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  • Published on November 23, 2020

     Much of the past guidance from state and federal health officials has focused on protecting nursing home and long-term care residents from COVID-19 by limiting non-essential visitation.

  • Published on November 10, 2020

    As Sonoma County works to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (also referred to as “COVID-19), influenza season is approaching. The co-occurrence of influenza season and the COVID-19 pandemic increases the risk that our health systems may be overwhelmed with patients with critical respiratory illness.

  • Published on October 16, 2020

    At this stage of the pandemic, scientific evidence and best practices suggest that visitation can occur without significant increased risk of COVID-19 transmission as long as safety guidelines are strictly followed, and the risk of poor health outcomes as a result of social isolation outweighs the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

  • Published on September 30, 2020

    As parts of the County are evacuating from the recent wildfires, including the Glass Fire you may receive calls from patients describing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

  • Published on September 9, 2020

    Sheltering in place is important for people in high-risk groups, especially older adults living in residential facilities.

  • Published on July 24, 2020

    Follow updated guidance on: Discontinuing Isolation for Persons; Returning-to-Work Criteria for Health Care Personnel; Prioritizing COVID-19 Testing; Managing Persons Under Investigation; Submitting a Confidential Morbidity and Laboratory Report

  • Published on May 20, 2020

    The Isolation Order has changed to: a) increase the isolation period to 10 days (up from 7 days); b) clarify the categories of  individuals to be place on isolation; and c) assign to the primary role of serving the Isolation Order to the County.

  • Published on May 18, 2020

    The Health Officer recommends that, prior to scheduling elective procedures, healthcare providers develop and implement COVID-19 elective procedure guidelines that addresses the considerations spelled out this in guidance. 

  • Published on April 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Sonoma Public Health continues to work closely with local, state and federal agencies and healthcare partners to monitor COVID-19. At the outset, initial efforts were directed towards containment, which required us to identify cases and test suspect cases as warranted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
  • Published on April 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Sonoma Public Health continues to work closely with local, state and federal agencies and healthcare partners to monitor COVID-19. At the outset, initial efforts were directed towards containment, which required us to identify cases and test suspect cases as warranted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
  • Published on April 24, 2020
    The Health Officer has amended the Health Order C19-08 of April 16, 2020 to provide additional direction for congregate care/living facilities with the goal of protecting staff, residents and visitors from COVID-19.
  • Published on April 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM
    Effective April 17, 2020, the Health Officer has turned her guidance regarding masking of EMS providers and other first responders into an Order.  The Order also includes requirements for masking all individuals who enter a congregate care facility to work or visit, which effectively turns the guidance for all health care workers to wear masks into an order.
  • Published on April 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM
    Healthcare Providers & Testing Facilities to Disseminate Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to Patients Diagnosed with or Suspected to Have COVID-19
  • Published on April 6, 2020 at 8:00 PM
    The Health Officer recommends that health care workers, first responders, and staff at facilities providing patient care wear surgical masks while on duty and engaging in activities that involve close proximity to the general public, co-workers, and patients.
  • Published on April 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM
    Watch Coronavirus Contact Investigation Training for Medical Professionals Video (Parts 1 and 2) and see the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Published on April 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM
    The risk of infection with influenza is deemed to be much lower that the risk of infection with COVID-19.Therefore I am rescinding the December 6, 2020 Influenza Health Advisory related to the use of face masks in patient areas for health workers who have not been vaccinated against seasonal influenza.
  • Published on March 14, 2020

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued a Health Alert as a result of updated guidance for persons under investigation (PUI), infection control guidelines, and geographic areas impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Published on March 14, 2020

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued a Health Alert as a result of updated guidance for persons under investigation (PUI), infection control guidelines, and geographic areas impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Published on March 13, 2020

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued a Health Order imposing a countywide moratorium on large gatherings consistent with guidance issued on March 11, 2020 by the California Department of Public Health and the Office of the Governor in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • Published on March 10, 2020

    With the expanded ability of commercial labs to perform COVID-19 testing, Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) is providing updated guidance.  Of note, DHS approval is no longer needed for testing.

  • Published on March 5, 2020

    El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) confirmó hoy un caso de un nuevo paciente con coronavirus (COVID-19) que está siendo tratado en un hospital del condado.

  • Published on March 5, 2020
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident who traveled internationally on the Grand Princess (Princess Cruises) ship from San Francisco to Mexico.
  • Published on March 4, 2020

    The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Sonoma County resident was diagnosed in an individual who had recently returned from a “Mexican Riviera” cruise on the Grand Princess (Princess Cruises) from February 11-21, 2020 out of San Francisco with several stops in Mexico before returning to San Francisco.

  • Published on March 2, 2020

    El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) confirmó hoy un caso presunto positivo de nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) en un residente que viajo internacionalmente recientemente sin relación al Crucero Diamond Princess.

  • Published on March 2, 2020
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident with recent international travel unrelated to the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.
  • Published on February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued a Health Alert as a result of updated guidance for persons under investigation (PUI), infection control guidelines, and geographic areas impacted by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Published on February 26, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection will implement enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China. SFO and LAX, as well as JFK, will require passengers from Wuhan to complete health screening form. 

  • Published on February 25, 2020

    El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) confirmó hoy un caso de un nuevo paciente con coronavirus (COVID-19) que está siendo tratado en un hospital del condado.

  • Published on February 25, 2020
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed one case of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patient being treated at a hospital in the County.
  • Published on February 13, 2020

    El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) continúa trabajando cercanamente con otros departamentos de salud del Área de la Bahía, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) para vigilar el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID -19). Actualmente, el riesgo de infectarse con COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos sigue siendo bajo.

  • Published on February 13, 2020
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the risk for being infected with COVID-19 in the US remains low.
  • Published on January 31, 2020

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services has issued a Health Alert as a result of changing case definition, infection control guidelines and travel restrictions related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

  • Published on January 14, 2020

    As part of efforts to improve the reporting of pesticide illnesses, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California Environmental Protection Agency issued a Health Alert.

  • Published on December 6, 2019
    Influenza activity within Sonoma County, California and across the nation is increasing and both influenza A and B viruses have been detected.
  • Published on December 5, 2019
    As Health Officer for Sonoma County, I am reissuing the Health Officer Order mandating certain health care facilities in Sonoma County implement programs that require their health care workers (HCWs) to receive an annual influenza vaccination.
  • Published on August 29, 2019
    Physicians in California and at least 22 other states have documented over 200 cases of acute pulmonary disease associated with vaping over the past three months.
  • Published on July 3, 2019

    Effective January 1, 2019, California Health & Safety Code Section 1262.5 establishes requirements of general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals and special hospitals serving homeless patients. 

  • Published on April 30, 2019

    Although influenza activity is decreasing across the nation, in certain areas, including Sonoma County, activity remains widespread and significantly elevated above baseline. 

  • Published on April 24, 2019
    Advise patients with suspected measles to stay home with no visitors until at least 4 days after rash onset AND cleared by Sonoma County Disease Control to resume usual activities.
  • Published on October 24, 2018

    Influenza activity within Sonoma County and California is currently low; however, some local healthcare providers are beginning to diagnose influenza.

  • Published on August 22, 2018

    Consider screening for infectious diseases that are not uncommon in homeless communities such as TB, sexually transmitted infections (Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea), HIV, and Hepatitis A/B/C. Seize the opportunity of a healthcare visit and avoid delaying next steps.

  • Published on August 2, 2018

    In Sonoma County, suspected accidental fentanyl related deaths have increased (12 in 2018 as of 7/31/18, 5 in 2017, and 3 in 2016). In California, fentanyl deaths increased from 2016 to 2017 by 57%. In 2017, 373 fentanyl deaths and 1,882 opioid overdose deaths were reported in California.

  • Published on February 13, 2018

    This Valentine’s Day, Bay Area health officials remind everyone who is sexually active to have a conversation with your primary care provider and to be screened regularly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

  • Published on February 2, 2018

    Flu activity in Sonoma County continues to be widespread. Every year, the flu sickens and kills thousands of Americans, and this year rates of illness in California and the rest of the country are trending moderately high. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged get a flu shot as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is available in Sonoma County and it is safe and effective.

  • Published on January 29, 2018

    There continues to be an increase in early syphilis cases in Sonoma County, including known transmission within heterosexual networks resulting in cases among women of childbearing age. Rising numbers among women increase the potential for congenital syphilis which can cause devastating outcomes for newborns including stillbirth or infant death.

  • Published on January 2, 2018

    Influenza season is beginning – it is important to get vaccinated every year. Everyone six months and older needs a flu shot.

  • Published on December 29, 2017
    Influenza activity is rapidly increasing throughout California including Sonoma County. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified influenza A(H3N2) as the predominate strain so far this season.
  • Published on December 21, 2017

    Sonoma County and its residents have faced unprecedented trauma in the face of the recent October fires. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services wants to encourage our community to take care of themselves this holiday season by being attuned to the needs of our minds and bodies.

  • Published on December 21, 2017

    This is an update to the September 2017 Hepatitis A Outbreak health advisory.

  • Published on December 18, 2017

    Due to the traumatic events of the October firestorm, many Sonoma County residents are experiencing stress reactions consistent with an exposure to a disaster. We are encouraging all health care providers in the community to be aware of the mental health needs of their patients and to provide appropriate support. Please review the Health Advisory for more information, specific requested actions and resources.

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