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Four hospitalizations and thirty cases of Covid-19 in Mendocino County. But none of the hospitalizations were in critical care or on ventilators. Public Health Officer Noemi Doohan says three of the new cases are due to community spread and one case may be a false positive and it will be up to the state to decide. These 2 community spread cases are from the North County and the other in the Ukiah Valley.  In other Health Office news, Dr. Doohan is allowing church services in alignment with the state. She says it’s high risk, and is asking everyone to be careful, wear masks and socially distance themselves, political protests are also allowed with the same restrictions. There are other openings and allowed businesses. You can visit the Public Health Office Facebook page and website.

There is clarification about barbershops and hairstylists that only hair can be dealt with and no facial work like shaving, due to too close of contact with the customer.

In Lake County, County offices are starting to reopen after remote services thru the pandemic. They’re self-certifying their opening like local businesses and taking extra caution with protections for visitors. But the Lake County Board of Supervisors Chair Moke Simon reminds there are still many essential County services that can be done at home. Due to the pandemic, many services can be done without an in person visit. They’re asking anyone at risk of getting infected to call first and arrange for service without coming to County facilities.

Senator Bill Dodd and his colleague Sen. Steven Glazer have a bill to make sure critical facilities like hospitals, fire stations and water treatment plants are operational during potential wildfire-related electric utility power shutoffs. Senator Dodd sys it’s imperative these services stay operational during public safety power shutoffs. The bill, if it passes, would mean most essential facilities would continue operating with emergency backup generators. The senators say that would ensure there is electricity to pump and treat water during intentional outages. Right now they say, facilities could face penalties for running generators during power outages. The bill has already passed the Senate Environmental Quality committee and is sponsored by the California Municipal Utilities Association and the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.

The Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan says she’s staying… for now. She had announced she was leaving for San Diego, where she’s already living, but the County is still on the lookout for a new health officer. Dr. Doohan says the County’s been in close contact with the state regarding the requirements for a county health officer, and she will still be serving Mendocino County until a new officer is hired. She says there is a job posted for the position and there are two people who have shown interest and they hope they will apply for the job. Doohan says the Board of Supervisors voted to continue her contract through the end of the year, but their goal is to hire a new health officer and when that happens, she’ll remain a consultant and there will be a transition.

200 pieces of art sent to the White House from the Round Valley Tribe. 200 folded origami peace cranes, or tsuru, sent with a demand for human rights and dignity for asylum seekers and immigrants. The folded tsuru have been worked on over two years at the Round Valley Public Library, and Health Center Fair. They were all saved to make a piece of art for the community, but are being sent. They represent solidarity in a  non-violent, direct action project for all communities being unjustly targeted.

The Lakeport City Council is considering approving their $18 million recommended budget. The Record Bee reports the total city-wide revenues are projected to be off by 6 percent for the next fiscal year. The city’s general fund looks to be off $850,000 as opposed to a $718,000 surplus they had the end of last year. The city has listed spending at just under $3 million but the city manager says the city should be able to “weather the economic storm caused by the uncertainties created by COVID- 19”, using reserves for the budget.

Police in Clearlake reporting a bicycle rider has been killed on Highway 53. Not a lot of information released but the chief confirmed there was a fatal crash last night at Highway 53 and Dam Road and a man was hit by a car as he rode his bike. They asked people to stay out of the area and did not announce the victim’s name or if the driver stayed after the crash. Police: “Deceased male has been identified as Michael Dale Anthony Everson, 20, of Clearlake.”

The Lake County Board of Supervisors still deciding whether to restart in person board meetings. The meeting tomorrow morning will start off with the weekly coronavirus update from the Public Health officer and will be held online again. You can catch it on their website or Facebook page. The board is expected to talk about ending their ordinance from May 5th for temporary safety protocols for members of the public visiting county facilities that they wear masks if they cannot socially distance from others or if there’s protective shielding. This is at the request of the Board Chair, Moke Simon. This is because there had been no Public Health Order on the matter at the time, and now there is. So the Public Health Order supersedes the Urgency Ordinance.

A small fire quickly stomped out in Clearlake Oaks over the weekend. Lake Co News reports the fire Saturday afternoon reported behind the Moose Lodge with firefighters from across the region responding. There was also a short power outage with some of firefighters trying to find downed power lines on the Northshore before they went out to this fire. The fire was reported to be burning at a slow rate of speed on between two to four acres. Airplanes and bulldozers were requested. In the end the fire charred nearly 4.5 acres.

Lake County Superior Court is getting ready to reopen along with other County facilities and businesses. The court reported Friday there would be in-person trials or contested hearings starting in two weeks, on June 15th. They also announced social distancing would mean a lower number of cases. And jury trials will begin a week later, sometime after June 22nd. The County also announced the court clerk’s offices are reopening next week, on June 8th. But the public is still encouraged to use the drop box when they can and if possible, to avoid person-to-person contact at the Courthouse. They will still continue some hearings via videoconference.

No pay raise for state lawmakers as the state is in a budget deficit due to coronavirus. It’s the first time in five years legislators won’t see a pay bump. A public board, the California Citizens Compensation Commission which sets salaries for public officials, voted unanimously against the raise for the fiscal year starting July 1st. Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting almost $210,000 a year, with state legislators at just under $115,000. And some other top state officials, the lieutenant governor is getting $157,000 and the attorney general will make about $182,000.

A new report of counties in Calif that opened first shows spikes in Covid-19 cases. The McClatchy data review of the first 22 counties that reopened business between May 12th and 14th showed there were more new cases and deaths in those counties than the previous two weeks. There were 82 cases total in those counties the two weeks before their openings, and no deaths, but after the openings, nearby double the cases, 147 positive tests and 4 deaths. The report also shows hospitalizations exploded by more than 60 percent for the counties. But the report also says it was a small sampling and it’s still too early to really draw any conclusions. Some of the data: Del Norte County had 3 cases, then spiked to 20, Glenn County was up from 6 to 12. Mendocino had cases spike after the Anderson Valley church gathering and a worker from our County who is employed in Sonoma County. And Butte County went from 19 to 37 cases. And some counties in the report who started to loosen restrictions also increased testing which could account for an increase in cases there.

The Fort Bragg Police Chief speaking out about the violent and peaceful protests across the country. Chief John Naulty released a statement saying it’s his duty to speak about the recent events across the country the last few days. He says first, that on behalf of the city of Fort Bragg’s Police Department, the agency sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. He says the actions by the individuals who violated the moral and ethical codes do not reflect Fort Bragg and that they took an oath to Protect and Serve the people of Fort Bragg and will continue to do so with the utmost respect for every person they encounter. Chief Naulty says they take pride in the community and his staff will not break the community’s trust. He also says he stands with people who would like to exercise their right of freedom of speech peacefully. And they ask all participants to respect local businesses and be mindful that businesses in the community are still finically struggling after the Shelter in Place (SIP) restrictions.

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