SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — With seven other San Francisco Bay Area counties in the midst of their first day of a shelter-in-place order, Sonoma County officials issued their owner order on Tuesday.

The order is effective midnight on Wednesday, March 18 and will be in place for three weeks, until April 7.

“In light of the recent cases of local transmission of COVID-19 in the County, we are taking proactive action to curtail the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Interim Health Officer.

“We urge our residents not to panic, however, please take this Order seriously, as COVID-19 is a real threat to our community at this time. Please adhere to the social distancing of six feet from another person as well as continue to maintain good hygiene practices.”

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In neighboring Napa County, emergency services officials said they will be issuing new recommendations Monday afternoon but the county was not going to impose a shelter-in-place order at this time.

The shelter-in-place orders generally restrict public activities to meeting essential daily needs and order people to work from home for three weeks unless they perform essential services.

The counties that have adopted the shelter-in-place orders include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and San Mateo. Berkeley and Oakland also have issued the orders.

Mase recommended the county issue the shelter-in-place order after a meeting Tuesday morning. The county has six cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday.

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