62 coronavirus cases reported at Sonoma County preschools, childcare centers

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SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – In Sonoma County, health officials are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at a daycare center shutting it down as they do contact tracing to figure out just how far it has spread.

This comes on the heels of the Public Health Director revealing the county has seen outbreaks at several other childcare facilities.  

Dr. Sundari Mase is Sonoma County’s Health Officer and she recently informed local officials her office has seen a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 cases at a number of daycares and preschools as well as elementary schools.

In fact, one facility is currently shut down as they track down how bad it is.

“In this cluster, 30 cases, students and staff and we are doing contact tracing, and we have it shutdown as you can imagine, we are following the protocol,” Dr. Mase said. 

Dr. Mase revealed several other home daycare facilities recently were forced to shut down as well and that their quarantine period has since ended.  

None of the facilities were named for privacy reasons.

“We have had 62 cases connected to schools and daycares,” Dr. Mase said. 

Dr. Mase says all of this as public schools in Sonoma County remain closed and the county is still ​in the state’s most restrictive tier with the case load too high per capita to shift into ​the next tier — which would allow schools to open in a limited capacity.  

Dr. Mase says what has happened at these facilities is something to watch closely and learn from as waivers are being looked at to reopen some grades and or private schools.

“We have not approved any waivers, it is something to consider the spread,” Dr. Mase said.

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