County of Sonoma Extends and Clarifies Health Order

March 31, 2020 From the County of Sonoma: The County’s Health Order was extended today. The shelter in place requirement will continue until May 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The Order also includes clarification on essential businesses, vacation rentals, and business health protocols. You can find the updated Health Order here: https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-of-the-county-of-sonoma/.

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  • Stay home. The next few weeks are critical in preventing more illnesses and deaths.

  • Get in, get out. Send one person to get only the supplies you need, then leave.

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Community Impact

Sonoma County Coronavirus Update 3.31.20 @8:30PM SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER EXTENDED Press release is copied below with the details. But as we digest the news that we will be sheltering in place for another month, it’s worth asking — what does this really mean for our community? 1) Big picture message: we need to keep doing what we’re already doing... and in fact, we need to double down. Our public health officer, Dr. Mase, is requiring that businesses step up social distancing protocols to ensure that it is safe for community members to obtain essential supplies and conduct essential activities during the shelter-in-place order. 2) Soft side: We need to remember that “social distancing” does not mean “emotional distancing.” This extension is likely to deepen feelings of anxiety and stress in many residents. Reach out to your friends and neighbors virtually. Try: good, old-fashioned phone calls; text messages; Skype; Zoom; FaceTime. 3) Challenges: We must recognize that while we are all taking difficult steps to protect our community members who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, a prolonged shelter-in-place order creates NEW vulnerabilities in other members of our community. For those workers and businesses who are classified as non-essential, this news is especially difficult. Those of us who are still able to work must do our best to support others. (Can you donate to a local non-profit that offers free food services? Can you volunteer to deliver food? Can you purchase gift certificates online to non-essential local businesses to help them weather this storm?) ***** Press Release from the County of Sonoma. [Español abajo] The Sonoma County Health Officer today extended the Health Order for people to shelter-in-place safely in their homes until May 3, 2020. The original Order was announced on Wednesday March 18 and set to expire on April 7, 2020. All individuals currently living in the County are ordered to shelter in their homes. If leaving their homes for essential purposes as allowed by the Order, individuals must socially distance themselves from others by at least six feet. The Sonoma County local Health Order is consistent with the current Governor’s Order to Shelter in Place. The recent Order from the Health Officer implements the Governor’s Order in a way that is localized to Sonoma County. The new Health Order adds to the list of activities people may undertake outside their home as well as clarifies guidance from the previous Order. “This extension and new requirements align Sonoma County with the vital precautions being taken throughout the state and region to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Sonoma County Public Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, said. “Staying safely at home and physical distancing are scientifically-proven to be the most effective methods to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and keep our communities healthy.” Sonoma County currently has 64 active cases of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 78. Of those 78 cases, one person has died and 13 patients have recovered from the illness. These cases were linked to person-to-person, community transmission, and infection during international travel. “We will continue to assess the safety needs of the community and may modify or extend the Order, or issue additional Orders,” Mase continued. “Residents need to understand that violation of any provision of this order is a threat to public health and will be enforced. We’re asking all residents to do their part to stay home, continue physical distancing, and practice good hygiene in order to curtail the spread of the virus.” The new Order emphasizes the importance of social distancing, washing hands, avoiding touching the face, covering coughs and sneezes, and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces. All essential businesses must now develop, post, and implement a detailed Social Distancing and Hygiene Protocol by 11:59 p.m. on April 2, 2020. “While many businesses and retailers should be commended for complying with the social distancing requirements in the order, many have not taken it seriously enough, said Dr. Mase. “I cannot overemphasize the importance of these measures in keeping our community safe. If a business is in the essential category, it must comply or it risk being closed down.” Other areas clarified with the updated Health Order: Essential and Non-essential Businesses The updated Order clarifies that wineries, breweries, and other food and beverage cultivation and licensed cannabis businesses can take retail orders on line or over the phone for curb-side pickup and delivery.

Short-term Rentals The updated Order prohibits short-term occupancy, except for COVID-19 related distancing and quarantine purposes and only to Sonoma County residents. People from outside the County who are traveling to the County for essential business, infrastructure, healthcare, or government can also obtain short-term housing. “I am concerned that some individuals are still offering units to tourists,” said Dr. Mase. As the other Bay Area counties extend their shelter in place orders, it will be especially important for Sonoma County to avoid becoming the destination of choice for a getaway. The provision in the new Order allows us to step up enforcement.” La Oficial de Salud del Condado de Sonoma extendió hoy la Orden de Salud para que las personas se refugien en sus hogares de forma segura hasta el 3 de mayo del 2020. La Orden original se anunció el miércoles 18 de marzo y expiraba el 7 de abril del 2020. Todas las personas que actualmente estén en el Condado tienen la orden de refugiarse en sus hogares. Si salen de sus hogares para fines esenciales, según lo permitido por la Orden, las personas deben distanciarse de los demás al menos seis pies. La Orden de salud local del Condado de Sonoma es consistente con la Orden actual del gobernador de quedarse en casa. La reciente Orden de la Oficial de Salud implementa la Orden del Gobernador de una manera localizada en el Condado de Sonoma. La nueva Orden de Salud añade a la lista de actividades que las personas pueden realizar fuera de su hogar, así como también aclara las directrices de la Orden anterior. "Esta extensión y los nuevos requisitos alinean el Condado de Sonoma con las precauciones vitales que se están tomando en todo el estado y la región para frenar la propagación de COVID-19", dijo la Dra. Sundari Mase, Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado de Sonoma. "Refugiarse de forma segura en el hogar y el distanciamiento físico están científicamente probados como los métodos más efectivos para frenar la transmisión de COVID-19 y mantener a nuestras comunidades saludables". El Condado de Sonoma tiene actualmente 64 casos activos de COVID-19 para un total acumulativo de 78. De esos 78 casos, una persona ha muerto y 13 pacientes se han recuperado de la enfermedad. Estos casos estaban vinculados transmisión persona a persona, transmisión comunitaria e infección durante viajes internacionales. "Continuaremos evaluando las necesidades de seguridad de la comunidad y podremos modificar o extender la Orden, o emitir órdenes adicionales", continuó Mase. “Los residentes deben comprender que la violación de cualquier disposición de esta orden es una amenaza para la salud pública y se hará cumplir. Estamos pidiendo a todos los residentes que hagan su parte de quedarse en casa, continuar el distanciamiento físico y practicar una buena higiene para reducir la propagación del virus ". La nueva Orden enfatiza la importancia del distanciamiento social, lavarse las manos, evitar tocarse la cara, cubrirse la tos y los estornudos, y limpiar regularmente las superficies de alto contacto. Todas las empresas esenciales ahora deben desarrollar, publicar e implementar un protocolo detallado de distanciamiento social e higiene antes de las 11:59 p.m. el 2 de abril del 2020. "Si bien muchas empresas y minoristas deben ser elogiados por cumplir con los requisitos de distanciamiento físico, muchos no lo han tomado lo suficientemente en serio", dijo el Dra. Mase. “No puedo exagerar la importancia de estas medidas para mantener segura a nuestra comunidad. Si un negocio está en la categoría esencial, debe cumplir los requisitos, o corre el riesgo de ser cerrado ". Otras áreas aclaradas en la orden de salud actualizada Negocios esenciales y no esenciales: La Orden actualizada aclara que las bodegas, cervecerías y otros negocios de cultivos de alimentos y bebidas y las empresas de cannabis con licencia pueden aceptar pedidos minoristas en línea o por teléfono para la recogida y entrega en la acera. Alquileres a corto plazo La orden actualizada prohíbe la ocupación a corto plazo, excepto para fines de distanciamiento y cuarentena relacionados con COVID-19 y solo para los residentes del Condado de Sonoma. Las personas de fuera del Condado que viajan al Condado por negocios esenciales, infraestructura, atención médica o gobierno también pueden obtener viviendas a corto plazo. "Me preocupa que algunas personas todavía estén ofreciendo unidades a los turistas", dijo el Dr. Mase. A medida que los otros condados del Área de la Bahía extiendan sus órdenes de refugio, será especialmente importante que el Condado de Sonoma evite convertirse en el destino elegido para una escapada. La disposición en la nueva Orden nos permite intensificar el cumplimiento de la Orde”. Information Dial 211 Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins | County of Sonoma | 707-565-2241 Lynda.Hopkins@sonoma-county.org STAY CONNECTED

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