No Sonoma County residents over 75 years old tested positive for the coronavirus in the last week for the first time since the pandemic began, county health officials said Tuesday.
The county has 295 active cases among all age groups as of Monday evening, a far cry from the 5,000-plus active cases the county had during the state’s winter surge.
The main reason for those cases plummeting, county health officials told the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, is that 73.5 percent of county residents 16 and up have received at least one vaccine dose.
In addition, 60 percent of those 16 and up are fully vaccinated.
“As far as the source of infection,” county Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said, “unvaccinated individuals account for the large majority of our cases.”
The board also approved a $2.8 million aid package for small businesses like restaurants, pools, and tattoo parlors that were forced to close as a result of the pandemic.
The aid will come in the form of environmental health permit fee reimbursements for 1,610 eligible restaurants as well as 262 eligible body art businesses for the eight months they were unable to operate.
Indoor pool operators will have their fees reimbursed for the year they had to remain closed while outdoor pool operators will be reimbursed for the 79 days they had to close and 25 percent of the fees for the remaining time that operation capacity was reduced by the state’s reopening guidelines.
“During the pandemic, we took extraordinary measures to protect public health, including restrictions on businesses to prevent the spread of the virus,” Board of Supervisors Chair Lynda Hopkins said. “As a result, our economy has suffered. This board is committed to helping business owners get back on their feet, and part of that strategy is waiving fees that the county collects.”