COVID-19 Emergency

National, State and Local Emergencies are still in effect.

Updated Jan 22, 2021

The following is partly summarized from Facebook (and on Gary Pace's talk on KPFZ)

Lake County, CA (January 15, 2021) – The steep post-holiday climb in COVID-19 cases in California appears to be leveling off, signaling hope the surge is slowing down. However, Lake County is still seeing a rise in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths; we lost 3 people to COVID in the last 7 days.

ICU Capacity Near 15%, No Regional Stay Home Order Yet.

Vaccines.

The initial allocation to Lake County over the past month was 1600 doses (for shot 1).  These cover the "Phase 1A" .. hospitals, nursing homes and some essential workers. These were distributed directly where they were needed: if you had your first shot you will be contacted for your second.

The county is now planning for "Phase 1B", which covers everyone 65 and over. Doses are still limited, but there will be more distribution channels:

  • The county will have two centers, in Lower Lake and Lakeport, mostly by reservation (which has not been set up yet) starting Tuesday Jan 19. There may be a few "walk-in" slots.
  • Hospitals and their clinics.  If you are a patient, contact them.
  • Tribal health has a separate distribution from the state, augmented, for non-tribal patients, by the county
  • It was expected that chains such as CVS and Safeway would be participating, but this has been held up due to contract issues.

The status of vaccine availability will be at http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus/Vaccines.htm -- with the warning that the situation is very volatile.  

Local hospitals have "Vaccine" pages, but no information yet.

From Dr Pace 
Safeway Pharmacy in Lakeport received some doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.  They are offering appointments for those eligible Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm and 2-5pm, starting  Monday, January, 25, 2021.
Visit https://mhealthcheckin.com/covidvaccine?clientId=1611269027315&region=Delaware&urlId=/vcl/0983lakecounty to schedule. *Supply is limited and appointments will fill in quickly.  (Currently showing Thur 28)

NOTE: even if you have been vaccinated, please continue to mask up.  

Face Coverings (masks) are required "everywhere" where you can't maintain 6 feet of social distance.California Guideline for Face Coverings

Station policy

The station is operating on limited hours, with only one Board Operator (BO) in the studio, and any hosts calling in.
The full statement is here

Important Official Links

Note : web sites are changing the pages about COVID-19 often, so we are just giving the top-level address.

The NEW central reporting site for Covd19 is now : Lake County Public Health : COVID-19 Data

Lake County
Lake County, California Coronavirus Response Hub.  (This site will be discontinued on Sep 18 -- see above)
Lake County Health Dept -- Coronavirus Public Notices
(The offical Covid-19 information line is 707-263-8174 - Monday-Friday  8am-5pm :  email mhoac@lakecounty.ca.gov)
Lake County Sheriff

The Lake County Superior Courts has also announced closures. Only urgent business will be conducted. Jurors will be re-called later. Restraining orders will be extended automatically.

  • City of Clearlake
    Public access to the City Hall Lobby and the Poilce Department is closed. Call for details.
  • City of Lakeport
    Public access to City Hall and the Police Department is closed.  Call for details.
    Lakeport has opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) telephone line at (707) 263-5683. (Mon-Thurs)

California Governor's Office   

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

WHO (World Health Organization)

US Representative John Garamondi has a page of useful information

From the CA Dep of Public Health (3/13/20) :

How can people protect themselves?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person breaths, talks, coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the nose and lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a Face Covering in stores, and when you are closer than 6 feet to another. 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, or a sudden loss of smell.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.

Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

How to Protect Yourself    

Unofficial but reputable sites

New York Times: Charts and Maps down to the county level
San Jose Mercury News : Map of cases by county (updated daily)
Washington University : Cases and Hospital Capacity for USA and State (Right now California has the capacity, New York does not)
ncov19.live : Cases worldwide, with USA by state This site was created by Avi Schiffmann, a high schooler in Washington State, USA. (Updated continuously with data from official sources)
For the technically inclined, very good graphs (international and US states)

 

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