Jun 15, 2020
Press Release 6-15-2020 - Sourced from: https://socoemergency.org
Sonoma County public health officials are asking everyone in Sonoma County to get tested for COVID-19, including individuals without symptoms, and since the protests, definitely all those who were in large gatherings. Health professionals say upwards of 40% of people who test positive experience no symptoms but are still spreading the disease. Community-wide testing allows health experts to assess how widespread and contagious the virus is in our communities and is a critical step toward re-opening the county.
With this information health workers can do timely contact tracing of individuals that may have been exposed to the virus and take targeted measures to help prevent the spread of the virus. The County offers free COVID-19 testing for all community members at multiple locations, including in Santa Rosa.
There are two kinds of tests for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
Community-wide testing is a critical step toward re-opening the County and allows us to identify and increase our understanding of COVID-19 community transmission. This includes collecting a broad sample of results from people with or without symptoms. We know that upwards of 40% of people who test positive experience no symptoms (asymptomatic), but are still spreading the disease.
Those who are tested will be assessed for the need to quarantine.those individuals with a temperature and flu-like symptoms will be required to quarantine while they await test results. Most will be free to continue their regular shelter in place while they await their test results.
|Testing Sites||Open To||Locations||Details|
|OptumServe, CA Dept Public Health||General Public||Petaluma,
Walk-in by appointment only
|DHS Public Health Lab||Priority groups||Santa Rosa||Drive through by appointment|
|Your Primary Care/Health Care Provider||Determined by discussing with your regular health care provider||Various|
People who test positive for COVID-19 are instructed to self-isolate to protect others from catching the virus. People who are awaiting test results and who have flu-like symptoms are also required to quarantine. People without these symptoms who get tested are not required to quarantine while they await test results.
These accommodations are free and available to anyone who cannot safely isolate at home. Multiple members of a family group that need to isolate are allowed, and can be together.
Safe, secure (monitored by security) accommodations include:
*Medical support provided free by Petaluma Health Center
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has expanded its system for monitoring cases and contacts by training more health investigators. This process helps break the chain of infection by monitoring people who have been exposed or infected as early as possible, getting them to care, and helping them to isolate from others. Here are the steps incontact tracing:
Step 1: Determine Contacts – DHS determines all the possible contacts of the person who tests positive, and attempts to get contact information for those people. The name and personal information of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 are never shared during the contact tracing process; revealing the name of the person is a violation of privacy laws.
Step 2: Make Contact – DHS attempts to locate and contact all individuals with direct exposure, which is defined as prolonged contact of 15 minutes or more within 6 feet distance of each other, usually indoors. Based on an assessment of the contact, those contacts may be asked to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine requires one to maintain physical distance from other people, and check symptoms daily. If a contact receives a viral test and it is positive, they will be instructed to self-isolate. For someone that lives with others, this means staying in a specific “sick room” or area that is away from other people or animals, including pets. Use of a separate bathroom, if available, is best. Release from isolation is determined by Disease Control staff, following CDC guidance. In order to be released from isolation, at least 3 days (72 hours) must have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication improvement of respiratory symptoms at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared).
Step 3: Assess Contacts:
Testing, followed with quarantine of those who tested positive and tracing of those with whom the SARS-CoV-2 positive people had had contact, resulted in positive outcomes in reducing and sometimes preventing new infections.
Researchers working in the Italian town of Vò, the site of the first COVID‑19 death in Italy, conducted two rounds of testing on the entire population of about 3,400 people, about ten days apart. About half the people testing positive had no symptoms, and all discovered cases were quarantined. With travel to the commune restricted, this eliminated new infections completely. Source: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/italian-town
All quarantined individuals can be provided a letter to share with their employer (if needed).
If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.
An antibody test looks for antibodies, which show if you’ve had a previous viral infection. The antibody test isn’t checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system — your body’s defense against illness — has responded to the infection. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. The test is a blood test performed through a blood draw.
An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. Therefore, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone to determine if they are currently sick with COVID-19. To see if you have a current infection, you need a viral test, which checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose.
[While antibodies consist of proteins that typically help fight off infections, we do not know yet if having antibodies to the coronavirus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.]
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