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Shelter in Place Order as of March 31, 2020

​On March 19, the State Public Health Officer issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home until further notice. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs.

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19. This does not account for the rapidly increasing number of assumed cases of community transmission.

The Public Health Order is in effect until further notice.


Don't Flush Your Disinfection Wipes!
The City owns and operates the sewer collection system. Customers are urged to NOT flush disinfection wipes, paper towels down the toilet - throw them away instead. Wipes

The City's pipelines and pump stations get plugged by these and customers may face in-home plumbing backups and blockages.

City Recreation Programs, Facilities, and Parks

City recreation programs, rentals of city facilities, parks, park playgrounds and park rentals are closed until further notice. 

Sonoma County Department of Health Services - News Releases

​•March 31, 2020 | Health Officer Orders Extension to Shelter in Place for all of Sonoma County Residents
​•March 23, 2020 | Health Officer Orders All Parks in Sonoma County to Close Due to COVID-19 Emergency
​•March 17, 2020 | Health Officer Orders Shelter in Place for all Sonoma County Residents
•March 15, 2020 | Press Conference to Discuss First Case of Community Spread of Coronavirus in Sonoma County
•March 13, 2020 | Health Officer Order Cancelling Large Gatherings
•March 11, 2020 | Virtual Town Hall on Coronavirus in Sonoma County (Recording, start at 10 min)
•March 11, 2020 | Health Officer Advises Canceling Large Indoor Events for Certain Individuals to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Cotati - Rohnert Park Schools - News Releases
•March 15, 2020 | Sonoma State University will transition to all remote instruction starting on Tuesday, March 24 and continuing through Sunday, April 19.
• March 15, 2020 | All CRPUSD Schools Suspend Site-Based Learning

Preventing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Prevention
The City of Cotati is in close coordination with the County of Sonoma who is monitoring and coordinating with the State of California regarding novel coronavirus. The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19, is a member of the same family of viruses that causes colds. COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and has now been detected internationally, including some cases in the United States. Because COVID-19 is new, we are learning more each day about how it spreads, and therefore, updates and information may change frequently.

Residents should contact 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. For more details, including the latest developments on COVID-19, visit socoemergency.org/coronavirus.

Working Together to Protect Public Health

The County of Sonoma declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency to respond to COVID-19. Following suit with the County, the City of Cotati has declared a local emergency to proactively respond to COVID-19 (Initial Emergency Proclamation, Continuing City Council Proclamation). By declaring a local emergency, the City of Cotati can better prepare to respond to the possibility of community spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the County of Sonoma, has partially activated their Emergency Operations Center to support necessary activities and the City of Cotati remains in close communication with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, 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. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is also working closely with local public health partners and healthcare providers to take action to isolate and test any high-risk individuals in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of disease and protect the public’s health.

Prevent the Spread by Practicing Good Hygiene

Practice good hygiene to reduce your risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as influenza or COVID-19. Recommendation from the CDC include:
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
•Stay home when you are sick
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing◦If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
◦For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Hand washing website
◦For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

•Get your flu shot to protect against flu if you have not done so this year. The flu shot, will not protect against the coronavirus, but is encouraged for the following reasons:◦Fewer people getting ill frees up medical resources, and
◦Avoiding the flu will help keep your immune system healthy

•Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
◦Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Resources

Official Public Health Information
Sonoma County Department of Health Services
Novel Coronavirus - What You Need to Know (PDF)
Nuevo Coronavirus - Lo que debe saber (PDF)
Frequently Asked Question (County of Sonoma)

Unemployment Assistance - Employment Development Department
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
 California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Travel Restrictions, Advisories & Recommendations
U.S. Department of State Travel

Business Information
Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB)
Coronavirus Business Resource Guide
Coronavirus Business Assistance Page