Archives for April 2020

Another Positive COVID-19 Case in Round Valley

More testing was done in Round Valley yesterday – as there has been another confirmed case of COVID-19 bringing Mendocino County’s total up from 11 to 12. Workers collected 175 test samples on Monday, where at least one test was positive for COVID-19. That testing was prompted by an outbreak in Round Valley where five members of one family tested positive for the virus, as well as a few people who had contact with members of the family. The source of the virus is considered travel related. Drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 testing was offered again yesterday in Round Valley.

Active Confirmed Cases in Lake County at Zero

According to yesterday’s update from Lake County Public Health, there are no active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County at this time. All six cases in the county are now in the recovered category. What this means for easing of restrictions is still uncertain. During Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Dr. Gary Pace said he would likely extend the current Shelter-In-Place order that expires May 3rd by at least a couple of weeks.

EBT Cards Can be Used to Make Online Food Purchases

CalFresh recipients can use their EBT cards to buy groceries via Amazon and Walmart online now. The California Department of Social Services announced this week that the state received a waiver from the federal government to allow CalFresh recipients use the EBT cards to buy groceries online.

Governor Announces Expansion of Farm to Family Program

Governor Gavin Newsom is announcing a new initiative that will allow farmers to partner up with food banks across the state to help meet the growing demand at California food banks. Farming has experienced a 50% decline in demand for food and produce during the coronavirus pandemic.while food banks have seen a dramatic increase in demand. The Governor’s expansion of the Farm to Family program is expected to provide at least 21-million pounds of fresh food on a monthly basis to food banks and will give farmers a tax credit for participating.

Lake County Public Health Officer Gives Updates on Loosening Restrictions

As Lake County’s COVID-19 count holds steady at 6, Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace told the Board of Supervisors yesterday that he envisions the county moving forward with loosening restrictions in two-week blocks, depending on assessments. Pace says he will likely extend the shelter in place order that is due to expire May 3rd for a few more weeks. He also said restrictions that would prevent large gatherings, including church meetings and graduations, will likely remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Ukiah Subway Robber Sentenced

The man who robbed a sandwich shop in Ukiah has been sentenced. Back in December, Ukiah police responded to a report of shots fired at the Subway on North Orchard Avenue. When they arrived, officers found 21-year-old Dorian Michael Coon with multiple gunshot wounds in front of a nearby store. Witnesses told police Coon had just robbed the Subway with a gun, but was shot by an armed customer. In January, Coon, pled guilty to two felony counts of robbery in the second degree. He was also convicted by plea of assault with a deadly weapon. Yesterday he was sentenced to 7 years in state prison.

Gig Workers Can Now File for Unemployment

Gig workers can now file for unemployment.┬áThe state’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program is accepting applications and is open to contractors, freelancers and self-employed workers. Claims can be backdated and payments start going out this week.

Governor Considers Moving School Year Up To Summer

Governor Newsom is considering getting students back in the classroom this summer. He’s looking at starting the next school year in late July or early August to make up for the learning loss caused by closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. Districts across the state began closing campuses in March and have been finishing the last two to three months of the year remotely.

Aid to Round Valley Via Air National Guard Canceled

Aid that was scheduled to arrive in Round Valley today via the Air National Guard has been canceled. The California Office of Emergency Services made the decision last night after Mendocino County was able to conduct 175 COVID-19 tests in Round Valley yesterday. Those tests are now being processed and results are expected soon. The tests were done after the number of cases in Round Valley grew quickly from 3 to 6. Those infected are all members of the same family, but Mendocino Public health is working to see if others in the community were exposed to the disease.

Face Masks Required in Mendocino County Starting Friday

Mendocino County residents will need to wear facial coverings in public starting on Friday, May 1st. The new order, issued by Mendocino Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan, requires residents to wear facial coverings (fabric or cloth that covers the nose and mouth) before entering any indoor facility besides their residence, any enclosed open space, or while outdoors when unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another person. Exceptions include young children under 2 and those for whom it is not advised for health-related reasons.