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COVID-19 Tuesday

The Centers for Disease Control are urging people to avoid travelling for the holiday weekend. Sonoma County's Health Officer Dr. Mase said getting a COVID test now is not a guarantee of being safe, or not spreading the virus to others. Her warning came as local virus transmission has soared to summer high levels and California is dealing with an explosion of cases worse than at any point during the pandemic that began in March. Last night 122 more positive cases were added to the Sonoma County list. There are a variety of testing sites listed on socoemergency.org (photo courtesy PBS)

Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

The burn permit suspension in Sonoma County has been lifted, along with Napa, Lake and Solano Counties. Those possessing valid CAL FIREand air quality burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity’s and the chance of winter weather have helped to begin to diminish the threat of wildfire. (photo courtesy Flickr)

School Waivers

Sonoma County schools that have been hoping to reopen campuses will have to wait a bit longer. Waiver applications have been put on hold while changing guidelines are being created by the state due to the surge in COVID 19 cases and hospitalizations. The 9 private schools in the county that have been given permission to reopen will likely remain open for now. (photo courtesy Sonoma Index-Tribune)

Fire Recovery Town Hall

Fire survivors and property owners impacted by the Glass, Meyers and Walbridge fires are invited to attend a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. to learn more about the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, eligibility for the state program, hazard tree removal; the right of entry application process; and post-fire watershed protection. (photo courtesy Petaluma Augus Courier) Here is the Zoom link to the meeting https://sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/93592040951?pwd=YVpKUHd3S3BLK3RVekVuSURQQkM4Zz09

COVID-19 Thursday

The number of COVID 19 cases across the country is rising by large increments. There are more than 10 million confirmed cases inthe US, and over 18,000 deaths. Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Here in Sonoma County, 36 additional positve cases were reported last night. The pop up test sites have been successful. This morning you can get a COVID test at Cloverdale Plaza, and then this afternoon at Roseland Library. Get an appointment at socoemergency.org (photo courtesy Patch)

Congressman Thompson Virtual Town Hall

Congressman Mike Thompson will be holding a Virtual Town Hall meeting tonight to talk about the surging COVID 19 case rate. Thompson will be joined by expert doctors and public health officers. The meeting will stream on Congressman Thompson's Facebook Page tonight from 7 - 8pm. (photo courtesy Mike Thompson)

Rubber Bullet Settlement

The City of Santa Rosa is paying $200,000 in a settlement with a protester who was shot with a rubber bullet. The man from Healdsburg was protesting in May against systemic racism and police brutality. The man was in the area where glass windows of a church were being broken, and bottles were being thrown when police used the non-lethal weapon in the crowd. (photo courtesy Press Democrat)

Airport Renovation

A $31 million renovation project at the Charles M Schulz/Sonoma County Airport is finally underway, after more than 10 years of planning. It includes an expansive lobby and terminal building; with state of the art, check-in counters and kiosks, and an expanded baggage claim area. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Airport)


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