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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City Seeks Operator for Safe Parking Pilot Program

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The City is inviting proposals from qualified homeless services providers to operate a Safe Parking Pilot Program, beginning early 2022. The program will provide community members who are experiencing homelessness a place to safely park their vehicle or R...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

President Biden Implements COVID-19 Six-Pronged Action Plan

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President Biden is implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to successfully combat COVID-19, including requiring employers with 100+ employees to provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing.

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Seventy-Five Percent of Eligible Sonoma County Residents are now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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Three of four eligible Sonoma County residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, an important milestone reached amid efforts to keep everyone safe from the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Sonoma County Health Officer Issues Health Order Requiring Testing for Jail Inmates

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Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today issued a health order requiring jail inmates to be tested for COVID-19 upon entry. The measure is designed to curb the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks at county detention facilities.

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

So. County Health Order on Vaccinations & Sports Guidelines Issued Sept. 3, 2021

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Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today took steps to curb the spread of COVID-19, including issuing a health order requiring home health care workers and pharmacists to show proof of COVID vaccination or undergo regular testing, and recommend...

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

City of Santa Rosa Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for City Employees

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The Santa Rosa City Council has directed the City Manager to adopt a policy requiring that all City employees provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing, effective October 1, 2021. The policy will apply to all 1,520 permanen...

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

ARPA Community Work Group Seeking Members to Distribute Funds

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Sonoma County is seeking residents to serve on a work group that will help allocate $96 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide relief from public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Waiting List Opening for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

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The Santa Rosa Housing Authority is opening the lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List - Sept. 1 thru Oct. 31, 2021

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Santa Rosa Homeless Shelter to Reopen for Intakes

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The Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH) will reopen to new shelter intakes on Friday, Aug 27, providing emergency temporary sheltering to those experiencing homelessness within Santa Rosa. 

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

Santa Rosa Homeless Shelter to Reopen for Intakes

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The Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH) will reopen to new shelter intakes on Friday, Aug 27, providing emergency temporary sheltering to those experiencing homelessness within Santa Rosa. 

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

County and SCOE Announce Local Recommendations to Mitigate COVID-19 on Campus

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The SoCo Dept. of Health Services & the SoCo Office of Education have issued 3 local recommendations to SoCo schools to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus & enable students to have the fewest possible interruptions to in-person learning.

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, which is known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, but will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Local Health Order Issued Moving Date for School Staff to Verify Vaccination Status

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Sonoma County issued a health order requiring all public and private K-12 schools to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of all workers and to require unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff to undergo COVID testing, effective September 24.

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Sonoma County to Follow State Guidance on Boosters

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Sonoma County will follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in providing booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals in Sonoma County.

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

California Implements Nation-Leading Vaccine Verification Measure for Large Events

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Beginning 9/20, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for indoor events with 1,000 or more attending. This new measure will help encourage more vaccinations and increase safety at events while ensuring businesses can thrive.

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

COVID Cases at City’s Homeless Shelter

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The Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH) will reopen to new shelter intakes on Friday, August 27, 2021, providing emergency temporary sheltering to those experiencing homelessness within Santa Rosa. The facility was closed to intakes on July 2 afte...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

80% of Eligible Sonoma County Residents Are Now at Least Partially Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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Four out of five eligible Sonoma County residents are now either fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19, Sonoma County Department of Health Services reported to the Board of Supervisors as part of an update on the County’s pandemic response.

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Sonoma County Supervisors Require Employee Vaccinations or Testing

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a policy requiring all county employees to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing.

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Sonoma County Expands Testing Options, Shifts Focus to PCR Tests

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In response to growing demand for testing amid the current surge of COVID cases, the SoCo Dept of Health Services has expanded testing opportunities through private providers while freeing County Health to focus on outbreak and surveillance testing.

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

First-in-the-Nation Measure to Encourage Teachers and School Staff to Get Vaccinated

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In order to best protect students & staff as CA starts the school year fully in-person, the CA Dept. of Public Health issued a new public health order requiring all school staff to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

County to Require Proof of Vaccination for Emergency Personnel, Encourages Employers to do the Same

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Health order requiring all fire, law enforcement & emergency medical service workers & staff at disaster shelters to show proof of vaccination. If proof of vaccination is not available, weekly COVID-19 testing is required. Order takes effect 9/24.

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Sonoma County Partners With Private Providers to Expand COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

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Due to increasing case rates and testing demand, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services is partnering with four trusted providers - Curative, LHI, Molecular Matrix, and Fox Home Health - to offer expanded COVID-19 testing services for residents.

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Bay Area Health Officials Issue Orders Requiring Use of Face Coverings Indoors

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Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley Indoor Masking Orders Take Effect Tuesday (8/3).

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Sonoma County Expands Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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With the passage of Assembly Bill 832, Sonoma County has expanded financial support available to tenants and landlords through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

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Posted on: July 28, 2021

CDPH Recommends Masking for Public Indoor Settings to Slow Spread of COVID-19 & Delta Variant

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In response to the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and new CDC guidance, the California Department of Public Health updated its Guidance for Face Coverings, recommending mask use for indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Sonoma County Achieves 70% COVID-19 Vaccination Rate, but Cases Climb Among Unvaccinated Residents

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County of Sonoma health officials announced that more than 70% of County residents age 12+ are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 & another 8% have received a single dose of vaccine, meaning 78% of residents are either fully or partially vaccinated.

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

First-in-the-Nation Measures to Encourage State Employees and Health Care Workers to Get Vaccinated

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The State of California is implementing a first-in-the-nation standard to require all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Get Vaccinated and Receive Free Admission to Summer Fun Fest at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

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The Sonoma County Fairgrounds & the Sonoma County Medical Association are collaborating with the County’s vaccination efforts by providing free admission & a free ride ticket to members of the public who receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Jockey Club in SR

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Sonoma County Recommends Masking Indoors for Everyone

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Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley Recommend Masking Indoors for Everyone as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Sonoma Co. Alternate Care Site to Open in Response to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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Joint News Release from the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa  - July 14, 2021:

Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly within the homeless community, and an outbreak at the City of Santa Rosa's Samuel L. Jones Homeless Shel...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

County Testing Sites Now Offer BinaxNOW ‘Rapid’ Tests

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The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is now offering BinaxNOW “rapid” antigen testing at all DHS testing sites.

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

More than 325,000 Sonoma County Residents Now Vaccinated

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Sonoma County surpassed 325,000 residents who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and the county is expected to surpass 600,000 total doses administered since vaccinations began more than six months ago.

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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Expedite Cal/OSHA’s Revised Workplace Masking Guidance

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Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will expedite Cal/OSHA’s revised workplace masking and social distancing prevention requirements.

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Sonoma County to Align With State Reopening Plan

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Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase made clear that the County of Sonoma will be aligning with the CA Dept of Public Health’s plans to remove pandemic-related limitations on restaurants, taverns, movie theaters & other businesses beginning 6/15.

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

County Offices to Fully Reopen to the Public Tuesday, June 15; Masking and Distancing Still Required

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Sonoma County offices will open to the public full time beginning 6/15 following limited in-person access due to COVID-19. Members of the public & employees will still be required to wear facial coverings for the time being when entering county facilities

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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Sonoma County Provides Update on Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Sonoma County so far has provided $2,678,957 in rental assistance to more than 1,450 residents through its recently activated Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

70% of Sonoma County Residents 12 and Older Have Now Received at Least One Dose of Vaccine

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Seven out of 10 Sonoma County residents age 12 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 300,000 residents have been at least partially vaccinated, county health officials announced today.

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Bay Area Health Officers Support Full In-person School this Fall

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Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundai Mase, has joined Bay Area health officers to express their collective support for the opening of California schools for full-time in-person instruction for all grades in the fall of 2021.

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Sonoma County Supervisors Approve $2.8 Million in Business Relief

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a resolution authorizing nearly $2.8 million in relief for businesses forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

Sonoma County Consolidating Vaccine Sites, Shifting to Mobile Clinics

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The County and its health care partners will be closing down some if its large-scale vaccination sites in the coming weeks to focus on targeting hard-to-reach populations, health officials announced today.

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Bay Area Health Officers Support California Face Masking Guidance

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The Association of Bay Area Health Officials strongly supports the California Department of Public Health’s strategy to continue with current masking guidance until June 15, when the State will align with the CDC’s updated masking guidance.

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Posted on: May 16, 2021

70% of Sonoma County Residents 16 and Older Have Now Received at Least One Dose of Vaccine

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Seven out of 10 Sonoma County adults age 16 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 500,000 doses have been administered to County residents, county health officials announced today.

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Sonoma County Contracts with Windsor’s Holiday Inn to Serve as Temporary Non-Congregate Shelter Site

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The County of Sonoma has contracted with the Holiday Inn in Windsor to provide temporary shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Sonoma County Partners with Curative to Provide Mobile Vaccine Clinic

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Sonoma County has partnered with Curative, a COVID-19 testing and public health services company, to administer COVID-19 vaccinations by way of a mobile unit that will provide clinics at locations throughout the County.

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Half of Sonoma County Adult Population is Now Fully Vaccinated

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Sonoma County has now fully vaccinated more than half of its 16 and older population. In addition, more than two-thirds of these 411,000 residents have received at least one shot of the vital protection against COVID-19.

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Sonoma County to Restart Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine

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Sonoma County joins the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano and the City of Berkeley in the Bay Area in immediately lifting the pause and resuming administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Homeless Services Update: Motel Rooms to Phase Out with Vaccines and Shelter Bed Space Now Available

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With the arrival of increased vaccine availability and restored homeless shelter beds at Santa Rosa’s new Shelter Annex, the City will begin phasing out the use of motel rooms for individuals experiencing homelessness in late April 2021 and over the next ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Sonoma County Achieves Key Milestone With 400,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered to Residents

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As of today (4/20/21), more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to eligible Sonoma County residents, a milestone that also means 60% of eligible residents have received at least one dose and two in five are now fully vaccinated.

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

City of Santa Rosa Reopens Some Public Counters Following County’s Entry to Orange Tier

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The City of Santa Rosa continues to operate under limited conditions due to the current coronavirus public health crisis; but has expanded services and operations in some areas following Sonoma County’s entry into the orange tier earlier this month.

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Sonoma County Offices to Reopen for In-Person Service

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Most Sonoma County gov. offices will reopen for limited walk-up service starting 4/19. While several County offices remained open during the pandemic, the expanded reopening is due to the decrease of COVID-19 cases & the County moving to the orange tier.

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Hospital & La Luz Opening Vaccination Clinic in Sonoma Valley

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Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Hospital, & La Luz Center are working in partnership with the County of Sonoma to open a new vaccination clinic serving residents in and around the Boyes Hot Springs and Agua Caliente in Sonoma Valley.

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

2017 Fire Survivors: Last Chance to Apply for a CalHome Disaster Loan

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Santa Rosa homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 2017 wildfires and who have not yet begun to rebuild, are encouraged to apply by May 31, 2021, for a gap financing reconstruction loan of up $100,000. The Housing Authority is offering low...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Encampments at Highway Underpasses Closed Following Extensive Outreach Effort

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The team with the Homeless Encampment Assistance Program completed closure and clean-up of encampments at the 5th, 6th, and 9th street highway underpasses during the week of April 13, 2021. This followed extensive outreach in which 54 individuals were con...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Sonoma County Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause

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On behalf of the SoCo Dept. of Health Services, the County of Sonoma issued the following statement from Dr. Urmila Shende, the County’s Vaccine chief, concerning the FDA’s recommendation to “pause” the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Sonoma County to Move to Orange Tier on Wednesday, April 7

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After just three weeks in the red tier within California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Sonoma County will move into the less restrictive orange tier beginning on Wednesday, April 7.

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Sonoma County Welcomes Increase in COVID Vaccine Supply

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Sonoma County has received a significant increase in COVID vaccines from the state, including a shipment of Johnson & Johnson doses specifically for the County’s effort to distribute the vaccine equitably to the most vulnerable communities.

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Sonoma County Emergency Rental Assistance Program to Launch on April 19

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The County of Sonoma will begin providing support to households impacted by COVID-19 through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) starting on April 19. The program will provide payment assistance for tenants who are behind on rent and utilities.

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Sonoma County Supervisors Appeal to State for Additional Vaccines

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Saturday, 3/27, sent the following letter to state health leaders appealing for an increase in vaccines for Sonoma County "so that we can continue to support our community in an equitable and transparent way."

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

Sonoma County Reaches Another Milestone With 25 Percent Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

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One in every four Sonoma County residents 16 years of age and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 282,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Sonoma County residents so far (as of 3/29/21).

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

County of Sonoma Launches Effort to Vaccinate Individuals Who Are Homebound for Medical Reasons

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The County of Sonoma has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 years of age and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic.

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

State Expands Vaccine Eligibility to 50+ Californians Starting 4/1 and All Individuals 16+ on 4/15

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The state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment, and individuals 16+ will be eligible to make an appointment to be vaccinated starting on April 15.

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Sonoma County, Santa Rosa Community Health Partner In Opening Roseland Vaccination Clinic

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As part of a county objective to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable and underserved communities, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Community Health are partnering to open a new vaccination clinic in Roseland.

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Bay Area Health Officers’ Statement About COVID-19 Vaccines

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"As local health officers, we fully support all three currently available vaccines for COVID-19. All three vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness and hospitalization."

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Sonoma County Schools Allowed to Reopen With Red Tier Status

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The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education announced that all schools serving grade levels from TK-12 are eligible to reopen for in-person instruction based on Sonoma County meeting the criteria for the less restrictive red tier.

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update - Sonoma County Moving to Red Tier

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Sonoma County, including all of Santa Rosa, will be moving from the most restrictive purple tier for COVID-19 into the red tier beginning on Sunday, March 14 at 12:01 a.m.

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

City Resolves Industrial Drive Encampment, Continues Outreach to Unsheltered Community Members

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The Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) has completed closure and clean-up of an encampment in the Industrial Drive area. The resolution of the encampment followed 10 days of outreach by Catholic Charities’ Homeless Services Outreach Team (HOST)...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Provide Input on Plan to Distribute Federal Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development Funds

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The City of Santa Rosa would like your input on how it plans to distribute federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investments Partnership Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds that it will receive fo...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Sonoma County Reaches 100,000 Vaccine-Dose Milestone, Shifts Priority to 65+ Beginning Monday, 2/22

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Thanks to a multi-agency effort over the past two months, Sonoma County has now administered more than 100,000 vaccine doses to county residents, resulting in more than one in five residents over the age of 16 having received at least one dose.

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

When Vaccination is Your Destination Ride Fare-Free

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Santa Rosa, CA – Santa Rosa CityBus, in coordination with Sonoma County Transit (SCT) and Petaluma Transit (PT), are now offering systemwide fare-free transit and paratransit transportation for any person traveling to or from a City/County COVID-...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Programs and Proposals to Address Homelessness Presented at Study Session

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During a City Council Study Session on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Council and community members received an update on Santa Rosa’s Homeless Services, including a review of current programs and new program options. Community members provided input dur...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Supervisors Strengthen Protections Regarding Evictions and Sick Leave During the Pandemic

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted two urgency ordinances to support Sonoma County residents who may have access to fewer resources during the pandemic.

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Sonoma County Keeping Pace With Other California Counties in Rollout of Vaccinations

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In partnership with health care providers, Sonoma County has now provided at least one dose of vaccine to 15% of adult population, including nearly 50% of residents 75 years and older, Supervisors and Department of Health Services leaders announced today.

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Revised State Guidance Allows SoCo TK-6 Grades to Apply for In-Person Learning With Safety Plan

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County of Sonoma & Sonoma County Office of Education announce that recent guidance under CA's Safe Schools for All Plan allows Sonoma County schools serving grade levels TK-6 to be eligible to return to in-person learning w/ approved COVID-19 Safety Plan.

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Sonoma County to Open Three New Vaccination Centers

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Three new vaccination centers will open within the next eight days in Sonoma County, serving residents 70 and older, bringing to 19 the number of clinics being supported this week by vaccines from the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services.

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Posted on: February 8, 2021

Board of Supervisors Approves Funding for Expanded Vaccination Plan

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The Board of Supervisors recently approved the allocation of funds for the next phase of the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Response plan, as laid out by the county Department of Health Services.

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

County of Sonoma Announces Plans to Vaccinate Those Age 70 and Older

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On Friday, 2/5, the County of Sonoma announced plans to vaccinate those 70 and older starting Monday at county-supported clinics and Safeway pharmacies.

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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Reopening Sports, Gyms and Limited Services Safely in the Purple Tier

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The state’s industry guidance page has been updated for three sectors: youth and adult recreational sports, gyms and fitness centers, and limited services.

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Sonoma County Reaffirms Commitment to Vaccinate Seniors 75 and Older

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Sonoma County officials reaffirmed their commitment to prioritizing the County’s most vulnerable population (those 75 and older) in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations by announcing new opportunities for seniors in this age group to schedule appointments

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

$38M in Disaster Relief Funds Approved to Build Affordable Homes

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In October 2017, the Tubbs fire destroyed over 3,000 residential units in Santa Rosa, constituting a loss of approximately five percent of the City’s housing stock. In response to the 2017 wildfires, the United States Department of Housing & Urban Dev...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order Lifted

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SANTA ROSA, CA – The California Department of Public Health today lifted the Regional Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, effective immediately. However, many counties, including Sonoma County, will remain in the pu...

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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Sonoma County to be 1 of 4 California Counties to Take Part in OptumServe Pilot Vaccination Program

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SANTA ROSA, CA – Sonoma County has been selected to be one of four counties in the state to take part in a pilot vaccination program through OptumServe, the company known for operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state.

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Sonoma County Supervisors Announce Vaccination Rollout is Ramping Up

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SANTA ROSA, CA – Sonoma County’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear with five clinics now activated throughout the County and at least two more planned for the coming weeks, Sonoma County supervisors announced today. Already nearly 24...

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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Dr. Urmila Shende Named as COVID-19 Vaccine Chief for Sonoma County

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In her role as Vaccine Chief, Dr. Shende will be responsible for implementing the vaccine distribution strategy, coordinating vaccine administration, & interfacing with health care leaders & other stakeholders as part of the countywide vaccine response.

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Sonoma County Partners with Safeway for Vaccination Clinics

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Sonoma County has partnered with Safeway to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to County health workers and, eventually, the broader public.

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order Extended

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 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 A...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

County of Sonoma Increases COVID-19 Testing Opportunities With Addition of New Sites & Mobile Events

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The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing, particularly in the neighborhoods most impacted by the virus.

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Posted on: December 23, 2020

Small Businesses May Apply for a COVID-19 Relief Grant Starting Dec. 30

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On December 30, The State of California will open the application period for its announced allocation of $500 million for COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses, with grants of up to $25,000 to be distributed to underserved micro and small businesses....

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Pfizer COVID vaccine arrives in Sonoma County

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Two boxes of the vaccine, containing a total of 1,950 doses, arrived at the County’s Public Health Lab on Chanate Road shortly before 9 a.m. today. Three other boxes were taken directly to local hospitals. In all, the County received 4,875 doses.

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Housing and Community Services Director Dave Gouin Retiring Dec. 30

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Housing and Community Services Director Dave Gouin will be retiring on Dec. 30 after 21+ years of service with the City of Santa Rosa. Dave joined the City as the Program Manager for Affordable Housing in 1999 and was promoted to the Director of Housing a...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Joint Statement of the Bay Area Health Officers

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COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed following federal, state framework.

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

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The order addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, including extending the availability of housing for migrant agricultural workers, tax extensions for small businesses and updating Cal/OSHA requirements related to quarantine guidelines.

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Posted on: December 14, 2020

Governor Newsom Launches “Vaccinate All 58” Campaign based on Safety and Equity

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Front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care settings first to be vaccinated as first COVID-19 vaccine shipments arrive in CA. Broad distribution to happen in months, with California prioritizing essential workers and the most vulnerable

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Stay Home Order Effective at End of Day Friday (12/11)

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Residents are directed to stay at home except for work, shopping, or other essential activities allowed by the State’s Regional Stay Home Order. All sectors other than retail and essential operations must be closed. Outdoor recreation will be allowed.

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces New Regional Stay-At-Home Order

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced today, Thursday, December 3rd, a new regional-focused effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as well as assist hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. This Regional Stay at Home Order establishes fiv...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces Immediate Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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Assistance includes temporary tax relief to support businesses impacted by COVID-19, $500 million in new COVID-19 Relief Grant funding for small businesses, and an additional $12.5 million added to the California Rebuilding Fund.

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

County Expands Role of On the Move in Providing COVID-19 Community Assistance, Financial Support

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The County of Sonoma has expanded eligibility criteria for emergency COVID-19 financial assistance and has allocated additional funding to local nonprofit On the Move for dissemination of financial support to local residents.

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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Sonoma County Issues Guidelines on Temporary Tents & Canopies for Outdoor Dining/Business Operations

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In coordination with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association and Sonoma County Fire Prevention Officers Association today released guidelines for outdoor dining structures for meeting fire protection requ...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Safe Social Distancing Program Completed, Community Invited to Provide Input at Dec. 7 Meeting

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Closure of the Safe Social Distancing Program (SSDP) in the parking lot at Finley Community Center is completed and a virtual community meeting is scheduled for December 7 to help evaluate the program. Established in May as a temporary me...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

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This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, applied only between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day and only in purple tier counties, which includes Sonoma and 40 other counties statewide. It will be in effect from November 21 through December 21.

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

Sonoma County Joins 8 Bay Area Counties with Recommendations for Safer Holidays

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The Sonoma County Department of Health Services today joined health officers from eight Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley in issuing joint recommendations, including gatherings and travel. for staying safe during the holidays.

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

CARES Emergency Rental Assistance

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved CARES funding for short-term emergency rental assistance for low-income tenants and landlords. This funding could help approximately 930 Sonoma County households, depending on the amount of assistance needed...

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Posted on: October 21, 2020

Sonoma County Adopts Enhanced Program to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission & Supporting The Most Impacted

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed a suite of actions to support those most negatively impacted by the spread of coronavirus including those in low-income, essential worker and Latinx communities.

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

County Expands Testing Opportunities for Residents Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19

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SANTA ROSA – The County of Sonoma is doubling the number of pop-up test sites available to the public beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20 and is encouraging residents, particularly those disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, to be tested regard...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

Celebrate Halloween Safely with Rec & Parks

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Sonoma County Public Health Officer has issued COVID-19 Halloween guidelines that align with State Guidance to help us celebrate safely this year. Traditional door to door trick-or-treating is discouraged, so Recreation & Parks has planned some fun (a...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

County of Sonoma Provides Guidance for Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Activities

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With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, residents reminded to plan ahead and celebrate safely by avoiding gatherings

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

City Playgrounds Open, Play It Safe – Follow Precautions!

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City Playgrounds Open, Children and Adults Must Follow COVID-19 Precautions

Following September 28, 2020 guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Rosa has reopened all City playgrounds with requirements and precautions to...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Health Order Amendment

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Sonoma County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, today (9/23) issued an amended health order to align the existing local health order with the state's revised framework for reopening. The amendment to the Stay Well Sonoma County Health...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Nail Services and Physician-Ordered Electrolysis Allowed to Reopen Indoors

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Yesterday (9/22), nail services and physician-ordered electrolysis in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, may open for business indoors with certain modifications.

Individuals operating or working at a nail or beauty salon, or offer pers...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Update on Efforts to Address Encampment at Fremont Park

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This week, the City’s Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) led an operation to address the encampment in Fremont Park (also known as Cancer Survivors Park). Over the past several weeks, HEAP had been monitoring conditions ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

A Message from the Police Chief (3.30.20)

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Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro

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Chief Rainer Navarro provides an update about the Santa Rosa Police Department, including news that after testing a total of 107 employees: 92 employees tested ne...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

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On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newson issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This order follows the Sonom...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)

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The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) is a Sonoma County Regional Park space maintained by the County of Sonoma. To address the growing homeless encampment along the Trail – at the direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors – the County ...

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

City, County Reach Agreement with Homeless Advocates on Preliminary Injunction

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Working together to expedite and attempt to resolve a pending federal lawsuit, the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and the City of Santa Rosa have reached an agreement with Homeless Action! and three individuals exper...

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