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Workshops for local businesses and at home workers regarding managing workers in the time of COVID-19 and more. The West Business Development Center is hosting the workshops this month – tomorrow will be for entrepreneurs, then another next week about how to sell on Etsty. And another after that on email marketing. The Center says as schools continue remote learning, small business owners and parents who are managing work from home and helping their kids, probably feel overwhelmed. So, they’ll also feature a business coach, specialized in work from home and optimizing your business. There will also be a financial manager at a later date. For more info, the recordbee.com has all of the dates and registration info.

Chromebook distribution has been put on hold for the Ukiah Unified School District after a school employee has tested positive for coronavirus. No other information has been released about who the employee is for privacy reasons. The spokesperson for the school district says some children who already received their Chromebooks yesterday should disinfect the devices. But he also adds that that should be standard practice whenever getting items such as this.

Another 22 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Mendocino County, bringing the total to 472. Mendo Fever is reporting that means the last month has seen a spike of 341%. Contact tracing is being done for nearly half of the positive Mendocino County cases. Females are getting the infection at a higher rate than males. And we’re still seeing a disproportionate number of positive cases in the LatinX community. And two new cases are in children 6-12 years old and 3 in those 13-18. 11 more cases have been identified in ages 19-34. 12 people are in the hospital and 3 are in an ICU.

The Mina Fire in the Round Valley area has charred several acres, but evacuations have been lifted. The fire near Hopper Lane and Crawford Road in Covelo was burning last night near structures and charred timber and oak. Mendocino Sheriff Matt Kendall said last night the evacuations were lifted because the fire wasn’t a threat anymore. The fire was in mop up stage near the evacuations last night and roads were re-opened. The Sheriff warning though that there was still a lot of equipment and big fire trucks on the scene. Two outbuildings and some cars were damaged. The fire has burned 171 acres and is 30% contained.

An employee at the Coyote Valley C-Store has tested positive for coronavirus. The test showed positive because there’s mandatory testing for all enterprise and tribal employees. So the fuel pumps will be open, but no cash transactions will be done and propane is unavailable right now.  The store itself is closed for cleaning and to make way for contact tracing with Mendocino Public Health.

Several injuries after a solo car crash in Garberville. The CHP, Covelo Volunteer firefighters and several other law enforcement agencies and medical helicopters on the scene early Saturday morning. Nearby residents helped people out of the Mazda CX5 after the car went off the road into a tree and the car burst into flames. Those in the car had moderate to major injuries and ended up in various Northern California hospitals. And the driver, identified as Milton Hoaglen has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. 

Two more residents at Sherwood Oaks Skilled Nursing in Fort Bragg have tested positive for COVID-19. About 3-4 days after testing was conducted last week the positives turned up, but the head of the facility says the two were barely symptomatic. They were admitted anyway to Adventist Health Mendocino Coast as a precaution. Two others who were in the hospital have recovered and were taken back to the facility. So far there have been 9 residents and 5 staff who have recovered, but 7 have died. Another seven still in the hospital are expected to recover and return to Sherwood Oaks this week.

Hospitalizations in Calif. are down, mostly because of a couple of regions where case numbers are falling. The Press Democrat reports more than 5,600 current hospitalizations across the state, 670 yesterday in the Bay Area and Alameda County, the lowest since mid-July. Nearly 27% less hospitalizations in San Francisco since a week before and almost 18% lower in Alameda County. Statewide the numbers were down 11.5% overall, in the past week. And since the major peak of July 21st, the number is down 21%.

Clearlake City Council members looking at a possible salary increase as they conducted their meeting online. Due to the pandemic most of the local or government agencies were meeting over the phone or online.  Council members make $300/month, last approved in 1989. The money is based on population, which is 15,000 right now. Each year they’re allowed a salary bump of 5% since their last adjustment. Phill Harris, who is not seeking re-election and whose seat will be open soon broached the subject. The proposal would take their salary up another $465 to a total of $765 per month.

A man accused of molesting two children may be waiting longer for his trial. 70 year old Bert Tino Besio of Clearlake was in court for a Settlement/Trial Setting Conference, but the other side asked for the continuance and it was approved until Friday. He’s pleaded not guilty in the case after his trial date was set for January. Last October the court found enough evidence for a jury trial. But he went into the hospital since then for a mild stroke. The case after the man was accused of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a minor, five counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child and three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on two children under 13.

A town hall is being hosted with Congressman John Garamendi by the Lake County Democratic Party. The event next Wednesday, August 19th at 6 pm. He represents a large area of Lake County and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He’s also previously served on the Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources, and Agriculture committees. The Zoom Town Hall is hosted by the Programs & Recruitment Committee of the Lake County Democratic Party.  

20 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Lake County. The Public Health Office reported a total of 240 cases now in the county with 25 active. Yesterday we reported 220 cases, but the 20 additional cases were confirmed just yesterday, up 20 from Friday. 213 people are considered recovered in Lake County, and no longer contagious. 2 people have died and there are no reports of any residents hospitalized. Nearby counties, here in Mendocino 472 confirmed cases and 10 deaths, in Glenn, 360 cases and 3 deaths, Napa has had more than 1,070 cases and 11 deaths, the most for any neighboring county is Sonoma, they’ve had 3,750 cases and 50 deaths now. Yolo County, much smaller with nearly the same 44 deaths, but half the cases as Sonoma, with 1,834 cases.

3 more COVID-19 deaths in Sonoma County bring the total to 50 people who have died from the virus. Health officials say the 3 who recently died were all over 65, were living in skilled nursing centers and had underlying medical conditions. Over the weekend the county confirmed 239 new infections, then another 83 yesterday for 3,750 countywide. And in Cloverdale, another nursing or elder care facility is the 5th now to have a death of at least one resident. Of the 50 who have died as a result of complications due to the virus, 40 lived in these facilities.

The Lake County Public Health Office has released new demographics, as they do every week, on COVID-19 cases. There have been 240 cases in the county, 32 more than one week ago. The data shows close contacts were the main way the infection is spreading, 116 of the total cases. 54 other cases were still being investigated, and 33 were listed as other or unknown. Mostly females, like in Mendocino County, were contracted the disease in Lake County. As far as ages, 54 cases in those 25 to 34, 40 more cases in 13-24 year olds and in the 35-44 age range too. The most cases in Clearlake, followed by Lakeport and Kelseyville then Clearlake Oaks.

Classes begin again in most Lake County schools this week. After jostling back and forth between in person or online, most schools are online. Schools abruptly closed mid-March as the pandemic first surfaced and only days before the stay home orders went into full effect across the state.  The Lake County Office of Education reports school has already started for the Clearlake Creativity School. Tomorrow Lakeport Unified, Lucerne Elementary and Upper Lake. There were other schools that were supposed to start Monday, but they were pushed until next week and more start the third week of the month too. There is Distance Learning, a mix of in person and Distance, and fully in person with strict safety restrictions in place for staff and students. And Lake Co News reports some schools are opening with no restrictions.

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