Archives for June 2020

Lake County Releases Demographic Information on COVID-19 Cases

The Lake County Public Health Department has released demographic information on the county’s COVID-19 cases. As of yesterday afternoon, there was a total of 56 cases in the county, with 18 active, three currently hospitalized and 38 recovered. No deaths had been reported. A total of 4,835 tests had been performed, with 717 still pending. As for demographics, over half of Lake County’s Covid-19 patients have been between the ages of 18 and 49. 12 patients have been between 50 and 64 years old, and five have been 65 or over. Three patients have been 17 or younger. A total of 32 COVID-19 patients in the county have been male, while 24 have been female.

Mendocino County reported 2 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 78, with 16 in isolation and 62 recovered.

Ukiah Airport Reopens After Paving Project Complete

Ukiah Regional Airport is open again after a major runway project is complete. The runway paving project was long overdue. The original runway paving at the Ukiah Municipal Airport was completed in 1942. In 1984, the runway and taxiways were repaved. A slurry seal project was completed in 1997 on the runway and taxiways. The current pavement had been in place for 35 years and hwas showing sign of wear and a need for replacement. Funding for the nearly $4 million dollar runway paving project came from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Fireworks Show at Konocti Vista Casino a Go

The July 4th Fireworks Show at Konocti Vista Casino is a go this year. Organizers say with the location of the fireworks on the lake, they can create a safe way for the community to share a meaningful experience while preserving physical distancing. While there will be a party in the sky, they will not be having a public party at the Konocti Vista Casino Marina.

COVID-19 Cases Increase in Lake and Mendocino Counties

Mendocino County is seeing a surge in COVID-19. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Noemi Doohan says there is community spread. Four new cases were confirmed yesterday. There are currently 22 active cases. Dr. Doohan says many cases in the county are due to gatherings – and gatherings of any size are banned. Changes to social bubbles reducing the size to 6 will be coming in the new health order this week. No restrictions are being loosened at this time.

Lake County has new COVID-19 cases. Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace, says active COVID-19 cases have jumped by 12, so Lake County sits at 54 total cases, with 16 active, and 3 currently hospitalized; 1 was transferred to a higher level of care in another County. Pace says community transmission has probably occurred; the new and the new cases stem from a variety of sources.

Red Flag Warning Continues for Lake County

Gusty winds and low humidity prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for Lake County through this evening. Sustained northeast winds 10 to 20 mph will gradually diminish this afternoon.

Wildland Fire Near Lakeport Under Control

A wildland fire on George Road near Lakeport was quickly put under control last night. The fire was at about an acre in size by 6:45PM, but by 7:05 p.m., forward progress was stopped, canceling some resources.

BLM Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing seasonal fire restrictions, effective today, for public lands managed by the Ukiah Field Office, due to dry conditions and wildland fire danger. These seasonal restrictions are in addition to the year-round statewide fire prevention order, issued on April 28, and will remain in effect until further notice. The BLM-managed public lands affected by these fire restrictions are located in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Concerning Cyanotoxin Levels Detected at Nine Clear Lake Sites

Concerning cyanotoxin levels have been detected at nine Clear Lake sites. A map showing all of the sites is posted Lake County’s facebook page. Officials say that due to the very warm weather and the extended light periods this time of year, the shallow waters of Clear Lake are a perfect environment to encourage growth of aquatic plants, planktonic algae (floating green algae) and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Public Health urges boaters and recreational users to avoid direct contact with or use of waters containing cyanobacteria, as it can pose health risks, particularly to children and pets.

Lake County Updates COVID-19 Count

There are new cases of COVID-19 reported in Lake County over the past week. Dr. Gary Pace, the county’s Public Health Officers says that since his report last Friday, 8 new cases have been identified. Of those, 5 are considered active at this time, and none are hospitalized. In total, 42 cases have been documented in Lake County, and just 4 have required hospitalization. Most of the cases have had recent contact with a known case that is presumed to be the source of the infection.

A COVID-19 update from Dr. Noemi Doohan will be on Mendocino County’s faceobok page today.

Man Arrested for Arson in Connection with 2 Clearlake Oaks Fires

A man has been arrested for arson in connection to two fires set Tuesday morning in Clearlake Oaks. Yesterday, Cal fire reported the arrest of 28-year-old Joseph Edward Calia, who authorities say was found in the area of the fires when crews responded.