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Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order Extended

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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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Sonoma County unlikely to end stay-home order Jan. 9, health officer says

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Sonoma County is unlikely to end its current stay-at-home order when it is set to expire the night of Jan. 9, Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said during her final public briefing of 2020.

As coronavirus spreads locally at the highest rate of the pandemic while parts of the state are struggling to provide enough hospital beds for patients, it’s no shock that Mase is less than optimistic about reopening in a week and a half.

“I don’t predict that,” she said Wednesday. “Because we’ve already had a wave of gatherings for Thanksgiving that led to cases. We’ll probably see an increase from Christmas as well, traveling as well as gatherings. And New Year’s is coming as well. Jan. 9 is really right around the corner for us. So I don’t anticipate that we’ll be out of the state order on Jan. 9.”
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Parts of California likely to have stay-home orders extended

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Administrative worker Sander Edmondson, left, hands a COVID-19 testing kit to a woman at a testing site in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Hospitals in central and Southern California are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients and state officials are poised to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders there as conditions worsen before the post-holiday surge hits. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES — State officials are expected to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders in central and Southern California as hospitals there are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients ahead of the presumed post-holiday surge.

The situation is already dire, and the worst is expected to come in the next few weeks after Christmas and New Year’s travelers return home. California hit 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve, becoming the first state to reach the grim milestone.

The stay-at-home orders for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are set to expire Monday — they were first imposed three weeks ago — but Gov. Gavin Newsom has signaled they would not be allowed to lapse. State officials said Sunday afternoon the orders were likely to be extended but did not make a definitive ruling.

Health inspectors and authorities stepped up enforcement at restaurants and shopping malls over the post-Christmas weekend in an attempt to curb the surge.

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Sonoma County Reaffirms Regional Stay-Home Order

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Santa Rosa, CA – December 16, 2020 – Although the 11-county Bay Area region Wednesday was placed under a mandatory Stay-Home Order that will take effect on December 17, 2020 Sonoma County health officials are reminding local residents and visitors that a Stay-Home order has been in effect here since December 12. 2020. The local order took effect 32 hours after Sonoma County joined six other Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley last week in proactively implementing the state’s Stay-Home order due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations.

“The fact that the entire region is now under a mandatory Stay-Home Order is just further evidence of how quickly the virus is spreading in the Bay Area and throughout the state,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Health Officer for Sonoma County. “These orders are incredibly challenging for businesses, we know. But they represent our best chance at stopping this surge before it gets out of control. Our case rate and numbers are at an all-time high and some of our hospitals are already being pushed to extremes.”

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Sonoma County issues stay-home order to slow spread of coronavirus

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Customers have dinner in the courtyard of Ca'Bianca Ristorante Italiano in Santa Rosa, California, on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Businesses in Sonoma County weather another stay-at-home order intended to reduce the spike in COVID-19 cases. (Alvin A.H. Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County residents Saturday will again face strict limits on public life and commerce with a new stay-home order from the county’s health officer to counter the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the past 10 days and blunt what local data suggest about the challenging weeks ahead.

Much like the sudden and painful restrictions issued in March at the start of the pandemic, the county’s new rules — taking effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and set to expire Jan. 9 — will be another blow to some of the county’s core economic sectors and small businesses, ending dining at restaurants and service at breweries and wineries, halting nonessential hotel and vacation home stays and barring services like haircuts.

The new limits come as the rate of new infections has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, straining the county’s ability to contact individuals with the coronavirus to help them isolate and determine where they were infected and who else may have been exposed, Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said.

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