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Case rates have more than tripled in the past two weeks in Sonoma County. Health officials say it is vital to use our familiar preventive measures to avoid a surge in cases and hospitalizations. While the variant has changed, the preventative health measures remain the same – 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 44.6 new daily cases per 100,000 (up from 16.6 last week). The county reported a test positivity rate of 9.5 percent (up from 3.4), an equity metric positivity rate of 6.4 percent (up from 3.5). See the County’s updated Metrics and Trends page for the most up-to-date data.
Testing opportunities for the week of January 3, 2022
Due to the increased demand for testing, pop-up clinics may not have appointments available and may not be able to accommodate walk-ins. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your health care provider as they may have additional testing opportunities available to patients. Find additional pop-up 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:
- Monday – Friday at the Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
- 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.
Vaccine Updates and Clinics for the week of January 3, 2022
Public health agencies across the Bay Area urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot right away to protect against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. As of this week, 77 percent of the County’s 5 and older population is now fully vaccinated, while 85 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.
Boosters strongly recommended to protect against 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+)
Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11 (pediatric 1st dose, 2nd dose, boosters for those eligible)
36% 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:
- Tuesday, January 4th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, El Verano Elementary School, 18606 Riverside Dr
Vaccine Clinics for 12+ in Sonoma Valley (1st dose, 2nd dose, additional dose & boosters):
- Wednesdays & Thursdays, 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
- Saturdays, 12:00 – 3:00 pm at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. Walk-ins welcome. For questions call (707) 939-6070
*Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to:
- Expand the use of a single booster dose to include use in individuals 12 through 15 years of age.
- Shorten the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and a booster dose to at least five months.
As with previous FDA booster approvals, it will likely be a few days before the state’s MyTurn website is updated and be able to schedule appointments for those aged 12-15 years old and/or 5 months from their second dose.