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Restaurant Survival: ‘We’re Scrambling To Change Our Business Model’

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – One year after it earned a rare Michelin Guide recommendation, the fine-dining restaurant called Canon has become essentially a drive-through. Canon executive chef Brad Cecchi with smoked turkeys “It definitely feels like in the last two weeks I’ve aged seven years,” said Canon executive chef Brad Cecchi. “Every day we’re trying to figure out how to stay afloat and how to survive.” Canon shifted to curbside pickup from its online menu following Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order, but Cecchi says even the drive-up business has dropped off in recent days. “If we could break even, I think that’s the best-case scenario at this point,” he said. The virus shutdown has forced restaurant operators to get creative. READ ALSO: Sacramento Restaurant Donating All Of Its March Profits To Help Closed Eateries To try to keep as many as its 29 employees working, Canon landed a contract with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency to provide nearly 3,000 meals per week to seniors in 11 publicly-subsidized housing developments. And it’s formed a coalition with four other fine-dining restaurants in Sacramento to package no-frills meals to families…

Battling Coronavirus: Sacramento Woman Seeks Experimental Plasma Transfusion For Father

SACRAMENTO (CBS 13) — A Sacramento woman is seeking out survivors of coronavirus to help her dad who was diagnosed last week. Her hope is to use the immunity they developed in their blood. Local doctors are studying the possibility of using this treatment but said they aren’t there yet. Amber Bispo said her 78-year-old father is staying at Sutter Medical Center in a medically-induced coma, fighting for his life. She’s desperate to help him but might not be able to in time. “It’s been really tough knowing that he’s there alone and scared going through this,” Bispo said. READ ALSO: Coronavirus Testing: Rancho Cordova Company Hopes To Get Rapid Test Approved By FDA Bispo said her father is not responding to the medications that normally help fight this virus off. That’s what prompted her to look elsewhere, and she found hope in others who have survived the virus. “We’re trying to get the antibodies from some by else’s positive test to hopefully give to my dad so he could fight off,” she said. People all over the country responded to her internet plea, wanting to…

Coronavirus Shopping: Crowdsourcing Website Helps You See Which Stores Have High-Demand Items

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – There’s no denying, it has been a bear to find the basics essentials in stores. Sometimes you can find bread, other times you can find eggs, but it’s almost impossible to find toilet paper or hand sanitizer. Some stores stopped answering calls about what’s in stock. “We’re seeing things are running off the shelves, can’t find toilet paper or hand sanitizer or whatever,” said Trevor Violette. That’s what got him and his brother Chris thinking about ways to make it easier. Chris is a web developer and together they came up with the crowdsourcing website, Quarantin.io. “There were definitely some hurdles to overcome and challenges to figure out how to pass the data around in different places and how to collaborate,” said Chris. READ: Coronavirus Fight: Teen Sets Up Operation To Make Face Shields For Doctors, Nurses Basically, you go to the store, you see which high demand items they have, such as eggs, milk, and disinfectant wipes, then you report it on the website. “It’s about being generous with your community and taking the extra 15 seconds to as, yes this…

CHP: Man Huffed Canned Air While Driving, Blacked Out And Crashed Into Tree In South Sacramento

SOUTH SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The California Highway Patrol said a man was arrested for a DUI after crashing into a tree and admitting to huffing canned air before blacking out behind the wheel. The CHP said officers responded to reports of a pick-up truck crashed into a tree in a residence’s front yard Thursday afternoon just before 2 in the area of McClintock Way just east of Palmer house Drive. Authorities said witnesses said the unidentified driver was passed out behind the wheel after the crash but officers located the individual outside of the vehicle when they arrived. (credit: CHP) Officers located three cans of canned air in the truck and said the driver displayed signs of drug intoxication. After some questioning, the CHP said the driver admitted he was driving when he took a huff out of the can and blacked out. The driver told authorities he woke back up after the crash. The CHP said the driver was taken to their South Sacramento office where testing confirmed he was under the influence of an inhalant. No further details were released.

Fighting Coronavirus: Two Dozen RV-Style Self-Quarantine Trailers Arrive At Cal Expo

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Approximately two dozen RV-style trailers meant to help at-risk individuals self-quarantine during the coronavirus crisis have arrived at Cal Expo as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to protect vulnerable populations during the outbreak, the City of Sacramento said. Sacramento is expected to receive a total of 63 trailers from the state, officials said. The City said the trailers will play a key role in sheltering and protecting at-risk populations, including the homeless, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City said the state-issued trailers are just part of the state’s efforts to protect people in need with immediate isolation, along with hotels, motels and other facilities. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Senator Richard Pan, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and Homeless Services Manager Emily Halcon will provide at 10 a.m. on Friday a first look at the trailers and their placement in Cal Expo.

Communities Come Together To Recognize Graduates Missing Out on Major Milestones

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – School’s out, indefinitely. Distance learning can provide tools to finish out the school year academically, but soon to be graduates and their families still feel they’re missing out on many major milestones. Vacaville High Senior Brian Mcclellin and his team took a game day photo only weeks ago. Little did they know, it would be the last time they’d all be able to play together. “I grew up with all these guys,” said Mcclellin. “They’re kind of like my brothers. We have goals we want to achieve and we can’t do that now.” Seasons ending early, proms canceled, and some graduation ceremonies still up in the air – it’s a sad new reality for graduates. “It’s just a very important time in our lives,” said Mcclellin. “We worked hard for 4 years.” The Solano County and Yolo County communities are making sure they’re not left feeling unappreciated. Brian Mcclellin’s mom, Sonia, rounded up a team to create Signs for Grads. It’s a fundraiser to show love to local graduates like her son and daughter, both graduating high school and college this year.…

Coronavirus Economy: Gov. Newsom Announces Help For Small Businesses, New Critical Industry Job Posting Website

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday several new tools to try and help small businesses and workers get through the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom highlighted a new website, OnwardCA.org, that aggregates thousands of job opportunities across critical industries still hiring and still operating. He noted that there were over 70,000 job openings posted from across the state. Governor Newsom says thousands of jobs are available at this very moment. There is now a website https://t.co/w1lXgQHLfg where people can apply for jobs… 70,000 jobs are open @CBSSacramento — Renee Santos (@RSantosTV) April 2, 2020 “Through no fault of their own, more than a million Californians have lost a job and countless more are seeing their businesses fail,” Newsom said. The website was put together with the help of Central Valley company Bitwise, as well as LinkedIn and Salesforce. To help small businesses, Newsom also highlighted a new federal program starting sign-ups on Friday where owners could apply for a loan of up to $10 million. The program is first-come, first-serve, so Newsom stressed the importance of starting the process as soon as possible. “California…

Coronavirus Death: Solano County Reports First COVID-19 Death

SOLANO COUNTY (CBS13) — Solano County Public Health officials say an elderly resident has died from complications of the novel coronavirus. This is the first reported death in the county. As of Thursday, there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Solano County. Officials say the resident who died was 85 years of age or older and had multiple severe underlying health conditions. No other information about the resident was released. County health officials say 69% of their COVID-19 cases are individuals between the age of 19 and 64. One-third of the cases are people over the age of 65. Solano County extended its stay-at-home order earlier this week through April 30. There are currently more than 10,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California and 233 deaths. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Greater-Sacramento Region: Where Are The Confirmed Cases?

Coronavirus Testing: Rancho Cordova Company Hopes To Get Rapid Test Approved By FDA

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) — It’s the question in many people’s minds, do I have the coronavirus? Chief Technology Officer Phil Coelho with ThermoGenesis told CBS13 he and his team have developed a test for you to find out and fast. “The main virtue of serological tests is that they are inexpensive, relatively, and the results can be determined in minutes,” Coelho said. ThermoGenesis has been developing an antibody test for the COVID-19 since November. READ: Coronavirus Update: Placer County Health Officer Recommends Face Coverings In Public “You need an inexpensive, fast, clear and unambiguous test of whether someone is now safe,” Coelho said. It works similar to a diabetic’s glucose level test, not like the widely-seen nasal swab tests which test for molecules of the virus. Your finger would be pricked for a few drops of blood before placing it on a card which would show if you have the two COVID-19 antibodies. “And because this virus has never been in humans before, we know that antibodies that are specific to this virus means you have been infected. It’s an irrefutable proof,” Coelho said. ALSO: Coronavirus In…

Coronavirus In Sacramento: Bethany Slavic Missionary Church At Center Of Local Outbreak

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A church in Sacramento is now at the center of a major outbreak of coronavirus. County health leaders say at least 71 members of the congregation at the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church have been diagnosed with the virus. The church didn’t listen. That’s the message from county health leaders. Most churches across the area have listened to the stay-at-home order and are holding virtual services, but the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church is still meeting in small groups. Janna Haynes, with the County Health Department, said, “Inside of their community, there is a very real danger here. That is why we want them to stop gathering together.” READ: Coronavirus Epicenters: Gov. Newsom Presses Churches Flouting Social Distancing Directive One person has died and the pastor is sick. Sacramento health leaders say the department has made several attempts to talk to church leaders, including phone calls and in-person, but have been unsuccessful in getting them to change their routine. “I don’t know what the make up is of their congregation. The last thing we want to see is people passing away because they’ve chosen not…

Unique California Gun Program Clears Fewer Cases In 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State authorities cleared 8.6% fewer cases last year regarding people who no longer are allowed to own firearms, down from a record high in 2018, through a unique California program. Records show officials last year also finally closed the program’s pre-July 2013 backlog of nearly 21,000 cases — completing the final 538 cases in March 2019. The state Legislature in 2013 had appropriated $24 million to close the gap within three years. Still, fully 7,747 cases dating after July 2013 remain active, according to a California Department of Justice report released Wednesday. The only-in-California Armed and Prohibited Persons System, known as APPS, cross-matches databases to find people who legally purchased weapons but are now banned from ownership because they have been convicted of felonies or have a history of domestic violence or mental illness. State and local authorities then can move to seize the weapons under the program, which began in 2006. The system included 22,424 people as of Jan. 1. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said the unit needs more agents to process investigations. Though 71 positions were authorized…

Coronavirus Update: Placer County Health Officer Recommends Face Coverings In Public

PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — In a new move to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Placer County Public Health Officer is now recommending residents wear cloth face coverings when they leave the house. Dr. Aimee Sisson issued the recommendation on Thursday saying, “While we recognize the potential for face coverings to help reduce the spread of germs, we want to stress that people should be staying home first and foremost.” This recommendation comes a day after the California Department of Public Health said cloth face coverings can be a helpful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19 when used in addition to physical distancing and handwashing. Cloth face coverings – such as a bandana, scarf or homemade cloth cover – are now recommended when leaving the house for essential activities, announced Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, to further slow the spread of COVID-19. — Anna Giles (@AnnaGilesTV) April 2, 2020 In Placer County, health officials say the recommendation comes after “increasing evidence that transmission of the virus can occur as early as three days before people develop symptoms.” READ: Coronavirus Exposure: Health Departments,…

Public Health Announces Spike in Local COVID-19 Cases with Nine New Positives

Humboldt County’s spike in positive COVID-19 cases continued today in a big way, with Public Health announcing a 32 percent increase — nine new cases, bringing the county’s total to 37. All but two of those has been announced over the last nine days. “Follow the shelter-in-place order, and if you must leave your home, practice social distancing,” Public Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in a press release. “That is still the best way to protect yourself and your family.” To date, 18 of Humboldt County’s cases have been traced back to contact with another confirmed positive patient, 11 were travel-acquired and three are believed to have been contracted through an unknown source in the community, according to Public Health. Five others remain under investigation. The new cases come on the heels of six announced March 31 and one new case yesterday, with the county having issued a modified shelter-in-place order and declared a local emergency March 30. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County has spiked sharply since the second positive test was reported March 20 in someone who had recently returned…

Coronavirus Impact: Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Consumers From Water Shutoffs Due To Non-Payment

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued an executive order Thursday protecting consumers who may be unable to pay their water bills during the coronavirus outbreak. The governor’s order protects consumers, including homes and small businesses, from seeing their water shut off due to non-payment. Newsom said over 100 water systems throughout the state have already suspended shutoffs due to non-payment. “This executive order will help people who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring they have water service,” Newsom said. “Water is critical to our very lives, and in this time, it is critically important that it is available for everyone.” Additionally, the order will restore water for those who may have experienced shutoffs as of March 4, 2020, when California was issued a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsom said the State Water Resources Control Board will issue best practices and guidelines on support for the state’s water systems during this time.

Experts Tell White House Coronavirus Can Spread Through Talking Or Even Just Breathing

(CNN) — A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing. “While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” according to the letter, written by Dr. Harvey Fineberg, chairman of a committee with the National Academy of Sciences. Fineberg told CNN that he will wear start wearing a mask when he goes to the grocery store. “I’m not going to wear a surgical mask, because clinicians need those,” said Fineberg, former dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. “But I have a nice western-style bandana I might wear. Or I have a balaclava. I have some pretty nice options.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, told CNN Tuesday that the idea of recommending broad use of masks in the US to prevent the spread of coronavirus is under “very active discussion” by the group. Fineberg, chair of the NAS’ Standing…

Coronavirus Epicenters: Gov. Newsom Presses Churches Flouting Social Distancing Directive

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — After new data released this week showed a large chunk of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sacramento County were linked to church gatherings, Gov. Gavin Newsom had a stern message to deliver. “With all do respect, it’s essential that we practice physical distancing everywhere. Period. Full stop,” Newsom said. The comment came after Gov. Newsom was asked at his daily update on Thursday about if his office was looking into any churches that are staying open amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced all other gatherings to cease. RELATED: About One-Third Of Sacramento County Coronavirus Cases Link To Church Gatherings, Health Officials Say On Wednesday, Sacramento County public health officials reported that about one-third of the confirmed coronavirus cases they’ve documented had been linked to church gatherings. Then on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee published a report naming one local church as an epicenter of a major coronavirus outbreak. Newsom noted that he wasn’t aware of any ongoing enforcement of the social distancing guidelines against churches still having gatherings, but enforcement wasn’t off the table. “I would highly encourage anyone that is not practicing…

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