• May 11, 2020 12:06 PM

Why can’t we move faster through Stage 2?

Why can’t we move faster through Stage 2?

Why can’t we move faster through Stage 2? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

The State has criteria that counties must meet in order to move faster than the State through Stage 2.  In order to accelerate further into stage 2, Sonoma County would need to demonstrate, and the Health Officer must attest to the State for review, that we meet all of the State’s criteria, which are:

  1. No more than one (1) COVID-19 positive case per 10,000 people in the last fourteen (14) days;
  2. No COVID-19 death in the past fourteen (14) days;
  3. Ability to support employees when sick or exposed;
  4. Availability of disinfectant supplies and protective gear;
  5. Minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1,000 residents;
  6. At least fifteen (15) contact tracers per 100,000 residents;
  7. Ability to temporarily house at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness;
  8. County or regional capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35% in new COVID-19 patients;
  9. Hospital facilities must have a robust plan to protect hospital workforce;
  10. Skilled nursing facilities must have more than fourteen (14) day supply of PPE on hand for staff with ongoing procurement from non-state supply chains; and
  11. County metrics that serve as triggers for either slowing the pace through state 2 or tightening modifications.

Important progress has been made, but Sonoma County does not meet all of the Governor’s criteria for stage 2 accelerated openings.  Specifically, the County needs more time to demonstrate a low prevalence of COVID-19 and no COVID-19 deaths in the last 14 days.  The County is close to meeting this criteria, and will continuously review for eligibility to expand business reopening.

More information about the State’s criteria can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19-County-Variance-Attestation-Memo.aspx