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April 24, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Amendment to Health Order No. C19-08 Congregate Care/Living Facilities

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. Read full story


April 16, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Health Alert: Health Order Requiring Masking and SymptomScreening at Congregate Care and Living Facilities and for First Responders

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. Read full story


April 10, 2020 | Department of Health Services

COVID-19 Health Advisory – April 10, 2020

Healthcare Providers & Testing Facilities to Disseminate Health Officer Order No. C19-06-I to Patients Diagnosed with or Suspected to Have COVID-19 Read full story


April 6, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Health Officer Guidance on Surgical Masking for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

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. Read full story


April 1, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Health Care Worker Flu Order Rescind

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. Read full story


April 1, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Coronavirus Contact Investigation Training for Medical Professionals Video and PowerPoint

Watch Coronavirus Contact Investigation Training for Medical Professionals Video (Parts 1 and 2) and see the PowerPoint presentation. Read full story


March 14, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Order – Residential Care Facilities Visitation

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


March 14, 2020 | Department of Health Services

Restricción de las visitas y del movimiento no esencial en los centros deatención residencial para proteger a los residentes de la covid-19

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


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