Lake County is now in the purple tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy after spending weeks in the red, less restrictive tier. Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace says its due to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases along with a doubling in hospitalizations. In addition, Pace cited a large case cluster in the Native American community, a variety of businesses experiencing new cases, and continued spread in households and social settings. As for the hospitalizations, 11 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19-related issues as of Friday.
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Mendocino County saw a short stint of being in the red tier before being placed back into the purple tier on November 17th, and Public Health is urging compliance with state health orders. County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said since being placed back into the most restrictive tier, the county has seen greater increases than ever before in this Second Surge of daily cases, as well as an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
Lake County has been moved to the most restrictive level of the state’s COVID-19 risk tier. Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin says that the Sheriff’s Office will not be determining compliance with, or enforcing compliance of any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, or other social gathering inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates. The Sheriff’s Office will not dispatch deputies for these purposes; callers will be transferred or advised to contact the County Public Health Department.
Of the two bodies recently found in Covelo; one has been identified as a man reported missing. 34-year-old Kyle James McCartney had been reported missing November 19th after an assault and kidnapping, along with 48-year-old Traci Lynn Bland. On November 23rd, a bystander found two deceased persons in a remote area of Hulls Valley Road in Covelo. No information has been released about the identiny of the 2nd body that was found.
Heading in to the Thanksgiving holiday, 45 of the state’s 58 counties are now in the most restrictive Purple Tier. While eight counties are in the second-highest Red Tier under the Blueprint for a safer economy. Mendocino County remains in the purple tier and Lake County remains in the Red tier. Both had new cases in the double-digits yesterday with Mendocino County reporting 27 additional cases, and Lake County adding 32 overall cases and 20 active cases. There are currently 8 people hospitalized in Mendocino County, and 6 patients hospitalized in Lake County.
The Ukiah City Council is taking shape after and update to vote tallies from the November 3rd election were posted by the Mendocino County Clerk’s office. Douglas Crane has won a fifth term on the Ukiah City Council. Incumbent Steve Scalmanini was defeated by challenger Josefina Duenas. Current City Coucil member Maureen Mulheren’s seat will need to be filled, as she won the Second District seat for the Mendocino County Supervisors. Glenn McGourty won the First District Mendocino County Supervisor race.
A Willits man suspected of committing lewd acts with a child was recently arrested. A warrant out of Modoc County had been issued for the arrest of 62-year-old Ricky Lee Beck, and MCSO learned he was staying with his daughter at her home near Willits. She was also arrested for attempting to assist her father in avoiding capture.
Plowshares will be serving a community Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, with doors open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The dining room is h COVID-19 compliant. They have a wash station outside as everyone is required to wash their hands before entering. Masks are required, and will be provided for those who need one.
The bodies of two people – possibly those connected to a kidnapping – were found yesterday north of Covelo. On November 19th, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the 24400 Block of Oak Lane related to a reported assault and possible kidnapping of 34-year-old Kyle McCartney, and 48-year-old Traci Bland, both of the Covelo area. Yesterday afternoon, MCSO’s Information Officer said two dead bodies were discovered by a bystander alongside Hulls Valley Road north of Covelo. As of this morning, it was not yet confirmed if they are the bodies of the two missing people.
The Lake County Board of Supervisors have announced the appointment of Scott Harter to succeed Jan Coppinger as Special Districts Administrator. Harter holds a Civil Engineering degree from California State University, Chico, and has served in public agencies in Lake County since 1996.