The Ukiah Unified School District is delaying the return to the classroom for the next group of students to be phased in. The projected reopening date for Grades 7 – 12 has moved to March 18th. Yesterday’s weekly report for COVID-19 showed a case rate of 7.3.in Mendocino County. The case rate has to be less than 7 per 100,000 population to reopen Grades 7 – 12. Next Tuesday and the following Tuesday, it is projected that the number will be under 7.
CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Yorkville area today through Friday. The large broadcast burn is south of the community of Yorkville, near Upper Rancheria Creek in the southeastern portion of Mendocino County, south of Highway 128 and north of Cloverdale. Aircraft and smoke will be visible in the area.
Lake County Public Health expects 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week. If you are among those eligible, you can schedule an appointment on the Lake County Health Department’s Facebook page. Dr. Gary Pace says new links to schedule first dose appointments are posted every few days, as to ensure vaccine supply is adequate. Lake County residents 65 and older, who do not have the ability to schedule online, can call 707-993-4644 for assistance.
Ukiah High School is hosting a virtual community meeting at 5:30PM about their new sports field. During the meeting, school officials will present the design of the all-weather regulation size soccer and sports field with lights in the north field at Ukiah High School. Community members will have the the opportunity to comment and ask questions about the environmental review process. Visit www.uusd.net for more information.
In a new agreement between Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature, public schools could get over $6 billion if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March. To receive the special funding to cover the costs for things like PPE and ventilation improvements, schools in the purple tier, will have to open transitional kindergarten through second grade and bring back at-risk students in all grades. Counties in the red tier must open to all elementary grades and at least one grade in middle and high school.
Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is having a Mass Vaccination Clinic for Phase IA, all tiers and Phase 1B Tier 1 including those over 75 years old, EMS, School and Childcare Staff, and Food and Agricultural workers. They will also accept people 65 and older and those turning 65 this year. Find the registration link at facebook.com/ahukiahvalley.
Mendocino County health officials announced Friday that people who work in the logging industry are now included in the current Agricultural Workers vaccination tier, making them immediately eligible for vaccination as vaccine events become available. Health officials they are hoping that all the farmers, ranchers and food producers of Mendocino County will take advantage of upcoming vaccine events. This week, two “First-Dose” clinics will be held for Phase 1A, Tiers 1 and 2 of Phase 1B, which includes Agricultural, Logging Industry Workers and those over 65 years of age. Dates and times for vaccination events are being posted as soon as they are scheduled on the county’s website.
A staff member at Upper Lake Unified School District tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Superintendent, a staff member who reported they were not feeling well on Thursday was sent home and got tested. The results came back yesterday, and it was positive. Contact tracing is underway.
Lake County Public Health will resume vaccination clinics thsi week with the goal of administering 500 to 1,000 doses per clinic day. Clinics will be held in Lakeport on Mondays and Tuesdays at Lakeport Auto Movies, 52 Soda Bay Road, and in Clearlake on Thursdays and Fridays at Redbud Park, 14655 Lakeshore Drive. Find registration links on the the Lake County Public Health webite.
The FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine. This makes it the third vaccine available in the fight against COVID-19. Unlike Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines, Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose regimen eliminates the need for patients to return for a second dose and it can be stored at refrigerator temperatures for months. The federal government plans to distribute nearly 4 million doses of J&J’s vaccine to states, pharmacies and community health centers across the nation immediately.