Based on updated information from the CDC, the Sonoma County Health Officer now recommends that everyone who leaves home for an essential activity wear a face covering to the extent possible, such as a fabric face covering, scarf, bandana, or similar garment while outside their home. See the Sonoma County Health Officer Guidance on Face Coverings for General Public in All Age Groups.
In addition, the Health Officer has issued specific guidance to health care workers and first responders regarding the use of surgical masks while on duty and engaging in activities that involve close proximity to the general public, co-workers, and patients. See Health Officer Guidance on Surgical Masking for Healthcare Workers and First Responders.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings and has advised the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
The CDC suggests cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change the shape
Find more information from the CDC about cloth face coverings, sewn / non-sewn instructions, and shareable PDF versions in English and Spanish on their website.