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COVID-19 Status Update – Declining Case Rates, Increased Testing, Boosters & Third Doses

Posted on October 1, 2021


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Case rates and hospitalizations continued to decline this week in Sonoma County and Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, is cautiously optimistic that the worst of the Delta surge is behind us. The County reported a case rate this week of 10.2 new daily cases per 100,000 (down from 14) – the case rate among the unvaccinated individuals is 12.2 per 100,000 compared with 2.8 for vaccinated residents. The county reported a test positivity rate of 2.4 percent  (down from 2.5), an equity metric positivity rate of 3.1 percent (up from 2.7) and as of Tuesday, 38 COVID patients were in Sonoma County hospitals. This included 18 COVID patients in ICU beds. The unvaccinated account for most COVID patients in local ICUs. See the County’s updated Metrics and Trends page for the most up-to-date data.

Find more information about testing opportunities, vaccine clinics, third doses, and booster shots below.


Testing Opportunities

Demand for testing continues to grow in Sonoma County. This has made it more difficult to walk in and get tested at a site. Appointments are strongly recommended. 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.

This Week’s Pop-Up Testing in Sonoma Valley:

  • Sundays, 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.
  • Tuesday – Friday, 8 am – 2 pm at the Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.

Vaccine Clinics This Week

As of this week, 76.5 percent of the County’s 12 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 84.4 percent have received at least one dose. The county’s main priority continues to be getting first and second doses administered to get more people fully vaccinated and protected, even with booster shots approved for certain groups. Steady progress is being made – each week another one percent of the eligible population becomes fully vaccinated.

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.

This Week’s Vaccine Clinics in Sonoma Valley –  No appointment is needed for first and second-dose appointments. For boosters or third doses, visit myturn.ca.gov or your healthcare provider. :

  • Saturday, October 2nd, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Tuesday, October 5th, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Altimira Middle School,  17805 Arnold Dr, Sonoma CA 95476. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, call (707) 565-4667.
  • Wednesday, October 6th, 3:30 – 6:30 pm at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476.  For questions call (707) 939-6070.
  • Thursday, October 7th, 4 – 7 pm at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma CA 95476. For questions call (707) 939-6070.
  • Saturday, October 9th, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. For questions call (707) 939-6070.

Third doses of vaccine for immunocompromised

Third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for patients who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. For this group, these are additional doses, not booster shots. This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series is not the same as a booster dose, which is given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time.

Residents who qualify for a third dose are encouraged to contact their primary care physicians to arrange with their doctor to get the third shot of vaccination or go to  MyTurn.ca.gov  to make an appointment. At this time, people should not show up at a vaccine clinic and expect to receive a third dose.


Booster Shots for some people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration last week authorized booster shots for some people who received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. The Centers for Disease Control specifically said:

  • Pfizer recipients 65 years and older and people aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot.
  • Pfizer recipients who live in long-term care facilities should get a booster shot.
  • People 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. These are some of the underlying medical conditions:
    • Hypertension and heart disease
    • Diabetes or obesity
    • Cancer or blood disorders
    • Weakened immune system
    • Chronic lung, kidney or liver disease
    • Dementia and certain disabilities
    • Pregnancy
    • Smoking, current or former
    • You can find a complete list here.
  • People 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for exposure because of their job or an institutional setting may get a booster shot. That includes health workers, first responders, teachers, postal workers, and food and agricultural workers. See the CDC website for a complete, updated list.

Residents who qualify for a booster are encouraged to contact their primary care physicians to arrange with their doctor to get the booster or go to  MyTurn.ca.gov  to make an appointment. At this time, people should not show up at a vaccine clinic and expect to receive a booster.

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