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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City Launches Program to Assist Residents with Rental Payments

News Flash_Rental Assistance Program

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Santa Rosa is implementing a Rental Assistance Program to help residents with rental payments through December 31, 2020. Approved by City Council on May 19, over $600,000 in federal housing production f...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Update on Current Homeless Services Efforts in Santa Rosa

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Addressing Homelessness During the Public Health Emergency

During this public health emergency, the City of Santa Rosa has been working on several fronts to assist individuals experiencing homelessness, so as to protect this vulnerable population and the c...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Congratulations, Class of 2020

Please WATCH this video, as the City of Santa Rosa congratulates all graduates this year, from pre-school to high school, college, and trade schools. We especially want to acknowledge all those graduates who are city employees and their family members too...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

SRPD’s Role in Enforcing the Health Officers Orders within Santa Rosa City Limits

Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro

While the Governor has set Statewide guidance and a phased approach to reopening, he also has made it abundantly clear that the local Health Officer is empowered to establish their own thresholds and requirements. In Sonoma County, each law enforcement ag...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

CityBus Rider Alert

CityBus News Flash

Beginning June 1, 2020, CityBus will begin operating a new schedule with additional trips as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. The new schedule will be in effect until further notice. The changes are meant to provide more expansive service for tra...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Expand List of Businesses Allowed to Operate

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Today (May 22), Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued a third amendment to the Shelter in Place Order to allow additional business activities, in alignment with the State of California’s Resilience Roadmap. Effective Saturday, May...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Safe Social Distancing Program Update

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Please WATCH this short video with Mayor Tom Schwedhelm to learn more about the Safe Social Distancing Program located in the parking lot of the Finley Community Center.

Para ver este video en español, visite: https://youtu.be/_O4H4rmeg...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

May 18 Update from the Governor

Update from the Governor

Today, CA Governor Gavin Newsom announced that counties throughout the State may request approval for specific business activities, if they meet the strict criteria for case metrics, preparedness, and response. This provides an opportunity to update allow...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

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Starting Monday, May 18, California Human Development (CHD) will begin connecting undocumented individuals in Sonoma County to disaster relief assistance. Qualifying undocumented adult individuals will be eligible to receive $500 in direct assistance, wit...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Virtual Permitting Services

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The City of Santa Rosa is pleased to now offer online permit application services for ALL land-use planning and construction activities. The online service improvements will help protect the health of residents and city staff while keeping our community m...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Watch the Replay: Virtual Community Meeting

Safe Social Distancing Site at Finley Parking Lot

More than 460 residents tuned in to the virtual community meeting on Thursday evening, May 14th to learn more about the plans for the Safe Social Distancing Site for unsheltered individuals that will open next week in the parking lot of Finley Community C...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Amended Parks Order Allows for Some Expanded City Parks Access and Amenities

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Good news for lovers of recreation and parks! Santa Rosa residents may now enjoy basketball, bocce ball, tennis and pickleball, and non-motorized boating either solo or with other household members at some City parks close to their homes. Following the am...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Allow Further Business Reopening

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On Thursday, May 14, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued an amendment to the Shelter-in-Place Health Order allowing the reopening of additional businesses that provide service. The amended Health Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Ma...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Some City Park Amenities to Reopen Following Amended Park Closure Order

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Santa Rosa has some delightful news to share! This afternoon, the Sonoma County Health Officer issued a revised Parks Closure Health Order that eases restrictions on parks usage effective Wednesday, May 13. This update means that the City will start plann...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Virtual Community Meeting: Implementation of Safe Social Distance Site in Finley Parking Lot

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The City will host a virtual community meeting addressing the implementation of the Safe Social Distancing Program for unsheltered individuals in the parking lot of Finley Community Center on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. At this meetin...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Support Local Restaurants

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Please WATCH this message from Santa Rosa Mayor, Tom Schwedhelm, explaining how you can help support local restaurants during this public health crisis. Bon appetite!

Para ver este video en español, visite: https://youtu.be/d7bGabK7YxE

Visit SRCi...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order Amended for Additional Business Allowances

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The Sonoma County Health Officer amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to reopen retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, effective May 8, 2020.These businesses include but are not limited to:

  • bookstores
  • jewelry stores
  • toy stores
  • clothing st...
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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Safe Social Distancing Program for Unsheltered Individuals

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The City of Santa Rosa is preparing to open a City-owned parking lot for temporary use to provide safer social-distancing space for unsheltered individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic. A section of the parking lot at Finley Community Center located at 2...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Some City Services Added, Support Enhanced and Projects Resume

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The City of Santa Rosa continues to operate under limited conditions due to the current coronavirus public health crisis, but has expanded services and operations in some areas following the release of two modified Health Orders from the Sonoma County Dep...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Sonoma County

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Having adequate testing available is an important component to the safe reopening of our County and Sonoma County’s goal is to test 600-800 people per day.

Two State Testing Sites in Sonoma County

  • The State has added two local testing sites to pro...
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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Checklist for Essential Businesses

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The Sonoma County Health Officer’s modified Shelter in Place Health Order effective May 4, 2020 reduces Shelter-in-Place restrictions for a few industry areas including construction, landscaping services, nurseries, real estate, pool ma...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

A Message from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

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An Important Message from Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

We are flattening the curve by sheltering in place.It’s up to all of us to do our part.

Please WATCH this message from Santa Rosa Mayor, Tom Schwedhelm, as he discusses Sonoma County Health...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order Extended Beyond May 3

Shelter in Place Order Extended

On Friday, May 1, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued an extension to the Shelter in Place Health Order and loosened some restrictions for important employment areas. The modified Health Order goes into effect at 12:01 on May 4, 2020. Res...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Statement from the City of Santa Rosa

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The City of Santa Rosa – as a claimant in PG&E’s bankruptcy proceedings – will soon submit our ballot to the Bankruptcy Court in support of those elements of PG&E’s Plan of Reorganization that address the Ci...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Residents Encouraged to Prepare Properties for Wildfire Season

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The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department and the Sonoma County Fire Prevention Officers Association are asking residents to begin taking steps to prepare properties and update household emergency plans ahead of wildfire season. Proactive measures taken now ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Limited Walk-in, Bike-in Access to City Parks

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Limited Walk-in, Bike-in Access to City Parks 

City parks closest to your home are open and accessible to pedestrians and bicyclist for basic exercise. Please note: 

  • Driving to and parking at a park is not allowed.    &am...
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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Donations Needed to Help Feed Sonoma County Residents During COVID-19 Emergency

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City of Santa Rosa seeks to raise $25,000, plus non-perishable food donations during April 23-30 food drive with Redwood Empire Food Bank

Santa Rosa, CA –  The City of Santa Rosa is teaming up with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to host a ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Face covering or mask? What's the difference and what's required?

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Face coverings? Face masks? If you have questions about the latest Public Health Order, watch this brief video as Mayor Tom Schwedhelm shares some answers.

English: https://youtu.be/N4udXK-m6tY

Spanish: https://youtu.be/TCCGlVvt5t8

More information about fac...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

How to Celebrate Earth Day 2020 from Home

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Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re encouraging everyone to take part in the celebration from home. Click an image below to watch our Earth Day video for our favorite ways to celebrate Mother Earth from home. 

We hope t...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

A Reminder from the Police Chief: Follow Health Orders

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In a new video message, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro acknowledges the good work of many in the community who continue to follow the Sonoma County Health Officer Orders. He explains the Police Department’s approach the last few weeks ha...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

SBA Unable to Accept New Applications for COVID-19-Related Programs

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On April 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - COVID-19 related assistance program (including ...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Downtown Parking Fees Temporarily Waived During Shelter-in-Place Order

Downtown Parking Fees Temporarily Waived

The Santa Rosa City Council has authorized a temporary waiver of parking fees for the duration of the Sonoma County Health Order which requires residents to Shelter-in-Place Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means, the City will temporarily su...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Take the 2020 Census Today

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The 2020 Census is happening now. Council Member Ernesto Olivares explains why it’s important for you to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. 

Take the Census today: 2020census.gov 

To watch in English: https://youtu...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

SRFD Forms New Pandemic Response Unit

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The Santa Rosa Fire Department announces the expansion of their services to include a new Pandemic Response Unit – an additional effort to minimize potential Department and community exposure to the coronavirus. The crew of the Pandemic Response...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

A Message from City Council Member Chris Rogers

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Now is the time to get involved and participate in Santa Rosa City Council meetings. Councilman Chris Rogers explains how you can participate while sheltering at home.

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Stay at Home Reminder from the Santa Rosa Police Department

Reporting Violations and Stay at Home

Listen up, Santa Rosa! For the health and safety of our community, it is imperative that we stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. SRPD continues to see some community members who are not complying with the Shelter-in-Place and Park Closure orders s...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

A Message from Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner

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Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner provides an update on how the Santa Rosa Fire Department is preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the community and within the department by enacting even stricter Department protocols to prevent the spread.

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

CityBus to Further Reduce Service on Monday, April 13 in Response to COVID-19

CityBus Reduced Service

In a continuing effort to reduce potential spread of the coronavirus and provide service that is consistent with the Sonoma County Public Health Officer’s Order, CityBus will further reduce service beginning April 13, 2020.

On April 13 and until ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Face Coverings Recommended

Surgeon General News Flash

Based on updated information from the CDC,the Sonoma County Health Officer now recommends that everyone who leaves home for an essential activity wear a face covering to the extent possible, such as a scarf, bandana, or similar garment while outside their...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Public Safety Procession for Detective Marylou Armer

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On Friday, April 3, Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer was honored by her public safety family in a procession to transport her to her hometown in Napa County. We are grateful to all of the agencies who joined the procession to support Marylou&...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Tenants of City-Owned Property May Defer Lease Payments

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Tenants and licensees of property owned by the City of Santa Rosa will be allowed to defer their lease payments through June 30, 2020. 

The action is intended to provide immediate relief to businesses and organizations that rent property from the ...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Honoring Detective Marylou Armer

Photo of Detective Marylou Armer

Police Chief, Rainer Navarro, honors Detective Marylou Armer who passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on March 31, 2020. Detective Armer will be deeply missed, and our hearts and prayers are with her family. 

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Passing of Detective Armer

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It is with heavy hearts that the City of Santa Rosa shares the passing of a member of our City family, Detective Marylou Armer. Detective Armer has faithfully served our community, as a member of the Santa Rosa Police Department for the past 20 years and ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

03/30: A Message from the Police Chief

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Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro

SRPD employees have tested positive for the coronavirus

Chief Rainer Navarro provides an update about the Santa Rosa Police Department, including news that after testing a total of 107 employees: 92 employees tested ne...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Permitting and Inspections Essential Services

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The City of Santa Rosa has temporarily limited its operations to provide essential services ONLY to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our community. This means the City of Santa Rosa has reduced staffing during the pandemic and is focused on provid...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Support for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Homeless Services and COVID-19

The City of Santa Rosa is working to support individuals experiencing homelessness and is closely following interim guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as it works to protect this vulnerable population and the community at large fro...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

03/27: A Message from the Police Chief

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Update from Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro

Re: Two additional SRPD employees who have tested positive for COVID-19

Today, the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) received confirmation that two more police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

03/26: COVID-19 Question of the Day

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How can I stay active if the parks are closed?

Santa Rosa’s parks and open spaces are popular destinations and because of this, social distancing in our parks is difficult to achieve. This is why the Sonoma County Public Health Officer has ordere...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

03/24: A Message from the Police Chief

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An Important Message from Santa Rosa Police Chief Ranier Navarro

The Santa Rosa Police Department, along with other essential City Service Departments, continue to follow enhanced protocols to protect our staff and community from getting sick from the coro...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

03/23: A Message from the Mayor

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An Important Message from Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

Ways You Can Help During the Pandemic

Please WATCH this message from Santa Rosa Mayor, Tom Schwedhelm, explaining three simple ways you can help the community during the coronavirus epidemic. The May...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

03/20: A Message from the Mayor

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An Important Message from Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

State-Wide Order to Shelter-In-Place 

 

Please WATCH this important message from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm on the State-wide Oder to Shelter in Place now in effect for California...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

News Flash: Statewide Shelter in Place

On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newson issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This order follows the Sonom...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Order In Effect for COVID-19

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The Sonoma County Public Health Officer issued a Health Order, effective 12:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020, that directs all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence, with the exception that they may leave for essential services,...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Online Services and Phone Numbers

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Effective Tuesday, March 17, the City of Santa Rosa will transition to providing only essential city services. This means the City will reduce public-facing interactions to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health of our citizens and our ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

Stay Informed, Subscribe Today!

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Receive the latest COVID-19 News Alerts when you subscribe to our City Connections Newsletter. #PreventTheSpread

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Posted on: March 6, 2020

Santa Rosa's Drinking Water is Safe

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We want to reassure residents that the coronavirus is not spread through tap water. Santa Rosa’s drinking water is supplied by Sonoma Water, which uses chlorine to eliminate pathogens (this include viruses) to ensure drinking water is safe. Your...

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

NEWS RELEASE 3/2: Coronavirus Update

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For Immediate Release March 2, 2020

Santa Rosa Declares Local Emergency to Safeguard the Community Against the Coronavirus

Santa Rosa, CA – The City of Santa Rosa proclaimed the existence of a local state of emergency on Monday, March 2, 2020 in a...

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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, whic...

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