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COVID-19 Status Update – Case Rates, Testing Sites, Vaccine Clinics & Back to School Webinar

Posted on August 13, 2021


Covid Status Update

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Case rates & hospitalizations continue to increase

Sonoma County is experiencing COVID-related cases and hospitalizations at the highest rates since February of this year. The County’s case rate increased this week to 19 new daily cases per 100,000 (up from 17.9), a test positivity rate of 7.7 percent (up from 6.5 ), and an equity metric positivity rate of 7.7 percent (down from 8.7).

County Health officials say this increase in cases coincides with the arrival of the Delta variant which appears to be 50 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant, which is believed to be at least 50 percent more contagious than the original coronavirus.

Early in the pandemic, most hospitalizations from COVID were the elderly. That is not the case now because nearly 95 percent of county residents over the age of 70 have received at least one dose and 86 percent are fully vaccinated. Younger, unvaccinated residents continue to account for the majority of new cases and hospitalizations in the county.

This is our shot! Find a vaccine clinic today

As of this week, 71 percent of the County’s 12 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 79 percent have received at least one dose. Vaccine appointments are plentiful, and anyone 12 years or older who wants one can get an appointment at one of the many clinics, pharmacies or health centers in the County — often the same day. Many are also accepting walk-in patients. Just go to MyTurn.ca.gov to find an appointment that works for you and find a list of local clinics on the Sonoma Valley Health Partner Website.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics in Sonoma Valley:

  • Saturday, August 14th, 12 – 3 pm at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Wednesday, August 18th, 3:30 – 6:30 pm at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Thursday, August 19th, 4 -7 pm at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Saturday, August 21st, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070

Increased testing opportunities in Sonoma County

The demand for pop-up COVID-19 testing has significantly increased in the past weeks.  Due to the small size of the Department of Health Services Field team, increasing case rates, and the need to broaden testing, County Health Services is partnering with three trusted testing providers, LHI, Curative, and Molecular Matrix, to provide expanded testing services for residents.

Find testing locations and make an appointment on the County’s testing page or call the hotline at 707-565-4667. The hotline is available to help residents sort through their many testing options in Spanish and English.

Testing in Sonoma Valley This Week

  • Sunday, August 15th, 8 am – 2 pm, Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride at Hwy.12 & Thompson Ave., Boyes Hot Springs, Walk-ins are limited due to high demand. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
  • Monday – Friday, 8 am – 2 pm at the Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma, Walk-ins are limited due to high demand. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
  • Sunday, August 22nd, 8 am – 2 pm, Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride at Hwy.12 & Thompson Ave., Boyes Hot Springs, Walk-ins are limited due to high demand. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042

County Health and Office of Education webinar for parents to learn more about school resuming

With local students returning to the classroom this week, Sonoma County educators and public health experts held a webinar this week to explain how masking and other measures will help keep students safe, especially with the Delta variant and increasing cases of COVID-19 in Sonoma County. The webinar hosted by County Public Health and the Sonoma County Office of Education offered parents the opportunity to learn more about what the start of school will look like and to ask questions.
Watch a recording of the webinar in English.
Watch a recording of the webinar in Spanish.
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