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Dr. Doohan, the Mendocino County Health Officer says they’re doing surveillance testing after the cases in Covelo with 1191 tests altogether, 270 pending, 152 negative, 2 positives. The Attestation paperwork is done, and the state gave a positive review. It goes 2 weeks, then they have another attestation to send to the state. The business community will be reopening in phase 2. As we reported with the so-called social bubbles for families and children to attend day care and work units at places of business that has a hard time with virtual work off site. Graduation Day is coming and graduations will be done in processionals in cars.

The state is allowing more lenience for counties to move faster into attestation, a process where the County Health Officer attests they meet several benchmarks to reopen, in phases. The California Department of Public Health has started to accept new variance requests this week because of the capacity across the state and in local jurisdictions for hospital preparedness and stability. The new attestation allows counties to move thru state 2 at their own pace, but they have to attest to the state that hospitalization and test positivity rates are stable or going down, are prepared with testing, contact tracing, personal protective equipment and for a possible hospital surge; and have adequate plans related to county-wide containment. The Gov. says it’s because Californians have done incredible work flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19

Lake County’s Public Health Officer says he’s drafted the local variance to show to the Board of Supervisors so they can reopen some businesses with restrictions and according to the state’s guidelines. The businesses that reopen would be low risk. Dr. Gary Pace says there have already been meetings with State Public Health Officials and he feels confident the plan will be approved. Some of the items include daycare openings with ten children or fewer with proper precautions and disinfection, outdoor dining at restaurants, but no gaming areas or bars, and with limited seating to promote social distancing and other precautions, other low risk businesses like car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening, outdoor museums and open gallery spaces. Masks will be required in all businesses except for people with breathing issues in a facial covering and with a note from the doctor. Each 2 week period there will be a reassessment.

A large party in Covelo busted up after an altercation. Police say several females gathered for a party and one was hit with a baseball bat, then some shots were fired soon after. Deputies reported to the home early Sunday morning finding a 55 year old man had been shot, and a 21 year old woman was hit with the bat. The female victim was uncooperative, and the man was unable due to his injuries. They were taken to a hospital. Deputies had spoken to other people there who said several family members were together and several females got into an altercation. When other relatives got involved shots were fired, but nobody said who shot the weapon. No arrests were made.

Two men are recovering and one died after a stabbing attack in Fort Bragg. Police say they don’t have a suspect in the attack. A 32 year old man died and the other two victims were 22 and 23 years old. They say it happened in Noyo Harbor, or possibly just outside the city limits. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting a call to a home, but it was empty. The three victims had already been taken to a hospital. California Department of Justice crime lab team members from Eureka were headed to Fort Bragg to help with the investigation. They had also scheduled an autopsy for tomorrow.

The name of a church has been revealed where at least three people have tested positive after a Mother’s Day service. The service was attended by few, and was streamed online, with singing. It turned out the 14th case of Covid-19 in Mendocino County and 2 cases in Lake County. The Public Health Dept. is asking anyone who was either at the church service at Redwood Valley Assembly of God or in contact with anyone who was, to come forward to be tested. Public Health has announced free testing in Redwood Valley today at Eagle Peak Middle School until 2:00 pm and at Mendocino College, just outside Ukiah, until all of the tests are gone. The health dept. says there were only three people there, the pastor, Jack McMilin who lives in Lucerne, a female singer and whoever was filming. The three are all now infected. The pastor is in the hospital at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. In the online service, it looks like the singer was separated from each of them with more than six feet of space.

If you have to go to the dentist and find yours has not opened due to coronavirus, you’re in luck, in the case of an emergency. Mendocino Community Health Clinics (MCHC) in Ukiah, Willits, and Lakeport have emergency availability. The Mendocino Voice reports other dental clinics are also open for emergencies and if you’re in need of essential follow up care. There’s also the possibility of seeing a dentist thru tele-health, if you can believe it. The stay home order closed dental offices across the state or reduced their services for emergencies only. The news site reports many closed to avoid the use of personal protective equipment which was in desperate need for front line workers across the country during the pandemic. Community Health said they already had all of their employees coming in daily and they were using personal protective equipment. So they just added emergency dental care for other dentists’ patients, because it was the right thing to do.

The Lakeport Speedway got the go-ahead for a “test and tune”. This Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th, the Public Health Officer gave the green light for practice from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. And the events will be sanctioned by the Northern California Racing Association. There are some restrictions, including signing a standard waiver and another Covid-19 related waiver, teams will pit 10 feet apart, pit crews are not allowed to comingle, those in attendance have to stay in their pit area and adhere to social distancing requirements, and there will be those allowed in the spectator area. No more than 3 cars on the track at a time. There are no grandstands and concessions will be closed to spectators. The Public Health Office says they’ll monitor to make sure there’s compliance so more events like this could be considered in the future.

The proposed urgency ordinance on a moratorium on industrial hemp will be considered again by the Clearlake City Council. The council meeting online again due to the County’s Shelter in Place order. Emailed comments and questions are being accepted and the virtual meeting will stream live on Lake County PEG TV’s YouTube Channel. The questions will be read aloud by the mayor or a staff member. The emergency ordinance is being considered again because the pandemic did not allow city leaders to consider whether industrial hemp cultivation should be regulated by the City or not. Staff is therefore recommending the City extend again for ten and a half more months.

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