Sonoma County News

Weekend Rain Helped

The rains that fell over the weekend helped, but Sonoma County has only received just over half of the average mid-Spring rainfall. Another 17 inches of rain would be needed between now and June 30. (photo courtesy Nestucca Spit Press)


County Budget Reflections

Sonoma County Supervisors are going "old school" as they look at the potential budget shortfalls ahead, due to the pandemic. Supervisors are looking to the past to learn from experiences of the economic disaster of 2009 and 2010, and using that knowledge to stay ahead of the problems of today, with thousands of people out of work, and staying home to be safe. (photo courtesy Justice for the 21)


Dangerous Beaches

The beaches are off limits, and for those who deny those directives, the beaches are dangerous today for the next couple of days with sneaker waves and strong rip currents from Sonoma County to Monterey County. Sneaker waves can knock unsuspecting beach goers over and into the sea. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. (photo courtesy Josh Jagran)


Experimental Drug

Coronavirus patients around the world are rushing to join studies of an experimental drug that showed promise against some similar viruses in the past. Drugmaker Gilead Sciences is quickly enrolling patients in its own studies. The drug is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (photo courtesy NIBSC)


Wear Blue To Honor Officer Armer

The City of Santa Rosa elected officials and staff will honor Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer, who died earlier this week to COVID 19, by wearing blue and they invite you to do the same. You can show your support with a photo of you at home wearing blue, then post your photo on social media using #BlueforMarylou. (photo courtesy City of Santa Rosa)


COVID 19 Projections

New analysis modeling shows that more than 1,500 Sonoma County residents could require hospitalization for COVID 19 when it peaks in two months. One of the reasons the numbers could be lower is the continued use of the shelter in place order from Sonoma County Health Officer Dr Sundari Mase. Currently there are 95 confirmed local cases of the virus, from the nearly 2000 people tested so far. In Sonoma County there are 95 confirmed cases of the virus, from the nearly 2000 people tested so far. (photo courtesy Haaretz)


School Grading And Graduations

New guidance on school graduation requirements and grading for seniors was issued today. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmand says "all seniors who are on track for graduation will be able to graduate. The guidance provides admissions updates for higher education for both current seniors and juniors. You can find out more on the CDE's web page at cde.ca.gov (photo courtesy WPLG)


Property Tax Due

The second installment of the 2019-2020 Annual Secured property tax bill was due by February 1st and will become delinquent if not paid by April 10th. After then, the Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office will consider written requests for penalty waiver due to the COVID-19 emergency on a case-by-case basis. (photo courtesy Mercury News)


Congressman Mike Thompson Town Hall

Congressman Mike Thompson will be holding a Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting tonight from 7 - 8pm. Congressman Thompson will discuss the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that will provide money to workers, small businesses and health care providers. It will be on Facebook on his site repmikethompson (photo courtesy Mike Thompson)


Aircraft Carrier Virus Outbreak

Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will be taken off the ship by tomorrow as military leaders struggle to quarantine nearly 100 crew members who have tested positive for COVID 19 aboard ship. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is now docked in Guam, and the Executive Officer is Captain Brett Crozier from Santa Rosa. (photo courtesy Naval Technology)


UC Admissions Requirements

The University of California announced that it will greatly ease admission requirements for fall 2020 and beyond, by eliminating SAT test scores and minimum grades, saying that "grave disruptions" to schools during the coronavirus crisis call for maximum flexibility in evaluating students. The results of current school interupptions would not meet most of UC's admission standards. (photo courtesy University of California)


Less Alaska Air Flights

Alaska Airlines has cut half of it's flights from the schedule at Charles M Schulz Sonoma County Airport. The reduction in flights comes from a drop in passengers during the pandemic. Nationwide, Alaska Airlines has reduced flights by 70%. Most commercial carriers have scaled back on flights to reduce costs. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Airport)


Stay Home Orders Extended

The Stay at Home orders are being extended in 7 Bay Area counties, including Sonoma County. Playgrounds, dog parks, and recreational areas including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts are closed. Essential businesses have to have a plan in place to keep employees healthy and a safe distance from each other while they are on the job. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Parks)


Petaluma Senior With COVID 19

In Petaluma, a resident of a senior living facility has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to PEP housing, this is the first known case of COVID 19 at a senior housing facility in Petaluma. All other residents are in self quarantine to contain the spread. Sonoma County now has 73 known cases of COVID 19. (photo courtesy WGME)


211 Hotline For Seniors

Governor Newsom announced an initiative to help keep an eye on people during this time of isolation. The state is partnering with the 211 hotline to provide social services for vulnerable seniors. (photo courtesy United Way)


Postal Worker Tested Positive

A Sonoma County postal worker has tested positive for the virus. The worker did handle mail. The CDC and World Health Organization say there is no evidence that the virus can be transferred on mail, but the posal annex is providing masks, gloves, and hand sanatizer to it employees. (photo courtesy Postal Reporter)


Loss Of A Santa Rosa Police Detective

Today, very sad news of the death of a Santa Rosa Police Officer, Marylou Armer. Detective Armer succumbed to the effects of the coronavirus, COVID 19, after recently testing positive for it during department screenings. Marylou Armer served the Santa Rosa Police Department for 20 years, most recently with the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Team. Flags have been lowered to half staff at the Station on Sonoma Ave this afternoon in her honor. Again, sad news of the passing of Santa Rosa Police Officer, Marylou Armor, today from COVID 19, the second death from the virus in Sonoma County. (photo courtesy Peace Officers Research Association of California)


More Police Test Positive

More Santa Rosa Police Officers have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of SRPD employees testing positive to eight. A total of 107 SRPD employees have been tested for COVID-19 to date. Santa Rosa Polica Chief Ray Navarro is asking for the public's complliance to the order to shelter in place. Testing results show 92 employees tested negative, 8 tested postive, and 7 results are pending for COVID 19. For all of Sonoma County, the number of cases has jumped to 73 positive findings out of nearly 1600 tests. (photo courtesy City of Santa Rosa)


California Health Corps

Governor Newsom is reaching out to retired medical professionals, and medical and nursing students to help during an anticipated surge of coronavirus patients. The Governor signed an order waiving certain professional licensing and certification requirements to allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds. In the last four days, hospitalizations of coronavirus patients in California have doubled, and the number of patients in Intensive Care has tripled. https://healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov (photo courtesy covid19.ca.gov)


Positive Changes

There are fewer cases of COVID 19 in California than expected at this point. According to the website Politico, state leaders and doctors are cautiously optimistic that the Bay Area's early moves to lock down residents two weeks ago have prevented surges of coronavirus patients from overwhelming the region's health care capacity thus far. However, Sonoma County is staying prepared for the predicted surge of patients in the weeks ahead. (photo courtesy Hospital Preparedness)


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