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Sonoma County reopening metrics continue to improve this week and we remain in the “red” tier in the state’s framework, but our move to the less restrictive “orange” tier is anticipated as early as next week due to improving case numbers and an expected adjustment to the reopening metrics by the State requiring a case rate below 6 to move into the orange tier.
This week, the County has 3.6 new daily cases per 100,000 (down from 5.6 last week), a test positivity rate of 1.6 percent (down from 2.3 percent) and an equity metric positivity rate of 2.3 (down from 3.5 percent).
Want to help Sonoma County get into an even less restrictive tier? Keep up the good work by continuing to follow the mitigation measures we are all now so familiar with – wear your mask, keep your distance, practice good hand hygiene, limit gatherings and consider getting tested for COVID-19.
Pop Up Testing Opportunities in Sonoma Valley This Week
County health officials recommend that everyone who goes into public – even if they don’t have any symptoms and/or have been vaccinated for COVID-19 – get tested at least once per month and those who regularly interact with the public get tested twice each month. The County of Sonoma continues to increase access to free COVID-19 testing, find options in Sonoma Valley below or visit socoemergency.org/test for a complete list.
- MONDAYS, 10 AM – 4 PM at St. Leo’s – Curative | These tests are self-administered oral tests. Watch Curative’s instructional video in English and Spanish to find out what to expect. Appointments can be made up to 4 days in advance on their website.
- WEDNESDAYS, 2 PM – 4 PM at St. Leo’s | Sonoma Valley Community Health Center offers weekly testing at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Wednesdays from 2 PM – 4 PM. Appointments can be made online at https://sonomacounty.fullslate.com/locations/12058. Click here to watch a Spanish language tutorial on how to make an appointment online.
- FRIDAYS, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Sonoma Valley Church of the Nazarene | Weekly testing at Sonoma Valley Church of the Nazarene on Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Appointments can be made online at https://sonomacounty.fullslate.com/locations/14818. Click here to watch a Spanish language tutorial on how to make an appointment online.
- FRIDAY – SUNDAY, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, LHI Mobile Unit at Hanna Boys Center | The LHI bus will be at Hanna today (4/2) and returns next week Friday (4/9) through Sunday (4/11). Registration for the self-administered nasal swap test is required. Make an appointment online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123
This week, Sonoma County has now surpassed 295,000 vaccine doses administered as of Wednesday, 190,671 Sonoma County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is equal to about 46 percent of the county’s adult (16+) population.
Mobile Vaccinations Now Available for Homebound Adults
The County has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic. The County is working with Fox Home Health, which has established a mobile vaccine clinic for those who are homebound, as defined by Medicare:
- You need the help of another person or medical equipment such as crutches, a walker, or a wheelchair to leave your home, or your doctor believes that your health or illness could get worse if you leave your home.
- And, it is difficult for you to leave your home and you typically cannot do so.
State Expanded Vaccine Eligibility to those 50+ April 1st, Further Expansion to 16+ on April 15
Gov. Newsom made the announcement that eligibility would expand to 50+ on April 1st and 16+ on April 15th last week after the state was told by the federal government to expect significant increases in the number of doses. Newsom expects the state’s weekly allocation to increase from the current 1.8 million doses to 3 million in the middle of April. County officials urge everyone who is eligible and wants to make an appointment to be patient as supply increases. Learn more at www.socoemergency.org/vaccine.
Find links to local and regional vaccine clinics, sign up for eligibility notifications, find help getting to a vaccination appointment and more on our Vaccine Information & Resources page.
New State Guidance for Commencement / Graduation Ceremonies, Gatherings, Receptions and Conferences
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on March 26 issued guidance for safely holding outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies. All commencement ceremonies shall adhere to attendance limitations as defined within the current CDPH Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances Guidance. Outdoor, in-person ceremonies are permissible, consistent with this guidance.
On April 2nd, the CDPH issued new guidance for gatherings, receptions and conferences. The new guidance increases the number of people that may gather based on a County’s tier status. Indoor gatherings, although discouraged in all tiers, are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in red, orange, and yellow. In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating. As this document was updated just this afternoon, County and City officials are in the process of reviewing the new guidance and will provide more information to event planners and organizers leading up to the April 15th effective date.