COVID TESTING INFO: Testing is open to the public at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah, Tue. – Sat. from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Call 888.634.1123 for an appointment or go to lhi.care. You can also call the Mendocino County COVID hotline at 707.234.6052 and the County’s “warm line” at 707.472.2311.
Note: We are continuously updating this article as new cases come in, to create a steady record (with a single URL) of the growth in COVID cases. Come back to this page for simple updates — for more in-depth reporting we are publishing other articles on our homepage mendovoice.com.
WILLITS, 8/4/20 — The number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 continues to rise, though no longer at an accelerating rate. Since the major spike in cases in mid-July, the number of new cases per day has stabilized to an average of around eight per day, indicating that the mid-July spike was likely connected to festivities around the Fourth of July. Officials have said that the slower growth rate, or flattening curve, are at least partially attributable to the new restrictions and service closures, that are slowing the spread.
However, in a worrisome development, the total number of people hospitalized for the virus hit a high of 12 today, and the average age of a patient has climbed somewhat.
Also concerning, more cases have been confirmed among retail workers at local businesses, including more than one case (likely two) at Walmart. Asked about the specifics of the Walmart infections Mendocino County Spokesperson Sarah Dukett said that the county didn’t have a specific comment, except that there was currently no “outbreak” at Walmart. However, she clarified that the definition of an outbreak at a big box retail store differs from that of smaller or more sensitive businesses, per CDC guidelines. She gave the example that a single confirmed cases of COVID among residents of a nursing home is defined as an “outbreak” by the CDC, noting that that is not the definition for a big box store which can of course employ many dozens of workers.
A source close to the situation confirm that workers at Walmart had tested positive.
WILLITS, 7/31/20 — An additional 13 cases of COVID were confirmed today, and one more person was hospitalized, bringing the total hospitalized to 8. The total case count is at 312, with nine dead, mostly elderly people from outbreaks at nursing homes.
Here’s the Friday press conference from Mendocino Public Health, this time with a strong focus on the mechanics of enforcement. Present were code enforcement, the sheriff, CEO Angelo, Dr. Doohan, and various other people.
WILLITS, 7/30/20 — Three more people have died in COVID in Mendocino County. Here are the details:
WILLITS, 7/29/20 — The Mendocino Public Health Department announced an additional 13 cases of COVID-19 in Mendocino County today, bringing the total to 293. At least one additional person was hospitalized bring the total number in the hospital to five, with no one in ICU. No additional COVID deaths have been recorded.
Today a huge number of people, 97, were released from isolation, which shows the in the graph above.
Additionally, three nursing homes have had a person test positive for COVID, read more about that in this article.
WILLITS, 7/28/20 — Six new cases of COVID were confirmed in Mendocino County today, bringing the total to 280, though it does seem as though the pace of new cases is slowing somewhat in the past few days. There are only four people hospitalized and no people in the ICU, and no new deaths today.
Now as promised we’ve put together an extensive set of graphs:
UKIAH, 7/27/20 — Nine new cases were confirmed today, bringing the total to 274. Five total remained hospitalized, with one of those in the ICU. No additional deaths were reported today.
MENDOCINO Co., 7/26/20 — Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Mendocino County today, July 26, with no new deaths and no change to the number of people in ICU or hospital.
This past week has been a grim and busy week in Mendocino’s corner of the pandemic with three deaths, two a Sherwood Oaks, the county has been placed on the state watchlist, and a new health order going into effect that bans many activities, mandating the move outside. Activities now required to be outside include public worship, barbering, and gyms, in addition to the previous requirements for dining. In addition singing is not allowed as part of worship services, even if they are held outside.
Read the new public health order here. And here is a brief gloss of the order from the County:
Effective, July 13, 2020, the following industries must close all operations (both indoor and outdoor) of bars, brewpubs, and pubs statewide. Additionally, all counties must close indoor operations in the following sectors: restaurants, wineries/tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (e.g., miniature golf, batting cages and arcades), zoo and museums and cardrooms. Effective, Friday, July 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the following industries to shut down unless they can be modified to operate outside (under a canopy or other sun shelter for sufficient air movement) or by pick-up: gyms and fitness center; places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funeral; offices for non-essential sectors; personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors; hair salons and barbershops; indoor shopping malls.County of Mendocino
And here are some graphs, notably Latinos now make up slightly more than 60% of cases, even though they make up only 25% of county population:
Yet another nursing home resident dies of COVID — 6 dead of COVID in Mendo — Doohan: “This is happening, it’s here” — 8 new cases today, 257 total, July 25
WILLITS, 7/25/20 — For the third day in a row a person has died of COVID in Mendocino County, bringing our death toll from the virus to six. That person was yet another resident of the Sherwood Oaks nursing home in Fort Bragg, which has now seen four residents die of the disease in just a little over a week.
Eight new cases were confirmed today, and the county has been officially moved onto the state’s watchlist for counties with COVID is surging. The resident’s death was confirmed by Mendocino County spokesperson Sarah Dukett this evening, and brings the total of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Mendocino County to six, with five of those deaths occurring in the past 10 days.
There are currently 122 people in isolation, and five people in the hospital, with one of those in the ICU.
We spoke with a doctor at Sherwood Oaks, who told us about conditions in the nursing home, and a little about the manner of death for those who have succumbed, read more in the article below:
And Mendocino County is now official on the watchlist for countines seeing a COVID surge, you can read about that in this article: