Daily Briefing with the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) this morning:
1)Expect to see a marked increase in the number of tests in Sonoma County. While the Public Health Lab has been turning around tests same-day, there has been a substantial delay and backlog of tests in the private health labs. As these private labs ramp up and get caught up on this backlog, we can expect to see many more test results here in Sonoma County.
2)Despite the backlog in private labs, please know that testing of first responders is being expedited across testing facilities — this is a top priority both at public and private health labs.
3)There is a national lack of testing swabs. We are working on developing alternatives, including alternative methods of sample collection (such as a nasal flush). Reagent is also in short supply. Our public health lab is increasing capacity and capability by producing our own culture materials, since they are not commercially available at this time.
4)The emergency operations center is hard at work on a number of initiatives: coordinating with our private providers regarding surge capacity in the local healthcare system; facilitating PPE donations and delivery; enhancing the availability and accessibility of public information; supporting food distribution for the vulnerable; addressing the needs of the homeless population; facilitating childcare for healthcare workers; enhancing the capacity of County government to operate and coordinate virtually rather than in-person. All of this work is in process, not complete, and I will share updates as work moves forward and additional details become available. I just want you to know that County government is functioning like a duck right now: what you see is calm and collected, but we are paddling VERY fast underneath to take care of our community.
Finally, a reminder -Now is not the time for shopping-as-entertainment. If you haveessential needs, make a direct trip to obtain supplies, bring hand sanitizer with you, and wash your hands afterwards.
If you want to entertain your family,DON’T go to the store — go for a walk in a park instead and maintain social distance with others.
Lives depend on our ability as a society to minimize transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Public Health Call
These are Kaiser Hospital Santa Rosa nurses thanking Ghilotti Construction for their donation of N95 masks to Kaiser units.
Medical staff throughout the country are dangerously short of critical equipment such as masks. Many businesses and organizations stocked up on masks during the fires in prior years. This is your time to locate those boxes and get them to health care professionals who deserve to be protected as they work so hard for all of us
STAY SAFE, BE WELL, and STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! ❤
In keeping with my pledge to keep answering your questions and keep you informed, we've now held two live Facebook chats. Our schedule for these fireplace live chats is every Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday at 8:30 pm on my public Facebook page here. Please join us with your questions in English or in spanish.