Sonoma County News

High COVID-19 Case Numbers

Sonoma County saw record numbers of new cases of coronavirus over the weekend. New counts are being tallied today, adding to the highest one-day spike since March, with 92 new cases recorded Sunday. The new cases bring the ratio to 106 cases per 100,000 residents, a number that could result in more restrictions for Sonoma County to help slow the spread of the virus. (photo courtesy Google)


Less Help For Fire Activity

Sonoma County fires ignited through the holiday weekend. There were more than 100 Bay Area fires, most of them the direct result of fireworks. With more fires expected because of high temperatures and dry fuel, a new complication has come up, less inmate firefighters available. Because of Coronavirus, prison inmates are not going to be a part of the efforts to fight fires, working as hand crews with shovels and McCloud fire tools. (photo courtesy Cal Fire News)


SSU Alternate Care Site Closing

Sonoma State University has cancelled the contract allowing space for local positive coronavirus cases. The campus is planning on a return of students 5 weeks from today. Now, the county is trying to locate another site that will work to house people who have a confirmed case of COVID 19, but need to live in an alternate site to not infect others. (photo courtesy Sonoma State)


Year-Round School Opening Soon

One of Sonoma County's public schools will get going next week with online learning. Richard Crane Elementary is the County's only year-round school, and the campus will remain closed when virtual classes begin on July 15th. Some in person learning will be allowed once the next phase of reopening the county becomes allowed. (photo courtesy WLC Architects, Inc)


PG&E Helicopters

PG&E will be using be using low flying helicopters to improve its Public Safety Power Shutoff program by making the events smaller in size, shorter in length, and smarter for customers. The pre-PSPS flights are designed to gather information that help crews execute future patrols more efficiently and provide key information to better determine timing for restoring electric service to customers. (photo courtesy Sierra News Online)


Two More Local COVID-19 Deaths

Two more people in Sonoma County have died from complications of the Coronavirus, making this week the deadliest so far in this pandemic. Four people have died since Sunday in Sonoma County from COVID 19. California is seeing a surge in infections across the state, and so far Sonoma County is not among the 19 counties forced to reinstate restrictions against activities alike indoor dining at restaurants or tasting rooms. There are 44 more COVID 19 cases in Sonoma County over the past 24 hours, 42 of those are active cases. (photo courtesy PBS)


Compliance Strike Teams

California is creating strike teams from 10 state agencies to enforce guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, targeting businesses that have refused to follow state health orders. The teams include representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Alcohol Beverage Control, Barbering & Cosmetology, and others. Restaurant and salon representatives say they're concerned about employees being asked to enforce health mandates, but many businesses want to comply. (photo courtesy Business Insider)


Cloverdale Fireworks Cancelled

The only official fireworks show in Sonoma County has canceled for this weekend. Cloverdale Lions Club announced the cancellation because of the coronavirus case increases across the county and state. Cloverdale is still one of the only places to buy "safe and sane" fireworks for home use, along with Rohnert Park. Outside of those two cities, fireworks are prohibited in all other parts of Sonoma County. Because Cloverdale had to cancel their fireworks show, the Lions Club lost out on their biggest fundraiser of the year. However, an anonymous donor stepped up and gave the club the money they would have raised, to keep their programs going for people in need. (photo courtesy GOBankingRates)


Holiday Weekend Concerns

With the July 4th holiday weekend coming up, Sonoma County officials are urging residents to follow the orders to avoid gathering with groups other than your own household, make sure you wear your facial coverings when away from your home, and wash your hands frequently. There are 49 more local cases than yesterday, now totally 1,185, and all 49 new cases are active. (photo courtesy The Desert Sun)


No Dog Bark Lagoon Swimming

One of the summer treats for dogs has been the Water Bark dog swimming at Spring Lake Regional Park lagoon on the weekends. Sonoma County has had to cancel Water Bark this summer to comply with health regulations that prhibit gatherings of even a dozen or more people and the lagoon has been nearly drained of water. Park trails are open to dogs on leash, though. (photo courtesy News Break)


Smoke At The Coast

There will be a prescribed burn in the Fort Ross State Historic park starting today and through Friday. Fire districts will be burning 120 acres of wildland in the area. Prescribed burns reduce dangerous fuel that builds up over time, helps restore new growth, while at the same time provides valuable training for fire crews. (photo courtesy Flickr)


Bridge Tolls And Repairs Increase

Prices go up on the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco starting today. Increases range from 20 cents to 35 cents. However, Highways101, 37, and other road and transit upgrades are going to take place after a state appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling allowing a 2018 voter approved toll hike on state owned bridges, putting $4.5 billion to work on roads. (photo courtesy The Mercury News)


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