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Health Provider Alerts


March 10, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


July 3, 2019

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