Coronavirus In Sonoma County: Number Of Cases Reaches 49

Maggie Fusek

This article originally appeared on the Petaluma Patch

SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sonoma County rose by 10 cases, from 39 Wednesday morning to 49 on Thursday, according to a 7 p.m. update on the county's COVID-19 web page. The number of active cases Thursday was 43; five people have recovered but one Sonoma County resident's death is attributed to the virus.

The county says 854 residents have been tested for coronavirus as Sonoma Public Health continues to work closely with local, state and federal agencies and healthcare partners to monitor COVID-19.

"At the outset, initial efforts were directed towards containment, which required us to identify cases and test suspect cases as warranted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance," county officials said this week. "Now that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring, Sonoma Public Health has changed its response from a containment approach to a mitigation approach."

Coronavirus Testing In Sonoma County

Sonoma County Public Health is prioritizing testing for people with signs and symptoms —fever not always present — compatible with COVID-19 and those who are hospitalized and significantly ill; healthcare personnel including first responders with direct contact with patients; all other first responders (firefighters and law enforcement); live in or work at a long-term care facility; chronically homeless; an inmate or work at a jail or prison.

According to the county, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is also available in commercial and Kaiser laboratories; clinicians can use their judgment to determine whether a patient should be tested for COVID-19, especially those at higher risk of severe illness including older adults, people who have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, those who are immune compromised, and pregnant women, those who self-report contact to a case, have traveled in the last 14 days, and anyone who is an essential worker that has multiple interactions with the public during their work duties, such as grocery store clerks.

More information about the status of coronavirus in Sonoma County is posted at Socoemergency.org.

As of Thursday at 9:30 a.m., officials confirmed the following number of cases in the greater Bay Area region:

Alameda County: 135 cases, 2 deaths (135 cases, 2 deaths at last check Wednesday)
Contra Costa County: 108 cases, 1 death (86 cases, 1 death as of Wednesday)
Marin County: 60 cases (53 on Wednesday)
Monterey County: 24 cases, 1 death (24 cases, 1 death on Wednesday)
Napa County: 6 cases (3 on Wednesday)
San Francisco County: 223 cases, 2 deaths (178 cases, 1 death on Wednesday)
San Mateo County: 195 cases, 5 deaths (165 cases, 5 deaths as of Wednesday)
Santa Clara County: 459 cases, 17 deaths (375 cases, 16 deaths as of Wednesday)
Santa Cruz County: 25 cases (24 on Wednesday)
Solano County: 31 cases (24 on Wednesday)
Sonoma County: 39 cases, 1 death (37 cases, 1 death on Wednesday)
Statewide: 2,535 cases, 53 deaths (2,102 cases, 40 deaths as of Wednesday)

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.