The deadline to apply for health care coverage through Covered California is today. Officials extended the deadline to December 30th to apply for coverage starting on January 1st. Residents can apply online at coveredca.com. An estimated 1.2 million Californians are uninsured, even though they are eligible for financial help through Covered California, or they qualify for low-cost or no-cost coverage through Medi-Cal.
Archives for December 2020
The COVID-19 update from Lake County Public Health showed a reduction of 79 active cases for a total of 227, and a reduction in hospitalizations by 1 for a total of 11 patients.
In Mendocino County, there were 16 new positive COVID-19 cases reported and 1 additional person in ICU for a total of 3 with 7 hospitalizations. ICU capacity for the Northern region is 27.9%.
The State Supreme Court chief justice has authorized a month-long delay of trials in Lake County. The request was made by Presiding Judge Michael Lunas for emergency relief regarding court operations during a state of emergency. It’s the fifth emergency order the state has approved for the Lake County Superior Court.
The State of California is offering $500 million in grant funds to support eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. The first round of grant funding opens today and closes on January 8th. To find out more, visit careliefgrant.com/
UUSD Food Distribution resumes today. Food will be provided for UUSD students and any children 18 years or younger every Wednesday at Ukiah High School, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food distribution will happen regardless of the weather. See more details on the Ukiah Unified School District’s facebook page.
A COVID-19 outbreak is being monitored at the Mendocino County Jail. The latest report from the Sheriff’s Office has at least 20 people infected. An additional thirteen inmates at the Mendocino County jail tested positive for COVID-19 on December 24th. The first case was identified on December 19th – a corrections deputy that had taken time off work due to illness. Since then, two additional corrections staff and a total of 17 inmates have tested positive. The inmates in these specific areas have been placed on quarantine to prevent any spread into unaffected areas of the jail. During the quarantine period, jail medical staff will be monitoring the health of the affected inmates.
Lake County will see expanded COVID-19 testing hours and new weekly schedules starting next month. Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace, says there will be a change in the testing company the county uses. OptumServe, which will replace Verily, is opening testing sites in Lakeport and Lower starting January 4th. Drive-thru testing will no longer be offered. Instead, testing will take place indoors at those testing sites. Testing will be offered at the Silveira Community Center, in Lakeport, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. And testing will be offered at the Town Hall, in Lower Lake, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome at both sites and no appointments are necessary.
A Fort Bragg man was arrested for murder on Christmas Eve after authorities said he ran down a motorcyclist. According to Mendocino County Sheriff’s detectives, the victim and the suspect were involved in a shooting prior to the 4.5-mile vehicle chase that resulted in the victim’s death.
The CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit transitions out of peak fire season as it officially ends today.
Also, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit is lifting the burn permit requirement in Mendocino County effective today.
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, Lake County’s Public Health Officer is urging residents to stay home for Christmas. Yesterday’s report for Lake County showed 234 active cases. There are 13 people hospitalized, which is one of the highest local hospitalization rates during the pandemic. Dr. Gary Pace says the rising numbers in local cases is likely due to Thanksgiving.
The number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations in Mendocino County is also now at an all-time high with 12 people hospitalized and 5 people in ICU. The county reported 36 additional cases yesterday with 256 people currently in isolation.