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. Sonoma Water, our drinking water supplier, uses chlorine to eliminate pathogens, which includes viruses. This ensures safe drinking water for all our customers. There are no impacts from the coronavirus to the City’s public water system. Santa Rosa Water’s staff is highly trained and prepared for emergencies and has contingency plans in place to provide water supply.
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.