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March 13, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Order – Large Public Gatherings

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. Read full story


March 10, 2020 | Department of Health Services

COVID-19 TestingChanges

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. Read full story


March 4, 2020 | Department of Health Services

COVID-19 Health Alert for Grand Princess Cruise Passengers

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. Read full story


February 28, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

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). Read full story


February 26, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Information About Coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

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. Read full story


January 31, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Coronavirus Health Alert

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


January 14, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Health Alert: Pesticide Illness Reporting

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. Read full story


December 6, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Influenza Health Advisory 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. Read full story


December 5, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Vaccination of Health Care Workers for Influenza – Health Order

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. Read full story


August 29, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Health Alert – Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury

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. Read full story