Coronavirus News and Updates

If you are sick, please call us before walking into one of our health clinics,
so we can plan for your visit: 707-559-7500

Message from Dr. Nurit Licht, Chief Medical Officer:

At this time, we are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe from flu-like illnesses. We are also working very closely with our health care partners and public health department with regard to COVID-19.  Below, I’ll share some of the steps and processes we are implementing at PHC to help protect you and our staff, as well as some information about COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and those around you.

What we are doing

  • All patients are being screened upon arrival to the health center
  • Patients with cold or cough symptoms are wearing a mask and being seen and evaluated by one dedicated medical team at PHC and RPHC
  • We are increasing the number of available phone and video visits instead of in-person visits
  • We are adding more signage to emphasize the use of masks (when necessary) and good hand hygiene
  • Sanitation stations with alcohol-based hand sanitizer are available throughout the health center
  • Throughout our health center, we are using a hospital-grade cleaning solution for all facility cleaning needs
  • We have increased cleaning procedures to clean all surfaces after every patient appointment
  • We are committed to continually following updates and protocols suggested by the CDC and Department of Public Health to best ensure the safety of our communities

What you can do to stay well (and what we also have asked our employees to do to stay well):

  • Frequently wash your hands using hot, soapy water for 20 seconds—this is the best way to control transmission
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Engage in no-contact greetings: Avoid shaking hands, avoid high fives, and avoid touching the hands of others
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or flexed elbow; throw used tissues away immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose

If you are over the age of 65 or have a chronic condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, please take the following extra precautions:

  • Stock up on supplies such as medicine and groceries
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Avoid unnecessary travel

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. We will continue to keep you informed of any new developments which impact your care, your health, and our work. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, we are always here for you—just reach out to us.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

At Petaluma and Rohnert Park Health Centers, we are coordinating our response with local, county, and state officials.

We are screening all patients who call or come in for respiratory symptoms, including coughing and shortness of breath, and a history of exposure to coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). All patients with respiratory symptoms are being seen by one dedicated medical team at our Petaluma site.

Please help us protect the health of our staff and community by cooperating with all screening and isolation procedures.

We now have limited testing available for COVID-19 and are only testing patients who are symptomatic and meet clinical criteria. We do not currently have enough supplies to test patients who are not experiencing symptoms.

In the meantime, to protect yourself and your family, we recommend the following:

  •  Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
    • Before eating
    • After going to the bathroom
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes (using a thick tissue or your elbow, and then wash your hands)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care

More information is available from the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

To receive information via text or call using the Sonoma County 2-1-1 service, please visit their page to learn more about it and how to sign up: https://211sonoma.org/about-us/

ACTUALIZACIÓN ACERCA DE CORONAVIRUS:

Las Clínicas de Petaluma y Rohnert Park, están coordinando sus esfuerzos con funcionarios locales, del condado y estatales.

Estamos examinando a todos los pacientes que llaman o entran a nuestros sitios con síntomas respiratorios, incluyendo tos y dificultad para respirar, y a personas que han sido expuestas al coronavius (también llamado COVID-19). Todos los pacientes con síntomas respiratorios están siendo atendidos por un equipo médico en nuestra clínica de Petaluma.

Por favor, ayúdenos a proteger la salud de nuestros empleados y comunidad. Es importante seguir con todos los procedimientos de detección y aislamiento.

Tenemos una cantidad limitada de pruebas para COVID-19 pero solamente son disponibles para pacientes con síntomas y alto riesgo de haber contraido el virus. Desafortunadamente no tenemos suficientes pruebas para aquellos pacientes sin síntomas de Coronavirus.

Mientras tanto, para protegerse a sí mismo y a su familia, le recomendamos los siguientes pasos:

  • Lávese las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón (al menos por 20 segundos), especialmente:
    • Antes de comer
    • Después de ir al baño
    • Después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar
  • Cúbrase al toser o estornudar (use un pañuelo o el codo, y luego lávese las manos)
  • Evite tocarse la cara
  • Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas
  • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo, excepto para recibir atención médica

Si quiere más información la puede encontrar en el sitio web del CDC aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Si gusta recibir información a través de texto o llamadas por el servicio 2-1-1 del Condado de Sonoma, infórmese acerca del servicio y como inscribirse aquí: https://211sonoma.org/sobre/

For more information from Sonoma County related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/coronavirus/