The next Town Hall program will broadcast and live stream on March 31, 2020 (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
NorCal Public Media is following the latest developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) news in the Bay Area. Hear radio news from the North Bay Report on KRCB FM Radio 91, watch community Town Hall programs from NorCal Public TV, and check out the resource guide and Frequently Asked Questions section on our website.

Teachers and parents can utilize our free educational guides for kids at home during area school closings - CLICK HERE to learn more.


Coronavirus: What You Need to Know – March 24, 2020

On this program, we talk with Dr. Sundari Mase, health officer of Sonoma County, Susan Gorin, chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and Christopher Godley, Director of Sonoma County's Office of Emergency Management. In addition, we are joined by Dr. Arthur Reingold, Professor of Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and Juan Prieto, Communications strategist at the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and musician Eki Shola, who ends the program with a hopeful song.


Coronavirus: Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber - Marzo 24, 2020


En este Ayuntamiento de Coronavirus, nos acompañan los altos funcionarios del Condado de Sonoma: Presidenta de la Junta de Supervisores, Susan Gorin; Director de Manejo de Emergencias, Chris Godley; y el Oficial de Salud Pública, Dr. Sundari Mase. Además, nos acompañan Dr. Arthur Reingold, Profesor de Epidemiología de UC Berkeley, y Juan Prieto, Estratega de Comunicaciones de la Alianza de Justicia Juvenil de Inmigrantes de California. La música Eki Shola termina el programa con una canción esperanzadora.


Coronavirus: What You Need to Know – March 17, 2020

In this second Coronavirus Town Hall, we're once again joined by Sonoma County's top officials: chair of the board of supervisors, Susan Gorin; Emergency Management Director Chris Godley; and Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase. They discuss their latest advice to Sonoma County residents as most Bay Area counties are now advising that everyone shelter in place. We hear about the ongoing research and advice from local, state and federal officials about how to avoid spreading COVID-19; and we answer your questions, sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This program was presented live on March 17, 2020, on KRCB TV, KPJK TV, and KRCB FM Radio 91. Hosts: NorCal Public Media news director Steve Mencher and assistant news director Adia White. This program interpreted in Spanish in real time via radio station La Mejor KJOR-FM 104.1


Coronavirus: Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber - Marzo 17, 2020

En nuestro segundo Ayuntamiento de Coronavirus, nos acompañan una vez más los altos funcionarios del Condado de Sonoma: Presidenta de la Junta de Supervisores, Susan Gorin; Director de Manejo de Emergencias, Chris Godley; y el Oficial Interino de Salud Pública, Dra. Sundari Mase. Discutirán sus últimos consejos a los residentes del Condado de Sonoma, ya que la mayoría de los condados del área de la bahía ahora están aconsejando que todos se refugien en su lugar. Escucharemos sobre la investigación en curso y el consejo de funcionarios locales, estatales y federales sobre cómo evitar la propagación de COVID-19; y responderemos a sus preguntas, enviadas a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Estaremos en vivo a las 7 pm en KRCB TV, KPJK TV y KRCB FM Radio 91. Los presentadores serán el director de noticias de NorCal Public Media, Steve Mencher y la asistente directora de noticias, Adia White.



Coronavirus: What You Need to Know - March 11, 2020

Northern California Public Media hosted a Virtual Town Hall, in partnership with Sonoma County, to share information about Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). News Director Steve Mencher and Assistant News Director Adia White moderated the discussion with Supervisor Susan Gorin (Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors), Chris Godley (Director, Sonoma County Emergency Management), and Dr. Sundari Mase (Sonoma County Interim Public Health Officer) who presented information and answered questions from viewers in this one hour live news special.

Coronavirus: Lo Que Necesita Saber - 11 de marzo de 2020 

Northern California Public Media organizó un ayuntamiento virtual, en asociación con el condado de Sonoma, para compartir información sobre el nuevo coronavirus (Covid-19) el miércoles 11 de marzo de 2020. El Director de Noticias Steve Mencher y la Asistente Directora de Noticias Adia White moderaron la discusión con la Supervisora Susan Gorin (Presidenta, Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Sonoma), Chris Godley (Director, Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Sonoma) y la Dra. Sundari Mase (Oficial Interina de Salud Pública del Condado de Sonoma) y presentaron información y respondieron preguntas de los televidentes en esta hora de noticias especial. 

Coronavirus FAQ

  • What is the California Department of Motor Vehicles Doing to Protect Elderly Customers? +

    According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Website, "effective immediately, customers whose transactions require an in-office visit will be served on an appointment-only basis and currently, there are no appointments available. Continue to check the DMV website for the most current information." 

    Customers can use online services to complete other necessary transactions during this time. 

  • Should I Avoid Taking Public Transit if I Am in an At Risk Group? +

    According to guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health on March 7, 2020, those in at-risk groups should avoid crowds, mass gatherings or large events, and public transit, and stay home as much as possible.
  • What Activities Are Allowed Under the Shelter in Place Order +

    On March, 17 2020, Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, issued a shelter in place order. According to Sonoma County's website, residents may only leave "to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services." The order exempts indivudals experiencing homlessness and encourages them to seek shelter and for the county to provide options. For a list of essential services and other information on the order, CLICK HERE. 
  • Where Can I Get Tested if I am Having Symptoms? +

    If you are experiencing symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can recommend that you get tested for COVID-19 if there is a need.  

    Please call your healthcare provider in advance if you are experiencing symptoms so that the proper safety precautions can be taken. You can access a list of local community clinics here.

  • What Procedures Are in Place to Protect Healthcare Workers? +

    According to Sonoma County Public Information Officer, Rohish Lal,  the Department of Health Services has been communicating with its health care coalition about healthcare worker safety and other concerns on a weekly basis since January.  The coalition includes local hospitals, providers and other healthcare facilities. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services shared guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on protecting healthcare workers with the coalition. 

  • Who Makes the Decision to Close Schools? +

    According to the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), each school district consults with the local public health office when making the decision to close schools.

    Each district will work with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services to determine how long schools will close for.

    For up to date information on school closures, distance learning options and free and reduced-price lunch visit SCOE's frequently asked questions webpage.  

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