Donate to IsoCare and create a healthier safer community!

• 900 +clients supported through isolation and quarantine (April 2 – June 18)

• 150 volunteers trained

What is IsoCare?

Our mission is to decrease the spread of Covid-19 by supporting people who have the virus (or are awaiting test results) and have been asked to self-isolate at home, and for their families to quarantine. We offer telephone education, problem solving, and support to help clients and families adhere to this difficult request. IsoCare uses repeated contact to build connection and provide motivation, so that Covid-19 sufferers can do this right and keep their household members and the community safer.

IsoCare was formed in late March by a local family physician and a handful of volunteers. While the trajectory of the pandemic was impossible to predict then, the need was clear: IsoCare augments the work that the overextended Public Health Department and Community Health Centers are already doing and helps link clients to the many community organizations trying to help.

To date, IsoCare has been 100% volunteer run. We are now poised to turn towards making the organization sustainable and equipped for the long run. IsoCare is a successful, growing program which has supported over 900 clients through isolation/quarantine, and has trained 150 volunteers.

Why is IsoCare needed?

Studies show that much transmission occurs in households, so it is imperative to support effective ways to stop the spread in households and families. This is particularly important when multiple generations live together in tight quarters. 

What problem do we solve?

People who have Covid-19, show Covid-19 symptoms and have been tested, or have been exposed to Covid-19 all need to be able to self-isolate in their homes so that they don’t infect others. But this is easier said than done! What about getting food? What about other family members? Do they have a private bedroom and bathroom that others in the household don’t need to use? Is a household member going to work at your Coffee Shop or your favorite local restaurants? The problem is especially acute in working-class communities where family members need to continue to go to work to put food on the table and working from home is an unattainable luxury. It is not by chance that around 75% of the cases in Sonoma County are in the Latinx community. 

What do we do? 

Volunteers, many of whom are retired health care providers and many bilingual/bicultural community members, make phone calls to support people who are isolating at home and help them think through the practical problems they face. In cases where additional support is needed, we partner with other local groups such as Petaluma People Services Center to provide access to other services they may need. 

IsoCare engages clients before Public Health is aware of them

When a doctor at the Community Health Centers determines that a patient needs to isolate while they are awaiting test results, they are referred to IsoCare to get the education and support needed to do that. Contact tracing by the Public Health Department doesn’t start until after a test is positive, which can currently be as long as 5-10 days after the test is initially suggested or ordered by a provider. Only then is that person contacted by public health to encourage isolation and to start contact tracing. That means IsoCare can reach people 5 -10 days before they would get a call from the public health department. During this entire time, the person may be spreading the disease. 

Why do we need money and where will it go?

So far, IsoCare has been a completely volunteer-run organization. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are beginning to see volunteer fatigue and volunteers returning to their regular jobs. In order to continue our work, we need to hire paid staff both to perform IsoCare support calls and follow-up, and to oversee day-to-day operations of the organization. 

Our goal is to expand to serve more people in Sonoma County as the need for support continues and more health centers and other providers become aware of our effort. We are also pursuing expansion of the IsoCare model to the regions across California and have already received calls from multiple other counties across the state seeking our input.

Please Donate Today!

Make your donation with lots of 3s or have the amount end with $.33 so it is clearly earmarked for IsoCare! Donate $33.00, $133.00, or $333.00. You can also mail checks to Petaluma People Services Center, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94952 - in the memo section write IsoCare. Thank you!

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Donate to IsoCare and create a healthier safer community!

• 900 +clients supported through isolation and quarantine (April 2 – June 18)

• 150 volunteers trained

What is IsoCare?

Our mission is to decrease the spread of Covid-19 by supporting people who have the virus (or are awaiting test results) and have been asked to self-isolate at home, and for their families to quarantine. We offer telephone education, problem solving, and support to help clients and families adhere to this difficult request. IsoCare uses repeated contact to build connection and provide motivation, so that Covid-19 sufferers can do this right and keep their household members and the community safer.

IsoCare was formed in late March by a local family physician and a handful of volunteers. While the trajectory of the pandemic was impossible to predict then, the need was clear: IsoCare augments the work that the overextended Public Health Department and Community Health Centers are already doing and helps link clients to the many community organizations trying to help.

To date, IsoCare has been 100% volunteer run. We are now poised to turn towards making the organization sustainable and equipped for the long run. IsoCare is a successful, growing program which has supported over 900 clients through isolation/quarantine, and has trained 150 volunteers.

Why is IsoCare needed?

Studies show that much transmission occurs in households, so it is imperative to support effective ways to stop the spread in households and families. This is particularly important when multiple generations live together in tight quarters. 

What problem do we solve?

People who have Covid-19, show Covid-19 symptoms and have been tested, or have been exposed to Covid-19 all need to be able to self-isolate in their homes so that they don’t infect others. But this is easier said than done! What about getting food? What about other family members? Do they have a private bedroom and bathroom that others in the household don’t need to use? Is a household member going to work at your Coffee Shop or your favorite local restaurants? The problem is especially acute in working-class communities where family members need to continue to go to work to put food on the table and working from home is an unattainable luxury. It is not by chance that around 75% of the cases in Sonoma County are in the Latinx community. 

What do we do? 

Volunteers, many of whom are retired health care providers and many bilingual/bicultural community members, make phone calls to support people who are isolating at home and help them think through the practical problems they face. In cases where additional support is needed, we partner with other local groups such as Petaluma People Services Center to provide access to other services they may need. 

IsoCare engages clients before Public Health is aware of them

When a doctor at the Community Health Centers determines that a patient needs to isolate while they are awaiting test results, they are referred to IsoCare to get the education and support needed to do that. Contact tracing by the Public Health Department doesn’t start until after a test is positive, which can currently be as long as 5-10 days after the test is initially suggested or ordered by a provider. Only then is that person contacted by public health to encourage isolation and to start contact tracing. That means IsoCare can reach people 5 -10 days before they would get a call from the public health department. During this entire time, the person may be spreading the disease. 

Why do we need money and where will it go?

So far, IsoCare has been a completely volunteer-run organization. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are beginning to see volunteer fatigue and volunteers returning to their regular jobs. In order to continue our work, we need to hire paid staff both to perform IsoCare support calls and follow-up, and to oversee day-to-day operations of the organization. 

Our goal is to expand to serve more people in Sonoma County as the need for support continues and more health centers and other providers become aware of our effort. We are also pursuing expansion of the IsoCare model to the regions across California and have already received calls from multiple other counties across the state seeking our input.

Please Donate Today!

Make your donation with lots of 3s or have the amount end with $.33 so it is clearly earmarked for IsoCare! Donate $33.00, $133.00, or $333.00. You can also mail checks to Petaluma People Services Center, 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94952 - in the memo section write IsoCare. Thank you!