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The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is asking you to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
We also encourage you to create a household plan to help protect your health and the health of those in your community.
Spend time outside each day. Stay healthy by breathing fresh air and going for a walk. The current health order allows for limited use of nearby parks for walking, running, jogging and hiking. More information about park access »
What You Need to Know
Frequently Asked Questions
On March 5, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared, “We have ordered health insurance companies to waive ALL out-of-pocket costs for preventive coronavirus testing.” California is the latest state to order insurance companies to waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus testing.
All commercial and Medi-Cal health plans have eliminated out of pocket costs for all medically necessary screening and testing for the COVID-19. This includes waiving cost-sharing for emergency room, urgent care or provider office visits when the purpose of the visit is to be screened and tested for COVID-19.
Yes. Coronavirus, a respiratory illness like the flu or cold, is not spread through tap water.
COVID-19 can spread from a person up to 48 hours before symptoms. This is why the Health Officer has ordered mandatory facial covering for everyone when physical distancing of 6 feet can’t be maintained. This includes while inside any building other than home, and when in an outdoor space where people are close together.
The World Health Organization says studies have shown that COVID-18 may last for a few hours or several days on surfaces. It all depends on temperature, the kind of surface, and humidity. Using a simple disinfectant on all reachable surfaces is a good idea.
At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.
Non-congregate and Alternative Care Sites
The County’s non-congregate sites, often referred to as NCS, offer temporary shelter to individuals who have not been diagnosed with coronavirus, but are considered at high-risk of serious complications should they contract the virus. Individuals who are unsheltered who are over the age of 65 or have underlying medical conditions meet the criteria for placement at NCS locations.
These individuals are either transfers from the former NCS site or they are referred through organizations that work directly with the homeless and other high-risk populations and outreach teams from the County and cities.
Many who stay at an NCS are experiencing homelessness, making it difficult to follow physical distancing and hygiene safety procedures that help stop the spread of the virus. The NCS provides a safer alternative to open-area shelters or encampments. In general, people who live unsheltered and are unstably housed have more health conditions than those with homes. NCS shelters individuals experiencing homelessness who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, including those over the age of 65 and/or have underlying medical conditions. Individuals in these risk categories can experience more serious complications from COVID-19 than other members of the community.