COVID-19 Status Update – Drop in Case Rates, Increase in Tests, Boosters and Third Doses

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Case rates and hospitalizations continued to decline this week in Sonoma County and Dr Sundari Mase, the county health officer, is cautiously optimistic that the the worst of the Delta wave is behind us. The county reported a case rate this week of 10.2 new daily cases per 100,000 (instead of 14) – the case rate among unvaccinated people is 12.2 per 100,000 compared to 2.8 for vaccinated residents. The county has reported a 2.4% test positivity rate (instead of 2.5), a 3.1% fairness measure positivity rate (instead of 2.7) and from Tuesday, 38 COVID patients were in Sonoma County hospitals. This included 18 COVID patients in intensive care beds. The unvaccinated count of most COVID patients in local intensive care units. Check out the county’s updated metrics and trends page for the most recent data.

Find more information on testing opportunities, immunization clinics, third doses, and booster shots below.


Testing opportunities

Demand for testing continues to grow in Sonoma County. It did more difficult to enter and get tested on a site. Appointments are strongly advised. Find testing locations and book an appointment on the county testing page or call the hotline at 707-565-4667. The hotline is available to help residents sort through their many Spanish and English testing options.

This week’s pop-up test in Sonoma Valley:

  • On Sundays, Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride at Hwy.12 & Thompson Ave., Boyes Hot Springs. To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.
  • Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fiesta Plaza 18615 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma. . To make an appointment: Visit the Curative website or call (888) 702-9042.

Vaccination clinics this week

As of this week, 76.5% of the county’s population aged 12 and over are now fully vaccinated, while 84.4% have received at least one dose. The county’s top priority continues to be getting the first and second doses given to immunize and protect more people, even with booster injections approved for certain groups. Steady progress is being made – every week another percent of the eligible population becomes fully immunized.

The appointments for vaccines are numerous and anyone aged 12 or over who wishes can get an appointment at one of the many clinics, pharmacies or health centers in the county, often on the same day. Many also accept walk-in patients. Simply head to MyTurn.ca.gov to find an appointment that’s right for you and find a list of local clinics on the Sonoma Valley Health Partners website.

This Week’s Immunization Clinics in Sonoma Valley – No appointment is necessary for appointments for the first and second dose. For reminders or third doses, visit myturn.ca.gov or your health care provider. :

  • Saturday, October 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. For questions, call (707) 939-6070
  • Tuesday October 5, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Altimira College, 17805 Arnold Dr, Sonoma CA 95476. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, call (707) 565-4667.
  • Wednesday, October 6, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. For questions, call (707) 939-6070.
  • Thursday, October 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma CA 95476. For questions, call (707) 939-6070.
  • Saturday, October 9, 12 pm to 3 pm Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 19270 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma CA 95476. For questions, call (707) 939-6070.

Third doses of vaccine for immunocompromised

The third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for moderately or severely immunocompromised patients. For this group, these are additional doses, not boosters. This additional dose intended to improve the response of immunocompromised people to their initial vaccine series is not the same as a booster dose, which is given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to subside with the weather.

Residents who qualify for a third dose are encouraged to contact their primary care physician to make an appointment with their physician to obtain the third dose of immunization or go to MyTurn.ca.gov to make an appointment. At this time, people should not come to a vaccination clinic and expect to receive a third dose.


Booster Shots for some people who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration last week cleared booster shots for some people who have received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. Centers for Disease Control specifically says:

  • Pfizer beneficiaries aged 65 and over and individuals aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions should to receive a reminder.
  • Pfizer beneficiaries living in long-term care facilities should obtain a wakeup call.
  • People between the ages of 18 and 49 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may to receive a reminder based on their individual benefits and risks. These are some of the underlying medical conditions:
    • Hypertension and heart disease
    • Diabetes or obesity
    • Cancer or blood disorders
    • Weakened immune system
    • Chronic disease of the lungs, kidneys or liver
    • Dementia and some disabilities
    • Pregnancy
    • Smoking, current or former
    • You can find a full list here.
  • People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure because their work or an institutional framework may obtain a wakeup call. This understand health workers, first responders, teachers, postal workers and food and agricultural workers. Check the CDC website for a complete and up-to-date list.

Residents eligible for a recall are encouraged to contact their primary care physician to make an appointment with their physician to obtain the recall or to visit MyTurn.ca.gov to make an appointment. Right now, people shouldn’t come to a vaccination clinic and expect a booster.

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