MENDOCINO Co., 3/27/20 — Mendocino County Public Health issued a revised shelter-in-place order with stricter controls on essential activities and businesses. The county has confirmed two cases of the virus so far as of Friday evening out of 185 known tests; 45 tests are still pending.
Thursday Mendocino County cancelled what had been a regular weekly press conference concerning COVID-19 in the county. We talked with Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan on Friday afternoon to get a more current update, on topics including the newest order, what is essential business and how is enforcement happening, what outdoor activities are permitted, the current state of county testing and preparations at medical facilities, concerns about community spread, tourism, and road closures, how essential workers can protect themselves, and what to expect in the coming weeks.
We’re still working on our remote inteview tech and Facebook was being buggy, so bear with us! If you have suggestions, equipment, or want to support our work get in touch at [email protected]. We’re working to upgrade our equipment and offer translation for future interviews, which we plan to conduct with local officials regularly to get your COVID-19 questions answered.