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All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their homes. Travel and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs.
All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their homes. Travel and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs. Images: Photo:,

Sonoma County Health Officer Health Order
'Shelter in Place'Effective at midnight
Wednesday March 18 until April 7, 2020
Orden de Salud

Mar 18, 2020


This is a message from the Sonoma County Health Officer.

The Sonoma County Health Officer has issued a Health Order directing residents to shelter in place effective tonight at midnight on Wednesday March 18, 2020.

All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their homes. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person (in case someone coughs or sneezes) when they are outside their residence.

This Health Order will be in place for three weeks until April 7, 2020. The Health Order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs.

Sonoma County Municipalities to Scale Back Non-Essential Services to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

Most County, City Facilities to Temporarily Close to Public beginning Tuesday, March 17

The County of Sonoma and the cities of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa will scale back non-essential services to reduce the risk of potential community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The County and municipalities will transition to providing essential services only and many of the County and cities’ facilities will be closed to the public. These temporary and precautionary suspensions of non-essential operations are an effort to protect County and municipal employees and the community by limiting person-to-person contact. These agencies are committed to providing the necessary and essential services for public health and safety.

Emergency law enforcement and fire services, water and wastewater treatment, emergency road repairs and transit services are ongoing. While City of Santa Rosa and Regional Parks remain open, people are reminded to use precautions if visiting parks (high-risk individuals should stay home, and others should avoid congregating).

The move to an essential service only model will be effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 5, 2020. The County and municipalities will continue to evaluate circumstances on an-ongoing basis in consultation with the Sonoma County Public Health Officer, and in coordination with State Health officials and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Further updates regarding essential services and details regarding any alternative delivery methods for other services affected by the closure will be announced by individual municipalities as additional information is available during the service suspension. People are strongly advised to visit the websites below or to call agencies or services directly before attempting to visit an office.

The health and safety of the Sonoma County community remains the top priority as officials continue to monitor COVID-19. Further information and updates on essential services during the temporary facilities shutdown, can be viewed by visiting each jurisdiction’s website:

·  County of Sonoma —

·  City of Santa Rosa —

·  City of Healdsburg —

The guidance comes after substantial input from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and from international health experts.

Social distancing is scientifically-proven to be one of the most effective methods to slow the transmission of communicable disease, such as COVID-19.

“In light of the recent cases of local transmission of COVID-19 in the County, we are taking proactive action to curtail the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Interim Health Officer.

We urge our residents not to panic, however, please take this Order seriously, as COVID-19 is a real threat to our community at this time. Please adhere to the social distancing of six feet from another person as well as continue to maintain good hygiene practices.”

Please Remember

• Keep a distance of at least six feet away from another person (in case someone sneezes or coughs)

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Refrain from touching your face

• Use hand sanitizer

• Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)

• Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands

This Order was issued in response to the six cases of COVID-19 in the County, as well as at least 258 confirmed cases and at least three deaths in the seven Bay Area jurisdictions who also jointly issued similar health orders yesterday.-

This also comes in response to the significant and increasing number of suspected cases of community transmission and likely further significant increases in transmission. The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families.

Essential businesses are those that provide food, shelter, social services and homeless services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence.

Health care operations are also essential businesses and include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, licensed cannabis businesses, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home health care services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary health care services.

Health care operations also includes veterinary care and all health care services provided to animals. This does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities. Licensed cannabis retail facilities/dispensaries shall operate only for the purpose of providing medical cannabis, and only via curbside pickup or delivery.v Essential businesses also include: agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution, including but not limited to, farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries and breweries in order to preserve inventory and production (not for retail business);

In addition, health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

Campgrounds, hotels and motels are considered shelters and therefore an essential service and will remain open.v The goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread the coronavirus.

The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health and will be enforced by law enforcement.

The Health Officer will continue to assess the quickly evolving situation and may modify or extend this Order, or issue additional Orders, related to COVID-19.

Official information on the coronavirus can be found at For additional questions, call 2-1-1 to reach the 2-1-1 Sonoma Information & Resource Hotline.

Spanish / en Espanol

Este es un mensaje del oficial de salud del condado de Sonoma.

La Oficial de Salud del Condado de Sonoma emitió una orden de salud dirigiendo a los residentes del Condado de Sonoma a resguardarse en casa desde hoy a la media noche, miércoles 18 de marzo.

A todas las personas actualmente viviendo en el condado se les ordena resguardarse en su casa. En la mediad en la que las personas necesiten usar espacios compartidos o exteriores deben en todo momento mantener una distancia social razonable de por lo menos seis pies de distancia entre ellos y otras personas cuando estén por fuera de su residencia.

La orden de Salud estará en efecto por tres semanas hasta el 7 de abril de, 2020. La orden de salud limita actividades, funciones de viajes y negociaos a solamente las necesidades más básicas y esenciales.

Negocios esenciales son los que proveen servicios de salud; negocios que provean comida, albergue y servicios sociales, y otras necesidades diarias de vida para aquellos en desventaja económica o individuos necesitados; vendedores de comida fresca y no perecedera (incluyendo tiendas de conveniencia); farmacias, negocios de cuidado infantil; estaciones de gasolina; bancos; negocios de lavandería y servicios necesarios para mantener la seguridad e higiene y operaciones esenciales de una residencia.

Operaciones de servicios médicos también son servicios esenciales e incluyen hospitales, clínicas, dentistas, farmacias, negocios de cannabis con licencia, compañías farmacéuticas y de biotecnología, otras instalaciones de atención médica, proveedores de servicios a proveedores de atención médica, proveedores de servicios de atención médica a domicilio, proveedores de servicios de salud mental, o cualquier servicio de salud relacionado y / o auxiliar.

Operaciones de salud también incluyen cuidado veterinario y todos los servicios médicos provistos a animales. Esto no incluye facilidades como, o similares, a gimnasios para mantenerse en forma o hacer ejercicio. Las instalaciones de venta de cannabis/dispensarios deben operar con el solo propósito de proveer cannabis medicinal, y solamente realizando domicilios o entregando el producto afuera del lugar.

Negocios adicionales también incluyen: cultivación, procesamiento y distribución de agricultura, comida y bebidas, incluyendo, pero no limitado a cultivaciones, agricultura, pesca, producción de productos lácteos, viñedos y cervecería con el fin de preservar inventario y producción (no para la venta).

Adicionalmente, las funciones esenciales de gobierno, salud, ley y seguridad se mantendrán en efecto bajo la acción recomendada.

Espacios para acampar, hoteles y moteles son considerados lugares de albergue y por ende son un servicio esencial y permanecerán abiertos.

La meta es limitar la congregación de grupos en maneras que pudieran contribuir al contagio del coronavirus.

La violación de cualquier provisión en esta Orden constituye un peligro inminente para la seguridad pública y será aplicada por las autoridades.

La Oficial de Salud continuará evaluando la situación que se desarrolla rápidamente y podría modificar o extender esta Orden, o emitir Ordenes adiciones con relación al coronavirus.

Encuentre más información oficial sobre el coronavirus en español en Para hacer preguntas adicionales llame al 2-1-1 la Línea de Información y Recursos de 2-1-1 Sonoma.



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