The state is shifting its vaccination strategy. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that the state will reserve 40% of all COVID-19 vaccines going forward to people living in areas that are generally low-income and have crowded housing. Specifically, they will be targeted for people living in roughly 400 ZIP codes who live in the lowest 25% of the census tracts ranked in the California Healthy Places index. Targeted zip codes in Lake County include Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Finley, Lucerne, Nice and Upper Lake.
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Public Officer Dr. Andy Coren says the “red tier is getting closer” for Mendocino County as COVID-19 case counts continue to drop. Though Coren cautions the decrease is also due to a drop in testing numbers. Changes from the state could also scale back restrictions for the county earlier. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that as the state makes progress in vaccinating lower-income residents, it will ease the requirements counties need to meet to advance through the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The Board of Supervisors this week approved several hundred properties to be listed for the June tax sale. In total, there are 490 properties that will be placed on the Bid4Assets website starting June 5th, with minimum bids for all the properties set at just under $3,000,000. Owners who are behind on their taxes have up until just before the auction to pay off their bill and keep their properties off the auction block.
Ukiah Unified School District begins offering COVID-19 testing to students and staff today. Testing is not mandatory but encouraged. It’s from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Ukiah High School Gym. Those who wish to be tested must register online and have your Employee ID or Student ID number to sign up. See UUSD’s Facebook page for the registration link.
The Lakeport Unified School Board is working on a plan to address its deficit caused in part by an ongoing decline in enrollment. A 2020-21 budget report showed a structural deficit regarding the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations in 2022-23. The district may lay off at least one teacher and is looking at reductions in services and supplies.
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Western States Scientific Safety Review. The group — comprised of public health experts from California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — was created last year to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states. Their decision on the latest vaccine comes after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization for the vaccine. The state is expecting 320,000 doses vaccine next week.
A Willits woman who was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of a stolen vehicle was arrested again this week in another stolen vehicle. According to the Ukiah Police Department, 28-year-old Eryka Smith was taken into custody following a pursuit Monday morning. The owner thought he’d locked the vehicle that was left running while he went into a business on North State Street. The vehicle was located using an app. Smith refused to stop for a Lake County area CHP Officer, and crashed when she hit a spike strip.
The City of Clearlake has temporarily closed all grass areas of Austin Park for a hydroseeding operation will begin next Monday. The grass areas of the park will be fenced off for approximately 30 days (depending on weather conditions) to avoid disruption of the hydroseeded mulch and prevent damage to the new grass.
While Lake County is getting closer to the Red Tier in the state’s reopening plan, it will remain in the most restrictive Purple Tier for now. Health officials told the Board of Supervisors yesterday that the county’s COVID-19 case rate reached its lowest point since October. Dr. Gary Pace said the numbers will continue to improve as more weekly vaccine doses become available. Currently Lake County is receiving about 2,000 vaccine doses weekly.
Mendocino County is once again looking for a Cannabis Program Manager. It’s the 4th time the position has been open since 2018. Megan Dukett, who was hired in January of 2020, recently left the position. This position reports to the Board of Supervisors and works closely Cannabis Program Ad Hoc Committee and the Planning and Building Department. The application period closes on March 11th.