TO: All Employees
FR: Joyce Lopes, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration and Finance and Missy Brunetta, Director for Emergency Services and Associate Risk Manager
This morning, the California Department of Public Health and Governor Newsom announced that the State Regional Stay Home Order that the Greater Bay Area (including Sonoma County) had been under since December 12, 2020, has now been lifted, effective immediately. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by the Sonoma County Public Health Officer.
As this order lifts, Sonoma County remains in the most restrictive tier, known as the widespread or purple tier. Much of our county operations remain the same due to the continuous significant transmission and spread of COVID-19 in our community. Sonoma County sits at over 24,000 cases total, roughly 4.9% of our population, as of today. As the Stay Home Order lifts, there is still much work to be done on flattening the COVID-19 curve. To help stop this pandemic, we need to stay vigilant and continue to work together by following Sonoma County and Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding how to protect ourselves and others.
Campus operations will remain in the same modified state until further notice, with the exception of short-term, on campus visits. Short-term, on campus visits will no longer be restricted to mandatory activities only, but must continue to be requested and approved prior to the visit. You can find the Spring 2021 Rotating Building Schedule on the COVID-19 website. If anything changes to impact campus operations due to the Stay Home Order lifting, we will communicate as necessary.
Employees with questions about this change or the county order should contact the Office of Emergency Services. Additionally, you may find FAQs, information, and resources about COVID-19 on the County of Sonoma website at SoCoEmergency.