Karen Lehman
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Sonoma County News

Sonoma County Schools Reopen

Sonoma County schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to sixth grade are now eligible to return to in-person learning with an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan. This move is based on the County’s adjusted daily case rate of less than 25 per 100,000 residents for several weeks. All other grade levels are restricted from returning to in-person learning until Sonoma County moves into the Red Tier. (photo courtesy nj101)

Teacher Vaccinations

California teachers are getting vaccinated. The state's plan is to vaccinate 75,000 county education workers every week, with school employees receiving a single use code so they can make online appointments . California has 320,000 school teachers. They hope to vaccinate all of them, from kindergarten to 12th grade by the end of March. (photo courtesy Education Week)

Kincade Fire Evidence Ordered

PG&E has been ordered, by the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, to turn over evidence from the 2019 Kincade fire, including documents and other information for the DA's investigation into PG&E's role in the origin of the fire that burned nearly 78,000 acres. (photo courtesy LA Times)

PG&E Food For Thought Donation

Food For Thought received more than $15,000 from PG&E, as the utility continues to provide support for organizations that help vulnerable Sonoma County residents. Food For Thought is a nonprofit that serves Sonoma County residents with food and nutritional support, with delivery or curbside pick-up, during weather-related events and Public Safety Power Shutoffs. (photo courtesy FreeFood.org)

Vote By Mail Due Now

Voters in the West Sonoma County Union High School District and/or the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District are being urged to complete and return their ballot for the special March 2nd election. Voters who are not signed up to receive their ballots in the mail should refer to the back of their County Voter Information Guide to find out their assigned polling place for this election. (photo courtesy snopes)

PG&E Lawsuit

Former PG&E Executives and board members are being sued for their part in the wildfires of 2017 and 2018. The suit is led by a trust representing more than 61,000 wildfire victims in Sonoma County, along with other Northern California counties, and claims PG&E failed to repair and replace equipment that ultimately caused the fires. (photo courtesy Petaluma Argus-Courier)

Ag Workers Vaccinations

As efforts to vaccinate essential agricultural and production workers struggle to proceed throughout California and the nation, Sonoma County’s farmers, vintners and health communities have been successfully partnering to get thousands of COVID-19 vaccination doses to workers in agriculture, vineyard, food, and winery sectors. (photo courtesy USA Today)

Vaccinations Transportation Options

You can get free transportation to vaccination appointments on Sonoma County Transit, Petaluma Transit, and Santa Rosa City Buses, and now you can also get free rides for verified vaccination appointments on SMART and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry. (photo courtesy Patch)

County Still Under Tightest Restrictions

San Mateo and Marin counties have been allowed to move to the Red Tier of the color coded system of the State's reopening plan, but Sonoma County remains in the Purple Tier. One of the main reasons for the continued restriction is COVID 19 testing results that show a higher than expected positivity rate. Testing is encouraged for anyone working, or suspect a possible exposure to someone with COVID 19. Go to socoemergency.org to find sites and make appointments. (photo courtesy Haaretz)

Moderna Vaccine Arrives

An expected shipment of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Sonoma County after a delay due to the extreme cold weather last week. Vaccinations scheduled for today will happen as planned with the 4200 doses that arrived, but the cancelled appointments Sunday, Monday, and yesterday are being rescheduled. (photo courtesy The Straits Times)

Senator McGuire Tourism Meeting

This Afternoon, State Senator Mike McGuire will be holding an Economic Roundtable, with Tourism and Hospitality Leaders. The impacts of the pandemic have been devastating on businesses that rely on tourism. The virtual meeting is today at 4pm, and will address the plan for re-opening the hospitality sector throughout California. (photo courtesy Times Standard)

Redistricting Supervisor Boundaries

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has established a 15-member commission that will assist the Board in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries using new Census data. Residents of Sonoma County are encouraged to apply now to serve on the Sonoma County Advisory Redistricting Commission, which is expected to begin meeting in May. The application period will be open through March 23 (photo courtesy County of Sonoma)

California Economic Stimulus Bill

Today, Governor Newsom is expected to sign the State's Economic Stimulus Bill that will give direct payments of $600 to more than 5 million Californians. It was approved by state lawmakers for low income Californians, including may undocumented immigrants who do pay taxes. The checks will also go to those who get help from state programs for the blind, the disabled and the elderly. (photo courtesy The Economic Times)

COVID-19 Tuesday

The case rates across the Country, State and Sonoma County are slowing down. However, there are 70 more local positive cases added to the list, and 4 more deaths from the virus. More than 118,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered locally, with the new age eligibility of 65 years old. (photo courtesy PBS)

West County Health Centers

West County Health Centers has changed the way residents can sign up for the vaccine, in order to reach the most vulnerable people. The system is switching from one of open self-scheduling to direct outreach from health centers, primary care practices and organizations employing essenrtial workers. (photo courtesy WCHC)

PG&E Funding Decision

Some crucial decisions have been made regarding the PG&E settlement funding for Santa Rosa. Most of the $95 million will go towards the city's budget, housing, wildfire prevention and a new library for Roseland. (photo courtesy PG&E)

Younger Age For Vaccinations Today

Starting today, in County of Sonoma, the eligible age for receiving the vaccine will be lowered to 65 , for all clinics administering the vaccine, including Optiserve. The move is a result of vaccinating more that 40% of residents over 75 years old. Currently, Sonoma County has vaccinated over 107,000 doses. (photo courtesy SF Chronicle)

Youth Sports To Resume

California public health officials are loosening the rules for youth sports, allowing outdoor sports to resume at the end of the week, in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000, including Sonoma County, with some limitations and restrictions that will be announced in more detail throughout the week. (photo courtesy TeenLife)

Adopt A Road Program

The edges of roads and highways are getting cleaned up from a new Sonoma County Adopt A Road program. Modeled after Caltrans’ Adopt A Highway program, the arrangement allows individuals, companies or nonprofits to voluntarily sponsor cleanup campaigns on selected sections of Sonoma County’s roadways. (photo courtesy News and Advance)

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