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Second Case of Community Spread of Coronavirus Confirmed in Sonoma County.
Second Case of Community Spread of Coronavirus Confirmed in Sonoma County. Image: phealthcenter.org

Second Case of Coronavirus
Without Any Connection to Recent Travel
Confirms Community Spread

Mar 15, 2020

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Press Release

March 15, 2020 at 6:25 PM  –  En Espanol 

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has identified a second case of coronavirus without any connection to recent travel. This confirmation indicates an additional case of community spread. DHS has contacted the infected person and asked them to self-quarantine.

Sonoma County Health officials on Saturday, March 14, 2020 reported the first confirmed case of community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the County.  

Sonoma County has three additional local cases of coronavirus, all with connections to international cruise ship travel.

This is a developing situation and Sonoma County will be releasing more information as it becomes available. The County expects more confirmed cases of community transmission and will in the future report them at SoCoEmergency.org  as opposed to further press releases.

For the latest information about the coronavirus in Sonoma County, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit  SoCoEmergency.org  or See below for updates:


Published: March 6, 2020 

Update March 15, 2020

Sonoma County currently has five cases of coronavirus:

On February 25, 2020, a confirmed positive patient with coronavirus was transferred to a Sonoma County hospital from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County. That person had been quarantined at the base for a short time after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

On March 2, 2020, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in a Sonoma County resident with recent international travel on the Grand Princess (Princess Cruises) to Mexico.

On March 5, 2020, the County confirmed a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in a resident who traveled on the same Grand Princess cruise.

A total of 78 County residents traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

Of the 78 residents on the cruise ship, approximately 25 took a shuttle to the Sonoma County Airport on February 21, 2020

Both of the presumptive positive COVID-19 patients were passengers on the shuttle to the airport.

March 14, 2020 first confirmed case of community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported.

March 15, 2020 a second confirmed case of community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported.

Presumptive Positive Patients
(from Grand Princess Cruise)
Confirmed Positive Patient
(from Travis AFB non County Resident)
Confirmed Cases of Community Spread Total in Sonoma County
2 1 2 5

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updated information on Coronavirus cases in the United States at   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the County doing to prepare and respond to Coronavirus?

Sonoma County has declared a Local Emergency and a Local Public Health Emergency, and have mobilized staff throughout the County to assist in keeping our community safe from the spread of coronavirus. County Health officials are coordinating with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor local coronavirus cases. Officials are also working closely with local schools, health care providers, and other partners to share guidance and tools to keep people safe.

County health officials are reaching out to all Sonoma County residents who were on the Grand Princess Cruise and the shuttle to and from the ship, and are contacting passengers to make them aware. If any of these contacted individuals begins experiencing symptoms, DHS will work with their health care provider to determine the next steps, including testing for the coronavirus, as medically necessary. 

The County maintains official emergency information for the public at SoCoEmergency.org and is working with local jurisdictions to ensure consistent, accurate, messaging for the community. All information is available in both English and Spanish, and in numerous other languages using Google Translate.

•  Is the County prepared for more cases?

Yes. The priority is to conduct public health surveillance to determine the extent of local spread. The County public health laboratory will soon have the ability to run the test for coronavirus and will be able to quickly evaluate what’s happening in our community.

The County’s Department of Health Services  (DHS) is closely monitoring the results from expanded testing to determine if the virus is spreading in the community.  DHS  continues to consult public health colleagues from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance. DHS will continue to work with them and other partners to respond to cases, to trace contacts, and to understand what is going on in our community. The County Emergency Operations Center is activated. Colleagues from across county government are helping with the response.​​

•  Why doesn’t Sonoma County release the names of the hospitals the Coronavirus patients are at?

HIPAA requires that we do not release patient information that could be used to identify a patient, including the location of a patient. Citation: 45 CFR 164.514. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a 1996 Federal law that restricts access to individuals’ private medical information.

•  What should I do if I am a victim of price gouging or have information about potential price gouging in Sonoma County related to the Coronavirus emergency?

California’s price gouging law prevents business from wrongfully profiteering on essential goods, supplies and services during an emergency. If you are the victim of price gouging due to the coronavirus, or if you have information regarding potential price gouging, you can file a complaint through the Sonoma County’s District Attorney’s office or by calling (707) 565-5317. Read the District Attorney’s statement on price gouging:   http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/DA/Press-Releases/Ravitch-Warns-Against-Price-Gouging-Coronavirus/.

•  Is Coronavirus in Sonoma County?

Yes. As of March 5, 2020 there are three cases of coronavirus in Sonoma County. All patients are in isolation rooms and being treated in local hospitals.

On February 25, 2020, a confirmed positive patient with coronavirus was transferred to a Sonoma County hospital from Travis Air Force Base in Solano County. That person had been quarantined at the base for a short time after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

On March 2, 2020, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) reported a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in a Sonoma County resident with recent international travel on the Grand Princess (Princess Cruises) to Mexico. This case was confirmed positive by the Centers for Disease Control.

On March 5, 2020, the County reported a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in a resident who traveled on the same Grand Princess cruise.

DHS has obtained a list of Sonoma County residents who were on the Grand Princess Cruise and the shuttle to and from the ship, and are contacting passengers to make them aware. If any of these contacted individuals begins experiencing symptoms, DHS will work with their health care provider to determine the next steps, including testing for the coronavirus, as medically necessary.

The 14-day window of risk from these exposures will have ended Friday evening, March 6, 2020. If passengers have not exhibited symptoms by then, they will be considered to be not at risk of having the virus from the cruise ship exposure. This also means they are not a carrier of the virus and could not spread it to others.

Please visit Novel Coronavirus in Sonoma County for the latest updates.

Source: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-in-sonoma-county/

 

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