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Case rates increased this week in Sonoma County. Public health officials say an increase in cases is to be expected as this is a winter virus, regardless of the variant. We are spending more time indoors, where this virus spreads especially fast. People will be gathering with family and friends over the holidays. That typically means a bump in cases a few weeks after a holiday. Health officials say it is vital to use our familiar preventive measures to avoid a surge in cases and hospitalizations. We know what works. Get vaccinated and boosted. Wear a mask. Increase ventilation. Get tested. Stay home if you’re sick.
The County reported a case rate this week of 11.2 new daily cases per 100,000 (up from 7.7) – the case rate among the unvaccinated individuals is 30.6 per 100,000 compared with 7.6 for vaccinated residents. The county reported a test positivity rate of 2.9 percent (up from 2.1), an equity metric positivity rate of 3.2 percent (up from 2.3) and as of Tuesday, 18 COVID patients were in Sonoma County hospitals. This included 4 COVID patients in ICU beds. The unvaccinated account for most COVID patients in local hospitals. See the County’s updated Metrics and Trends page for the most up-to-date data.
Update on the Omicron variant
Health officials said this week that no cases of Omicron have been reported to date in Sonoma County. They emphasize that it is important to note that very little is still known about transmissibility, clinical presentation and disease severity, risk of infection and vaccine effectiveness regarding the new variant. Sonoma County continues to deal with the highly contagious Delta variant.
Watch the County’s COVID-19 community briefing for more information about the Omicron variant and updates on pediatric vaccines. A recording of this week’s briefing is available on the county’s YouTube channel.
Vaccine Updates and Clinics
As of this week, 74.4 percent of the County’s 5 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 82.8 percent have received at least one dose. Vaccine appointments are now available for anyone 5 years or older who wants one at one of the many clinics, pharmacies or health centers in the County. 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.
COVID-19 vaccine available for children ages 5-11
27% of the County’s 5-11-year-olds have received at least one dose of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine as of this week. Parents who have health care coverage are encouraged to reach out to their pediatrician, local pharmacy or the State’s MyTurn website to find a vaccination appointment, or attend one of the Sonoma County Office of Education school site clinics intended for students and their families, more clinics may be added, visit the Sonoma County Office of Education website for a complete list:
- El Verano Elementary School, 18606 Riverside Dr, on Monday, December 14th
Vaccine Clinics for 12+ in Sonoma Valley:
- Saturdays, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
- Wednesdays, 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, 4 – 7 pm at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
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.
Pop-Up Testing in Sonoma Valley:
- Sundays, 8 am – 2 pm at the Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride at Hwy.12 & Thompson Ave., Boyes Hot Springs. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
- Tuesdays – Fridays, 7 am – 2 pm at the Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.