Bay Area County Issues Voluntary Stay-At-Home Order

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Due to the rapid rise of COVID cases surging in their community, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued a voluntary stay-at-home order.

The appeal asks residents to stay home as much as possible for the next 30 days and limit interactions with those outside of their immediate household.

“We know what we need to do to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed,” Dr. Mase said in a statement. “The next 30 days will be key to helping us stop this rapid spread of this highly contagious variant in our community. We need to get vaccinated and boosted, wear high-quality masks, avoid large gatherings and stay home as much as possible.”

“Our case rates are at their highest level since the pandemic began and our hospitalizations are climbing at an alarming rate as well,” Dr. Sundari Mase continued in a statement. “We are seeing widespread transmission occurring within unvaccinated groups as well as some transmission among vaccinated individuals.”

The new health order also “specifies that gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 must be limited to no more than 12 people, except for family gatherings.” However, it is unclear how the order will be enforced.

Dr. Mase appealed for residents to upgrade the quality of face coverings to a surgical mask or a KN95, KF94 or N95 mask stating, “Those traditional cloth masks that many of us have been wearing are just not as effective in stopping the spread of this form of the virus…We recommend that everyone upgrade to a surgical mask or something equivalent.”

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