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July 3, 2019 | Department of Health Services

SB1152/ HSC 1262.5 Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients

EffectiveJanuary 1, 2019, California Health & Safety Code Section 1262.5 establishesrequirements of general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals andspecial hospitals serving homeless patients. Read full story


April 30, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Extension of Flu Health Officer Order

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


April 24, 2019 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Measles Outbreak in California

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. Read full story


October 24, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Influenza Health Advisory

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


August 22, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Homeless Healthcare Reminder

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. Read full story


August 2, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Increased Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs

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. Read full story


January 29, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Continued Increase in Syphilis Cases

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. Read full story


January 2, 2018 | Department of Health Services

Flu Season is Here...Get Vaccinated!

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


December 21, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Self Care Health Advisory

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. Read full story


December 21, 2017 | Department of Health Services

Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks in California; Prevention Recommendations

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