A COVID-19 outbreak at an assisted living facility in Ukiah does not involve a virus variant. Earlier in the week, Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said they were investigating. Yesterday morning, Mountain View Assisted Living and Memory Care issued an email stating there is no evidence of a Covid-19 variant at the facility. A staff member who tested positive worked a full week before knowing of the test result due to a delay in reporting from a lab in Texas. The outbreak involves 33 people.
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During their meeting this week, the Lake County Board of Supervisors read a Proclamation, “Promoting Tolerance, Respect, Equity and Inclusion in Lake County.” The proclamation was proposed as one several actions in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020. The proclamation included an action commitment by the Board of Supervisors to develop recommendations from the community for various related issues, including meaningful actions and activities that foster tolerance, respect, equity, and inclusion.
A former Ukiah Police sergeant was arrested yesterday on charges related to a 2014 rape case. In a criminal complaint filed by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office this week, 37-year-old Kevin Patrick Murray is charged with raping a woman sometime between June 1 and July 1, 2014 and is facing a special allegation of being armed with a firearm during the commission of the assault.
In an effort to increase public participation in the governmental process, the Lakeport City Clerk’s office is providing video links to Lakeport City Council meetings on the city’s website. The links will be posted sometime after the meeting and will provide residents the opportunity to stay informed on city business. The links can be found in the Council Agendas and Minutes Page at www.cityoflakeport.com
Adventist Health has administered over 11,500 vaccine doses in Mendocino County. The latest mass vaccine clinic on Thursday in Fort Bragg vaccinated 720 community members over the age of 70 in six hours and another 350 on Sunday. Of the total number of doses administered so far, more than 7,100 are first doses and over 4,000 are second doses. With guidance from Mendocino County Public Health, the hospitals are currently vaccinating community members turning 70 or are 70 years and older as well as hospital staff.
Mendocino County’s public health officer shed more light on the current outbreak at a long-term facility in Ukiah. Dr. Andy Coren told the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors that the outbreak at Mountain View assisted living facility was caused, in part, by a delay in reporting from a lab in Texas, as a result, a staff member who had become positive worked a full week before the facility was aware of the positive test.
A new street sign us up in Lakeport. Westside Park Road was renamed Charlie Jolin Way to honor his commitment to the park and the city. In addition to Westside Park, he was instrumental in the development of Library Park. He was also a member/chair of the City of Lakeport Planning Commission, and chairperson of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the development of the City’s general plan.
After hearing from many Californians about confusion over how insurance companies rate properties for wildfire risk, Commissioner Ricardo Lara proposed new rules. They would require insurance companies to provide a consumer with their property’s wildfire risk score, which must recognize a consumer’s mitigation actions that could improve their rating. Commissioner Lara will hold public prenotice workshops on March 30 and April 6. Following input from the public, he will begin a formal regulatory process leading to adoption of new rules.
Lake County will hire a recruitment firm to help find a new Public Health Officer. Dr. Gary Pace announced last week that he is resigning his position to return to private practice. Pace will stay on in his role until April 16th. Pace is the county’s thrird public health officer since 2017. The county plans to use the same recruiting firm to help them find a new a new Public Health director and find a candidate for the Health Department’s director of nursing – a position the county has been trying to fill for over a year.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a legislative COVID relief package for residents in the state. Among the provisions, the package commits additional resources for critical childcare services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students. It also provides millions in small business relief, and one-time payments to qualifying low-income individuals and families.