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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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*For the latest updates on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) information page*

The Town of Windsor is in close communication with the DHS, who is working with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has now been detected internationally, including some cases in the United States. Residents should contact their healthcare providers if they have symptoms such as fever and cough and had close contact with someone with symptoms who returned from China in the last few weeks. 

DHS is working closely with local public health partners/healthcare providers to take action to isolate and test any high-risk individuals in consultation with the CDC to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public’s health. On January 31, 2020, the County Public Health Officer issued a health alert for local health providers with guidance on COVID-19 and reporting suspected cases for evaluation. A letter to parents regarding COVID-19 and schools was sent by the County Public Health Officer through the Sonoma County Office of Education on February 7, 2020. On March 2, due to newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, the County of Sonoma declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency. These proclamations will allow the County to prepare to respond for the possibility of community spread of COVID-19. This includes a partial activation of the County Emergency Operations Center to support necessary activities. For more details on these latest developments, refer to the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Coronaviurs information page.

Windsor residents, students, workers, and visitors should continue to engage in their regular activities and practice good hygiene as this is the height of flu season across Sonoma County. 

The following practices help to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19, which includes: 

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face
  • Coughing or sneezing into your sleeved elbow
  • Staying home when ill
  • If you have not received your flu shot yet, it’s not too late; annual flu shots are the best protection from flu, which still sickens and kills thousands of people in the US every year.

If you have additional questions about COVID-19, you may contact the County of Sonoma Public Health Division by calling (707) 565-4567 or visiting the office at 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa during business hours.

*For the latest updates on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) information page*

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