Coronavirus and COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new respiratory illness that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. Respiratory illnesses affect the lungs and airways.

The CDC reports that patients with COVID-19 infection have mild to severe respiratory symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Severe illness is more common in people with underlying health conditions, weakened immune systems, and in older adults. 

What should I do?

  • Stay home. A shelter-in-place directive is in place for Sonoma County until further notice.

    • If you must go out of your home for essential services or food, cover your face with a facial covering of some type (mask, scarf or bandana). 

  • If you become sick, self-isolate at home.

    •  Many illnesses, including COVID-19, do not require face to face medical care. You should self-isolate at home until cough, fever over 100.4 F, and respiratory symptoms are gone for at least three full days, or for seven days from when the symptoms first began, whichever period is longer.

  • If the illness is severe, call your personal healthcare provider or the Student Health Center at 707-664-2921 for advice. Do not go to the Student Health Center, an urgent care clinic or an emergency department without calling first. By calling ahead, it will allow the provider to prepare for your arrival. Do not call 911 or go to an emergency department unless you are having severe symptoms.

  • Stop smoking/vaping now. Get help at No Butts.

  • Eat nutritious food, stay hydrated with water, exercise, sleep.

  • Care for your mental health. Take time to socialize remotely with friends and family.  For helpful resources go to Sonoma State University or contact

Accurate and up to date information about the coronavirus is available from the CDC and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.