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COVID-19 Status Update – September 17th

Posted on September 17, 2021


Covid 19 Status Update

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Case rates and hospitalizations continued to decline this week in Sonoma County. The County reported a case rate this week of 13.5 new daily cases per 100,000 (down from 18.2) – the case rate among the unvaccinated individuals is 28.7 per 100,000 compared with 7.2 for vaccinated residents. The county reported a test positivity rate of 2.9 percent  (down from 3.7), an equity metric positivity rate of 3.6 percent (down from 4.6) and as of Tuesday, 51 COVID patients were in Sonoma County hospitals. This included 17 COVID patients in ICU beds, down from 24 a week ago. 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, self-quarantine instructions from CDPH, and an upcoming community COVID-19 update from the Sonoma Valley Hospital below.


Testing Opportunities

Testing in the county has nearly doubled in the past month. 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, Walk-ins are limited due to high demandTo 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, Walk-ins are limited due to high demandTo make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.

Vaccine Clinics This Week

As of this week, nearly 76 percent of the County’s 12 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 83 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.

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.

This Week’s Vaccine Clinics in Sonoma Valley:

  • Saturday, September 18th, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Tuesday, September 21st, 5 – 7 pm, Sonoma Tuesday Farmers Market, Sonoma Plaza. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 10 am – 1 pm, Springs Community Hall, 18627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma CA 95476. Vaccines are free and no appointment is needed. Visit svhpvaccines.org or call (707) 939-6071 to make an appointment. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, call (707) 565-4667.
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 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, September, 23rd 4 – 7 pm at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
  • Saturday, September 25th, 12 – 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070

CDPH Self-quarantine instructions if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health has produced an updated factsheet summarizing self-quarantine instructions for individuals exposed to COVID-19. The fact sheet explains the importance of self-quarantine if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated, how to self-quarantine, and when to get tested.


Sonoma Valley Hospital to hold a virtual community COVID update on Tuesday, September 21, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Sonoma Valley Hospital will host a virtual Community meeting on Tuesday, Tuesday, September 21, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The virtual session will be simultaneously presented in Spanish on Sonoma TV’s YouTube Channel.

The presentation will be led by Dr. Sabrina Kidd, Chief Medical Officer and UCSF Medical Director for Sonoma Valley Hospital. There will be ample time for questions following the presentation and the community is welcome to submit questions ahead of time to the hospital at community@sonomavalleyhospital.org, or by calling 707.935.5257.

Zoom Access Information:

When: Tuesday, September 21, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm., via Zoom

LINK: https://sonomavalleyhospital-org.zoom.us/j/92375935274

Webinar ID:  923 759 352 74

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