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Six new positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at the Leggett Fire Station. The Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan confirmed the cases after twelve firefighters were tested. Two of the positive tests are people living in the county, the other 4 outside the county. All six confirmed in stable condition on home isolation and their close contacts are being quarantined. The public health officer says due to the quick response and coordination between the County of Mendocino and CAL FIRE, they believe the outbreak was fully contained. The Leggett and Laytonville Fire Stations were being deep cleaned and closed for seventy-two hours and CAL FIRE staff were being tested further. 

Reports of a death each in Lake County and Mendocino County due to Covid-19. In Mendocino County, more information from the family of the man who died. They say George Chadwick was a healthy, vital 80 year old veteran, karate teacher who walked several miles a day. He was deeply involved in his church where it’s believed he contracted the virus May 10th. A few days later he started showing symptoms, and two days later he tested positive. While he was initially doing well, he ended up in the ICU at  Ukiah Valley Medical Center where he stayed almost three weeks. He was then transferred to a rehab facility in Marin County where he died July 1st.   

Free online training to bring awareness to mask wearing and assertiveness skills for workers interacting with the public. The College of the Redwoods is offering help for businesses. The trainings are online and free, paid for by the CR Foundation, starting next week continuing through August 1st.  The classes to help employees deal with potentially volatile situations with customers who get angry they can’t enter without a mask. So College of the Redwoods Foundation came up with funds for the de-escalation and assertiveness training which can accommodate 25 workers per class.  

The California Teachers Association fighting for in classroom learning this fall. The union says school districts don’t have the authority to make teachers do live online instruction or even record lessons for later use. Lawyers have reportedly spoken out on behalf of school districts saying lawmakers are encouraging distance learning as part of the new state budget the Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week. Now a large group of civil rights and student advocacy groups are arguing that virtual learning has to mirror live in person learning and wants the state to set a minimum of 3 hours of virtual instruction daily. The union says there are privacy issues to first deal with.

The final report from the Lake County Civil Grand Jury has been released and takes on its own reputation with elected and appointed leaders. The report says it’s generally known that there’s a lack of trust and unfortunate misunderstandings that led to non-cooperation efforts by government officials. So the Grand Jury says it’s their goal to reduce, and possible eliminate any friction between the entities, and get back to a state of cooperation and shared purpose. The report says in years past the Lake County grand jury’s reports had been harshly criticized, including its response to the county’s response to the 2015 Valley Fire and management of properties such as Holiday Harbor in Nice and the Lucerne Hotel. Some county supervisors and even Congressman Mike Thompson have called some of the jury reports off the mark. The new grand jury says they’re changing their approach and putting high value on building trust.

Lakeport looks to be getting a new city manager. The City Council set to offer a contract after the council takes up the matter at their meeting this week. The meeting will take place online, but before the meeting comments can be sent in by email. Before the regular meeting they will discuss the contract with the new city manager, Kevin Ingram, who had been the city’s Community Development. He became the assistant city manager earlier this year. Last month, the current city manager announced her retirement for the end of July. The city’s been working out a deal for Ingram to take over with a base salary of just under $141,000/year, and a bonus of up to $1,500, plus possible cost of living adjustments and a $400/mo car allowance.

Congressman Mike Thompson is addressing the latest on coronavirus response in a virtual town hall. It’s happening Thursday night at 7pm, the 10th in a series of town halls he’s been having since the pandemic first surfaced. This time, his special guest will be the former White House Ebola Response coordinator, Ron Klain. They’ll talk about health care and what has to happen to slow the spread of coronavirus.  The meeting over Zoom is limited to 500 people. Interested participants should email the Congressman for instructions how to join. If they’re at capacity, you can head over to Thompson’s Facebook page, where they’ll also be streaming online.

A smaller earthquake shook parts of Lake County and the North Coast. Yesterday around 9-14 am, the 4.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Cobb area, about 3 miles out and 13 miles from Healdsburg. The USGS reported receiving almost 160 shake reports from around Lake County, Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco and as far away as Valley Springs.

As cases continuing rising in Sonoma County and the county losing the space they’d been renting at Sonoma State University, the county’s frantically looking for a replacement site. The university said no to an extension as students come back to campus next month. The Press Democrat reports the county’s known since the end of May they may have to look for a new site. And the college sent a letter last week to the county asking them to leave campus by yesterday. But a university spokesperson said the date was “somewhat fluid”. The county suffering with the biggest surge in cases yet, 540 new cases in two weeks, and six more deaths in the same period.

Rebates will be made available for businesses, government agencies and apartment buildings in Sonoma and Marin counties for installing electric vehicle charging stations. The state has set aside almost $7 million with local dollars for the rebate program to put in as many as 550 new chargers the next three years. The program manager at Sonoma Clean Power says they’re trying to further their mission and turn the tide on the climate crisis. California has the most electric vehicles in the nation, more than 537,000. The state is putting just over $5 million into the program, Sonoma Clean Power, is contributing $1.5 million and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District is putting up $150,000. Right now we have about 6,500 charging stations across the state including 148 in Sonoma County, 42 in Mendocino and 1,738 in Los Angeles County.

One of the largest gambling halls in Northern Calif. is mandating COVID-19 testing for employees. Cache Creek Casino Resort management says they found a small amount of workers were positive on Friday. They say they continue working closely, as they’ve been doing all along thru the pandemic, with the Yolo County Health and Human Services Dept. on contact tracing. Managers also say they’ve already put safeguards in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, like requiring face masks and temperature checks for guests and all staff members. They also say when they reopened, they changed up the layout of the casino for social distancing and are at half occupancy. The staff members who test positive are told they may not come to work for two weeks.

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