Archives for December 2020

CA Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Approval

Americans are one step closer to getting the coronavirus vaccine after an FDA panel recommended emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s vaccine. The FDA will make a final determination within the next few days. If approved, California health officials say frontline health care workers, senior care home staff and residents would be among the first in the state to receive the vaccine. Pending FDA approval, California expects to receive a little more than two million doses of the vaccine this month.

3.4 Quake in Willits Area

A 3.4 magnitude quake rattled the Willits area last night just before 11:30. It was centered between Willits and Potter Valley at a depth of 2.8 miles. No damage has been reported.

3 of State’s 5 Regions Under Stay-Home-Order

Three of the state’s five regions are now under the regional stay-at-home-order. ICU capacity in the Northern Region as of yesterday is 30.3% – well above 15-percent threshold.

MCSO Searching for Suspect After High Speed Chase

MCSO investigators are still searching for one suspect following a high speed chase in the Willits area on Tuesday. Police responded to a possible armed robbery of marijuana in the 1300 block of South Main Street in Willits. The suspects, in a Toyota 4-Runner, eventually crashed in Laytonville and fled on foot. One suspect was apprehened with the help of K-9 Bo. Christian Izac Flores was arrested by WPD Officers for numerous charges. The other suspect is described as being a white male adult, wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a dark colored beanie cap. Anyone with information is asked to contact MCSO.

Limited Public Lobby Access at Lake County Tax Collector’s Office

The Lake County Tax Collector’s Office has limited public lobby access due to COVID-19. The Tax Collector urges customers to submit their payment for property taxes via mail, online or by telephone.
Electronic payments can be made online at or by telephone (866) 506-8035.

Kelseyville Unified School District Moves to All Distance Learning

Schools are closed in the Kelseyville Unified School District until January. With an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases among district office employees, the superintendent announced schools will transition to all distance learning. The school district says the employees who tested positive were not in contact with any students and contact tracing is underway for any adults who may be at risk for infection. Kelseyville Unified’s Food Services Department will continue to provide meals to students as it has throughout the pandemic.

Deputy Exposed to Fentanyl While Responding to Overdose

A deputy was exposed to fentanyl while responding to an overdose at the Mendocino County Jail yesterday. The Sheriff’s Office says its believed the deputy was exposed while moving the inmate’s bedding and clothing following the discovery of overdose. When he began to feel ill, Narcan was administered, and the deputy immediately felt better. Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic which is extremely potent, very small doses can cause an overdose and death.

Lakeport Gives Update on Non-Working Downtown Lights

Many of Lakeport’s downtown street lights are not working. The bulbs were upgraded in 2019 to an energy-efficient LED fixture and were expected to last for many years. Now, some of the LEDs are failing. The Lakeport Public Works Department says the LEDs are under warranty and they are working with the manufacturer to obtain suitable replacements.

Playgrounds to Remain Open Under Stay-Home Orders

Regions under the state’s strict stay-home-orders will be able to take kids to the playground after all. The state reversed its guidance that closed playgrounds after facing backlash from parents and legislators, arguing that children need fresh air and exercise for their emotional and physical health – especially kids who don’t have access to private backyards. Lake and Mendocino Counties continue to be in the state’s most restrictive tier, but the Northern Region remains above the threshold of ICU capacity that triggers the stay-home order.

LUSD Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

A staff member at Lakeport Unified School District tested positive for COVID-19. The school district was notified of the positive case yesterday. The individual is now following isolation protocol. Contact tracing has begun and any individual who may have been exposed will be notified.

Lake County Public Health reported an additional 39 overall COVID-19 cases yesterday for a total of 1,131. There are 158 active cases, which is up 27, 952 recovered cases, which is up 12, and 11 patients hospitalized, which is up 1.

In Mendocino County, 37 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified, bringing the total to 1,816.