On Friday, May 1, the Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase issued an extension to the Shelter in Place Health Order and loosened some restrictions for important employment areas. The modified Health Order went into effect at 12:01 on May 4, 2020 and residents should continue to shelter in place. Modifications to the new Order include reducing restrictions to construction, real estate, outdoor businesses (arborists, landscaping, gardening, pool maintenance, plant nurseries, and environmental site remediation services), florists, and faith-based organizations.
There is not a precise timeline for modifying or rescinding this Order. The Critical Indicators the State Will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions will serve as the framework for making that decision. California’s indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are as follows:
1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through aggressive testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.
2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19.
3. The ability to reduce infection spread so that it is decreasing in the community.
4. The ability of the hospital and health systems to have sufficient bed and ICU capacity to handle surges.
5. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand.
6. The ability to obtain sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and health system to handle surges.
7. The ability for businesses, schools and child care facilities to support physical distancing.
8. The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.