Benchmarks to watch
- Over the past two weeks, Sonoma County has recorded 587 new cases, failing the standard for disease transmission.
- The number of hospitalizations has been increasing. There are now 30 patients with a confirmed or suspected case.
- The county’s hospital capacity is within state standards. Less than 80% of ICU beds are occupied and at least 75% of ventilators are available.
The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 42 new cases and 0.6 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 21.5 days.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. One metric is whether counties have kept the number of new cases reported over the last 14 days to less than 100 per 100,000 residents.
Sonoma County currently fails that test. Over the last two weeks, officials have confirmed 587 new cases, which amounts to 117 per 100,000.
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Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in 5 of Sonoma County's regions.
Explore the latest data statewide by visiting our comprehensive dashboard.
Hospitals and patients
Lockdown measures aim to slow the virus in hope of preventing hospitals from being overrun. To keep tabs on capacity, officials watch out for rapid increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients. The state asks counties with more than 20 patients to keep recent increases under 10%.
Currently, 11 of the state's 58 counties fail the test. Sonoma County does not meet the standard.
There are now 25 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from the state. Of those, 4 are in an intensive-care unit.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 11 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Sonoma County that currently have COVID-19 cases.
The state last updated the list on July 9. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
Learn more about those we've lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from coronavirus.
Reopenings and restrictions
County order: Following state order
Face coverings: Following statewide order which requires people to wear face coverings in public place and at essential businesses
Essential retail: Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices, etc. are open
Retail: Retailers and shopping malls reopened with modifications
Restaurants: Dine-in restaurants reopened with some modifications
Bars: Bars, wineries and breweries reopened
Lifestyle: Gyms, movie theaters, golf courses, landscape gardening, pools, hair salons, barbershops, car washes, pet grooming, museums, hotels, tribal casinos and nail salons reopened
Parks: Most county parks and campgrounds reopened
Beaches: Open with modifications
Schools: Most K-12 schools are distance learning. Colleges online only
Government: Open only for essential functions
Houses of worship: Some houses of worship reopened at reduced capacity
Gatherings: Protests, cultural ceremonies and faith-based gatherings of up to 100 people or 25% capacity, whichever is lower, are allowed