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WILLITS, 8/28/20 — Another person has succumbed to COVID-19 in Mendocino County, an 82 year old Latino man from the Ukiah area. In addition we learned that one of the recent deaths, was an employee of the County of Mendocino, most likely from the assessor-clerk-recorder’s office, which was closed recently due to one of its employees testing positive for the disease. According to CEO Carmel Angelo, contract tracing has revealed that the employee most likely did not contract the disease at work.
Here is the notice concerning the new health order and shelter-in-place order:
Health Officer Issues Revised Shelter-In Place Order Effective August 31st
Oficial de Salud Emite Revisión de la Orden de Refugio Vigente del 31 de Agosto
Post Date: 08/28/2020 6:37 PM
[En Español abajo]
Today, August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the State and revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. The Governor has replaced the County Monitoring List with a four tiered approached. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays, beginning September 8, 2020. To advance tiers, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will move back to a more restrictive tier. Mendocino County was assigned the highest tier, also known as the purple tier classifying COVID-19 as widespread in the community. The recent changes require modifications to the local Shelter-In-Place Order for businesses and activities. Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan issued a revised Shelter-In-Place order today, August 28, 2020, to align with the new state guidance. The revision was made in collaboration with the new incoming Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren, who will be sworn in on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Major changes in the SIP Order included:
- Hair Salon and barbershops can open indoors
- Retail establishments have a capacity restriction of 25%.
- Grocery stores have a capacity restriction of 50%.
- Indoor malls may open (except for common areas and food courts) with a maximum capacity of 25%.
- The Childcare Unit and Children’s Extracurricular Activity Unit have also been modified in accordance with new Small Cohort Guidance (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/ Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/small-groups-child-youth.aspx) increasing from 12 individuals to 14 children with up to 2 supervising adults. As explained in the Small Cohort guidance, guidance and directives related to schools, childcare, day camps, youth sports, and institutions of higher education are not superseded by the guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings.
Mendocino County’s revised SIP goes in effect Monday, August 31 at 8:00 a.m. and will be effective until rescinded.
Based on the County’s status with the state, local schools are required to utilize distance learning, but can request a waiver for in-person instruction for kindergarten through 6th grade. On August 21, 2020, Health Officer Dr. Doohan submitted waivers for 10 schools, which were approved today, August 28, by the California Department of Public Health. Thank you to Senator Mike McGuire, Supervisor Ted Williams, Dr. Andy Coren, Mendocino County Office of Education Superintendent Michelle Hutchins and our local district superintendents for their help and hard work facilitating submission of waivers to the State. For a list of the schools included in the waiver, please visit the County’s COVID-19 Frequently Ask Questions page at: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/shelter-in-place.
The new Health Order is posted online at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus/health-order. The order is enforceable by imprisonment and/or fine thus we urge all residents and businesses to closely read the order and follow it.
For more information on California’s blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities please visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
For more on COVID-19:
Call Center: (707) 234-6052 or email [email protected]
The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hoy, 28 de agosto de 2020, el gobernador Gavin Newsom anuncio un plan nuevo para reducir el COVID-19 en el estado y revisó los criterios para relajar y restringir ciertas actividades. El Gobernador reemplazo el sistema de monitoreo por un enfoque de cuatro niveles. Cada condado de California sera asignado un nivel basado en el indice de casos nuevos y casos positivos. Como mínimo, los condados deben permanecer en el mismo nivel por lo menos por 3 semanas antes de pasar al siguiente. Los datos se revisarán semanalmente y los niveles se actualizarán los Martes, a partir del 8 de Septiembre de 2020. Para avanzar en los niveles, el condado debe cumplir con los criterios del siguiente nivel por dos semanas. Si las métricas de un condado empeoran durante dos semanas, se volverá a un nivel más restrictivo. El condado de Mendocino fue asignado el nivel más alto, también conocido como el nivel púrpura, clasificando a COVID-19 como esparcido en la comunidad. Los cambios recientes requieren modificaciones a la orden local de refugio para empresas y actividades. La Dra. Noemi Doohan, oficial de salud, emitió una revisión a la orden de refugio hoy, 28 de agosto de 2020, para alinearse con la nueva guía estatal. La revisión se hizo en colaboración con el nuevo Oficial de Salud Dr. Andy Coren, quien será juramentado el Martes 1ro de Septiembre del 2020.
Cambios importantes en la Orden de Refugio incluyen:
- Peluquería y barberías pueden operar dentro de su local.
- Los establecimientos comerciales tienen una. restricción de capacidad del 25%.
- Las tiendas de comestibles tienen una restricción de capacidad del 50%.
- Los centros comerciales interiores pueden abrirse con una capacidad máxima del 25% (excepto para zonas comunes y patios de comidas).
- La Unidad de Cuidado Infantil y la Unidad de Actividades Extracurriculares para Niños también se han modificado de acuerdo con la nueva Guía de grupos de menores (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programas/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/small-groups-child-youth.aspxing) aumentando de 12 a 14 niños con hasta2 adultos supervisores.Como se explica en la guía de grupos de menores, la orientacióny las directivas relacionadas con las escuelas, guarderías, campamentos, los deportes juveniles y las instituciones de educación superior no son reemplazadas por la guia para grupos de menores y jóvenes, y todavía se aplican a esos entornos especificos.
La revision de la orden de Refugio del Condado de Mendocino entra en vigor el lunes 31 de agosto a las 8:00:00 a.m. y será efectivo hasta su revocación.
De acuerdo con la posicion del Condado con el estado, las escuelas locales están obligadas a utilizar el aprendizaje a distancia, pero pueden solicitar una excepción para la instrucción en persona para kindergarten hasta 6to grado. El 21 de Agosto del 2020, el Oficial de Salud Dr. Doohan presentó excepciones para 10 escuelas, las cuales fueron aprobadas hoy, 28 de agosto, por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California. Gracias al Senador Mike McGuire, al Supervisor Ted Williams, al Dr. Andy Coren, a la Superintendente la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Mendocino, Michelle Hutchins, y a nuestros superintendentes de distrito locales por su ayuda y por su trabajo rigoroso facilitando la presentación de excepciones al estado. Para obtener una lista de las escuelas incluidas en la excepción, visite la página de preguntas frecuentes de COVID-19 del condado: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/shelter-in-place.
La nueva orden de salud se publica en línea en https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus/health-order. La orden es sancionable por encarcelamiento y/o multa, por lo que instamos a todos los residentes y empresas a leer cuidadosamente la orden y seguirla.
Para obtener más información sobre el plan de California para reducir el COVID-19 en el estado y la revisión de los criterios para relajar y restringir ciertas actividades, visite www.covid19.ca.gov.
WILLITS, 8/26/20 — While only four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today in Mendocino County, the average for the week remains around 11.3/day as the test results continue to be counted unevenly, resulting in large spikes some days and small numbers others.
WILLITS, 8/22/20 — As of yesterday afternoon six Mendocino County residents had died of COVID-19 in the last week; four from the Ukiah area, one from the South Coast, and one at Sherwood Oaks Skilled Nursing in Fort Bragg. These six deaths mark the deadliest week so far for the virus in Mendocino, but the pandemic shows no signs of abating.
Another 21 positive test results were collected yesterday, and though only 4 people remain hospitalized with 1 in ICU, that is in large part due to the number who have been removed from hospital rolls by dying. In the spread of this pandemic deaths are a lagging indicator, it taking a couple to several weeks for most people to succumb to the disease.
With the 6 deaths this week Mendocino has more than double the number of deaths recorded in Humboldt and Lake counties combined., though far fewer than the much more populous Sonoma County. Our observed mortality rate for the virus is about 2.6%, meaning of the 605 people to have been confirmed to have the virus 2.6% have so far died. However, since it takes some time to die of the disease this is can be a bit misleading.
Of the first five deaths last week we know that all were male, all were over 60 and at least four were Latino. Detailed on the sixth death are unknown at this time.
Asked yesterday in the Friday COVID press conference if the curve was being flattened, Mendocino Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan said that did not appear to be the case, and that recent days of slow growth in total cases had more to do with flaws and lags in receiving testing data, than with an actual slowing of the spread.
Here is our update from yesterday:
MENDOCINO Co., 8/14/20 — Sixteen more positive tests for COVID-19 were announced today, in what has been the biggest jump in numbers in one week so far, for a total of 529 cases, and 119 people currently in isolation, the largest number so far. There are currently 10 people in the hospital and 4 in ICU.
MENDOCINO Co., 8/10/20 — Once more the number of new cases have set a record with 22 positive test results coming back today, and 15 people still hospitalized, 2 in ICU. Today also saw new positive tests in public institutions such as the Ukiah Unified School District and the Mendocino County Jail:
WILLITS, 8/9/20 — The rate of new infections continues to accelerate with 19 new cases confirmed today and a record high of 15 people hospitalized, or about 15% of Mendocino’s hospital bed capacity. These 19 new cases match a previous record high number for a single day, though coming after the 51 cases were recorded yesterday (34 due to a lab reporting delay and 17 fresh cases) the rate of new cases is definitely accelerating.
Even discarding the 34 delayed test results, the average new case count is about 13, a high. If we go back to July 31, the point from which lab results were delayed, and count all cases for the past 10 days we get a new case rate of roughly 15 per day.
Another emerging trend is the widening gap between the number of female and male people testing positive. Females now make up 56.2% of all cases, with males at 43.8% — a substantial discrepancy.
Here are some graphs to illustrate the progress of infection:
And here are yesterday’s numbers:
WILLITS, 8/7/20 — Mendocino saw a significant spike in cases today with 17 new positive testes for COVID confirmed today, and 14 people currently in the hospital, including 1 in ICU.
Earlier today CEO Carmel Angelo and Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan, held their weekly COVID press conference which you watch below:
In the video above Dr. Doohan explains that there have been substantial discrepancies in the collection of data between Mendocino County and the state’s public health data system. The result has been a gross under-count of cases at the state level, which accounts for Mendocino not yet officially being placed on the state watch list. However, citing this discrepancy, Doohan worried that it may mean that the communication of data is lacking in other areas, and that we may see a statistical surge in cases as lagging data catches up.
And here are the graphs:
WILLITS, 8/6/20 — Here is our latest:
WILLITS, 8/5/20 — Here are the latest numbers for today: