Santa Rosa, CA – January 9, 2021 – State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, due to rising cases of COVID-19, increasing hospitalizations and, specifically, low ICU capacity rates for the larger Bay Area region. The restrictions will remain in place until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15 percent.
In early December, Sonoma County proactively adopted the Stay-Home Order, which took effect Dec. 12, ahead of the region moving under the order on Dec. 17. The state Stay Home order takes effect once the ICU capacity for a region falls below 15 percent and can only be lifted once a region’s projected ICU capacity is greater than 15 percent. The Bay Area ICU capacity on Friday was 3 percent. Four of the five regions throughout the state remain under the Stay-Home Order.
“Sonoma County residents and businesses have endured so much over the past year, and I know that everyone is anxiously awaiting the time when we can finally return to a sense of normalcy and safely reopen our economy,” said Lynda Hopkins, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “While we are hopeful that the vaccine will soon provide the means to end this pandemic, the virus is still raging through our community. We are asking everyone for a little more patience while we slow the spread and work through our vaccine distribution plan.”
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