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Curfews Enacted

Santa Rosa and Windsor announced curfews for their cities. The City of Santa Rosa has declared a local state of emergency due to the incidents of violence and vandalism that occurred over the weekend in Santa Rosa. This mandatory curfew requires people within the City of Santa Rosa to stay home from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. , and in Windsor starting at 9pm. Those exempt from the curfew are first responders, essential city service employees, people seeking medical attention, credentialed media, and persons who are experiencing homelessness who remain sheltered in place in a single location. (photo courtesy CNN)


Protest Clean Up

Thousands of people in cities where vandalism is occuring, are taking action in a positive way, ,sweeping up glass from broken store windows, scrubbing off graffiti and picking up trash after protests again turned destructive. Some said cleaning was cathartic, and restored his faith in humanity. Countless businesses had taken a hit from coronavirus restrictions and were starting to reopen as the protests led to other expensive setbacks in damage and stolen merchandise. (photo courtesy Long Beach Press-Telegram)


Vitalent Antibody Test

Sonoma County's blood resource company Vitalent became the first blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes COVID 19. The antibody test will indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Blood donations of all types are critically needed right now. (photo courtesy ars technica)


Protest Violence

It was a weekend of civil protest over the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, and also a weekend of violence by a sanction of the protesters who broke windows, sprayed graffiti, looted stores, and assaulted police officers. Law Enforcement agencies throughouth Sonoma County have extra officers on duty to protect buildings and streets. (photo courtesy News Break)


Running Fence Artist Dies

The artist that brought international attention to Sonoma County with a long, long fabric design in 1976 has died. Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude, created the Running Fense, consisting of more that 2 million square feet of fabric reaching 18 feet high, and stretched across 59 ranches and into the ocean near Bodega Bay. Christo was 84 years old. (photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art)


Sheriff Office Vs Health Department

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick announced that his department will no longer enforce the orders by Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, and instead follow the orders directly from state government. Sherrif Essick said Dr Mase has not provided data to defend the local stay at home orders. Starting Monday, Jail staff will no longer book people arrested by any agency when the sole charge is a violation of the county's public health order. Sonoma County Supervisors have voiced opposition to the Sheriff's announcement. (photo courtesy Twitter)


Health Screening App

The new health screening app we reported on last week for Sonoma County employees is now also available for any business. Sonoma County worked with IBM to develop SoCoCOVID19 Check, a smart phone app that allows employees to run through a series of questions which employers can use to determine if the worker is healthy enough for the job. The new app is a first of it's kind program that other counties are considering for their areas to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. (photo courtesy 9to5Google)


SBA Programs Improvements

Congressman Mike Thompson voted to pass the bill to improve Small Business Assistance programs, which improves flexibility of the Paycheck Protection Program. This bipartisan bill was introduced to improve the Small Business Assistance programs launched in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and help get assistance to the businesses that need them the most. (photo courtesy The Financial Deals)


Heat Illness

With today's heat advisory, its important to stay hydrated, refrain from hard work or exercise, stay in a cool environment whenever possible. And, watch out for others, expecially older people, children, and those who may be sick or unable to care for themselves. Keep in mind that if you're thinking about heading to the coast, parking lots remain closed and the beach is closed between 11am - 5pm. (photo courtesy Philippine News Feed)


COVID Case Isolation

At last night's virtual town hall meeting, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Mase said one of the keys to stopping the spread of the virus is to isolate the patient who tests positive in an alternate care site. Passing the virus to other family member, or co workers, has been shown to be the main way COVID 19 cases continue to grow. There is an alternate care site at Sonoma State University. Sick patients are better treated in an acute care facility, like a hospital. More testing has been done with the vulnerable communities, including senior care facilities, homeless, jails, and hospice. (photo courtesy PBS)


Drive Through Graduations

Sonoma County high schools are scrambling to put together drive-thru graduation ceremonies in the coming days and weeks, which have been recently approved during the pandemic, but with strict rules. The drive thru events will start this week, with Cardinal Newman on Saturday, followed by Healdsburg High on June 5th. (photo courtesy google sites)


Russian River Level Reducing

Sonoma County is preparing to ask state water regulators to reduce water levels in the Russian River this summer in order to conserve stored water in Lake Mendocino. Less than half of the normal rainfall this year has created a concern for levels. The reserves supply drinking water for up to 600,000 Sonoma and Marin county residents. (photo courtesy TripAdvisor)


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