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November 23, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Guidance for Outdoor Visitation and  Activities Relative to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Long-Term Care  Facilities

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. Read full story

November 10, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Order of the Sonoma County Health Officer: Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Specified Healthcare Staff

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. Read full story

November 10, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Orden del Condado de Sonoma Oficial de Salud: Vacunacion obligatoria para el personal sanitario especificado

A medida que el Condado de Sonoma sigue trabajando para reducir el contagio de SARS-CoV-2 (también conocido como “COVID-19”), ya llega la temporada de gripe. La coincidencia de la temporada de gripe con la pandemia de COVID-19 aumenta el riesgo de sobrecargar nuestros sistemas de salud con pacientes que sufran de enfermedades respiratorias graves. Read full story

October 16, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Amendment No. 1 to Health Order No. C19-02 Residential Care Facilities Visitation

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. Read full story

September 30, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Health Provider Alert: Reminder that Alternate Care Site isAvailable for Patients Evacuating Wildfires

As parts of the County areevacuating from the recent wildfires, including the Glass Fire you may receivecalls from patients describing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Read full story

September 9, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Guidance for Communal Dining Relative to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

August 31, 2020 | Department of Health Services

SoCo COVID-19 Check

SoCo COVID-19 Check is an app that helps Sonoma county employees and employers prevent and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus.  Each day, before starting work, employees complete a 30-second self-assessment for COVID-19 related symptoms and potential exposure to the virus. Read full story

July 24, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Updated Guidance

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 Read full story

May 20, 2020 | Department of Health Services

COVID-19 Health Advisory – May 19, 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. Read full story

May 18, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Guidance Relating to NonUrgent NonEssential or Elective Procedures relative to COVID-19

The Health Officer recommends that, prior toscheduling elective procedures, healthcare providers develop and implementCOVID-19 elective procedure guidelines that addresses the considerationsspelled out this in guidance. Read full story