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Posted on: September 9, 2022

New COVID-19 Booster Shots Available in Sonoma County

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Updated COVID-19 booster shots specifically formulated to protect against the highly contagious omicron variant are now available in Sonoma County.

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

COVID-19 Booster Shots Temporarily on Hold Until New Booster Shots Arrive in Sonoma County

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The administration of COVID-19 booster shots is temporarily on hold in Sonoma County pending delivery of new updated boosters formulated to target the omicron variant.

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

Property Tax Relief Available to Eligible Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

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The California Mortgage Relief Program is providing one-time payments to qualified homeowners who have fallen behind on their housing payments, including mortgage and property tax payments, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

CDC Streamlines COVID-19 Guidance

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CDC is streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus.

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Posted on: June 29, 2022

Sonoma County COVID Response Transitions to New Phase as Federal Funding Expires

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With federal relief funding set to expire at the end of the month, Sonoma County is completing preparations for transitioning its COVID-19 response to a new phase, one focused on providing critical resources for vulnerable communities.

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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Vaccination of Under-5-Year-Olds to Begin in Sonoma County

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With federal & state regulators having now approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6mo-4yrs, Sonoma County is expected to begin vaccinating the roughly 21,000 children in this age range through primary care providers and health centers.

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Posted on: May 25, 2022

Board of Supervisors Approve $39 Million in ARPA Funding for 27 Community Proposals

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors allocated $39M in American Rescue Plan Act funding to support disproportionately impacted individuals & households who have suffered economic impacts as well as disparities in public health outcomes due to COVID-19.

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Posted on: May 23, 2022

COVID-19 Boosters Available to Anyone 5 and Older

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With the recent federal approval of COVID-19 booster shots for younger children, anyone 5 and older is now eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Bay Area Health Officers urge public to take precautions as COVID levels rise

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Twelve Bay Area health officers are stressing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID cases and hospitalizations.

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Posted on: April 13, 2022

TSA Extends Face Mask Requirement on Public Transportation Through May 3, 2022

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At CDC's recommendation, TSA will extend the Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for 15 days through May 3, 2022.

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Updated CDPH Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine

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New guidelines remove the quarantine recommendations for an asymptomatic exposed person, add recommendations for work exclusion or restriction in certain specified high-risk settings, & include an updated definition for close contact & infectious period.

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

California Issues New Guidelines for Hosting Events

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The California Department of Public Health has issued its Safe and SMART Event Playbook, which provides new guidelines to assist businesses, municipalities, and communities on how to best prepare smaller events for this new stage of living with COVID.

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Posted on: March 30, 2022

Second Booster Shots Available for Sonoma County Residents Age 50+

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Residents age 50+ & those who are immunocompromised are now eligible to receive a second booster of the mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at county-sponsored clinics as well as at local pharmacies & healthcare providers in Sonoma County.

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

Deadline to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance Program is March 31, 2022

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Residents must have an application on file with the County’s portal on or before March 31, 2022, to take advantage of possible extensions of eviction protections currently being considered by the state.

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

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The Sonoma County Economic Development Board will launch the CA Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which will provide grants up to $2,500 to local microbusinesses impacted by COVID-19. Application period is 4/1-5/1, or until funds exhausted.

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

FDA Authorizes 2nd Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines for Older & Immunocompromised Individuals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals.

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Posted on: March 7, 2022

County Accepting Applications for American Rescue Plan Act Funding Through April 7

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SoCo opened the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Notice of Funding Availability process to accept apps for ARPA funding thru 4/7 & has allocated $34 million to support community programs that address community needs identified as a result of COVID-19.

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Sonoma County Aligns with State on Masking Changes

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As of 3/1, masks are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals in CA, but are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings. After 3/11, in schools & childcare facilities, masks will not be required but are strongly recommended.

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

One Millionth Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Sonoma County

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One million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Sonoma County, a new milestone in the 14-month-long campaign to strengthen residents’ immune systems against the deadly virus. That includes first, second and booster doses.

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Rep. Mike Thompson Announces $4+ Million in Grants to SR for Secure Housing During COVID-19 Pandemic

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City of SR receiving $4,313,977 grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency & Department of Homeland Security that will reimburse a program that relocated at-risk residents from Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter to Sandman Hotel during COVID-19.

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Posted on: February 14, 2022

County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program Pauses Temporarily

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Nearly $25 million in direct assistance has been provided to SoCo households thru SoCo’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. More than 4,000 pending & completed apps are in the queue & are predicted to draw down the remainder funds assigned to SoCo.

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Posted on: February 10, 2022

Eighty Percent of Eligible Sonoma County Residents Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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Eighty percent of residents 5 and older in Sonoma County are now fully vaccinated, marking another major milestone in the 14-month-long campaign to protect Sonoma County residents from the worst outcomes of the COVID-19 virus.

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Posted on: February 9, 2022

Twelve Bay Area Health Officers to Lift Most Indoor Mask Mandates on Feb. 16

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In alignment with the State, twelve Bay Area counties, including Sonoma County, will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16.

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Posted on: February 4, 2022

Sonoma County to let Restrictions on Large Gatherings Expire on Feb. 10

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declining, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase made clear that a health order temporarily restricting the size of large gatherings will expire as scheduled at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 10.

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Posted on: January 27, 2022

Sonoma County Clarifies Health Order to Allow 50 Spectators at Indoor Events

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Sonoma County Health Officer clarifies a recent health order that limited indoor public events to 50 people. As of today (1/27), indoor events can include 50 spectators. The total number of attendees does not include staff, media, players or performers.

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

Sonoma County Announces Four Weekend COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

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The County of Sonoma will expand access to pediatric and adult COVID-19 vaccines and boosters through a series of large-scale vaccine clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Posted on: January 20, 2022

COVID Cases at Santa Rosa Homeless Shelter

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The Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH) has reopened to new residents following an outbreak of the Omicron variant that began last month. The shelter, owned by the city and operated by Catholic Charities, reopened on Monday, F...

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Posted on: January 19, 2022

Order Your Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

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Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from covidtests.gov. Tests are limited to one order per residential address and include four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

SoCo Health Officer Issues Appeal for Residents to Voluntarily Stay Home; Restricts Large Gatherings

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Sonoma County Health Officer issues an appeal to residents to stay home as much as possible for the next 30 days and limit interactions with those outside of their immediate household, and also issues a Health Order canceling large gatherings.

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Sonoma County Issues COVID-19 Guidance for New Year’s Gatherings

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People planning to travel and attend gatherings on the New Year’s Eve holiday should take steps to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Sonoma County Rescinds Face Mask Exemption for Fully Vaccinated Groups

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Sonoma County joined four other Bay Area counties in rescinding exemptions to local public health orders that allowed stable groups of fully vaccinated people to remove their masks indoors in some workplaces, gyms, churches and other public settings.

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Posted on: December 28, 2021

SoCo Urges Employers to Require Proof of COVID-19 Booster Shot or at least Twice Weekly Testing

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Employers should immediately require all workers to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible for one, or get tested at least twice weekly under new guidelines issued by SoCo Health Officer. Guidelines are voluntary but strongly recommended.

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Posted on: December 23, 2021

SoCo to Require Proof of COVID-19 Booster Shot or At Least Twice Weekly Testing for School Workers

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Sonoma County Health Officer issues a health order for all schools in Sonoma County to require employees to provide satisfactory evidence that, when eligible, they have received a booster for COVID-19 or begin testing at least twice weekly.

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Posted on: December 23, 2021

SoCo to Require Proof of COVID-19 Booster Shot or At Least Twice Weekly Testing for High-Risk Groups

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New health order for employers of fire, law enforcement, emergency medical service workers, pharmacies, dental offices & operators of temp disaster shelters in SoCo to require testing at least twice weekly or provide evidence that a booster was received.

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Sonoma County and Bay Area Health Officers Urge Boosters to Protect Against Omicron Variant

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Public health agencies across the Bay Area urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot right away to protect against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Masking Rules Remain Unchanged in Sonoma County Under New State Requirements

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Indoor masking requirements in Sonoma County, including its exemptions for indoor dining and some stable groups of fully vaccinated people, remain unchanged under a new statewide mask mandate from the California Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Sonoma County Approves Initial ARPA Allocations for County and Community

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week began the process of approving the allocation of $96 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, grounding their decisions in community recommendations.

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Sonoma County Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots for 16- and 17-year-olds

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Sonoma County will immediately make 16- and 17-year-olds eligible for booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, aligning the county with new federal and state guidelines.

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Sonoma County Department of Health Services Awarded $6 Million to Scale Grassroots COVID-19 Response

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The SoCo Dept of Health Services received a three-year, $6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to increase resources & services for health workers to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic & combat health care inequities.

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Sonoma County Supervisors Announce Vaccination Rollout is Ramping Up

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SANTA ROSA, CA – Sonoma County’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear with five clinics now activated throughout the County and at least two more planned for the coming weeks, Sonoma County supervisors announced today. Already nearly 24...

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