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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.
(Read more about the lab delay)
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:
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:
We’re on the watchlist — Mendocino on state watchlist of counties where COVID is surging — no new restrictions
WILLITS, 7/24/20 — For the first time since early June, before the current surge in the local COVID pandemic had begun, the number of active cases (people in isolation, hospital, ICU, or dead) has surpassed the number of people released from isolation, a grim sign of the accelerating pace of the spread of the disease.
This inauspicious milestone was reached today when 15 new cases were announced — the second largest number of cases yet counted in one day — including one more death, this time at the Sherwood Oaks nursing home in Fort Bragg. That death comes one day after another person died at Howard Hospital in Willits. With today’s death Mendocino County has seen four people die of the coronavirus disease less than a week, bringing our mortality rate to 2% — still somewhat lower than the national observed case-fatality.
Another trend that’s become clear is that the Latino (mostly Mexican-American) community has been the worst hit:
WILLITS, 7/23/20 — Another person died of COVID in Mendocino County today, read about it in the article below, scroll down for information on the appointment of Dr. Coren.
WILLITS, 7/21/20 — Dr. Howard Andrew “Andy” Coren, of Ukiah, will be the next Mendocino County public health officer, replacing Dr. Noemi Doohan. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to hire the doctor at yesterday’s regular meeting, in closed session. After closed session they reported out that Coren had been hired, with the endorsement of Doohan, and that he was due to begin as soon as possible, and note later than Sept. 1.
Coren graduate from Northwestern Medical School in 1972, and has been practicing family medicine in the Ukiah area for quite some time, including at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
In other COVID news, 10 new cases were confirmed yesterday in Mendocino County, for a total of 217 — though there were no new hospitalizations, or deaths. The percentage of people in each age bracket seems to be stabilizing though the percentage of cases in Latinos continues to ebb up. Officials are making some progress in contact tracing, and a smaller percentage of cases are listed as “under investigation,” with the leading causes remaining close contact, followed by community spread, then work or out of county travel.
Also at the Supervisors meeting, Jason Wells, president of Adventist Health in Mendocino, explained that the county has 100 hospital beds with 9 currently occupied by COVID patients, or roughly the same percentage as across the state. He noted that projections made earlier in the month predicted that the hospital system could potentially be overwhelmed by the end of August, but that those projections were made with assumption of no additional restrictions. With the new restrictions put in place by both the governor and the local public health officer, it is hoped that the rate of spread of the disease can be slowed such that the hospitals are not pushed to capacity.
MENDOCINO Co., 7/20/20, 7:30 p.m. — The new COVID statistics were released this afternoon by the Mendocino Public Health department and show eight new cases, and one more person hospitalized, with no new deaths. Though the County does not break-out specific movements between categories, because there were no people released from isolation today, and no additional deaths or admissions to the ICU we can say that one additional person was hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalized people to nine, with one in ICU.
This level of hospitalization can be fairly easily handled by Mendocino County’s three hospitals. However, at a town hall meeting (virtual) on Friday, Jason Wells, head of Adventist Health in Mendocino, explained that the county’s three hospitals have 100 beds and that as of Friday about 70 were full, and that on that day nine of those beds were taken up by COVID patients.
Here are all the categories:
WILLITS, 7/20/20 — Yesterday, July 19, Mendocino Public Health announced that one more resident of the Sherwood Oaks nursing home in Fort Bragg has died. This is the second death at the nursing home and the third total death in Mendocino County.
Five new cases were announced yesterday, showing a general decline in cases per day, but not too much should be read into the daily new cases numbers — due to the testing schedules, testing numbers tend to get clumped.
The trends also show a bit of a cyclical nature as outbreaks occur, people are infected, people fall ill, need to be hospitalized or placed in isolation, and then die or are released.
Below is a graph breaking out just the hospitalizations, ICU, and deaths portion of the graph above, since those numbers are small enough that they are not clear in the bigger graph.
WILLITS, 7/18/20 — The surge of COVID continues in Mendocino County, at an accelerating pace, with each day bringing new hospitalizations. Today 11 Mendocino Co. residents are hospitalized, though one has been moved to an out-of-county hospital, three are in the ICU, and one man from a Fort Bragg nursing home has died. Nine new cases were confirmed today, but as Dr. Noemi Doohan, the public health officer for Mendocino, repeated yesterday at a town hall meeting, test results are coming back slowly, and it’s like “fighting a fire when you aren’t sure where the fires are.
In response to the outbreak at the Sherwood Oaks nursing home in Fort Bragg, the County will be doing COVID testing in Fort Bragg tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Read more in this article)
MENDOCINO Co., 7/16/20 — Twelve new cases were confirmed today, with one more person hospitalized, bring total hospitalization to seven people. Of those seven, four are sevearly ill in and in the intensive care unit of their respective hospital. Each of the three hospitals in Mendocino County now has COVID patients.
As can been see in the graph below, what we call “active cases” (a sum of people in isolation, hospitalized and dead) is now surging and has almost caught up to the number of people released or recovered.
The period of time which the number of cases take to double has also decreased again down to about 10 days, showing a faster rate of spread.
WILLITS, 7/15/20 — New milestones were crossed today in Mendocino County, which though spared the worst of the pandemic, is rapidly seeing conditions worsen. Nine new cases were announced today, and 10 yesterday, but more importantly today’s “dashboard” data from Mendocino Public Health shows six new hospitalizations of Mendocino County residents from COVID-19, the highest number yet. Additionally, the death of the Mendocino Co. resident who perished two weeks ago was confirmed to be COVID-caused and so was added to the data dashboard as a confirmed death. The racial disparities in the rate of infection of the disease also continue to become more stark in Mendocino with Latinos making up nearly 60% of all cases even though they account for only a quarter of the population. Young adults have also pulled ahead as the most affected group according to test result data, with people from 19 to 34 years of age now accounting for 35% of all cases.
In a press conferences a few weeks ago Mendocino Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan stated that modeling showed that by August there could be as many as 50 people in Mendocino hospitals with COVID at any given moment, but until today the hospitalization numbers had stayed flat. As such, this new spike is a worrying sign that the impacts of this new surge are about to become more acute.
In this pandemic hospitalization tends to be a lagging indicator. Test results are the first metric, but as it takes people some days to become sickened enough to require hospitalization, hospitalization rate lags test results. And since people may spend several weeks in the hospital, on a ventilator, before dying or being released, deaths lag even more. And given that we are still only 11 days from Independence Day, when it appears at a number of private parties furthered spread the disease, we’re still within the possible incubation period for the disease meaning the cases count will likely continue to grow briskly.
Also worrisome is that the amount of time it takes for the case count to double has contracted. At least week’s press conference Dr. Doohan noted that the cases count was doubling over a period of about 19 days, and that this number was stable. After today’s new numbers it appears that it’s only been two weeks since we were at half these numbers indicating that the growth rate could be accelerating significantly — though this faster spike might also be attributable to the spreading over Fourth of July weekend.
Certainly the situation across the state is worsening, and on Monday Governor Newsom shut down a variety of activities across the state including bars and indoor dining.
(Read more about that in this article)
In addition to the statewide closures Newsom ordered greater restrictions in counties that have been placed on the state’s COVID watchlist. As of Monday Mendocino was not on said watchlist, but CEO Carmel Angelo cautioned that the county was at risk of being placed on the list if infections continued to grow as they have. There is currently no word on when such a decision would be made, but there is a significant possibility another set of restrictions could be coming to Mendo in the next several days.
WILLITS, 7/12/20 — “It is not slowing down and we don’t have the end in sight,” those were the words of Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan Friday morning at the weekly COVID press conference and with today’s announcement of 19 new cases including three in a nursing home in Fort Bragg bringing the case total to 132, with one person hospitalized, 40 in isolation, and an unknown number of close contacts in quarantine.
Today’s 19 cases, which were counted over the past two days, are a record number of COVID confirmations in Mendocino County, and the fact that COVID has reached a nursing home is a cause for substantial concern as the elderly are particularly susceptible to the disease, and in other states nursing home outbreaks have accounted for a disproportionate number of deaths.
The three new cases are the nursing home, Sherwood Oaks Skilling Nursing, are among residents, and follow a positive test among one of the staff members on July 7, implying, though not confirming, that this staff member may have been the vector in this small outbreak. Sherwood Oaks has moved to to an “outbreak response,” requiring full “personal protective equipment” (PPE) for staff, and isolating the residents in their rooms.
Last week saw a slew of new developments in the pandemic, including the passage of a new masking ordinance by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, moves to more strictly enforce and fine people who refuse to mask (without legitimate medical exemption), Doohan confirming that she believes that Mendocino has seen its first COVID death, Lake County experiencing its first COVID death, and Sonoma County being placed on a state watchlist — a first step towards closing that county back down.
At the press conference and on previous occasions Doohan has described Mendocino as a ‘firewall” guarding the infrastructurally more fragile counties to the north from the worsening pandemic in the Bay Area. At said press conference Doohan remarked that the case count was doubling every 19 days, a pattern roughly held to even with today’s big jump. Though that growth is quick, it doesn’t represent true exponential growth. In the case of true exponential growth the time it takes to double would become shorter, rather than staying roughly steady as it has in Mendo. Speaking about this Doohan called it “a very good indicator that we are flattening the curve and slowing the spread due to what every single person in this county is doing.” Still, it is unclear how long this pattern will persist, and a spike from private Independence Day parties is still expected and pending.
Even with the new cases at the nursing home, the biggest jump in cases continues to be among people of prime working years from 19 to 49. Community spread has been confirmed in the Ukiah Valley, and potential in other areas of the county, but the actual percentage of cases resulting from community spread, as opposed to such sources as close contact (generally with family members) is very unclear. As the case load has increased the county government’s capacity to do full contact tracing and case investigation appears to be faltering, with an ever larger percentage of cases being designated as “under investigation.” Currenlty 47% of cases are listed as under investigation, up from only 24% under investigation on June 23, when the case count was roughly half of what it is today.
Here is the press release from Mendocino County:
Health Officer Confirms 19 New COVID-19 Cases and First Outbreak at a Skilled Nursing Facility
Post Date: 07/12/2020 4:30 PM
Today, Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 reported to the County over the last 2 days. County staff has been working all weekend conducting case investigation and contact tracing. The number of Mendocino County COVID-19 cases is now 132 (91 Recovered; 1 hospitalized; 40 on home isolation).
Mendocino County is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and it’s important every resident help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe by wearing a facial covering that covering the nose and mouth; practicing social distancing; avoiding gatherings, confined spaces and close contact with others. COVID-19 incubation period is up to 14 days and Public Health is concerned we may experience an additional spike in cases resulting from increased activity county-wide over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Of the 19 new cases, 3 are residents at Sherwood Oaks Skilled Nursing Facility in Fort Bragg. On July 7 an employee of the facility tested positive for COVID-19 and was promptly placed into isolation. Following the positive case an immediate plan was made in collaboration with Public Health to test all the employees and residents. The results of these tests included 3 positive test for COVID-19, all of whom were residents of the facility. These results were reported to Public Health on July 11. Once the COVID-19 status of the employee was reported to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) on July 7, the facility went immediately into outbreak response with full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all staff and isolation of residents in their rooms. In addition, the facility was following the Health Officer’s Medical Masking Order which provides additional protections to SNFs.
The 3 new cases in the SNF were identified through testing conducted by the SNF on July 8 and processed at the Public Health Viral and Rickettsial Disease Lab (VRDL) in Richmond. The VRDL is available to the County for COVID-19 outbreak testing. All 3 individuals are currently asymptomatic. Case investigation and contract tracing was immediately initiated. The recent death at the facility tested negative for COVID-19 and the cause of death at this time is presumed to be unrelated to COVID-19. Public Health is doing further investigation and awaiting the death certificate. In addition, Public Health has reported this outbreak to the State as required and will be working with the State in support and review of the actions to contain the outbreak. Thus far Mendocino County is not on the State watch list. Additional testing will be conducted Monday, July 13, in effort to monitor and continue timely response to this outbreak.
Public Health and the SNFs throughout the County have been meeting weekly for months, led by our Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), to allow a coordinated response to potential outbreaks and to ensure SNFs have sufficient PPE and prevention protection protocols in place. The County and SNFs follow all the State guidelines including; using Optum Serve to do surveillance testing for 100% of SNF staff monthly and offering SNF surveillance testing to residents through Public Health. The preparation, planning, frequently testing and adherence to State guidelines were a key factor in the quick and coordinated response to this outbreak.Mendocino Public Health
UPDATE 7/7/20 — The Mendocino County COVID-19 count is now at 98, having gone up by another six since yesterday. Four of the cases are in the Ukiah region, one is in the North Coast region, and the last one is in North County. (See note on regions below.) Of the six people tested positive today, three are Latino, which continues a trend where Latino people make up slightly more than 50% of all cases in the county.
UPDATE 7/6/20 — The count of COVID cases in Mendocino County rose by another seven today, up to a total of 92 people who have been confirmed to have been infected with the coronavirus at some point. Of the two were Cal Fire firefighters who reside in the county. Four other firefighters for Cal Fire fell ill here in Mendocino County in this same outbreak, but as they reside in other counties, those four cases are not being counted towards the Mendocino total.
Last week also seems to have seen the first death of a Mendocino County resident due to COVID — though no official declaration of a cause of death appears to have been made yet, and his death is not yet being counted as a COVID death in the official County tally. The man had been hospitalized in Mendocino County, but was discharged some weeks ago to a rehabilitation center in Marin County, according to his family. More details can be read in his family’s statement here.
For more information about the small outbreak among firefighters in Leggett follow this link.
On another note, in recent weeks people have asked us for graphs and analysis of the pandemic in Mendocino County, so we’ve produced the following graphs to help breakdown just what’s happening. These graphs, of course, only give a partial snapshot of what’s happening. The reality of community spread means that there may be a great many infected, and asymptomatic, people who have simply not been tested and are actively spreading the disease.
In the graph below, contrasting recovered people with active cases, we can see a clear trend upwards. Without a vaccine it is likely that an ever greater number of people will be infected and recover or die (green and orange lines), until heard immunity is reached. However, depending on how fast this happens a larger or smaller percentage of people will be in isolation or hospitalized at any given moment. One of the main ideas behind the goal of “flattening the curve,” is to ensure that the spread of the disease is slow enough to keep the number of people in the hospital low, so that hospital and other infrastructure isn’t overwhelmed. In a situation where hospitals are overwhelmed the quality of care will decline, and the death rate will go up. In addition, people who are in the hospital for other more routine reasons will see their quality of care impinged on. The more elusive goal would be to flatten the curve sufficiently for the discovery of a vaccine to arrive before millions of people die.
Mendocino Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan said in her last press conference that by August there could be 50 or more people in Mendocino County hospitals each day — though not 50 new hospitalizations each day.
The graph below shows the racial composition of infections, as a percentage of total infections. While Latinos make up roughly a quarter of the population of Mendocino, the percentage of infected people belong to that racial group is well above half, and has risen over the course of the pandemic.
In this graph we’ve plotted the number of people in each age group who are infected. As is clear, while the people infected initially skewed older, as the pandemic has progressed people of prime working years between 19 and 49, and also children. The purple line represents our attempt to produce and average age of infected people, and is plotted on the right vertical axis. To get this number we calculated a weighted average using the middle age of each cohort as an average for the cohort.
Finally we have our region breakdown (a definition of regions is available below). This is also plotted as a percentage, not in raw numbers. As is clear early in the pandemic things were more evenly distributed, but now the Ukiah Valley area has become the hotspot with a very large majority of cases.
UPDATE 6/24/20, 7:00 p.m. — Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Mendocino County since yesterday, bringing the total to 74. Both cases were in the Ukiah Valley. Both people were between 19 and 49, and both were Latino, making it the cases that more than 50% of all cases in the county are now among Latino people.
UPDATE 6/24/20 — The number of COVID cases in Mendocino County once again spiked dramatically yesterday, with 10 more cases confirmed, making this the largest single day spike so far during this pandemic. All 10 of the cases were identified in the Ukiah Valley area (see below for a breakdown of area definitions). The previous day, June 22, saw the second largest number of new cases with eight — and given that testing numbers have been relatively stable these spikes may indicate a noticeable acceleration in the spread of the disease within Mendocino County.
The new cases have also disproportionately affected Latinos, with fully half of all COVID cases being Latino people, even though they make up only 37% of Ukiah and about a quarter of the county as a whole.
However, the spike in cases in the Ukiah area is only part of the story as the City of Willits announced this morning that the virus has been detected in the “influent,” that is, in the raw sewage flowing into their sewage plan. Though only eight people have confirmed cases of COVID in “North County,” and of those only one has fallen ill in June, it may well be the case that more people who are asymptomatic, or have been expressing less severe symptoms, are carrying the virus in the Willits area.
The graph below shows the number of COVID cases in the county, against the date, and clearly demonstrates an accelerating spread of the virus. Note that the step-wise growth of the curve is due to new batches of test result data being released. The bars below the line represent individual day jumps in cases.
During weekly press conferences, Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan, has explained that the spike in cases across the county, and state is largely attributable to reopening. She also noted in a tweet yesterday that, with the exception of First Amendment protected worship and protest, gatherings of several people remain illegal under governor’s orders.
Here is the county’s dashboard:
UPDATE 6/21/20 — Mendocino County’s COVID-19 case count is now at 62, having gone up eight cases from the county’s previously announced total of 54 cases, as of June 19. The information was first posted by District 5 supervisor Ted Williams on Facebook , and confirmed by the County Executive Office’s Sarah Dukett. Dukett said this evening that the county would provide an updated testing dashboard, which includes additional information such as age, sex, region, and more, on Monday, June 22.
Prior to this announcement, the most recent case of COVID-19 in Mendocino County was a person in North County; numerous other recent cases had been traced to outbreaks in the Ukiah area related to graduation parties and a church service. The county moved into Phase 3 of re-opening with a new shelter-in-place order on Friday, June 19 that is set to expire July 3.
Here’s the post from Williams on Facebook:
The most recent weekly update from the county’s public health officer, from June 19, can be found here.
UPDATE 6/14/20 — The official count of COVID cases in Mendocino County spiked up by another 6 today, with one more case on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease to 45.
In a brief phone interview spokesperson for the County, Sarah Duckett, explained that though thorough contact tracing hasn’t yet been conducted, there is suspicion that this particular small outbreak is connected to specific Ukiah High graduation parties and a church service.
In the morning Mendocino Public Health plans to release more details, including recommendations about which people should get themselves tested in case they have been exposed. All seven of the new cases are in the immediately Ukiah area, not the broader region that Public Health has been defining as the Ukiah Valley area.
Asked about the possibility of spread due to recent protests, Duckett said there is yet no such evidence, but in a press conference last week Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan said that results trickling in from the Bay Area are connecting the protests with some increased spread.
In the past couple dashboards released have included data about race, and it is apparent that as in much of the state Latino people are catching the disease at a higher rate. While Latinos make up 25.6% of Mendocino County they account for 37.8% of cases. Notably the demographic data show zero cases among Native people, though it is widely known that several people on the Round Valley Reservation were infected, and seven of the cases list no race. White people are dramatically under-represented in the COVID count.
UPDATE 6/11/20 — Two more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Mendocino County, bringing the total to 38, with both new cases in the Ukiah Valley area (see note on regions below). One of the cases was a person 18 or younger and the other 65 or older.
As of today none of these 38 cases among Mendocino residents is hospitalized, or in the ICU, and 36 are recovered.
UPDATE 6/8/20 — Three more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Mendocino County, two more in the Ukiah area, and one in what Public Health calls the “north coast.” For details on these regions see below.
Here is the statement from Public Health:
MCPH confirms 3 additional cases of COVID-19 in Mendocino County, 2 of which being in Ukiah Valley, and 1 of which in the North Coast. We urge all county residents over the age of 12 to get tested, especially in those areas.
Free COVID-19 Testing is available at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah, Tuesday – Saturday, 7 am – 7 pm. Make your appointment at lhi.care/covidtesting or 888-634-1123.Public Health
UPDATE 6/3/20 — Mendocino Public Health has announced three more confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mendocino County, bringing the total to 33. One person has also been moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital as a result of the disease, though no other people are in the hospital and 17 are no recovered.
There is some uncertainty about where these new cases emerged exactly as Public Health has said that they have “made adjustments to the region category.” As of June 1 eight cases were listed in “north county,” today only seven are. There has been a spike up to 25 cases in the Ukiah area, from 21, indicating that one person previously counted in the north county area is now being counted in the Ukiah area. (For a note on regions see below)
Based on the dashboard data the new cases appear to be two people 18 or younger and one person 35 to 49 years of age. Close contact is cited as the origin of all three new cases.
Here is the message from Public Health:
Mendocino County Public Health confirms 3 additional cases of COVID-19 in our county, and contact tracing in underway. Please see our dashboard below for the demographic information available at this time. We will alert the public when we have more information. Please note: we have made adjustments to the region category, as this is a rapidly evolving situation.
UPDATE 5/28/20, 8:05 p.m. — Five more cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 30.
MENDOCINO Co., 5/27/20 — Mendocino Public Health confirmed the discovery of two more cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total number of cases in Mendocino County to 25. This marks the third straight day that the case count has risen. Since May 19, just over a week ago, 11 new cases have been identified or 44% of all cases so far confirmed in Mendocino County — a marked acceleration of of the case count.
Nationally the number of COVID deaths surpassed 100,000 today, only three months into a pandemic that will likely last months more, though the death toll in California remains substantially lower at only around 3,700 deaths.
In Lake County nine new cases were confirmed in the past day, and 11 new cases this week. The outbreak around the Redwood Valley Assembly of God church, which includes seven people in Mendocino County and is connected to Lake County, as the past of the church is a Lake County resident, and earlier reports by Mendocino Public Health indicated that at least two of the Lake County cases reported last week, including the pastor, were connected to the church. Lake County’s public health department is citing the emergency of two clusters of COVID infections, but does not give additional details. (Read that statement below)
Whether an accelerating rate of new cases represents a genuine spike in infections, or is a statistical artifact caused by an increase in testing can’t be conclusively decided, specifically because the lack of testing early in the pandemic means that we have no baseline sample of infection rates in March, for example. It is fair to assume that the spike is attributable to both factors. However, it is also worth noting that testing has actually been steadily ramping up, with hundred of surveillance tests last week and the prior week that came back with lower numbers.
Here is the “dashboard” provided by the county.
And here is their announcement from Facebook:
Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Mendocino County. Contact tracing is underway, please see the dashboard for available demographics.Mendocino Public Health
The Anderson Valley Health center announced that they had confirmed a case today, through surveillance testing. However, the County’s dashboard indicates that there was one new case in the Ukiah Valley area and one on the “North Coast.” (Note on regions)
One of the cases was between the ages of 35 and 49, while the other was 65 or older.
Here is the announcement from Anderson Valley.
Hi AV community-We tested 39 more community members for Covid-19 last Thursday May 21st. We received results today with 38 negative and one positive result. For those that were tested, if you have not received a call, your result is negative. This was surveillance testing so all individuals were asymptomatic. Mendocino county will begin contact tracing and surveillance testing. As you all know, we cannot share details of the patient except what is shared above. Thank you for your understanding and feel free to reach out with questions.
Hola a todos- Completamos 39 más pruebas del Covid 19 el último jueves 21 de mayo. Recibimos hoy los resultados de 38 pruebas negativas y 1 positiva. Para las personas que completaron las pruebas, si no nos hemos comunicado con ustedes, su resultado es negativo. Esto fue una prueba de vigilancia, así que todos los individuos eran asintomáticos. El condado de Mendocino comenzará el rastreo de contactos y las pruebas de vigilancia. Como todos saben, no podemos compartir detalles del paciente excepto lo que se comparte arriba. Gracias por su comprensión y no dude en comunicarse con preguntas.Anderson Valley Health Center
On the good news front Adventist Health announced that the results of their surveillance testing, conducted in the wake of discovery that a traveling nurse who resides in Oregon had tested positive, show no new cases of COVID.
Here’s the comment from the County of Lake:
COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases Identified in Lake County, Free Testing Available
Gary Pace MD, MPH
Lake County, CA (May 27, 2020) – Late yesterday and today, 9 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Lake County, bringing our cumulative total to 23. This includes 11 newly documented in the past week.
2 different clusters of active infections have been identified. 8 of the 11 recent positive tests are related to these clusters. Both are still being investigated, to determine if there are further associated cases.
The other 3 individuals tested positive out of the area, but reside in Lake County.
While widespread community transmission remains a concern, the recent infections are rooted in known cases.
Thankfully, all of those confirmed positive are stable, and complying with home isolation, and we have no active COVID-19-related hospitalizations.
To protect the identities of those affected, no further information will be released at this time.
With many sectors of our economy reopening, and Clear Lake once again attracting tourists from areas with greater viral activity, some continuing increase in cases is likely over the next couple of weeks.
Because we had relatively few cases over a sustained period prior to this recent rise, some may have been under the impression the virus was not present in Lake County’s communities. It is more probable some mild-moderate infections were not being captured by testing. COVID-19 risk remains significant in our region, and travel will only increase as restrictions further loosen.
We take all newly-confirmed cases very seriously, avidly investigating each one, and identifying and interviewing contacts. In the event COVID-19 is suspected, we test and isolate those that may have been exposed.
No Cost Testing is Available in Lake County
We now offer Drive-Thru testing at different locations around the county, open daily during the week. People needing testing can go to the Verily website and get screened and make an appointment:
Frequently Asked Questions on Drive-Thru Testing are available here:
Do recent positive tests change plans to reopen local businesses?
Some Northern California counties have already discussed slowing their reopening plans in light of moderate upticks in infections. So far, Lake County is seeing more cases, and those involved in our local containment strategy have been able to appropriately respond.
Recent positive tests mean we will need to move slowly and thoughtfully when further loosening restrictions, particularly if new cases continue to significantly rise, testing capacity is outpaced by need, or contact tracing or local healthcare resources start to become overwhelmed.
Taking precautions is essential if we are to continue reopening new categories of businesses:
• Stay at home, except to engage in permitted activities
• Wear a face covering when away from home, to protect others
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
• Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
• People 65 or older, or otherwise at increased risk, are encouraged to stay safe at home
For Lake County-specific Coronavirus information, please continue to visit the Lake County Health Services Department’s website, http://health.co.lake.ca.us.
The Lake County Coronavirus Response Hub has additional valuable resources:
If you still have questions, or you need further assistance registering for testing, please send an email request to [email protected] or call during business hours: 707-263-8174.
Gary Pace, MD, MPHCounty of Lake
Here’s our previous story:
Note on regions:
For the purposes of identifying the broad region in which a case resides Public Health has divided up the county into six areas:
- South Coast: Mendocino, Little River, Albion, Elk, Manchester, Point Arena, Anchor Bay, Gualala
- South County: Philo, Boonville, Yorkville, Hopland
- Ukiah Valley: Ukiah, Talmage, Calpella, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley
- North County: Willits, Brooktrails, Laytonville, Covelo, Dos Rios, Leggett, Piercy
- North Coast: Caspar, Fort Bragg, Cleone, Newport, Westport, Rockport
I am more worried about the local economy destroyed than a few new “cases”. Stop the fear mongering.
Note that the headlines always make it look as if the sum total were all CURRENT cases, instead of most of them being past history or near the end of the isolation period. Furthermore, if someone tests positive (assuming the tests can be trusted), but is asymptomatic, that’s not really a “case” of COVID-19 any more than all the people in the county who are carrying the virus but don’t know it because they have no symptoms.
Politco Headline: “Suddenly, Public Health Officials Say Social Justice Matters More Than Social Distance”
“We should always evaluate the risks and benefits of efforts to control the virus,” Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, tweeted on Tuesday. “In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”
You’ve been CONNED, boys & girls, on a level unimaginable to any sane mind. The destruction of America’s economy? Unnecessary…and deliberate. The House Arrests? Just testing you, to see how much you’ll tolerate.
It’s a miracle! The formerly deadly virus that required shutting down businesses, quarantining healthy people and wearing face coverings every time we snuck out of hiding has been defeated by a social cause. Okay, so now can we drop the pretense, or will those of us who never bought into the scamdemic still be accused of killing people by our crass indifference to human life?
“Open letter advocating for an anti-racist public health response to demonstrations against systemic injustice occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic” (Google it)
“However, as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States. We can show that support by facilitating safest protesting practices without detracting from demonstrators’ ability to
gather and demand change. This should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders.”
That letter was signed by hundreds of so-called “experts” who put politics before science, or, more specifically, their “science” serves politics.
Your community, your country, your civilization are under attack – literal war is being waged on them, on us – right now by those will lie without inhibition, who will create a hoax so vast to be almost unbelievable. Obviously, the COVID-19(84) Plandemic was a near-total FRAUD upon us, and these implicit admissions are now conclusive.
Act accordingly. A new Civil War has been forced upon us.
The article, posted 6/11/2020, says 36 people have recovered but the chart says 32 have recovered. Which is the truth?
You won’t get truth from “the authorities” or System-dependent “experts.” Only the data that “fits.”
What is striking about the reactions to the apparatuses of exception that have been put in place in our country (and not only in this one) is the inability to observe them beyond the immediate context in which they seem to operate. Rare are those who attempt to interpret them as symptoms and signs of a broader experiment — as any serious political analysis would require — in which what is at stake is a new paradigm for the governance of men and things. Already in a book published seven years ago, now worth rereading carefully (Tempêtes microbiennes, Gallimard 2013), Patrick Zylberman described the process by which health security, hitherto on the margins of political calculations, was becoming an essential part of state and international political strategies. At issue is nothing less than the creation of a sort of “health terror” as an instrument for governing what are called “worst case scenarios.” It is according to this logic of the worst that already in 2005 the World Health Organization announced “2 to 150 million deaths from bird flu approaching,” suggesting a political strategy that states were not yet ready to accept at the time. Zylberman shows that the apparatus being suggested was articulated in three points: 1) the construction, on the basis of a possible risk, of a fictitious scenario in which data are presented in such a way as to promote behaviors that allow for governing an extreme situation; 2) the adoption of the logic of the worst as a regime of political rationality; 3) the total organization of the body of citizens in a way that strengthens maximum adherence to institutions of government, producing a sort of superlative good citizenship in which imposed obligations are presented as evidence of altruism and the citizen no longer has a right to health (health safety) but becomes juridically obliged to health (biosecurity).
What Zylberman described in 2013 has now been duly confirmed. It is evident that, apart from the emergency situation, linked to a certain virus that may in the future be replaced by another, at issue is the design of a paradigm of governance whose efficacy will exceed that of all forms of government known thus far in the political history of the West. If already, in the progressive decline of ideologies and political beliefs, security reasons allowed citizens to accept limitations on their liberty that they previously were unwilling to accept, biosecurity has shown itself capable of presenting the absolute cessation of all political activity and all social relations as the maximum form of civic participation. Thus it was possible to see the paradox of organizations of the left, traditionally in the habit of claiming rights and denouncing violations of the constitution, accepting limitations on liberty made by ministerial decree devoid of any legal basis and which even fascism couldn’t dream of imposing.
It is evident — and government authorities themselves do not cease to remind us of it — that so-called “social distancing” will become the model of politics that awaits us, and that (as representatives of a so-called “task force” announced, whose members are in an obvious conflict of interest with the role that they are expected to exercise) advantage will be taken of this distancing to substitute digital technological apparatuses everywhere in place of human physicality, which as such becomes suspect of contagion (political contagion, let it be understood). University lessons, as MIUR has already recommended, will be stably online from next year; you will no longer recognize yourself by looking at your face, which might be covered with a mask, but through digital devices that recognize bio-data which is compulsorily collected; and any “crowd,” whether formed for political reasons or simply for friendship, will continue to be prohibited.
At issue is an entire conception of the destinies of human society from a perspective that, in many ways, seems to have adopted the apocalyptic idea of the end of the world from religions which are now in their sunset. Having replaced politics with the economy, now in order to secure governance even this must be integrated with the new paradigm of biosecurity, to which all other exigencies will have to be sacrificed. It is legitimate to ask whether such a society can still be defined as human or whether the loss of sensible relations, of the face, of friendship, of love can be truly compensated for by an abstract and presumably completely fictitious health security.
May 11, 2020
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What is written here is completely absurd. The author, you at least imagine what it is for a person who does not understand this topic to read such…. nonsense.
90% of “COVID-19” reporting is nonsense. Mendo Voice is actually among the more honest of media outlets right now.
“Out in force” tourists on the Coast…went to rite aid, packed w/ out-of -area cars, RVs…Etc.
No distancing , or masks on many people…arrrgh! Is that why I stayed in quarantine for 31/2 months? Pretty scary out there.
You were placed under House Arrest because lying fanatics told you you “had to.”
DON’T YOU GET IT, yet? Our rulers are pitting Americans against Americans over a FAKE threat? Look at your reaction…people doing nothing inherently wrong, but you are angry, even hateful toward them.
Human beings NEED social interaction. Mass, perpetual “social distancing” is NOT living. It’s appropriate in a clinical setting, and for those with compromised immune systems. NOT for most people. And NOT for months. As for masks, the World Health Organization continues to advise NO MASKS for “healthy people.” Which “experts” do we obey, CDC/CDPH or WHO?
These visitors to Mendo bring their money, and spend it here so that you (and I) can have the services we need via tax receipts. You are angry at them. Sit back and think about that. How many lies have “experts” told you in the last four months? How many times have they been hypocritical, even? Are you angry at them?
The only reason for you to quarantine yourself for 3 1/2 months is if you had an infectious disease or a seriously compromised immune system. If you weren’t sick, then you have only yourself to blame for buying into the lies… lies that keep mutating with every shift of the wind. Too bad you didn’t use your time in isolation to do some in-depth research instead of accepting what the MSM and phony “fact checkers” were spoon feeding everyone. Here’s some info on the masks you and so many others think are necessary to save humanity: https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/dr-blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-healthy11
lol on your “source” Marilynn.
Nancy—the tourists on the coast are scary, it’s a zoo out there.
For the record, not all of us on the coast live off tourist dollars. It’s insane to think we need this many of them here for any other purpose than enriching tourism industry stakeholders at the expense of everyone else.
I’d say that in a county with a population of over 86,000, 74 identified cases of flu over the last few months with no deaths, few hospitalizations and mostly asymptomatic is a very good sign that this scamdemic is pretty typical of flu season… except that it has been dragged out by the ridiculous isolation and masking orders that have had irreparable consequences on our economy and on the physical and mental health of so many.
The 6/24 update includes a line chart of COVID cases in this county. Is the updated chart available directly from a county health source, or did you at Mendovoice generate the chart from numerical data reports from the county? If it’s from the county, please inform us of the source URL so we can check the latest info.
We made it. We’ve been keeping a spreadsheet with the county’s data.
I want anyone who reads this to know that there are sane people in Ukiah/Mendocino county, people that value lives above the local economy, who wear masks and don’t follow lockstep with the Trump agenda, who don’t think it’s a “scamdemic”, who trust science over the scared feelings of morons grasping at straws and trying desperately to return to normalcy at any cost, who think that just because they don’t know anyone with the virus means it’s fake. The idiotic conspiracy theorists found in these comments are outliers. The shelter-in-place order has been effective (which is WHY the numbers are so low). Keep doing your part.
LOL, the reality is that the majority of Americans KNOW we’re being lied to each and every day by the “experts” and the “authorities,” and by Stockholm Syndrome “useful idiots” like yourself. Most people don’t believe in your cult doctrine, but go along to get along, including the idiotic thin sheet of cloth over the face “orders.”
I have NEVER supported Trump or his real or alleged “agenda.”
NO ONE here has said the virus is “fake.” That’s a Red Herring on your part. A tactic common with the extreme left, actually. The virus is real. The falsehoods undergirding the “Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with COVID-19” terror are what’s fake.
As for “believing in science,” that’s something you extreme leftists do not. You know, the “men can ‘become women'” thing is anything BUT science. The BLM “protests” are not a danger amidst the COVID-19(84) fraud, but going to church is (allegedly) an act of mass murder. That’s not science. It’s called LYSENKO “science.”
Oh, and if an extreme leftist such as yourself actually valued lives, Black or White, you’d be demanding Planned Barrenhood abortion slaughterhouses be closed immediately. But alas, just a “choice.”
As for me, I will keep conveying the facts that our rulers don’t want people to know or think about.
Some of us have posted links to encourage research, as well as quotes by creditable experts and medical workers in the field—and I don’t mean Fauci, the guy who illegally funneled $3.5 million to the Wuhan lab during the Obama administration, nor the Ethiopian thug Ghebreyesus, the first head of the WHO with no medical training but plenty of experience in killing people. You, however, have offered nothing but lame insults and false claims of what you think you remember you maybe read that someone said. I know, I know… it can be so confusing to follow a logical train of thought at the same time you are lapping up every word of the official false, shape-shifting narrative. Truth can be a tough pill to swallow.
2nd. The rational people don’t talk as loudly but we’re here, on the coast, too. The irony is that those of us who don’t buy this conspiratorial thinking are the ones who are still mostly sheltering in place and taking proper precautions when we go out, which as you noted is what has kept the numbers low.
It’s maddening that so many of us on the coast wouldn’t even consider traveling now but are surrounded by tourists. Common sense has left the building. Replaced with suicidal adherence to deranged constellations of thought.
You want to pretend you are among the rational, but the behavior you support, the purposeful destruction of the economy, is neither rational nor sane.
Many centuries ago, Saint Anthony said:
“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him saying, “You are mad, you are not like us’.”
Clearly that time has come, for when some of us point out the facts – usually referred to as “reality” – we are called lunatics BY lunatics. Only those who are cult members support and rabidly advocate for – without question or discussion – the ever-increasing outrages from power-mad “officials” and “experts.”
If it only meant YOU suffered, I’d merely laugh at you. But in true cult fashion, we ALL must suffer with you, with the outrages now, and an economic apocalypse arriving soon, and enduring for years, later.
I meant 2nd what Chris said. The rest of you should take your crank pot theories to the AVA where they belong. They’d be happy to have you.
Sorry Beth, we’re not going anywhere. There are many of us – more than you can imagine – who know exactly what’s going on, and are pleased to undermine all of your cult rituals at every opportunity. Only on the TV and on social media – within the fake “reality” you live in – do people swallow the organic matter from the rear of livestock you expect and demand we believe in.
Lol. He’s a Pynchon character. I love Mendocino.
You say you love Mendocino. Others responsible for mass misery and destruction also claimed to love their target. Abusive partners usually claim to “love” their victim, as well.
That is a sick thing to say. You’re honestly scaring me. I wish the editors would do some moderating when it comes to some of this.
What is sick is people like you rabidly advocating the destruction of lives through socio-economic devastation, so you can “feel safe” from a virus that STILL is not an apocalypse compared to the worst flus of the last few decades.
As for “scaring” you, LOL, obviously, you jump and shriek at your own shadow, so that doesn’t mean much.
And thank you for your admission of being a control freak, wanting me to be censored here. A normal, rational person would simply not read my posts. A fanatic demands speech they hate be eliminated.
J.C., trying to reason with reality-challenged persons like Elizabeth is futile. She offers no references or sources supporting her opinions, but she’s cocksure that those of us challenging the official narrative are the problem. We refuse to buy into her “reality,” which has been defined for her by megalomaniacs with almost no scientific basis for their diktats. She haughtily dismisses my source of information warning about the dangers of face masks, that source being Dr. Russell Blaylock, a certified neurosurgeon who lists no less than 13 professional references for every claim made in the article (https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/dr-blaylock-face-masks-pose-serious-risks-healthy11).
What are little Lizzie’s credentials? A talent for hysteria and closing her mind to anything outside her emotional prison? Fortunately most of the people I talk to are either completely aware of what is really going on or they at least have begun to pull aside the curtain to reveal the charlatans behind it.
Yes, unfortunately, you are right.
The Cult of COVID is obviously unable to think critically or analyze self-evidently contradictory data.
The Cult of COVID depends upon only one opinion being allowed. Someone like Dr. Blaylock is like Holy Water to the lies and liars. I’d love to see someone like him debate Fauci on live TV. Oh, I dream…
Yes, he really seems like a credible source for info.
Blaylock, a licensed medical doctor, is a lot more credible than that hatchet job site you linked to. Is that the best you got?
JDF, are you not able to comprehend that any source that uses personal attacks and puerile name-calling in an attempt to discredit someone is fraudulent and utterly unreliable? That site you are using to disparage Dr. Blaylock’s article has not a single source to justify the blatant libel against him. Not one. Just silly, baseless epithets like “conspiracy theorist” and “pseudoscience peddler” with which they beguile gullible people who are incapable of critical thinking.
Here’s what you “people” are doing to our elders with your Cult of COVID Hysteria:
Wall Street Journal: “Isolating the Elderly Is Bad for Their Health”
“Plenty of research shows that social support and social “integration,” which refers to a person’s varied roles and responsibilities, play a big role in determining someone’s health and longevity. “The combination of social isolation and loneliness is very unhealthy for anyone, but for older adults, it’s particularly bad,” said Bert Uchino, University of Utah psychology professor who studies the ways in which social relationships affect health. “Just about every biological system is impacted in one way or another by psychosocial relationships.”
“The pandemic has been soul-crushing not just for the isolated elderly, but also for their children and care givers, who often have to follow strict rules they know might be as bad as the disease. “Everybody is trying to protect them. I understand. But this is not the right way,” said Atouria Bodaghi, a registered nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.”
More at the website – links not allowed here, so Google the headline.
Strong suspicion Marilynn and J.C. are the same person.
Everyone needs to stop arguing with them because there is no source, no line of reasoning, nothing you can say to have a real conversation. They’ll just accuse you of being mean and unthinking, of wanting to cause people suffering and misery, unless you think like them. There is no reasonable disagreement. They’ll continue to write in ways that seem mildly threatening. They’ll shut down any real conversation by suggesting that you don’t care about other people and by insulting you. It’s abusive. And it’s probably fun for him, if it’s this one guy, or them, if it’s actually two different people. Let this guy scream into the wind. This is not a place to have real conversations.
Wow, and you accuse US of conspiracy!? We don’t even have the same writing style… apart from the fact that, unlike the hysteriamongers who are attacking us, we actually provide creditable sources to back our statements. No, I won’t give you my full bio in an effort to prove that your brain-dead assumption is the lamest conspiracy theory I’ve seen published on this message board. I just hope that some day you are able to move on from junior high.
LOL, I’m surprised you didn’t accuse Marilyn and I of being a single “Russian bot.”
You “people” would be hilarious if your actions and “thinking” weren’t so deadly to so many.
Have yourself a good day, be sure to watch out for Russkiis under your bed, and ALWAYS protect your precious bodily fluids!
YOU “people” are the ones who shriek at anyone who doesn’t subscribe to your Cult of COVID dogma, claiming we “don’t care” about anyone, are “selfish,” and “value money over human beings.” Pure psychological projection to call me/Marilyn “abusive” or lacking in rationality. Your disingenuity would be shocking if not for the fact we see it every day on nearly every media outlet, spewing out the required Party Line about cult dogma.
I am very willing to have “real conversations” with anyone who yearns for the truth, who seeks the actual facts of what the virus is, what it does, and the science – or lack thereof – of the Minitru-like proclamations of “experts” who “order” us around like an abusive spouse. You don’t want to – can’t, perhaps – have a conversation with non-cult members, because we don’t see the faux “reality” you believe in, and our very denial of that fake “reality” offends you deeply.
As the saying goes, if you want to anger a conservative, tell him a lie; if you want to anger a liberal, tell him the truth.
Don’t bother interacting with me. I’ll just spout pretentious quotes and claim to know the real truth.
LOL, you “people” have now degenerated to pretending to me!
I accept your unconditional surrender.
I hope that the editors ban anyone pretending to be someone else. There is enough deception all over the Internet without such dissimulation encroaching on our local news outlet. Verbal sparring is one thing, but malicious impersonation is a new low.
Miss Mary Marilyn—careful now, you wouldn’t be policing speech now wouldn’t you? I thought people with good critical thinking skills would also understand that satire is protected by the 1st amendment.
Anyone who doesn’t believe that the lizard people run the world and that Jay Z and Beyoncé are the heads of the Illuminati wants to hurt small children and animals. If you don’t soak yourself in Clorox then you want to kill the economy and starve your neighbors. Don’t you “people” understand what’s really going on? The feminazis have gone wild and have planted the coronavirus so that amazon has all the liberal money it wants. If you can’t see that then I feel sorry for you, because you can’t even form one coherent thought. You’ve been duped and scammed boys and girls!! And you walked yourself into your own deaths by suicide. I’m sorry you never got out of middle school but I shouldn’t have to surrender my GOD given rights for your irrational fear. I am the only one left capable of critical thinking or checking sources. I’m the only one left who has bothered to do any actual research with very good links from creditable sources. Don’t you people understand that this is fun for me? Watching all you children bow to my thoughts? I have nothing else. Nothing but these tablets of fish tank cleaner and my own glorious ideas.
As I run through these responses to a perfectly reasonable, factual (please read other newspapers to verify, people) newspaper, I am struck by two things: People who like conspiracy theories write really long answers, filled with caps and “references.” And two, they are more likely to respond, (given the number of responses vs. those who agree with the article.) The virus is real. It kills people, especially the elderly. The economy is not worth killing people. The people who agree with me are a vast majority, just not so given to writing indignant responses to facts.
Maybe you should bother to look into some of those sources offered for your edification. Sorry that my well-considered “long answers” are too much for the attention span of some people. As for the “vast majority” you reference, funny thing but most of people I talk to think the way this epidemic is being handled by would-be dictators is absurd if not downright criminal. More people are being killed by intubation and the withholding of beneficial therapies, thanks to those frauds Fauci and Birx, than by any virus. The good news for you is that after I post this reply I am done trying to reason with non-thinking persons. Good night.
I have a job in a rural community that has me frequently talking with a wide variety of folks in the area. I also see folks at the post office and check local groups on facebook every couple days. And my family, a mix of socal conservatives, bay area moderates, and Norcal growers, are a diverse crowd. For the most part, people I talk to don’t believe this COVID truther baloney. The same is probably true for most people reading the Mendovoice. I agree this group of conspiracy theory believers is a vocal minority. If you’re reading Mendovoice comments and feeling discouraged, you shouldn’t. Many more people in this county are being careful and considerate of their neighbors, than are devoting hours spreading misinformation online. They take the advice of health professionals. They are wear masks. They avoiding gatherings. They are checking in on their neighbors. Hang in there Mendo county. This seriously sucks, but most of us continue to stand in solidarity with our community. And thank you, Mendovoice, for your reportage.
I deeply resent the printing of dangerous disinformation regarding the pandemic in this forum. These false conspiracy theories are harmful in the extreme – literally deadly in their effect. There’s enough of this unfettered propaganda going on in social media and Right Wing media without it having the imprimatur of a legitimate outlet for its platform.
A Paying Member.
I deeply resent the demand to silence me just because I do not agree with your take on the scamdemic. People who don’t think beyond what they are told by their controllers are far more dangerous than any virus.
A Paying Member
Marilynn— maybe you’re indignation would be believable if you hadn’t demanded that other commenters’ 1 st Amendment rights to free speech be abridged in this forum because they were making jokes via satire about conspiracy theorists. Like it or not, most people in Mendocino county don’t agree with your take. You are free to voice your own opinion. Others are free to do the same. You have called for others voices to be censored. So it seems as though your belief in freedom is highly selective and idiosyncratic, not exactly the kind of thinking that is good for lots of people to adopt in a democracy. Thank goodness you are in the minority. Continue typing into the ether. Most people who actually live here are not buying what you are selling. The sign at the intersection of highway 20 and shoreline highway in Ft. Bragg says “all we ask, wear a mask.” It’s remained there for days if not weeks. It is simply what the majority of people in this county believe: the pandemic is real. It is killing people. End of story.
Ft Bragg resident and others: Stop making up falsehoods about me. I have NEVER suggested censoring anyone. My comment, if y’all can read, was aimed at some lamebrained clown pretending to be another person who has posted here. Impersonating another individual without their consent, especially when it is meant to mock or misrepresent that individual is not protected under Free Speech! So along with false representation with malicious intent masked as some lame form of “satire,” you can add libel. You folks are on an eye-rolling roll.
Marilynn— So you’ve read the case law on this matter?
This is a GLOBAL thing-there is not enough cooperation between countries to be in on a hoax of that scale. It is naive and irresponsible to believe that one must take no precautions on the behalf of their health and others. Whether or not you believe in the pandemic, it is people like you that keep it spreading.
The hoax isn’t that there’s a virus. The hoax is that it’s deadly enough to warrant shutting down society. Current mortality rate in the United States is roughly .3%. Not 3%, .3%. The hoax is that this is some big world ending, very deadly virus. It’s not that at all. It’s certainly worth having a discussion of having our most vulnerable population isolate, but shutting down everything is absurd. Wear a mask, socially distance, yes let’s do that. Close businesses, close schools? There’s no data showing that’s successful or necessary. Hospitals are not being overwhelmed. It’s easy to be a social justice warrior when you’re not the one who will be out on the street, no food, no home, no job, no hope. Millions of our brothers, sisters, children will be facing this crisis soon. Their lives destroyed not by a virus, but by the government who took everything away from them for the impossible dream of saving everyone from a .3% chance of dying.
The headline states that one of those that died of Covid19 was a Mendocino County employee. The question from the Mendocino County Workers Memorial Fund which issues grants to the survivors of workers killed on the job, is did the worker that died contract Covid 19 on the job?
Did the county worker that died contract Covid19 while on the job?
OMG! OMG! BE AFRAID! BE VERRRRRY AFRAID!
The death rate in Mendocino County is 0.02% – that’s ZERO POINT ZERO TWO PERCENT.
We were biking the Haul Rd trail yesterday and saw a number of people walking and biking with the face nappies on, because, you know, fresh ocean air is so very dangerous. Most people were not, however, and I was glad to see a number of children enjoying themselves free of such an encumbrance. Sadly though, there was one little boy who looked to be about three or four at the most with mouth and nose covered against the fresh air. That is child abuse in my book.
Marilyn, I read not long in the past that ONE BILLION children worldwide have had their schooling utterly disrupted by government decrees Along with crippling their education, their social development has been crippled, as well. God help the generations growing up in the midst of this un-natural disaster.
The damage to these kids is permanent. Those who have done this to humanity need to burn in Hell. Literally.
That’s not how mortality(death) rates are calculated. Not for the flu, coronavirus or disease. Logical fallacy few will fall for komrade 😉
Awww, did I embarrass you with a RELEVANT to the little folks statistic?
No one but System stooges cares about your lying “statistics.” They only want to know how much of an actual risk something is to THEM and their family. Your lying “Case Fatality Rate” is inherently dishonest, since only KNOWN cases are considered, and that’s assuming honesty on the part of those giving the numbers.
In summary, death FROM – not “with” – COVID-19 is down the list of causes of death in Mendocino County.
Oh, and calling me “komrade,” implying I’m some sort of “nefarious agent,” is hilarious.
In reality, it is you who are a “komrade,” supporting and cheerleading Total Government at every opportunity. I’m sure you’re getting a stiffy at the idea of mass forced injections of the sheeple in as little as 8-10 weeks.
JC your statistics are not RELEVANT lol and YOU are the liar. Very easy to determine how mortality rate is calculated. Are YOU embarrassed you can’t do simple math or you got caught inventing statistics? Have a lovely day 🙂
You are HILARIOUS!
If Mendocino County had 100,000 residents, that would mean 17 dead would be a death rate of .017%.
Since we have less than 90,000, the rate is slightly higher.
“People” like you are dangerously delusional. You attempt to “argue” using sophistry, hoping you can con less “clever” folks with meaningless or even fraudulent “statistics.”
Initially I was trying to be polite and civil but it is beyond clear you have no respect for your neighbors.
LOL, Justakook, you were “trying to be polite and civil” with your ad hominem epithet of calling me “komrade”?
Like I said, dangerously delusional.
It is “people” like YOU who have DESTROYED countless lives in Mendocino County, California, America, and the world with your irrational fears and/or demonic malice. More people’s lives have been wrecked than have died of COVID-19. Wrecked by government decree and the orgasmic cheerleading of someone like you.
In a just, sane society, someone like you would be in a padded cell, or behind bars.
John, this justadude clown doesn’t deserve a civil reply. He is too emotionally invested in the scam and too lazy or mentally challenged to do the in-depth research that corroborates what so many of us have been trying to say, not just on this site. If his views had any validity he would offer a legitimate critique, but he is obviously incapable of that.
You may have noticed that I am no longer responding to anything posted here that is nothing more than a personal attack or a twisting of facts or a lockstep acceptance of the official CONVID narrative without critical thinking. Best of health to you. Stay positive. Truth will prevail.
I just wanted to point out that you cannot die from covid if you’ve never had covid. Therefor, including those in a mortality rate is erroneous. It neither shows how likely you are to get covid, there are some algorithms attempting to do this but if you question the county health numbers you’ll certainly question those models. Nor does it show how likely you are to die from covid, that’s the aforementioned case fatality rate that you so distrust.
The komrade comment was made with a wink emoji since anyone with even a cursory understanding of statistics would understand your error. Since you took it so seriously enough to bring up erections for injections, where you crossed the line so far it’s a dot to you, maybe it did hit a little close to home. You don’t win with RANDOM CAPITALIZATION, false statistics and blatant ad hominem, not jest. Enjoy your basement cubicle in Lubyanka!
Interesting article on RT.com, titled “The 1% blunder: How a simple but fatal math mistake by US Covid-19 experts caused the world to panic and order lockdowns.” I wonder if Doohan is capable of comprehending what it means for Mendo County’s vaunted stats.
RT.com, also known as Russia Today, is Communist State run media out of Moscow. I hope Dr. Doohan and every American understands what is written on RT.com is Russian propaganda and has no basis in fact.
Oh, I’m sorry that my post got published as a reply to justadude. I certainly didn’t intend to engage him in a conversation of any sort.
Interesting article by Malcolm Kendrick, doctor and author who works as a GP in the National Health Service in England. The article found on RT.com is titled “The 1% blunder: How a simple but fatal math mistake by US Covid-19 experts caused the world to panic and order lockdowns.” I wonder if Doohan is capable of comprehending what it means for Mendo County’s vaunted stats.
It seems crazy to me that people are trying to calculate the mortality rate based solely on positive COVID tests. Is the belief really that only those tested have it or have had it? This is not sound logic.
Also, food for thought, https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54025708
Let’s get kids back to school please, families are suffering. Is it really an expectation that anyone who has kids stay how for distance learning? What about single parent families? The only thing being protected here is health and government officials saving face for an obvious over reaction.