Stockton School District Closely Watching COVID-19 Cases As They Prepare To Resume Classes Aug. 3

STOCKTON (CBS13) — This hasn’t been a normal summer break for schools. But, none the less, it’s nearly over, particularly for the Stockton Unified School District. The district announced classes will resume on August 3 but did not say exactly how it will be done. CBS13 spoke to some parents and teachers who say it’s causing concern and confusion. “I have a child who is high-risk. So for me, it’s very scary that I’ve been home for four months,” Wendy Fettke, a parent and teacher at Harrison Elementary, said. “And then we’re going to turn around and go back into the classroom and everything I’ve done to protect my child is now kind of gone.” “When they were first closing the school down, it was because it was bad. And it’s getting worse right now. It’s like a second wave,” Federico Pizano, a parent of Harrison Elementary Student, said. “What’s the purpose of sending them back to school and the chances of kids getting sick?” The district said it’s been polling how and what people want to see happen for the reopening. It’s releasing the…

Yolo County Increasing Enforcement Measures On Businesses To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — Yolo County businesses not following public health orders could face up to a $10,000 fine. The county’s Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance Tuesday allowing for enforcement of penalties for violating orders. In a press release, the county said they will begin increasing “implementation of enforcement measures focused on businesses and organizations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the community.” The county has seen a large increase in cases over the past four weeks, with total cases growing by more than 200%, the release said. So, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the county developed an enforcement strategy with the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland. While they will primarily focus on education, the county said if violations or non-compliance persist, the may take enforcement actions. Those actions include: Public Communication: Provide information to the public identifying any organization or business in non-compliance. Urgency Ordinance/Fines: Enforceable by the County. The County’s Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance on July 7 allowing for the enforcement of penalties for violating Public Health Orders…

California Prisoner Dies Of Apparent Virus Complications

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate has died from apparent complications of COVID-19 at a California prison that was hard-hit by the virus. The inmate died Monday at a hospital outside of the California Institution for Men in Chino, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It didn’t provide any other information about the prisoner. The prison east of Los Angeles has more than 100 inmates who are actively infected with the coronavirus, authorities said. In an effort to reduce the spread of the infection, corrections officials on May 30 transferred 121 inmates from the Chino facility to San Quentin State Prison without properly testing them. Since then, about 1,400 of the 3,500 inmates at the facility near San Francisco have tested positive and several death row inmates have died. Two were believed to have succumbed to COVID-19 complications and one tested positive for the virus after his death. Authorities haven’t determined whether a fourth death row inmate, who died last week, had the virus. There have now been nearly 30 deaths from COVID-19 in California’s prison system, according to…

Vehicle Crashes Into Auburn Residence, No One Hurt

AUBURN (CBS13) — Officers are investigating after a vehicle crashed into an Auburn residence Tuesday morning. The incident happened on Cherry Avenue, near Magnolia Avenue. Expect delays in the area of Cherry and Magnolia while we work a non injury collision. #collision pic.twitter.com/wDXh7YSvdg — Auburn Police Dept (@AuburnPoliceCA) July 7, 2020 Exactly what led up to the crash is unclear, but Auburn police say no one was hurt. Police are urging people to avoid the area for the time being as they work on clearing the scene. Expect delays if you do try to get through the area.

Lake Elsinore man killed by coronavirus after party warned others in final Facebook post

Tommy Macias, a 51-year-old Lake Elsinore truck driver, knew he was vulnerable to the coronavirus because he had diabetes. He faithfully followed health orders to avoid gatherings as COVID-19 cases and deaths multiplied across Southern California. “He was really good about staying away from people,” said brother-in-law Gustavo Lopez, who is moving to Wildomar from Mission Viejo. But the avid boater with many friends began to feel lonely, Lopez said. Tommy Macias, a 51-year-old Lake Elsinore truck driver, recently died after contracting COVID-19. Family members say he was exposed at a party in June. (Photo courtesy of Gustavo Lopez) A day before he died, Lake Elsinore resident Tommy Macias wrote this Facebook post. He was infected with the coronavirus after attending a barbecue with friends. (Courtesy of Gustavo Lopez) The personal truck of Tommy Macias, a 51-year-old truck driver who died June 21 after contracting the coronavirus at a barbecue, is in Wildomar on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Hilda Martinez holds a picture of son Tommy Macias, a 51-year-old truck driver who died June 21 after contracting COVID-19 in…

Blue Lake Casino to Reopen Monday

After being closed nearly four months due to the pandemic, Blue Lake Casino will reopen Monday, according to Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Communications Manager Andrea Marvin. As was the case at the Bear River and Cher-Ae Heights casinos, the reopening will take place under “an abundance of caution,” a press release states, with several new health and safety protocols. The announcement comes as Humboldt County has confirmed 42 new COVID-19 cases over the past 15 days. Casino occupancy will be limited to 30 percent of the pre-pandemic maximum, with half of the slot machines removed and half of the table games open, according to the press release. Protective shields will be set up between dealers and players, chips will be sanitized regularly and surfaces will be wiped down every hour. Thermal cameras have been installed at the entrances and guests will be required to wear masks on the casino floor.

Public Health Confirms Another Five COVID-19 Cases

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases today, which follows five announced yesterday and six Friday, and makes 42 over the past 15 days. It’s the county’s largest case spike since a 15-day period that began March 24 — five days after Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich issued a shelter-in-place order that confined people to their residences except for essential outings. And it’s important to remember because of the virus’ incubation period and delays in getting testing results, experts believe there’s a lag time of roughly 14 days between expanded virus activity and increases in confirmed cases. (That’s why cases spiked in March and early April even as residents were ordered to stay home.) The new cases — confirmed after laboratories processed another 108 samples —bring the county’s tally to 154. In a press release, Humboldt County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said it’s important for residents to remember that officials are seeing cases in all parts of the county. “As Sheriff (William) Honsal pointed out this morning during the Board of Supervisors meeting, although there are a small number of confirmed cases…

Siren’s Song Tavern Sings No More

The red velvet curtains at Old Town’s Siren’s Song Tavern are coming down. Co-owner Phyllis Barba confirms the bar and music venue, which has been for sale for about a year, is closing. Until COVID-19 shuttered bars around Humboldt in mid-March, patrons enjoyed its broad craft beer menu and its parklet by day, and its equally broad range of bands, DJs and social events by night. In a Facebook post, the business, housed in the ground floor of the historic Healy Bros. Building, announced, “Everything needs to be cleared out, we are selling EVERYTHING that we can. If you are interested in equipment, lights, sound equipment please message us and set up a time.” …

U.S. ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps

The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.” Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.” “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.” Washington’s top diplomat added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the US,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement following Pompeo’s comments. “We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user…

Health officials asking for cooperation with contact tracers

Riverside County health officials are asking coronavirus patients to provide critically needed information when they are contacted by health investigators working to slow the spread of COVID-19. Hundreds of contact tracers are working as part of Riverside County’s response to the epidemic that has infected more than 20,000 residents and contributed to about 500 virus-related deaths. The contact tracers reach out to those who test positive for COVID-19 and attempt to determine the source of the infection, who the patient may have been contact with and where the patient may have visited. This information is used to help slow the spread of coronavirus by reaching out to those who may have been infected without identifying the infected patients. “Unfortunately, in many cases, the person who is contacted is not providing the information that is being sought,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside County Public Health. “This information is critical as we work to slow and eventually stop the spread of coronavirus. It is understandable that patients may be reluctant to discuss sensitive issues, but it is very important that this information is provided.” Saruwatari emphasized…

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