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Posted on: February 27, 2020

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Keep calm and wash your hands to prevent coronavirus spread

UPDATE, 5:15 PM, March 19, 2020

We have created a new webpage that compiles information and resources on coronavirus as it pertains to Healdsburg and Sonoma County. It includes info on electric/water services, resources for seniors, and videos from the mayor and city manager.

Please go to: www.cityofhealdsburg.org/COVID19.

UPDATE: 8:45 AM, March 19, 2020

Resources for Over-65 and Other Vulnerable Populations: Sonoma County has shared some local resources for the over-65 and other vulnerable populations, such as those with chronic health conditions. They include grocery delivery/pick-up/senior hours, meal services, pharmacy delivery/drive-up windows, and emotional support and legal services.  

Go to this link: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/resources-information/resources-for-seniors-and-vulnerable-populations-during-shelter-in-place/

UPDATE: 8 AM, March 18, 2020

Here is more information about Sonoma County’s "shelter-in-place" Order. The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family. You may leave your home for reasons specified in the Order; they include ensuring the health and safety of you and your family, engaging in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people, getting services and supplies for you and your family, and performing employment functions that are permissible under the Order.

The full text of the Order can be found at this link: https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-shelter-in-place/ 

Shelter-in-Place FAQs: Go to this link for answers from the Sonoma County Health Officer to frequently asked questions about how this Order will affect you and your family: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/resources-information/frequently-asked-questions-about-novel-coronavirus/ 

Here are a few questions and answers from the FAQs linked above:

Q: When does this Health Order become effective?
A: This Order shall become effective at 12 a.m. on March 18, 2020, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

Q: What does this Order do?
A: This Order requires that most people stay home starting as soon as possible, but no later than 12 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, unless they are engaged in certain “Essential Activities” which are discussed more below. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home. You are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life (discussed more below) such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, and just get outside, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people. If you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.

Q: What does it mean to “shelter in place”?
A: The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed in the Order.

Q: Am I allowed to leave my home while this Order is in effect? 
A: The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit. You may leave your residence for reasons specified in the Order.

Q: What activities are considered essential?
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: To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family, household members, and pets, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, such as walking, hiking, biking, or running. To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business. To care for a family member or pet in another household.

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UPDATE: 5:25 PM, March 17, 2020

Sonoma County has just issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order, effective 12 AM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

The intent of this Order is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Here is the link to Sonoma County’s news release on the Order: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CAO/Press-Releases/Health-Officer-Orders-County-Residents-Shelter-in-Place/ 

We will provide FAQs soon on what this Order means for the Healdsburg community.

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UPDATE: 1 PM, March 17, 2020

We realize the economy and people’s livelihoods will be impacted by the coronavirus. So, the City of Healdsburg is waiving late fees and re-connect fees, as well as prohibiting disconnection, of electric and water/wastewater services for March and April.  

If you have any questions, please call our utility-billing department at (707) 431-3307.

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UPDATE: 2 PM, March 16, 2020

Please see the news release below. While City facilities will be closed to the public from March 17 - April 3, all City employees will continue to work and you are welcome to call or email us with your City-related questions. 

For departmental contact information, go to https://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/148/Departments and click on the department you wish to reach. 


City of Healdsburg to close City facilities to public and cancel all commission meetings March 17-April 3 to slow spread of coronavirus; City to provide vital City services only
March 16 City Council meeting will be held; community members can view remotely via livestream 

Healdsburg, Calif. – The City of Healdsburg will close all City facilities – such as City Hall, Community Center, and Senior Center – to the public from March 17 – April 3 but will continue to provide vital City services such as electric and water services, law enforcement and fire services, and public communications. These changes are necessary to help protect community members and City staff from contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In addition, the City has canceled City commission meetings (Planning, Parks & Recreation and Senior Citizen Advisory) from March 17 – April 3. The March 16 City Council meeting will be held as regularly scheduled. As a reminder, community members can view the meeting live via their computer or other mobile device instead of attending in-person and can submit public comments via email.

Closure of City facilities and City Council and Commission meetings may be extended if necessary.

Vital City Services to Continue

All City of Healdsburg employees have taken a loyalty oath to protect the health and safety of the lives and property of Healdsburg community members. As such, all City Staff have been designated as disaster-servicer workers in emergencies and will continue to report to work as usual. These are the vital City services that will continue during this crisis.

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Services
  • Electric Service
  • Water and Wastewater Service
  • Building Inspections
  • Public Communications

Social-Distancing and other Health Protocols

There will be very limited public seating in the Council Chamber at City Hall (401 Grove Street) for the March 16 meeting. Chairs for the public have been spaced at six feet apart from each other; this is a social-distancing guideline recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Sonoma County Public Health Officer and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

In addition to observing 6-foot spacing between people, the City of Healdsburg will practice these other health protocols at all public meetings:

  • Any individuals who do not feel well should not attend a meeting in-person.
  • Individuals 65 and over, as well as individuals with chronic health conditions, should not attend City Council and Commission meetings per guidelines from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • All individuals must wash their hands prior to entering the council chamber.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on the dais.
  • The City will thoroughly clean the council chamber, including the dais, prior to each meeting.
  • City employees who need to present on agenda items should not enter the council chamber until their item is called.
  • Public meetings will continue to be livestreamed.
  • Public comments will be received by the City Council and Commissions via email. This “e-comment” period will be open for the full meeting and a City employee will monitor the emails and read them when called upon by the Mayor.
  • Any Council Member who does not want to attend a meeting in-person can attend via conference call. This is subject to the governor’s executive order waiving certain Brown Act requirements.

How to livestream City Council meetings on computer

Community members can always view City Council meetings live on the City website at the following link: http://healdsburgca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx. Viewers should click the live video link, which will show up a few minutes before 6 p.m., to watch the meeting. To participate in the “public comment” periods of the March 16 meeting, community members can email comments prior to the meeting to publiccomment@ci.healdsburg.ca.us. Please state the agenda item number in the subject of the email.

For the latest information about the coronavirus in Sonoma County and advice from health experts on prevention and care, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit www.socoemergency.org.

Updates on how the City of Healdsburg is helping to keep the community safe and informed in regards to the coronavirus can be found on the City website (www.cityofhealdsburg.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofhealdsburg), and Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.com/agency-detail/ca/healdsburg/city-of-healdsburg/ ).

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UPDATE, March 12, 2020:

City of Healdsburg Declares Local Emergency to Respond to Coronavirus

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be canceled and other City-sponsored public events will be postponed
for the next several weeks to help prevent the spread of the disease

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Healdsburg has declared a Local Emergency to respond to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This declaration empowers the City to access state and federal resources, mutual aid, and other tools to help protect the community and City facilities from this virus outbreak, which the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic.

Healdsburg City Manager David Mickaelian signed the declaration of Local Emergency today and the Healdsburg City Council will consider the declaration for ratification at its meeting on 6 p.m., Monday, March 16, at City Hall, 401 Grove Street.

“Declaring a local emergency means that we can more easily access state and federal funding and other resources to help fight this outbreak,” said Mr. Mickaelian. “It’s a prudent and pro-active action to keep all of our community members healthy.”

Healdsburg’s declaration of Local Emergency follows emergency declarations by the County of Sonoma, the cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and Petaluma. Sonoma County is regularly updating information about the novel coronavirus at www.socoemergency.org.

City of Healdsburg Senior Center Suspends All Programming through March 31

En Español 

The Healdsburg Senior Center will suspend all programs and events effective Friday, March 13, through March 31.

During this time, the Senior Center will continue to provide essential senior services to our community including a to-go lunch, Meals on Wheels, Redwood Empire Food Bank senior food distribution, DASH volunteer driver program, and legal aid and health insurance counseling.

In addition, the Senior Center staff team will be available to provide general information and referrals to our older adult community.

This decision comes after guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom to postpone all non-essential gatherings through the end of March. Specifically, the California Department of Public Health finds the following:

  • Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled. This includes concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.

  • Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.

  • Gatherings of people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people. This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.

  • A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

If you have any questions, you can reach the Senior Center by calling 707-431-3324 or emailing senior@cityofhealdsburg.org.

City-sponsored public events postponed

In addition to declaring a Local Emergency, the City of Healdsburg is postponing City-sponsored public events for the next few weeks.

This decision comes after guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom to postpone all non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more through the end of March as well as recommendations from the Sonoma County Public Health Officer to cancel or postpone non-essential indoor events of 50 people or more for adults over age 60 and those with chronic medical conditions.

Specifically, the California Department of Public Health finds the following:

Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled. This includes concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.

Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.

Gatherings of people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people. This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.

A “gathering” is any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

In Healdsburg, the public events that will not be held include the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celtic Concert and the April 18 Senior Center bus trip to see the play, “Book of Mormon,” in San Francisco.

The City continues to work with the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management and Department of Health Services – which is working closely with the California Department of Public Health -- to monitor the coronavirus situation on an ongoing basis and may extend this event restriction as necessary.

“Our number-one goal is to keep the Healdsburg community safe and informed,” said Healdsburg City Manager David Mickaelian. “We are collaborating daily with the County’s health department to see what actions we and the community need to take going forward.”

Cleaning and disinfecting City facilities

The City is taking extra steps to clean and disinfect City facilities to help guard community members from contracting the virus.

Public bathrooms in City facilities now undergo a deeper cleaning and City staff are disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and knobs, table tops and handrails with alcohol-based wipes more often. Hand-sanitizer stations have also been placed at all City facilities and signage in both English and Spanish on good hygiene practice has been posted as well.

Practice good hygiene

The novel coronavirus is impacting all facets of private and public life and it’s important that everyone does their part to keep healthy. The City encourages everyone to keep practicing good hygiene – that’s the most effective way to stay healthy. Hygiene practices include:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeved elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re ill.

Stay up-to-date on how the coronavirus is impacting Healdsburg via these City channels:

City website: www.cityofhealdsburg.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CityofHealdsburg

Nextdoor: https://nextdoor.com/agency-detail/ca/healdsburg/city-of-healdsburg/

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UPDATE, 3 PM, March 10, 2020

On Wednesday, March 11, at 7 PM, Sonoma County will host a one-hour live news special, "Coronavirus: What You Need to Know," on 91.1 FM and 90.9 FM radio and KRCB Channel 22 as well as KPJK Channel 60. 

Supervisor Susan Gorin (Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors), Chris Godley (Director, Sonoma County Emergency Management), and Dr. Sundari Mase (Sonoma County Public Health Officer) will present information and be on hand to answer questions on how the community can take safety precautions against COVID-19.

The program will be live-streamed, recorded and posted online at www.norcalpublicmedia.org with closed captions and Spanish subtitles following the original broadcast.

To submit questions prior to the broadcast, please email: viewer@norcalpublicmedia.org

More information: https://norcalpublicmedia.org/television/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know

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UPDATE, 10:45 AM, March 10, 2020

California continues to log more cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within the state. For information about COVID-19, please go to this Sonoma County resource, which is being updated regularly: www.socoemergency.org.

The City of Healdsburg continues to work closely with Sonoma County’s Department of Health Management and Department of Health Services, which is collaborating with state and federal resources to plan and help protect people from contracting the virus. 

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UPDATE, 11:50 AM, March 5, 2020:

The County of Sonoma announced that a second presumptive positive case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in a Sonoma County resident. We know that you are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. We are working closely with Sonoma County, which is collaborating with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC to monitor and coordinate response to this disease.

The most effective and pro-active things you can do to protect you and your family are to continue practicing good hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently; cough/sneeze into your sleeved elbow or into a tissue, then throw the issue in the trash; don’t touch your face; disinfect frequently touched surfaces with a regular cleaning spray or wipe; stay away from people who are sick.

The Sonoma County media advisory is below.

New Presumptive Positive Coronavirus Case Confirmed
Sonoma County resident was on same cruise ship to Mexico as previously confirmed case

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID - 19) in a resident who traveled internationally on the Grand Princess (Princess Cruises) ship from San Francisco to Mexico.

Both patients are in isolation rooms at a local hospital. Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and in close coordination with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), County,and hospital officials led to the presumptive positive diagnosis.

A presumptive positive case is defined as likely to be positive for COVID -19. The CDC will conduct another test to confirm the diagnosis. DHS has received 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.

The 14 - day window of risk from these exposures will end Friday evening, March 6, 2020, and passengers have not exhibited symptoms by then, they will be considered not at risk from the cruise ship exposure. Information about the coronavirus can be found at SoCoEmergency.org or by calling 2-1-1.

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UPDATE, 12 PM, March 2, 2020: 

The County of Sonoma has just declared a local health emergency to respond to COVID-19. Here is the full press release from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Local Emergency Declared After New COVID-19 Case
The patient recently returned from a cruise, unrelated to Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) today confirmed a presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident with recent international travel unrelated to the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.

A presumptive positive case is defined as likely to be positive for COVID-19. The Centers For Disease Control CDC will conduct another test to confirm the diagnosis.

This patient has symptoms of the virus, and is currently in stable condition in an isolation room at a local hospital. The patient, who recently returned from a cruise ship that departed from San Francisco to Mexico, has been in the County for 10 days.

Tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and in close coordination with the CDC, County and hospital officials led to the presumptive positive diagnosis.

DHS, CDPH, CDC and hospital officials are currently in the process of identifying individuals this patient has had contact with during the time they were in the community before being hospitalized.

The names of the hospitals providing care for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be disclosed to protect the privacy of patients and prevent disruption of hospital operations.

This is the second case of COVID-19 in County of Sonoma in the last week, which was announced on February 25, 2020. The hospital and County health officials are working closely with the CDC and CDPH to ensure the patients receive excellent care and that all procedures are followed to protect the community from COVID-19.

County Declares Health and Local Emergency to Respond to COVID-19

To respond to this most recent development, the County of Sonoma has declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency to respond to COVID-19. 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.

These proclamations empower the County to more effectively respond to the outbreak, seek and utilize mutual aid, potentially obtain reimbursement, coordinate communications with stakeholders and the community. The proclamations will also ensure that the County’s public health professionals have all necessary tools at their disposal to keep the community safe.

The Local Emergency and Public Health Emergency will be considered for ratification by the Board of Supervisors this week at special meeting on COVID-19 at a yet to be determined date.

DHS is working closely with CDPH and the CDC to monitor these cases of COVID-19 in our County. The Department continues to work 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.

“This recent presumptive positive case of COVID-19 is a cause for concern, and the County is declaring these emergencies to activate and deploy its resources to adequately respond to an increase of cases,” said Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip. “They will allow us to work in tandem with our cities and health care providers to ensure we are prepared to combat an outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities.”

On February 28, Dr. Philip sent out a Health Alert to local health care providers with updated guidance on how to screen for possible cases of COVID-19.

The County is currently awaiting test kits for COVID-19 to be used at its public health lab to be more responsive when there are suspected cases, and have a better understanding of what is happening in our communities.

County 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 in the last 14 days from China, Italy, Iran, Japan, or South Korea.

Important Information to Remember

• DHS encourages everyone to practice good hygiene 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,
• and 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.

For more information, go to the coronavirus website here: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/coronavirus/ 

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Previous post (Feb. 27, 2020)

The City of Healdsburg is working closely with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services in monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, residents of the Bay Area are still at low risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 unless they have recently traveled to Wuhan or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with this novel coronavirus. Should this situation change, we will notify you immediately via City channels.

We suggest that you go to Sonoma County’s webpage on the coronavirus: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/coronavirus/. It will be updated regularly. The page contains information on how this disease spreads, what the symptoms are, and what you can do to protect yourself.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a lot of information about COVID-19, including a global map of confirmed cases, travel information, and information on specific groups, including pregnant women and employers.

What you should do: Practice good hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song)
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then toss the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a regular cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and don’t travel while you’re sick unless you need medical attention

    Photo credit: By CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM 

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