The County of Sonoma is committed to supporting the business community reopen as quickly and safely as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
To support businesses’ ability to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, the County has developed a number of tools and resources, including the SoCo COVID-19 Check app.
About the COVID-19 Check Mobile App
SoCo COVID-19 Check is a mobile app that helps employees and employers in Sonoma County prevent and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
- Employees: each day, before starting work, employees can complete a 30-second self-assessment for COVID-19 related symptoms and potential exposure to the virus.
- Employer: the employer portion of the app asks employers to verify that employees do not have temperatures over 100.4 Fahrenheit, and are wearing appropriate face coverings in accordance with the Health Orders of the County’s Public Health Officer.
Why is reporting this information important?
Daily screening improves our ability to keep the community safe by reducing contact when symptoms are present.
All businesses must ensure that employees check themselves for symptoms, including temperature, before reporting to work sites. The SoCo COVID-19 Check App is a convenient tool for employees and businesses, and it shares limited, aggregate data with the County to help policy makers see the prevalence of Coronavirus symptoms in our community. The App or alternative web platform is not required.
Download the Mobile App
The mobile app will be available for iOS and android devices, in English and Spanish.
The employee can complete the COVID-19 Check – Employee Survey, a short online survey that asks the same questions as the mobile app.
Frequently Asked Questions
About SoCo COVID-19 Check App
The mobile application can be used by employers and employees to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before employees report for work. It is available for download on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store free of charge.
The SoCo COVID-19 Check app was created by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and their Public Health Officer to provide a wellness check for employees and employers to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and the community. With the app, employees and employers can complete a 15 second wellness check and verification to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and community.
The SoCo COVID-19 Check app is not intended to give medical advice. If you need medical advice, please contact your primary care provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
The SoCo COVID-19 Check app comes with a newsfeed that conveniently provides up to date state and local information about COVID-19.
No, but it is strongly recommended.
Employers are required to ensure that all employees perform a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms and temperature check before reporting to their work site or other assignment away from their residence. Employers are encouraged to use the free SoCo COVID-19 Check tool available as a mobile App and on the SoCo Emergency website. The tool automatically provides the County with data that will assist the County’s epidemiologists in monitoring and preventing transmission of COVID-19.
The mobile app is available for iOS and android devices, in English and Spanish.
When using the app before reporting to work, employees will answer two questions in the app. Based on the employee responses, the app either displays a Wellness Check verification screen or directs the user to contact their primary care provider or contact a community clinic to seek guidance before going to work. Employees will show the wellness badge to their manager when they report to their worksite.
Yes, the App and online reporting system are available in Spanish.
Reporting this data is imperative for the County to monitor COVID-19 in real time to help inform decisions and keep people safe at their workplace and in community.
The app is the quickest way to perform the employee self-assessment as well as the employer verification of staff as they report to work. Both the employee and employer portions of the app take less than 15 seconds to perform after the first-time set-up has been completed.
Data Collection and Use
The app does not collect or store any information that could identify users. It does not track user location. The app does not give medical advice.
Our only goal is to keep Sonoma County as safe as possible. Anonymous responses will be stored on IBM’s secure public cloud for businesses. The information will be stored for 45 days and will only be accessible to COVID-19 designated personnel in the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.
The information that employers and employees provide will be collected and processed by the Sonoma County Health Department. This data, in aggregate, will be provided to the California Department of Health. The app does not collect or store any information that could identify users. It does not track user location.
The Sonoma County Public Health Officer will utilize this anonymous data along with other COVID-19 statistical data to help determine if mitigation measures are being effective in controlling the virus.
No information will be shared for commercial purposes.
No, you cannot be identified by this app. All information in the employee self-assessment is anonymous, and no personally identifiable information (PII) is asked for in any questions on the survey.
The employee is only asked for the zip code of their employer, the industry they work in, and their age range (17 and under, 18-64, and 65 and older).
No, you cannot be tracked in this app. SoCo COVID-19 Check app does not access your phone’s location services, nor does it request access when you set up the app.
The employer portion of the app takes less than 15 seconds after initial setup. Other than the name and location of the business, the employer is only reporting verification of wellness for the arriving employees. The employer does not report any identity information. There are 3 simple questions in the employer section relating to verification of the employee self-assessment, temperature and appropriate face covering.
Once the 3 questions are answered, the app sends the data to the County without any additional effort from the company/employer.
The SoCo COVID-19 Employee Check app has no privacy risk to its users. The app does not ask for your name, address, or any other personally identifiable information.
For example, the question regarding age demographics only has three options: 0-17, 18-64, and 65 and older. Only anonymous, aggregate data is collected, which can assist the Sonoma County Public Health Officer analyze community and population-level data regarding how employees and employers in various sectors are implementing mitigation measures to protect the health and well-being of everyone in the County. Further, none of the collected data will be shared for commercial use, and all data collected will be automatically deleted after 45 days.
Accessing the SoCo COVID-19 Check App
If neither you nor your employer have access to Apple or Android smartphones or tablets, you may complete the employee survey as well as the employer staff verification via the Internet. This process takes a bit longer to complete daily because some questions that are asked only during the first app setup when the Soco COVID-19 App is used, must be asked each time when the Internet version is used.
You may complete the employee survey via the Internet.
Additionally, your employer has the option in the SoCo COVID-19 Check app to ask employees the self-assessment questions in the event employees are unable to take the survey themselves. The employee questions only come up in the employer portion of the app if the employee was unable to complete the self-assessment. In this way, employees can complete their screening at their place of employment.
Once you have completed the wellness assessment in the SoCo COVID-19 Check app, the app will display a wellness badge to show your employer when you report to work. The wellness badge will indicate the date you took the survey.
If, however, you report symptoms or exposure to the virus, you will be directed to contact your primary care provider before reporting to work.
Simply check the app store from your smartphone or tablet running the app.
- If there is a newer version of the app available, the App Store will indicate “update available”.
- If you are running the most up to date version, the App store will give you the “open” option.
Screening for Symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms list in the SoCo COVID-19 Check app is based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) symptoms as well as the most prevalent symptoms occurring in the Sonoma County COVID-19 positive population.
The list is approved by the Sonoma County Public Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase and may be updated based on new information from CDC.