County of Sonoma’s Roadmap to Reopening

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What will everyday life in Sonoma County look like after June 15?

Sonoma County will follow California’s plan to fully reopen the economy on June 15, which will make everyday life feel much like it was before COVID-19. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters and most everyday places will be open as normal. There will be no capacity limits or social distancing required at these venues, though schools, healthcare facilities and some other public settings may require further safety protocols. In addition, employers are subject to Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards if applicable.

Of course, anyone can wear a mask anytime they’d like, especially around children and others who are vulnerable or not yet eligible for vaccination. All Californians will continue to follow state masking guidelines as well as state and CDC travel guidelines. 

Some public health measures will remain for mega events, which are defined as 5,000 or more people for indoor events and 10,000 or more people for outdoor events. These include concerts, sporting events, festivals, and conventions. Mega events increase the risk for spreading COVID-19 because attendees might be from outside our region, state, or country. Indoor mega event attendees will be required to confirm proof of vaccination or negative covid-19 status to attend. Outdoor mega event attendees will be strongly encouraged to do so.

For more information, visit California Department of Public Health’s Beyond the Blueprint webpage.

Under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases, overall testing positivity, and the testing positivity of its residents with access to the fewest socioeconomic resources. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed by the State weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

State Indicators, Tiers are listed from Higher Risk to Lower Risk of Community Disease Transmission
Indicator Widespread
Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
Tier 4
New cases per 100,000 population per day
(7 day average; 7 day lag)
> 10 6 – 10 2 – 5.9 < 2
Positive tests percentage
(7 day average; 7 day lag)
> 8% 5% – 8% 2% – 4.9% < 2%

How is Sonoma County Doing?

To see Sonoma County’s current status and allowable activities for this tier, please visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy

State Monitored Indicators

New Cases per 100,000 per Day

Last Updated 6/15/2021
Current Value 4

Overall Testing Positivity

Last Updated 6/15/2021
Current Value 2.0%

Testing Positivity in Lowest HPI Quartile

Last Updated 6/15/2021
Current Value 2.8%


Additional Indicators

Sonoma County has separately been collecting and monitoring a number of indicators relevant to the COVID-19 response and has identified triggers (listed below) to quickly reinstitute precautions and restrictions as needed in advance of any state action should local conditions worsen.

Indicator Current Status Out of Compliance Consider Implementing Restrictions or Taking Precautionary Measures at Last Updated
Unadjusted new cases per day per 100,000 residents (7 day average; 7 day lag) 5.1 No >10 6/16/2021
Adjusted new cases per day per 100,000 residents (7 day average, 7 day lag) 4.1 No >10 6/16/2021
- - - No - 6/16/2021
Overall testing positivity (7 day average; 7 day lag) 2.1% No >8% 6/16/2021
Number of COVID positive adults currently hospitalized 8 No none 6/16/2021
% of adult ICU patients who are COVID positive (County) 4.8% No >30% 6/16/2021
% of adult ICU patients who are COVID positive (Bay Area Region) 4.7% No >30% 6/16/2021
Stability of Hospitalizations:
Average % daily change in confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations over past week
-18.2% No >5% 6/16/2021
No more than 20 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations on any single day in past 14 days Met No 20 or less confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations on a single day in past two weeks 6/16/2021
Increasing Hospitalizations:
Average change >10% in number of confirmed COVID+ patients currently hospitalized
-15.2% No >10% increase 6/16/2021
Limited Hospital Capacity:
% Adult ICU Beds Available (County)
ICU Beds available: 26.3% No <15% 6/16/2021
Limited Hospital Capacity:
% Adult ICU Beds Available (Bay Area Region)
ICU Beds available: 32.6% No <15% 6/15/2021
Limited Hospital Capacity:
% Ventilators Available (County)
Ventilators available: 88% No <25% availability of ventilators 6/16/2021
Case fatality rate/Overall 1% No 5% 6/16/2021
Contact tracing staffing 89 No <75 staff or fewer staff than needed to manage contact tracing needs 6/16/2021
Doubling rate 971.2 days No < 20 days 6/16/2021
Avg # tests per day per 100,000 population (7 day average with a 7 day lag) 302.9 No <150 6/16/2021
Proportion of cases among adults 65 and older 10% No 21% 6/16/2021
Cumulative cases in senior residential facilities 1109 No none 6/6/2021
Cumulative cases among homeless population 125 No none 6/16/2021
PPE supply in hospitals 3+ days No > 3 days supply 6/16/2021
Percent of SNFs with >14 days of PPE on hand  68.4% Yes < 85% 6/16/2021