Where to get tested for coronavirus, other help during the pandemic in Sonoma County
As Sonoma County continues life under a shelter-in-place order, many people may be wondering where to get food or where to get coronavirus testing.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, here is a list of organizations and resources that are providing assistance. This list is being updated as we learn more, and you can let us know what we've missed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virus prevention and testing
Not everyone who displays symptoms of the coronavirus, which include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, are being tested. Doctors are most likely to order testing for patients who work in the public, are elderly, have underlying health conditions or have recently traveled to hotbeds like China or Italy. People who are tested may wait several days before receiving the results.
Questions or concerns about the coronavirus can be directed to Sonoma County's 24-hour information hotline at 211 or 800-325-9604. You also can text "COVID19" to 211211 for coronavirus information.
If you are an older adult or have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or lung disease, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advice on preventative measures. Find it here.
The state of California and OptumServe have initiated two testing sites, in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. Tests are available whether or not a person has symptoms. Appointments are available on weekdays and can be reserved here. If the person getting tested has insurance, the insurance company will be billed. If not, tests are free and will still be provided. Those getting tested will have to get out of their cars for the test. For more information, visit socoemergency.org.
West County Health Centers
West County Health Centers is offering coronavirus testing to current patients who are either showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have come into contact with someone who has the virus. Appointments for testing can be made by calling West County Health Centers and having a screening appointment with a medical provider. West County Health Centers also is offering current patients telehealth visits via phone and video. In-person visits are offered on an as-needed basis, and walk-in visits currently are not permitted. For more information, click here.
Sutter patients who suspect they have COVID-19 can call its advice line at 866-961-2889 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Patients also can use Sutter's online symptom checker and schedule a video visit through Sutter Health's online web portal, which can be found here. During the virtual appointment, a doctor will determine if and where a person should be tested. People who do choose to book in-person appointments should let their providers know that they're experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus prior to the visit. For more information, click here.
St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health is asking people with symptoms of coronavirus to schedule a virtual visit, call their doctor's offices or reach out to the Sonoma County Health Department at 211 or 800-325-9604. St. Joseph Health offers an online coronavirus assessment tool here. St. Joseph Health also has asked patients who have symptoms of coronavirus only to come to the emergency room if its an emergency or a health care provider recommended to do so.
Kaiser Permanente is recommending that people who think they have the coronavirus first call 1-866-454-8855 to speak with a clinician. Both a referral and an appointment is needed before testing will occur. For more information, click here.
Parents, first responders and people recently released from quarantine can receive tips on managing their mental health from the CDC here.
West County Health Centers has provided a list of resources for people dealing with anxiety and stress during the pandemic. See the list here.
Kaiser Permanente offers resources for people dealing with mental health issues here.
Go here for a list of grocery stores in Sonoma County offering seniors-only hours, curbside pick-up and deliveries. Go here for a list of grocery stores that deliver or provide curbside pick-up in Mendocino County, provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
Santa Rosa City Schools
Santa Rosa City Schools is offering a drive-thru meal service for students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at nine locations throughout the city. Students ages 18 and under from any school district are eligible to receive two breakfasts and lunches on Monday and three breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday. For more information, visit srcschools.org/freemeals.
Petaluma City Schools
Petaluma City Schools are providing grab-and-go meals to all students who attend district schools and any of their siblings who are younger than 18. Breakfasts and lunches are being distributed on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at Petaluma Junior High (700 Bantam Way, Petaluma) and McDowell Elementary School (421 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma). Students do not need to be present at the time of pickup. For more information, go here. Questions can be directed to the Food Services Department at email@example.com or 707-778-4636.