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Health Alert: conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention

Health Advisory: provides important information for a specific situation; may not require immediate action

Health Update: provides updated information regarding a situation; unlikely to require immediate action

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  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on September 9, 2020
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

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

  • Public Health Division

    Published on July 24, 2020
    Public Health Division

    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

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on May 20, 2020
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on May 18, 2020
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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. 

  • Disease Control
    Published on April 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Disease Control
    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
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Disease Control
    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.
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 24, 2020
    Disease Control
    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.
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM
    Disease Control
    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.
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM
    Disease Control
    Healthcare Providers & Testing Facilities to Disseminate Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to Patients Diagnosed with or Suspected to Have COVID-19
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 6, 2020 at 8:00 PM
    Disease Control
    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.
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM
    Disease Control
    Watch Coronavirus Contact Investigation Training for Medical Professionals Video (Parts 1 and 2) and see the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Disease Control
    Published on April 1, 2020 at 11:45 AM
    Disease Control
    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.
  • Disease Control
    Published on March 14, 2020
    Disease Control

    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).

  • Disease Control
    Published on March 13, 2020
    Disease Control

    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.

  • Public Health Division

    Published on March 10, 2020
    Public Health Division

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on March 4, 2020
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Disease Control
    Published on February 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM
    Disease Control

    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).

  • Public Health Division

    Published on February 26, 2020
    Public Health Division

    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. 

  • Public Health Division

    Published on January 31, 2020
    Public Health Division

    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.

  • Public Health Division

    Published on January 14, 2020
    Public Health Division

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on December 6, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit
    Influenza activity within Sonoma County, California and across the nation is increasing and both influenza A and B viruses have been detected.
  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on December 5, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit
    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.
  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on August 29, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit
    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.
  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on July 3, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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. 

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on April 30, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

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

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on April 24, 2019
    Public Health Disease Control Unit
    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.
  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on October 24, 2018
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

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

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on August 22, 2018
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on August 2, 2018
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on January 29, 2018
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on December 29, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit
    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.
  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on December 21, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

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

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on December 18, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    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.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on October 2, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

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

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on September 28, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Currently, we have no outbreak associated cases of hepatitis A in Sonoma County. However, several California counties (San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles) are reporting outbreaks of genotype IB strains of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among individuals who are homeless and/or using illicit drugs. Additional California counties, Arizona and Utah are reporting cases associated with the outbreaks.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on August 2, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    There is an ongoing national shortage of benzathine penicillin G, the recommended drug for treating primary, secondary and latent syphilis.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on May 23, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Several Northern California counties, including Sonoma County, are experiencing an increase in gastrointestinal illness among students and staff in the school setting.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on May 18, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    The California Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of foodborne botulism associated with consumption of a nacho cheese sauce served at the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on January 17, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Nearly every week, a person in Sonoma County dies from an accidental drug overdose. Prescription drug use and misuse is a large contributing factor to this problem.

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on January 17, 2017
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Influenza activity is rapidly increasing in California and Sonoma County, although other respiratory viruses are also circulating (e.g. RSV).

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