Weekly Recap February 4, 2022 | Latest News | County Administrator’s Office

Published: February 4, 2022

Local new COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations appear to have peaked and are starting to decline, although they remain at very high levels. We’re still averaging over 700 new cases a day, up from 1,200 a day in mid-January. Hospitals and local businesses are still facing critical staffing issues as many workers test positive or care for children who test positive.

Breakthrough cases in vaccinated people tend to be mild or asymptomatic; unvaccinated people are much more at risk. Based on local data, unvaccinated Sonoma County residents are 16.5 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 13.2 times more likely to die from the virus. As of Tuesday, there were 91 COVID-related hospitalizations in the county, including fifteen of those COVID patients in intensive care beds. There have now been 28 COVID-related deaths since December 1, with 22 reported in January.

While there are currently no plans to extend the county’s health order restricting large gatherings, it remains in effect until Feb. 11. prohibited for the duration of the order.

Since the introduction of the health order, the latest figures show that less than 20% of cases with a known source of transmission were due to large gatherings, compared to around 50% in December.

Today’s summary provides useful and important updates on the following:

  1. Joint webinars to focus on business issues, questions
  2. Large Immunization Clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  3. What to do if you contract COVID-19
  4. Immunization and Testing Clinics in Sonoma County
  5. Rental and mortgage assistance available
  6. Resources and support from the COVID-19 community

Weekly briefing to focus on business community concerns

The County Economic Development Board will join county health officials and the Metro Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. for a joint webinar to discuss business and community issues. to address COVID-related impacts.

The webinar will be streamed live in English on the county’s Facebook page. A Spanish version will air live on February 10 at 3 p.m.

For more details, visit the department’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSonoma

Pandemic-related information and resources for businesses are available here: http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Coronavirus-Business-Resources/

Weekly vaccination clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Sonoma County has expanded access to pediatric and adult COVID-19 vaccines and boosters through a series of free, large-scale weekend clinics at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Up to 500 vaccines can be given per day at these clinics, which will be held in the Garrett Building, which is on the east side of the fairgrounds, accessible from the Brookwood Avenue entrance.

Clinics will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following weekends:

  • February 5 and 6
  • February 12 and 13
  • February 19 and 20

All eight clinics are open to all members of the community, and families with children and people 12 and older who still need their boosters are especially encouraged to attend.

Although appointments are not necessary, you can guarantee a place by registering here:
https://myturn.ca.gov/

Vaccines are free, clinics are open to everyone, and no proof of citizenship is required.

What to do if you contract COVID-19

With many people testing positive these days and with changing federal recommendations, there is some confusion about what to do if you have contracted COVID-19. If you test positive, the first thing to do is self-isolate for at least five days to protect your health and avoid infecting others.

During isolation:

  • Stay in a separate room from those that are not infected.
  • Use a separate bathroom if you can.
  • Wear a mask around others, even at home, and ask others in your home to do the same.
  • Use an N-95, KF-94, or a three-ply surgical mask if possible.
  • Open the windows, if possible.
  • If your residence has an HVAC system, make sure it has a new filter.

Take a test on the fifth day, and if it is negative, you can end your isolation. The California Department of Public Health recommends a rapid antigen test, not a PCR test, to determine if you can get out of isolation. If you can’t get tested, you can end your isolation after 10 days if you don’t have symptoms.

If you used a home test, you should report the results to the county health department at (707) 565-4667. Notify loved ones that they have been exposed. A close contact is someone who spent at least 15 minutes in a 24 hour period within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine unless they show symptoms after contact with someone who has COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested five to seven days after exposure, even if they have no symptoms.

Unvaccinated people should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and contact your health care provider if you have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, pale, gray, or blue skin, lips, or nail beds.

Learn more about home isolation instructions on SoCoEmergency.org:
https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/health-orders/home-isolation-instructions/

Local vaccine and testing opportunities

Immunization and testing clinics are held throughout the county to serve people who do not have convenient or affordable access to health care providers.

Visit the Sonoma County Office of Education to learn more about clinics for students and families:
https://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/school_staff_immunization.html

View county vaccination clinics and appointments page here:
https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/vaccine-information/clinics/

For more details or appointments at COVID-19 testing clinics, including a pop-up testing schedule, please visit:
https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing/

Residents who test positive using a home antigen test are asked to report the result by calling the county’s COVID hotline at (707) 565-4667 (4701 in Spanish). Anyone needing help making an appointment for vaccinations or testing can also contact the hotline.

Rental assistance and mortgage relief available

The Sonoma County Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial support for renters and landlords. Apply at SoCoEmergency.org/ERAP, call 2-1-1 for assistance in English and Spanish, or visit the online page for a list of organizations that can help you apply.

More information, including how to apply, is available here:
https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/finance-housing/housing-and-renter-support/

Additionally, California homeowners who have fallen behind on their home loans can apply for a state grant to pay off mortgage payments missed during the pandemic. The California Mortgage Relief Program covers delinquent mortgage payments up to $80,000 per household. Registration is free and funds do not need to be refunded.

Candidates can check their eligibility and apply through the online portal here:
https://camortgagerelief.org/

COVID-19 Community Resources and Support

  • Free COVID-19 testing is available for tribal communities from the Sonoma County Indian Health Project. Call (707) 521-4500 for details.

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