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Posted on: March 1, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 


The City of Santa Rosa is in close coordination with the County of Sonoma who is monitoring and coordinating with the State of California regarding novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19, is a member of the same family of viruses that causes colds. COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has now been detected internationally, including some cases in the United States. Because COVID-19 is new, we are learning more each day about how it spreads, and therefore, updates and information may change frequently.

Currently, the health risk to the general public remains low. Santa Rosa residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in regular activities, but are urged to practice good hygiene, as this is the height of flu season across Sonoma County. Residents should contact healthcare providers if they have symptoms such as fever and cough and had close contact with someone with symptoms who returned in the last 14 days from China, Italy, Iran, Japan, or South Korea. 

For more details, including the the latest developments on COVID-19, visit socoemergency.org/coronavirus.

Reduce Risk by Practicing Good Hygiene 


Santa Rosa residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19. Recommendation from the CDC include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
    • For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Hand washing website
    • For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
  • Get your flu shot to protect against flu if you have not done so this year. The flu shot, will not protect against the coronavirus, but is encouraged for the following reasons:
    • Fewer people getting ill frees up medical resources, and
    • Avoiding the flu will help keep your immune system healthy
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

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