Which facilities are affected by the mandatory influenza vaccination and masking order?
This Health Officer order applies to all Sonoma County hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, residential facilities for the developmentally disabled, and dialysis centers.
Who is considered a health care worker?
For the purposes of this order, “health care workers” are persons, paid or unpaid, who work in the above specified health care facilities, and have direct patient contact or work in patient care areas. Health care organizations may wish to develop policies covering additional facilities or employees, such as ambulatory or other clinic staff.
When is influenza season?
For the purposes of this order, the influenza season is defined as the period of November 1 to April 30 of the following year. The Health Officer may extend the mandatory masking period if surveillance data demonstrate an unusually early or late peak of influenza activity and widespread disease.
What kind of mask should be used? When should masks be changed, replaced, or discarded?
The term “mask” in this order refers to a surgical mask. Please check with your facility about details of the implementation of this order including specifications of type of mask and how often to change masks.
What is considered a patient care area?
Please check with your facility about details of the implementation of this order including facility specific patient care areas.