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The Lake County Public Health Office has an update on vaccinations. The Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace says community members have been through a really difficult time and is spreading the word about the benefit of getting immunized against the virus. Dr. Pace says nearly 30% of Lake County residents have gotten their first dose and more than 50% of the highest risk group, those 75 and older.  He says the county is expecting more vaccines soon so more people will become eligible. And the more people who get vaccinated, the faster things can get back to normal times. There have been no infections at any of the three nursing homes since the vaccinations started. There have been no serious reactions to the vaccine reported in Lake County. And all of the approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are being administered and proven to be very safe. 

New Vaccination Clinic Schedule Starts Monday (3/22)

  • Mondays 10am-4pm at Lakeport Auto Movies (52 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport)
  • Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am-4pm at Redbud Park (14655 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake)

 Visit https://myturn.ca.gov to Schedule Your Vaccination Appointment

The Mendocino County Deputy Health Officer and former fulltime Public Health Director, Dr. Noemi Doohan, has been appointed to be the co-chair of the Health Equity Committee for the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO). The Conference advises the state Department of Public Health and other state health agencies on all public health matters. Dr. Doohan says it’s her goal to make sure health equity is strongly represented in state public health policies. The County’s current Public Health Officer, Dr. Andy Coren congratulated Doohan and says she’ll bring the needs and perspectives of rural counties forward, while continuing her long standing advocacy and support of health equity throughout California with an awareness for the diversity of needs of counties such as Mendocino.  

Lake County public offices are reopening to the public. The Public Health Office working with the county is allowing more in person services starting today. The county is finally in the Red Tier after almost 4 months in purple. They ask that you try to call first before showing up to be sure you are sent to the right person. Plus the county is understaffed due to health and safety protocols, so appointments may be required to meet some customer needs.  You should be able to get in touch with all county health departments Monday-Friday from 8am – 5pm. The in person hours start April 2nd. They ask that you follow public health guidelines by wearing a face covering, maintain six feet away from others, and sanitize hands frequently.

A woman reported missing from Fort Bragg last November is still gone. Police put out a statement over the weekend about the disappearance of Brittany Adkins last fall and say she had not been in contact with family members for about six months. They say she had been living in the Fort Bragg area for about a year and has no physical address or telephone number at the moment. She’s been added to the Missing and Unidentified Persons System (MUPS). As of last week she was officially still considered missing. The police department reports interviewing all of Adkin’s known family members, friends and associates. They say she may be with someone name Forest.  She’s described as White, 5’ 9”, 165 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo of a fairy on her right back shoulder blade.

The Red Abalone Season has been canceled and won’t be happening for some time. The Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife closed the fishery until April of 2026 as red abalone stocks are impacted by large scale die offs due to the collapse of the bull kelp forest, the mollusk’s main food source. The Fish and Game Commission extended the closure at their meeting in December for five more years after a closure in 2017 due to the red abalone populations dying from environmental stressors. They noted the die off from a heatwave and El Niño in 2014-2016, the local extinction of sunflower sea stars due to disease and a population expansion of purple sea urchins. That meant little kelp and more starvation and mass mortalities of abalone, which need kelp to survive.

It was unanimous, the Clearlake City Council voted to approve new five-year contracts and salary bumps for the Police Chief and City Manager. Chief Andrew White and Manager Alan Flora both got 7.5% salary increases and 3% increases each year starting in July of 2022. Flora has been the city manager for one year in a two year contract and will now make $165,432. The Chief is making $152,364 and has been the police chief for Clearlake nearly three years. Besides them, the finance director position is getting more money to bring in more applicants. The police chief has been the acting finance director parttime. So whoever gets the position permanently will make between $93,000 to 119,000.

Vaccines are being administered across jails and prisons in the state without restrictions. So it doesn’t matter the health or age of inmates under new guidelines by the Department of Public Health, updated last week. Californians in any congregate residential setting can be vaccinated now, that includes jails, prisons, immigration detention centers, behavioral health facilities and homeless shelters. There have been severe outbreaks at times in the state prison system. Over 2,200 inmates at San Quentin got infected over the summer. 28 inmates died.  Over 49,000 cases have been reported in California prisons. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says they’re prioritizing vaccine distribution, offering it to all corrections employees and inmates. As of last Sunday, the 14th, over 26,000 corrections staff and almost 43,000 inmates had at least one dose.

All branches of the Lake County Library are opening. As of tomorrow you can go in for a browse, but wear a mask and remember to practice social distancing. There will be hand sanitizer throughout the building. The staff says they’ll monitor the amount of people inside, so they don’t go over capacity per the state’s current public health guidelines. They’re also asking people visiting to limit the amount of time they’re inside so others can get in too. They’re offering access to computers and internet with proper social distancing. The library has been open but for pickup, contactless service. And they reported digital checkouts were up over 60 percent compared to the year before.
Learn more about the Lake County Library at http://library.lakecountyca.gov.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is getting back to hybrid, but in person participation from community members. Starting with tomorrow morning’s meeting, since the county’s currently in the Red Tier, the board will have Zoom and in person participation at board chambers in the Lake County Courthouse. They’ll start off like every week with their weekly COVID19 update from the Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace. Later in the meeting they’ll get a report from the Lake County Tourism Improvement District on what they’ve been up to this past year and consider an agreement between the county and Visit Lake County, California for administration services at a cost of $78,000.

The Governor’s announced every adult in the state will be able to get vaccinated before summer. Gov. Newsom announced last Friday residents should be able to get their COVID-19 vaccination appointment before the end of next month, that is about when the federal government said all adult’s getting vaccinated before May 1st. The Gov. made the announcement Friday along with more vaccine doses on the way. He says before the end of April, the state can totally get rid of the eligible tiers as everybody “across the spectrum” will be able to get it because of an exponential increase in the amount of supply. Right now those over 65, people with severe medical conditions and employees in certain sectors including food, education and health care are eligible.

The CDC put out new guidance on social distancing in classrooms and Calif. is following the advice. Children can sit 3 feet apart instead of 6 if they’re not in a high risk area. The announcement came over the weekend. The desks also don’t need plastic barriers. Students and teachers must wear masks. It’s up to individual school districts what they do. Younger children in low risk communities can be 3 feet apart, but older kids, where spread has been more likely, still need to be six feet apart. But in Los Angeles, the school superintendent said it won’t change how they reopen. The positivity rate across the state the last seven days has been under 2 percent.

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