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4 cases of coronavirus in Mendocino County and no hospitalizations. The Daily Journal reports Ukiah city officials say we could still see a surge in cases as health officials warn it could last months. The manager of the city’s Emergency Operations Center Tami Bartolomei says health officials are expecting an increase in coming months and they’re ordering more Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), ventilators and more for local healthcare professionals and first responders. The city manager says there’s been surges around the County, like in Sonoma County where numbers have exploded. The Community Development Director says they’ve been working closely with the police department to enforce the stay at home order. There have been ten cases but they all voluntarily complied after approached.

There’s a new Administrative Project Manager for Measure B, the mental health measure in Mendocino County. Alyson Bailey has worked with the homeless population for several years and as a freelance reporter for the Willits News. She says bettering mental health betters everyone’s lives. A big supporter of Measure B, the former Sheriff Tom Allman says he thinks positive things will happen with Bailey as the leader. The Mental Health Oversight Committee all had excellent things to say about Bailey too.

Police are searching for a man who they say is connected to the stabbing of another homeless man near the Ukiah homeless shelter. Police say they got a call to the Building Bridges Community Center yesterday morning to the stabbing and found a victim, a 47 year old man with stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital with life threatening injuries and the suspect, 32 year old Adam Nott was arrested. He’s described as a transient from Humboldt County who was recently staying at the overnight homeless shelter. The public is told to call immediately if you see the man who’s described as 6-1, 185 pounds with long, red hair and a full beard, and that he should be considered armed and dangerous. They’ve not found the knife used in the attack on the victim.

Six daily meals are being given out to kids in the Ukiah School District. Monday they gave 5 days worth and today there will be breakfast, lunch and dinner for kids in the District again. They’re not delivering, so you have to call or look at their website to find locations and times for pickup. (707) 472-5003, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions. Si habla español, llame al (707) 472-5003.

A proposal from the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians will be considered by the Lake County Planning Commission for a bio-energy facility in Kelseyville. The Record Bee reports the commission will have a public hearing on the matter next week to decide if the clean energy plant to be run on chipped wood and other biomass and repurposed as synthesized gas should be built. The Lake County Community Development Department report says the tribe wants to put the energy system inside a 2,000 square-foot enclosed structure on 36-acres of property near the “Kit’s Corner” intersection with Highway 29. It would be a 24-7 operation with one full-time employee working 5.5 hours per day, seven days a week on a split-shift. The news site reports the planning commission is also considering a new 18 hole golf course including a tiny private airport at the Crazy Creek Glider Port.

More help is needed in this time of crisis so the Salvation Army says they’re beefing up operations as the need is growing at the Del Oro Division. That location serves Northern Calif. and Northern Nevada. They say for the last two weeks they’ve served meals and given food boxes to more than 64,000 people which was way more than their regular food assistance service. The nonprofit says in Sacramento County there’s been an 860% increase in individuals looking for help. For more info: covid19.gosalarmy.org.

The removal of invasive purple urchins is continuing during the pandemic. Reef Check and the Kelpers Consortium doing the work in Caspar Cove and were supposed to have volunteer divers this month from Reef Check and Humboldt State. But because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Reef Check volunteers and Humboldt State stopped their work requiring student participation. Skeletal crews were expected to still dive and get basic information. So far they found 200 purple urchins about two years old, or older.

Redwood Credit Union has donated a big chunk of money for nonprofits to help the most vulnerable populations in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties. The money for food and housing security, Health and financial wellness, Education and workforce development. The president and CEO of the credit union says they hope the grants make a difference. They’re also still committed to honoring fundraisers planned ahead of the physical distancing requirements.

If you can’t pay your water bill, no fear. The Governor has issued an executive order so consumers who can’t pay their water bills during the coronavirus outbreak are not without. It says individuals and companies shouldn’t have to worry about water, and more than 100 water systems throughout the state have put shutoffs due to non-payment on hold. It also restores water usage for those who may have already had their water turned off as of March 4th when the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the State of Calif.

The Governor in conversation with the State Superintendent Tony Thurmond with guidance on long distance learning. Now Mendocino County public schools have announced an extension of virtual at least through the end of this school year due to the pandemic. The Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchins following the state’s guidelines. The state Superintendent says not returning at all for the school year is not suggested, but that they need to place all efforts in distance learning instead of in person. Hutchins says public schools are an essential service, so they’ll continue with instruction, meals, and other support for students, depending on district resources.

Lake County is still warning residents to stay at home with no confirmed cases. They’re giving the same instruction, stay home, only go out for essentials and wash hands and disinfect frequently, and social distancing. There have been 150 tests conducted and more than 120 were negative, the rest are pending.

The State Dept. of Health is telling people it’s a good idea to wear cloth masks when you leave the house to cover your nose and mouth. Using masks made of cotton, silk or linen could help reduce transmitting the virus but you need to still take all other precautions, washing your hands, using sanitizer, physical distancing and staying at home. They say if you do where a mask, it’s important to wash the face covering frequently, preferably after every time you wear it.

A minimum security inmate reporting missing in Del Norte County is still on the run. It comes after two others escaped the Eel River Camp, both of those inmates found, one in Ukiah. This time, 30 year old Lester Jackson got away early Tuesday morning from the Alder Conservation Camp in Klamath where he was assigned as a firefighter. He was described as a black man, 6 foot 1, 170 pounds with brown eyes, long black dreadlocks, a mustache and a short beard wearing grey sweats. He got 12 years in 2011 for robbery, false imprisonment and carjacking and was set for release in June.

Someone in Clearlake who police say continued to violate orders on lodging facilities during the pandemic has been warned, then cited for running an Airbnb.  Clearlake Police say they repeatedly violated the shelter in place order put into place by the Lake County Public Health Officer. After an amended order came out about essential businesses and lodging only for the use of medical health professionals, emergency workers, construction workers of critical infrastructure and permanent residents the renter was found to be in violation of the order. They denied any wrongdoing and police cited them for violating the health officer’s orders and property use in violation of the law. They now face a fine of $600.

A backlog of tests in California and confusion about how many people have been tested, how many tests there are and what the hold up is in getting results. The Governor says it’s a national issue, the shortage of tests, as well as personal protective gear for healthcare workers. The nasal swab tests are taking days he says. A new report shows in LA County it’s five to six days, with some taking up to 12. There are more than 10,000 cases in Calif. And state officials say they’re getting ready for a peak surge of cases in the middle of May. That could mean of the state’s 75,000 hospital beds and 66,000 emergency beds currently being put together, will be filled. The governor announced putting a new task force together so they can get more testing done. The Gov. says the labs are overwhelmed with six times the amount of tests backlogged.

A woman from Willits who ended up in the hospital after what police say was a domestic violence attack by her husband, has died. The Sheriff’s office reported getting a call to Elenah Elston’s bedside at Howard Hospital but she could not speak to them. They remembered her from previous domestic violence calls and went to her home after doctors say she did not fall as her husband told them, and that it appeared to be a suspicious injury. Her 21 year old husband, Tavion Johnson of Willits was arrested Tuesday and held without bail for several charges including for causing great bodily injury.  Since the woman has died, the charges could change. The Mendocino County DA’s office has not said if they’d be charging Johnson with Elston’s death. She was taken off life support this morning.

The Gov. says there’s possible financial relief for companies that are now dealing with economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a one year program so businesses can keep $50,000 or more they’d have to pay to the state in taxes.  The Governor says it’s like a bridge loan, so they’d have to pay it back within that year, but there would be no penalties and no interest. This comes after another executive order for an extension on the sales tax filing deadline until July 31st. The sales tax revenue goes back to counties and cities, but they can instead be using federal stimulus money.

A woman from Willits who ended up in the hospital after what police say was a domestic violence attack by her husband, has died. The Sheriff’s office reported getting a call to Elenah Elston’s bedside at Howard Hospital but she could not speak to them. They remembered her from previous domestic violence calls and went to her home after doctors say she did not fall as her husband told them, and that it appeared to be a suspicious injury. Her 21 year old husband, Tavion Johnson of Willits was arrested Tuesday and held without bail for several charges including for causing great bodily injury.  Since the woman has died, the charges could change. The Mendocino County DA’s office has not said if they’d be charging Johnson with Elston’s death. She was taken off life support this morning.

The Gov. says there’s possible financial relief for companies that are now dealing with economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a one year program so businesses can keep $50,000 or more they’d have to pay to the state in taxes.  The Governor says it’s like a bridge loan, so they’d have to pay it back within that year, but there would be no penalties and no interest. This comes after another executive order for an extension on the sales tax filing deadline until July 31st. The sales tax revenue goes back to counties and cities, but they can instead be using federal stimulus money.

The Mendocino County Public Health Office has come out with a new order following the CDC’s recent directive that all residents need to wear masks in public. Dr. Noemi Doohan is recommending everyone leaving their home for essential activity wear a face covering, like a mask, scarf, bandana, or similar clothing item. The office says most importantly, everyone should continue staying home except to the market, doctor and to get his medication, and practice social distancing of 6 feet when outside. Also Dr. Doohan reminds to frequently wash your hands and that some people may be asymptomatic, so wearing the face covering helps with unknowingly affecting others.

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