Sonoma County News

Bernie Sanders Quits Presidencial Race

Senator Bernie Sanders has announced that he is leaving his run for the presidency. With Sanders out of the race, former Vice President Joe Biden has a clean path to the 2020 Democratice presidential nomination. (photo courtesy Fox News)


California Mask Purchase

California plans on buying 200 million masks per month. Last night Governor Newsom announced the plan as the result of a consortium of nonprofits and a California company that will be manufacturing mostly N95 masks oversease and supplying the needs of California residents and workers. (photo courtesy CDPH-CA.gov)


Ventilators Leaving California

The California National Guard is flying ventilators to New York, New Jersey and Illinois as part of an effort to help other states manage a crush or coronavirus hospitalizations. Governor Newsom said the three states are getting some of California's ventilators a day after he announced the state would lend 500 to states in need. (photo courtesy AP News)


Passover Starts Tonight

The Jewish observance of Passover starts tonight at sundown, and some traditions need to be altered due to shelter in place orders. The coronavirus pandemic, with its public health mandates against gatherings, has spurred synagogues and families to change their Passover celebration this year. Some will be using video chat and substituting some of the harder-to-find foods. (photo courtesy The Spruce Eats)


Online Grocery Shopping

You'd think a pandemic that forces virtually everyone to stay home would be a major boon for online grocery services. However, that hasn't been so. Instead many online services are finding it tough to keep up with demand. One reason is a lack of workers to handle the surge in orders. Another is that online food delivery sites often use the same retail outlets the rest of us do. (photo courtesy Supermarket News)


Weekend Rain Helped

The rains that fell over the weekend helped, but Sonoma County has only received just over half of the average mid-Spring rainfall. Another 17 inches of rain would be needed between now and June 30. (photo courtesy Nestucca Spit Press)


County Budget Reflections

Sonoma County Supervisors are going "old school" as they look at the potential budget shortfalls ahead, due to the pandemic. Supervisors are looking to the past to learn from experiences of the economic disaster of 2009 and 2010, and using that knowledge to stay ahead of the problems of today, with thousands of people out of work, and staying home to be safe. (photo courtesy Justice for the 21)


Dangerous Beaches

The beaches are off limits, and for those who deny those directives, the beaches are dangerous today for the next couple of days with sneaker waves and strong rip currents from Sonoma County to Monterey County. Sneaker waves can knock unsuspecting beach goers over and into the sea. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. (photo courtesy Josh Jagran)


Experimental Drug

Coronavirus patients around the world are rushing to join studies of an experimental drug that showed promise against some similar viruses in the past. Drugmaker Gilead Sciences is quickly enrolling patients in its own studies. The drug is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (photo courtesy NIBSC)


Wear Blue To Honor Officer Armer

The City of Santa Rosa elected officials and staff will honor Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer, who died earlier this week to COVID 19, by wearing blue and they invite you to do the same. You can show your support with a photo of you at home wearing blue, then post your photo on social media using #BlueforMarylou. (photo courtesy City of Santa Rosa)


COVID 19 Projections

New analysis modeling shows that more than 1,500 Sonoma County residents could require hospitalization for COVID 19 when it peaks in two months. One of the reasons the numbers could be lower is the continued use of the shelter in place order from Sonoma County Health Officer Dr Sundari Mase. Currently there are 95 confirmed local cases of the virus, from the nearly 2000 people tested so far. In Sonoma County there are 95 confirmed cases of the virus, from the nearly 2000 people tested so far. (photo courtesy Haaretz)


School Grading And Graduations

New guidance on school graduation requirements and grading for seniors was issued today. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmand says "all seniors who are on track for graduation will be able to graduate. The guidance provides admissions updates for higher education for both current seniors and juniors. You can find out more on the CDE's web page at cde.ca.gov (photo courtesy WPLG)


Property Tax Due

The second installment of the 2019-2020 Annual Secured property tax bill was due by February 1st and will become delinquent if not paid by April 10th. After then, the Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office will consider written requests for penalty waiver due to the COVID-19 emergency on a case-by-case basis. (photo courtesy Mercury News)


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