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corona 5174671 640What are the current county restrictions? Sonoma County is currently in the orange tier of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the second least restrictive tier and indicates that COVID-19 transmission is moderate.

In the orange tier gym's can operate at 25% capacity, and restaurants can operate indoors at 50% capacity or up to 200 people.To see a full list of business regulations in the red tier visit: 


 Where and when can I get my vaccine? California is currently vaccinating all adults older than 16. Half the adult population is vaccinated and 70 percent have at least one shot. 

California launched for residents to learn when they will be eligible for vaccinations and make appointments. You can now enroll through Myturn to find out your eligibility and make appointments. Appointments are plentiful and most have a walk-in option.

For more general information on Sonoma’s vaccine rollout visit:


Where can I get tested in Sonoma County? There are testing sites throughout the county. You can visit here to find a testing site by you. Here are a couple that are managed by private companies, healthcare providers and Sonoma County: 

  • OptumServe offers nasal swabs by appointment. Individuals can register at  to find a site nearby and book an appointment. You don’t need to have COVID symptoms or be symptomatic to make an appointment. You will be asked for insurance information when you register but it’s not required. Make sure to bring your registration number to the site. The site locations are:
    • Santa Rosa: Sonoma County Fairgrounds (1450 Bennett Valley Road)
    • Petaluma: Petaluma Fairgrounds (401 Payran Street, Fairgrounds Gate 2 Herzog Hall)
    • Windsor: Bluebird Community Center in Windsor (25 Bluebird Drive)
    • Sonoma: Hanna Boys Center (17000 Arnold Drive)
  • Project Baseline offers drive-through self-swab tests for  adults 18 and older. You  don’t need to have COVID symptoms or be symptomatic to make an appointment. You must register online and can make an appointment here. The site location is: 
    • Santa Rosa: Rite Aid, 955 Stony Point Road
  • CVS Offers drive-through testing to adults and children over the age of 10. You can make an appointment at a location by you here: 

There are also popup testing events throughout the county. Check the county’s calendar for where and when for more details. For more details about COVID-19 testing in Sonoma County visit: 

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID, you can also call the Sonoma County Health Department COVID Hotline to get a free testing appointment: 707-565-4667.

How can I get to my appointment?  If you’re riding a transit bus to your vaccine appointment, you can ride for free if you show documentation of the day and time of your appointment. This is for Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit and Paratransit services. There’s also a free Santa Rosa Citybus shuttle between the Santa Rosa Transit Mall and the County Fairgrounds. For more information click here.  

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19? Schedule a COVID test if you are exhibiting any symptoms identified by the CDC. Some of these symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches and/or headaches. The county recommends anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to COVID to stay home while awaiting test results.

If your COVID test comes back positive, the county recommends staying in isolation for 10 days after symptoms start to mitigate spread. If your test comes back negative and you are exhibiting symptoms, stay home until you are feeling better. 


What are the mental health resources available? If you need to talk to a counselor you can call these organizations:

  • Sonoma County 24-Hour Crisis Stabilization Unit: 707-576-8181
  • North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline of Sonoma County: 885-587-6373
  • County of Sonoma Warm Line: 707-565-2652 (seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Services in Spanish available)
  • Friendship Line 800-971-0016
  • Wellness and Advocacy Center: 707-565-7800 (Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Petaluma Peer Recovery Project warm line: 707-565-1299 (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Russian River Empowerment Center warm line: 707-823-1640 ext 207, then press 0 (Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • Sebastopol Area Senior Center: 707-829-2440 (Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m)

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