Solano County and NorthBay Health are experiencing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases recently due to spread of the delta variant. To protect our patients and staff, and following state mandates, NorthBay is enacting new temporary visitor policies at our hospitals.
You are probably aware that the delta variant of the virus is much more contagious than earlier variants. Here are some things to know:
- Vaccination is your best protection. In fact, in California, those who are unvaccinated are 68 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than those who had the vaccine.
- Vaccines are available at no cost to everyone 12 and older. Click here to schedule.
- More unvaccinated young people are getting sick than with previous variants.
- If you have symptoms such as a runny nose or sore throat, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, whether you are vaccinated or not, call your primary care office. They will arrange same day or next day drive-through testing for you.
At NorthBay Health our priority is to protect our patients and staff and make it safe for you to get care in our facilities. That’s why we continue strict enforcement of masking and distancing in all our facilities and urge everyone to get vaccinated. And remember, in many situations your care needs can be addressed with a phone or video visit if you prefer.
This latest surge is disheartening for all of us coming just as our lives were starting to get back to normal. Together we will weather the storm. Do your part — wear a mask, avoid crowds and encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated.
Shanaz Khambatta, DO
Medical Director, NorthBay Health Primary Care
Take Shelter-at-Home Seriously
Here's what it means:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- California Department of Public Health
- Solano Public Health
- Mayo Clinic