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Antibody Testing

Beginning tomorrow, 6/6, testing will begin for antibodies to the novel coronavirus. The first phase of testing will be with first responders, EMT's paramedics, Fire Firefighters, and law enforcement, and people who previously tested positive for COVID 19 and have since required. Following this group, the plan is to expand testing at select hospitals and health centers in the County. (photo courtesy MarketWatch)


Ceres Project

Ceres Community Project has received a $10,000 donation to help with their efforts with emergency food distribution to people with sever health challenges in Sonoma County. The money comes from Liberty Mutual and Safeco as part of an emergency support grant to assist the local community during the COVID 19 crisis. (photo courtesy Ceres Community Project)


Protest Coronavirus Risk

With the protest demonstrations comes the possiblitiy of a spike in coronavirus transmission. Sonoma County Health Officer Dr Mase warns that those who choose to participate put themselves at risk of contracting the virus. She advised anyone who joins the rallys to wear facila coverins and try to practice social distancing as much as possible. Currently Sonoma County has 593 COVID 19 cases, 285 are active. (photo courtesy Business Insider)


Schools Reopening

Schools are planning to reopen in August, if it's safe to do so. According to an article by Sonoma County School District Supervisor Steve Herrington, each district will develop its own plan, based on its local circumstances and county health guidance. State rules would like to see reduced class room numbers, social distancing, and divided groups of students to attend physical classes only two days per week. (photo courtesy The Daily Californian)


State Budget Agreement

State leaders have reached an agreement on the budget that covers an estimated $54 billion shortfall. The deal avoids most of Governor Newsom's proposed budget cuts to public education and health care services but also relies heavily on increased federal funding coming in to address the coronavirus pandemic. (photo courtesy LA Times)


Unemployment Low Point

The U.S. government reports some 1.9 million workers sought jobless aid last week. It's the ninth straight weekly decline as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off workers. The dwindling pace of jobless claims suggests that the devastation in the job market may have bottomed out. Still, by historical standards the number of weekly applications remains high. (photo courtesy The Social Media Monthly)


Desert Quake

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has jolted the region of California desert where a powerful quake last summer was followed by thousands of aftershocks, centered just north of the small city of Ridgecrest. No immediate reports of damage or injury. The quake was felt as a bump and rolling motion in a high-rise building in downtown Las Vegas. It also shook buildings in downtown Los Angeles. (photo courtesy Tiple M)


Parks And Beaches Opening Today

Starting today, 6/3, parking lots at Sonoma County parks will be open and trails will be opened up. The changes to the restrictions now allows coastal access for walking, surfing, sunbathing and relaxing on beaches. The order continues to require that all park visitors practice physical distancing and wear face coverings when they come within 6 feet of people who are not members of their household. And, some Park facilities where people would gather closely will remain closed, picnic areas, barbecues, playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor gym equipment, drinking fountains and recreational campgrounds. (photo courtesy Sacramento Bee)


Santa Rosa Police Department Nixle

Santa Rosa Police have suspended their use of Nixle alerts because of inconsistancy with the phone app. SRPD has noticed that some of their messages were not being delivered, or being misdelivered. For now, SRPD urges you to stay informed by using srcity.org/SRPDupdates, twitter.com/santarosapolice, and the santa rosa police department Facebook page. (photo courtesy Santa Rosa)


Curfews Enacted

Santa Rosa and Windsor announced curfews for their cities. The City of Santa Rosa has declared a local state of emergency due to the incidents of violence and vandalism that occurred over the weekend in Santa Rosa. This mandatory curfew requires people within the City of Santa Rosa to stay home from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. , and in Windsor starting at 9pm. Those exempt from the curfew are first responders, essential city service employees, people seeking medical attention, credentialed media, and persons who are experiencing homelessness who remain sheltered in place in a single location. (photo courtesy CNN)


Protest Clean Up

Thousands of people in cities where vandalism is occuring, are taking action in a positive way, ,sweeping up glass from broken store windows, scrubbing off graffiti and picking up trash after protests again turned destructive. Some said cleaning was cathartic, and restored his faith in humanity. Countless businesses had taken a hit from coronavirus restrictions and were starting to reopen as the protests led to other expensive setbacks in damage and stolen merchandise. (photo courtesy Long Beach Press-Telegram)


Vitalent Antibody Test

Sonoma County's blood resource company Vitalent became the first blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to the coronavirus that causes COVID 19. The antibody test will indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Blood donations of all types are critically needed right now. (photo courtesy ars technica)


Protest Violence

It was a weekend of civil protest over the death of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, and also a weekend of violence by a sanction of the protesters who broke windows, sprayed graffiti, looted stores, and assaulted police officers. Law Enforcement agencies throughouth Sonoma County have extra officers on duty to protect buildings and streets. (photo courtesy News Break)


Running Fence Artist Dies

The artist that brought international attention to Sonoma County with a long, long fabric design in 1976 has died. Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude, created the Running Fense, consisting of more that 2 million square feet of fabric reaching 18 feet high, and stretched across 59 ranches and into the ocean near Bodega Bay. Christo was 84 years old. (photo courtesy Smithsonian American Art)


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