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COVID-19 Health Advisory – April 10, 2020

Healthcare Providers & Testing Facilities to Disseminate Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to Patients Diagnosed with or Suspected to Have COVID-19

Published:  April 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM


  • As of April 10, 2020, 142 cases of COVID-19, including 1 death, have been reported in Sonoma County residents.
  • On March 31, 2020, the Sonoma County Health Officer (H.O.) issued an order directing all residents to continue sheltering at their place of residence other than to provide or receive essential services until May 3, 2020 ( https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-shelter-in-place-extended/).
  • As the number of COVID-19 cases rises, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) is unable to issue individualized isolation orders to cases and quarantine instructions to their contacts as quickly as needed.
  • On April 10, 2020, the H.O. issued Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I that applies to all persons diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Effective April 10, 2020, the H.O. directs all healthcare providers and testing facilities in the County to provide a copy of Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to all patients who are Diagnosed or Suspected to Have COVID-19.

  • We greatly appreciate your assistance with getting these isolation orders and home isolation instructions to your patients immediately, to prevent further community transmission.

Actions Requested of Clinicians

1. Prioritize COVID-19 testing in persons meeting updated CDC and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) criteria regardless of which laboratory is performing testing. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html and https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/GuidanceforPrioritizationofPatientsforLaboratoryTestingforCOVID19.aspx

2. Print out and give the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to all patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or in whom you strongly suspect have COVID-19. A (.pdf) printable version of the Order can be found here:

(In English): https://socoemergency.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Documentation-of-Service-of-the-Health-Officer-Order-No.-C19-06-I-form.pdf

(In Spanish): https://socoemergency.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Documentación-de-Servicio-de-la-Orden-de-la-Oficial-de-Salud-No-C19-06-I.pdf

In addition to the Order, materials for you patients, such as instructions on home isolation and notification of close contacts can be found here:

(In English): https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-public-health-emergency-isolation-order/

(In Spanish): https://socoemergency.org/orden-de-la-oficial-del-salud-orden-de-aislamiento-por-emergencia-de-salud-publica/

3. Fill out the Documentation of Service of the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I form which can be found at the bottom of the Order, and send the completed Documentation of Service form to the Sonoma County Public Health Disease Control Unit. Forms should be returned electronically to phnurse@sonoma-county.org or via fax to (707) 565-4565. This action is critical to ensure individuals placed under isolation orders are accountable for receipt of the Health Officer’s order to isolate for the safety of others.

    4. Instruct your patients to:

    a) Self-isolate at home and adhere to the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I while waiting for the results of COVID-19 testing (if being tested);

    b) Adhere to the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-Iif their COVID-19 test results are positive or if you diagnose them with COVID-19 without laboratory testing;

    c) Follow the DHS Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions posted on 

    (In English): https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-public-health-emergency-isolation-order/

    (In Spanish): https://socoemergency.org/orden-de-la-oficial-del-salud-orden-de-aislamiento-por-emergencia-de-salud-publica/

    d) If diagnosed with COVID-19, patient must tell their household members, intimate partners and in-home caregivers that they are subject to the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-Q. The Quarantine Order can be found posted here:

    (In English): https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-quarantine-order-for-covid-19/

    (In Spanish): https://socoemergency.org/orden-del-oficial-de-salud-orden-de-cuarentena/

    Effect of Order on healthcare personnel and first responders:

    a) Healthcare personnel and first responders who are diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 are subject to the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I, and should follow the CDC Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19. ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fhealthcare-facilities%2Fhcp-return-work.html

    b) Healthcare personnel and first responders who are household members, intimate partners, or caregivers of a person with COVID-19 are not subject the Health Officer Order No. C19-06-Q if they meet the following criteria:

    • The worker informs their employer about the worker’s close contact to a lab-confirmed Case; AND
    • The worker is asymptomatic, and the worker’s employer determines, based on staffing needs, that the worker needs to report to work; AND
    • The worker returns to work with an isolation mask.

      Contact information for the Department of Health Services (DHS)

      DHS Disease Control PHN: PHNurse@sonoma-county.org or Fax: 565-4565

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