This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. There are cases of community transmission of the virus, which is easily spread between people. The data shows that the Shelter in Place Orders have succeeded in flattening the curve of the rate of transmission, which is critically important to enable our health care system to effectively treat patients and save lives. If those restrictions are lifted too soon, the progress we have made in the community to combat this disease will be erased and we will have to return to tighter restrictions.
If we succeed in keeping the number of cases from spiking, it means that there will be health care available for those who get sick with COVID-19 or who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other routine medical conditions. The Order also protects everyone’s ability to seek emergency health care when needed.
Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Sonoma County to act immediately.