Published: February 10, 2022
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declining, Sonoma County health officials confirmed Tuesday that a local health order limiting the size of large gatherings will expire as scheduled at 11:59 p.m. today, Thursday, 10 February.
Additionally, Sonoma County and other Bay Area counties will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public places beginning Wednesday, February 16. Unvaccinated persons over the age of 2 will continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor public places.
Read the full press release here:
Importantly, COVID-19 is still spreading twice as fast in our community today than it was during the peak of the Delta surge last August. We are still averaging over 350 new cases per day, up from 1,200 on January 13. As of Tuesday, there were 66 COVID-related hospitalizations in the county, including 15 COVID patients in intensive care beds.
COVID-related deaths are also increasing, which is expected to continue as deaths often delay hospitalizations by a month or more. So far, 31 deaths have been reported in January and one in February. Since December 1, 94% of local deaths have been people aged 65 and over; 98% were unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or not up to date with their vaccines; 92 percent had underlying conditions. Sonoma County residents who are unvaccinated are 17.6 times more likely to be hospitalized if they contract COVID and 12.8 times more likely to die from the virus.
Although wearing a mask indoors is no longer mandatory for vaccinated people, it is still a smart and simple way to protect yourself and those around you, including those at greatest risk of illness – our seniors, essential workers and people with underlying illnesses. health conditions.
Today’s summary provides useful and important updates on the following:
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds Vaccination Clinics
- What to do if you contract COVID-19
- Immunization and Testing Clinics in Sonoma County
- Resources and support from the COVID-19 community
Weekend vaccination clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Sonoma County has expanded access to pediatric and adult COVID-19 vaccines and boosters through a series of free, large-scale weekend clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Up to 500 vaccines can be given per day at these clinics, which will be held in the Garrett Building, which is on the east side of the fairgrounds, accessible from the Brookwood Avenue entrance.
Clinics will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following weekends:
- February 12 & 13
- February 19 & 20
The clinics are open to all members of the community, and families with children and people 12 and older who still need their boosters are especially encouraged to attend.
Although appointments are not necessary, you can guarantee a place by registering here:
Vaccines are free, clinics are open to everyone, and no proof of citizenship is required.
What to do if you contract COVID-19
If you test positive, the first thing to do is self-isolate for at least five days to protect your health and avoid infecting others.
- Stay in a separate room from those that are not infected.
- Use a separate bathroom if you can.
- Wear a mask around others, even at home, and ask others in your home to do the same.
- Use an N-95, KF-94, or a three-ply surgical mask if possible.
- Open the windows, if possible.
- If your residence has an HVAC system, make sure it has a new filter.
Take a test on the fifth day, and if it is negative, you can end your isolation. The California Department of Public Health recommends a rapid antigen test, not a PCR test, to determine if you can get out of isolation. If you can’t get tested, you can end your isolation after 10 days if you don’t have symptoms.
If you used a home test, you should report the results to the county health department at (707) 565-4667. Notify loved ones that they have been exposed. A close contact is someone who spent at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine unless they show symptoms after contact with someone who has COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested five to seven days after exposure, even if they have no symptoms.
Unvaccinated people should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact your health care provider if you have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds.
Learn more about home isolation instructions on SoCoEmergency.org:
Local vaccine and testing opportunities
Immunization and testing clinics are held throughout the county to serve people who do not have convenient or affordable access to health care providers.
Visit the Sonoma County Office of Education to learn more about clinics for students and families:
Check out the county’s vaccination clinics and appointments page here:
For more details or appointments at COVID-19 testing clinics, including a pop-up testing schedule, please visit:
Residents who test positive using a home antigen test are asked to report the result by calling the county’s COVID hotline at (707) 565-4667 (4701 in Spanish). Anyone needing help making an appointment for vaccinations or testing can also contact the hotline.
COVID-19 Community Resources and Support
- Free COVID-19 testing is available for tribal communities from the Sonoma County Indian Health Project. Call (707) 521-4500 for details.