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We should know more today about easing coronavirus related restrictions in California. Governor Newsom says he’ll release details of his plan which he says will be made without political pressure. He’s been working with the governors of Washington state and Oregon on what he calls a science-based, incremental return to some sense of normal. Statewide hospitalizations have started to level off in the past few days, leading to some cautious optimism that California may have been spared from a worst-case coronavirus scenario.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meets today to talk about the coronavirus, and the status of interim county health officer Dr. Noemi Doohan. Doohan has been at her home in San Diego, sheltered in place and unable to return to Mendocino County because of some damage to her home from a serious storm last week. She said in a Twitter post that she expects to be back in Mendocino County on Wednesday. Doohan had planned to take a new job in San Diego in March but then promised to stay with the county through the pandemic. The board will consider extending her contract here until December 31st. She has been working as a contract employee since last August when she took over for Dr. Gary Pace, who has gone on to become the Health Officer in Lake County. Today’s Mendocino County Board meeting will be virtual and streamed live on the county’s Youtube Channel starting at 1:30.

Lake County now has 5 confirmed coronavirus cases. County Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace says all of them are related to one contact out of the county and that the patients are all doing well and in isolation. Pace credits adherence to the shelter in place rules, the use of masks, lots of hand-washing, and limited out of county travel for keeping the predicted spread of the illness in check. Pace says lifting the restrictions will have to be done gradually with a balance between inadvertently kicking off an unplanned surge and getting people’s lives back to some semblance of normal. Nursing homes have been a particular concern and Pace says his office is doing all it can to make sure residents and staff are protected as much as possible. While the signs may be encouraging Pace and other county leaders say a little more patience now will help avoid a rebound to even worse outbreak down the road. The County Board of Supervisors will get a briefing on the situation at a virtual meeting this morning.

Woodland Community College is among the schools with classes disrupted by Coronavirus School officials tell Lake Co News that students at its three campuses, including the Lake County Campus in Clearlake, are all learning by remote. The school says it has set up a task force to help the transition to online classes and is offering a special resource page where they can get help. The college says it’s looking to the future and is planning a full schedule of classes for both summer and fall, with signups starting on April 20th. Officials say once those in-person sessions finally start, social distancing will remain a classroom rule.

Ukiah’s long-awaited streetscape project has a start date. The Mendocino Voice reports the first phase of the work will start on April 20th—next Monday—with something called potholing, leading up the actual groundbreaking in early May. The initial work won’t affect local businesses along State Street. The first part of the improvement project involves replacing underground utilities in the area of State Street to Mill and Henry Streets, Once that’s done, workers will move on to phase two which involves reconfiguring lanes, widening sidewalks, and making other above-ground improvements. If all goes as planned, that will start in mid to late summer.

A preliminary hearing today for Tavion Johnson from Willits, who is accused of killing his wife last month. He was arrested and charged after the woman, Elenah Elston, was hospitalized with serious injuries police say were consistent with domestic violence. She later died and the charges against him were upgraded to include murder. Prosecutors want to keep Johnson behind bars and are asking that bail stay at $500,000. Although Elston was too seriously hurt to talk about what happened to her police identified Johnson as a suspect based on previous domestic violence calls to the couple’s home. Cops say they don’t buy his story that Elston was injured in a fall.

CHP has identified a man seriously hurt in a tanker truck rollover on highway 20 near Glenhaven over the weekend. Lake Co News reports 38-year-old Michael Weschke of Fortuna was hauling around 6,000 gallons of milk when his truck flipped near Harvey Boulevard just afternoon on Sunday. The trailer ended up in the lake, but crews from the Northshore Fire Protection District were able to contain the milk spill and keep any hazardous material out of the water. Weschke, who was wearing his seatbelt, was taken by air ambulance to Santa Rosa with what CHP calls major injuries. Officers aren’t saying what caused the crash but that impairment was NOT a factor.

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