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Sonoma County reported the first confirmed case of the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron variant this week. While case rates remained stable this week, public health officials urge residents to use our familiar preventive measures to avoid a surge in cases and hospitalizations – 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 11.3 new daily cases per 100,000 (up slightly from 11.1) – the case rate among the unvaccinated individuals is 27.3 per 100,000 compared with 5.9 for vaccinated residents. The county reported a test positivity rate of 2.4 percent (down from 2.7), an equity metric positivity rate of 2.4 percent (down from 2.8). See the County’s updated Metrics and Trends page for the most up-to-date data.
Find more information on testing recommendations and opportunities, booster shots, vaccination clinics, and holiday travel guidance below.
Rapid testing urged by local health officials during holidays
Residents are being urged by county public health and other medical professionals to make use of rapid COVID-19 tests during this time of holiday gatherings and travel. Ideally, those who will be traveling or gathering are advised to take a PCR test three days before the event, and then a rapid test on the day of the event to confirm their status, along being vaccinated and boosted, if eligible.
The county is working to increase the availability of rapid tests. Rapid tests are widely available at pharmacies.
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.
- Wednesday, December 22nd & Thursday, December 23rd 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.
- Monday, December 27th – Thursday, December 30th 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.
Sonoma County and Bay Area health officers urge boosters to protect against Omicron variant
Public health agencies across the Bay Area on Friday urged everyone eligible to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot right away to protect against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
Widely available via appointment or drop-in sites, boosters maintain the power of vaccines to strongly protect against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Everyone should get one when eligible, but particularly those over 50 or those with significant underlying health conditions.
Get one if you are at least 16 years old and:
- 6 months have passed since your second dose of Moderna (18+)
- 6 months have passed since your second dose of Pfizer (16+)
- 2 months have passed since your Johnson & Johnson dose (18+)
Vaccine Updates and Clinics
As of this week, 76 percent of the County’s 5 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 84 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.
Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11
33% 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.
Vaccine Clinics for 12+ in Sonoma Valley:
- Wednesdays, December 22nd & 29th 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
- Wednesday, December 29th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Springs Community Hall, 8627 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions Call (707) 935-5257
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