What are the current county restrictions? Sonoma County is currently in the most restrictive purple tier of the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In order to qualify for the less restrictive red tier, the county must have less than 7 new cases per 100,000 people and a testing positivity rate lower than 8%. As of February 17, Sonoma county’s new case number is 13.8 per 100,000 people and the testing positivity rate is 4%. To check the latest data, visit https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/.
Restaurants can serve food outside in the purple tier and salons can operate indoors with certain safety modifications, like face masks. To see a full list of business regulations in the purple tier visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Where and when can I get my vaccine? Sonoma County is in phase 1B tier 1 of the vaccination process and is currently vaccinating people 70 and older in addition to education, childcare, agriculture and emergency service workers.
California launched Myturn.ca.gov for residents to learn when they will be eligible for vaccinations and make appointments. Sonoma County residents can’t make an appointment through the site yet, but can use it to check their eligibility. Sonoma County residents should be able to use the site to make vaccine appointments in the coming weeks.
County officials recommend Sonoma residents call their primary healthcare provider first to make a vaccine appointment. If an individual in the eligible group cannot make an appointment through their primary care provider, they can make one through one of the vaccine clinics. Residents will be asked to show their identification at the vaccinate site to ensure eligibility. To see a comprehensive list of Sonoma County's vaccine clinics click here.
For more general information on Sonoma’s vaccine rollout visit: socoemergency.org/vaccine.
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 lhi.care/covidtesting 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: cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
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: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing/
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.
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)