Published on February 19, 2021

    Thanks to a multi-agency effort over the past two months, Sonoma County has now administered more than 100,000 vaccine doses to county residents, resulting in more than one in five residents over the age of 16 having received at least one dose.

    Sonoma County supervisors and health officials also announced today that county residents ages 65 and older will now be able to get COVID-19 vaccines at designated County-supported clinics starting on Monday, Feb. 22. The opening of these clinics to this age group is part of an overall vaccine distribution timeline and strategy that county leaders and health officials discussed at a joint news briefing Friday.

  • Published on February 11, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted two urgency ordinances to support Sonoma County residents who may have access to fewer resources during the pandemic. One amends the COVID‐19 Eviction Defense Urgency Ordinance to strengthen protections against evictions from residential property across the county. The other expands an urgency ordinance adopted in August that requires employers to grant employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave benefits for various COVID-19 reasons. The new ordinance requires all employers in unincorporated areas to allow employees to use the same sick leave benefits that were previously protected.

  • Published on February 10, 2021

    In partnership with health care providers, Sonoma County has now provided at least one dose of vaccine to 15 percent of its adult population, including nearly 50 percent of residents 75 years and older, Supervisors and Department of Health Services leaders announced today.

  • Published on February 10, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education today announced that recent guidance under California's Safe Schools for All Plan allows Sonoma County schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to sixth grade to be eligible to return to in-person learning with an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan, based on the County's adjusted daily case rate of less than 25 per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days.

  • Published on February 8, 2021

    Three new vaccination centers will open within the next eight days in Sonoma County, serving residents 70 and older, bringing to 19 the number of clinics being supported this week by vaccines from the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services.

  • Published on February 8, 2021

    The Board of Supervisors recently approved the allocation of funds for the next phase of the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Response plan, as laid out by the county Department of Health Services.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Sonoma County residents ages 70 and above will be able to get COVID-19 vaccines at designated County-supported clinics and Safeway pharmacies starting on Monday, county officials announced today. The opening of these clinics to this age group is part of an overall vaccine distribution timeline and strategy that supervisors and public health officials announced jointly at a news briefing Friday.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Permit Sonoma is presenting an opportunity for the public to provide input at a virtual public workshop on February 18, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. regarding the development of the draft County Winery Events Policy.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Sonoma County residents are invited to participate in an online community forum to learn about the access to inmates and their information that the Sheriff’s Office provides to federal immigration authorities.

  • Published on February 2, 2021

    Sonoma County officials reaffirmed their commitment to prioritizing the county’s most vulnerable population - those 75 and older - in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations by announcing several new opportunities for seniors in this age group to schedule appointments.

  • Published on January 28, 2021

    In an effort to coordinate safe and efficient animal evacuation in the face of a community emergency or disaster, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Sonoma County is asking poultry and livestock producers to complete a survey of their needs. Their input will inform UCCE and the County of Sonoma departments, local agencies, and private organizations as they develop evacuation plans for rapid deployment of services.

  • Published on January 26, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is issuing a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) prediction for freezing overnight lows expected through Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. NWS has also issued a Flash Flood Watch for the region Tuesday at 4 p.m. through Thursday at 4 p.m., and a High Wind Watch for Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    The California Department of Public Health today lifted the Regional Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, effective immediately. However, many counties, including Sonoma County, will remain in the purple tier under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning many restrictions will remain in place.

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    Sonoma County has been selected to be one of four counties in the state to take part in a pilot vaccination program through OptumServe, the company known for operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state. 

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma encourage residents living in and around wildfire burn areas to be prepared for potential threats, such as flash floods, rock falls, debris flows and mud flows.

  • Published on January 21, 2021

    Sonoma County's COVID-19 vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear with five clinics now activated throughout the County and at least two more planned for the coming weeks, Sonoma County supervisors announced today.

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    In her role as Vaccine Chief, Dr. Shende will be responsible for implementing the vaccine distribution strategy, coordinating vaccine administration, and interfacing with health care leaders and other stakeholders as part of the countywide vaccine response.

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    The deadline for fire survivors to apply for the State of California’s consolidated fire debris removal program has been extended to Feb. 1, 2021 by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). 

  • Published on January 12, 2021

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is partnering with Santa Rosa-based Leap Solutions Group to launch a COVID-19 Vaccination Stakeholder Outreach campaign beginning this week to promote awareness and engagement about vaccination distribution within Sonoma County.

  • Published on January 11, 2021
    Sonoma County has partnered with Safeway to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to County health workers and, eventually, the broader public.
  • Published on January 9, 2021
    State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, due to rising cases of COVID-19, increasing hospitalizations and, specifically, low ICU capacity rates for the larger Bay Area region. The restrictions will remain in place until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15 percent.
  • Published on January 8, 2021
    The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing, particularly in the neighborhoods most impacted by the virus. These efforts now include two new weekly sites in Santa Rosa run by the County's Department of Health Services and the addition of two to three weekly events in the City of Sonoma administered with the help of a mobile unit operated by the testing company LHI.
  • Published on January 8, 2021

    Sonoma County has joined Santa Barbara and San Francisco counties as the second cohort of communities in the state to accept Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 100-day challenge to address homelessness. 

  • Published on December 29, 2020
    Sonoma County public health officials are helping the Sheriff’s Office respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility.
  • Published on December 23, 2020

    Sonoma County has closed escrow on the purchase of the Sebastopol Inn, the second of two supportive housing complexes acquired by the County through funds made available by Gov. Gavin Newsom through Project Homekey.

  • Published on December 22, 2020

    As part of Sonoma County’s efforts to expand and streamline testing options for residents, the County is partnering with a private company, Curative, to operate the County’s pop-up testing sites beginning Monday, Dec. 28. 

  • Published on December 17, 2020

    The County of Sonoma received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this morning. Two boxes of the vaccine, containing a total of 1,950 doses, arrived at the County’s Public Health Lab on Chanate Road shortly before 9 a.m. today. Three other boxes were taken directly to local hospitals. In all, the County received 4,875 doses.

  • Published on December 16, 2020

    The deadline for fire survivors to apply for the State of California’s consolidated fire debris removal program has been extended to Jan. 15, 2021 by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

  • Published on December 16, 2020

    Although the 11-county Bay Area region Wednesday was placed under a mandatory Stay-Home Order that will take effect on December 17, 2020 Sonoma County health officials are reminding local residents and visitors that a Stay-Home order has been in effect here since December 12. 2020.

  • Published on December 16, 2020

    As Bay Area nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients receive the first, small batches of a rigorously tested vaccine, the region’s Health Officers see hope: we now have a critical tool to help fight this pandemic.

  • Published on December 10, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, Sonoma County will join six other Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley in preemptively adopting the California Department of Public Health’s Stay-Home Order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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Paul Gullixson
Communications Manager
County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235