KPFZ Emergency Information

COVID-19 Emergency

National, State and Local Emergencies are still in effect.

Updated Oct 19, 2022


The State Emergency is scheduled to end on Feb 28, 2023.


The CDC guidelines classifiy individual counties with a "red/green/yellow" status (based on hospitalization, infection rate ...)

6/10/22: Lake is in the GREEN (Low Community Risk) Category. 
12/22/22: Lake is in the YELLOW (Medium Community Risk) Category. 

Warning: we are a small County, so just a few cases (one household) could move us from one level to another.

Covid19.gov Portal for Lake County has some good guidelines. 

Also see  CDC Communty Levels and  CDC Community Level Map for details on the current status.

Station policy

The station is periodically reviewing new Covid19 studio protocols. Subject to programmer agreements we can now have two people in the studio at the same time, and one live show can follow another.

Important Official Links

WARNING: Lake County redesigned its website, and most of their links are not working.  12/8/2022

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

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

Lake County
Lake County Health Dept -- Coronavirus
(The official Covid-19 information line is 707-263-8174 - Monday-Friday  8am-5pm :  email mhoac@lakecounty.ca.gov)
Lake County Sheriffs:

City of Clearlake

City of Lakeport

California Governor's Office   

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

WHO (World Health Organization)

US Representative John Garamondi has a page of useful information

How can people protect themselves?

The best way to prevent illness is to be fully vaccinated.  In addition, because of breakthrough cases, 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), and as aerosols, throughout a poorly ventilated area. 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. Your best protection indoors  is a well-fitting surgical or N95 mask. Cloth masks are better than nothing, but give only slight protection. 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: 

  • Get vaccinated and boosted. 
  • Wear a Surgical or N95  mask in stores or other enclosed spaces.
  • Wash 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.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid being in the same room as people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, or a sudden loss of taste and 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)

October 2019 PGE Power Shutdown (Updated Saturday Oct 12, 12 pm)

The PG&E outage map is showing that nearly all power has been restored, with only one 10-customer neighborhood on Socrates Mine Road shut down, and another 10 on Grange Rd south of Hidden Valley Lake due to 'damaged equipment on a power pole' (both predicted to be up by 3pm). A few individual houses are reporting outages where the area has been reactivated.

This will be the last update.

Lake County is currently recovering from  a PG&E "Public Safety Power Shutdown"

The studio has power and is in full operation, including streaming.

We have resumed normal programming, except that replays of shows during the power shutfown will not be available, so we will use older shows from the archive.

KPFZ will cover the power shutdown recovery as we receive updated information. 

A few areas still have no power (Bottlerock Rd, Upper Lake, Middletown south of Twins Pines) : PG&E is currently predicting  these will all be restored by 3 pm Saturday.

Lake County News has a report on the recovery status.

KPFZ Emergency : PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events.

Updated Wednesday  Oct 28, 2010  10:00 am.

Activate when needed.

A  PG&E PSPS SHUTOFF is in effect  : re-energization for most customers is expected by  Tuesday 10 pm . 
This covers large areas of Lake County.  A FEW  major areas are unaffected -- including Soda Bay, most of Lakeport, downtown Clearlake and the Avenues. The station is  operating on a normal schedule, but the live stream may be down due to lack of internet.

See the overall situation (and customer resource centers) at  https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/
and the current map at https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/ for details. 

The resource centers are open 8 am to 10 pm. They all have restrooms, charging stations and wifi. They are located at :

  • Clearlake Senior Community Center, 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, Lake, 95422
  • Cobb Hardester's Shopping Center,  16295 Hwy 175 Cobb, Lake, 95461
  • Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians Red Hills Property,   7130 Red Hills Rd, Kelseyville, Lake, 95451
  • Konocti Vista Casino, 2755 Mission Rancheria Rd, Lakeport, Lake, 95453
  • Twin Pine Casino and Hotel, 22223 CA-29, Middletown, Lake, 95461
  • Community Baptist Church, 2877 State Highway 20, Nice, Lake, 95464
  • Upper Lake Middle School, 725 Old Lucerne Rd, Upper Lake, Lake, 95485

Hennessey, August, Glass and Lyon Fires and PSPS Events : Aug 17 - Nov 19, 2020

Updated Wednesday  Nov 18, 2020  10:00 am.

August Fire -- Is finally 100% contained. 

The Lake County LNU Lightning Complex Recovery page is at  http://recovery.lakecountyca.gov.  The FEMA asistance information is at http://recovery.lakecountyca.gov/Assets/Recovery/Docs/FEMAapp.pdf A press release summarizing the assistance is at http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Government/PressReleases/LAC090420.htm

KPFZ Fire Schedule.

All talk shows will take fire and other emergency-related calls.