On Thursday night, Governor Newsom issued a statewide Shelter in Place Order. To read about Governor Newsom’s Order, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
While the Governor’s Order applies statewide, our local Order (in effect since Wednesday) also applies, and we are currently deferring to whatever rule is more restrictive. We are also seeking clarification on questions that have already come up. For example, the Governor has yet to announce an end date for the statewide Shelter in Place Order. We will communicate all new information as we learn more.
Our local cases of Coronavirus doubled on Friday, including our first death in Sonoma County. As always, I urge you to continue doing your part to “flatten the curve.” Please shelter in place — we have too many people out wandering the aisles of whatever store is open. Yesterday’s Press Democrat story was disturbing to read. This is dangerous for your health and that of others.
It is a tough time for all of us, but the health of our most vulnerable — and our local health care workers and health system — depends on your compliance with the State and County
Health Officers’ directions. Please help our community by honoring these orders.
HELPFUL LINKS AND MORE INFORMATION:
I also realize many of us want to do more locally. Below are some helpful links and phone numbers on ways to stay informed and help our community:
Use our new “Dashboard” to monitor the local status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sonoma County at https://sonomacounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=21a1653b79ba42039ff22bcb85fa5b19.
Contribute your time or financial resources to the organizations listed at https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10833859-181/ways-to-help-others-in?ref=TSM&sba=AAS,
Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help supplement the healthcare shortages. NEW PPEs in their original packages can be donated to the Salvation Army at 93 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Access resources for low-income and homeless individuals by visiting https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/resources-information/food-and-other-resources-for-low-income-and-homeless-people/.
Access mental health support by calling the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. You can also Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 Or TTY at 1-800-846-8517. These mental health services are available in both English and Spanish.
Find information on the Sonoma County Office of Education’s free meals for children under 18 by calling 2-1-1, contacting your child’s school district or by visiting https://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/news-archive.html and in Spanish at https://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/news-archive.html.
Check our local, constantly updating “Resources for Seniors and Vulnerable Populations” page for groceries and pharmacies offering special hours, drive through and delivery services for seniors, meal delivery, health, legal, transportation and mental health support at https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/resources-information/resources-for-seniors-and-vulnerable-populations-during-shelter-in-place/.
Find information about filing for Unemployment Insurance (UI) at https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm. You can also access a step-by-step video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rPFvfznZvg&feature=youtu.be. While the Job Link offices are currently closed, staff is working by telephone to respond to questions related to EDD and unemployment claims. Please call (707) 565-5550 for more information.
Access local small business assistance by visiting http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Business-Assistance-Coronavirus/. You can also call (707) 565-4667 with specific questions about how the Shelter in Place Order affects your business, or (707) 565-8079 with questions about unemployment claims or staff layoffs. Every level of government is working to soften the economic blow to people and businesses. Please bear with us as we sort through the fast-moving changes and build up new communications capacities. We will keep you informed of each development.
See a list of the GO LOCAL member businesses who are open online, for delivery and take out by visiting https://myemail.constantcontact.com/There-s-no-better-time-to-support-local-than—from-home–We-ve-got-OPTIONS-.html
Watch the most recent Coronavirus Virtual Town Halls and other videos by visiting https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/resources-information/ in English and in Spanish at https://socoemergency.org/emergencia/novel-coronavirus/recursos-y-informacion/. Please continue to check these websites for new videos and updates, including from our local Public Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase.
On Tuesday, March 24 at 10:00 AM, the Board of Supervisor will discuss a possible moratorium on evictions.
In accordance with Executive Order N-29-20 the March 24, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting will be held virtually. You may access the live stream of this meeting at https://sonoma-county.legistar.com. Public Comment may be submitted via email or recorded voice message. To submit an emailed public comment to the Board, please email email@example.com and provide your name, the item number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be sent to all Board members and can be provided anytime leading up to and throughout the meeting.
To submit public comment via recorded message, please call (707) 691-0174 by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 23rd. State your name and the item number(s) on which you wish to speak. The recordings will be limited to two minutes. These comments may be played at the appropriate time during the board meeting.
Many constituents have also asked about a property tax extension. As of right now, property tax is still due by April 10.
Any adjustment in the due date is at the discretion of the state. We cannot legally grant an extension locally. I know that so many of you are already struggling financially. I wish that we could extend this deadline ourselves, but we are advocating on your behalf with state leaders. We will update you when we know more.
I’d like to remind everyone of “best practices” to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
· Please stay out of stores as much as possible. The shelter in place orders can only help our most vulnerable and our health care system if we honor them.
· It is still advised for all adults 65 years and older and all those with compromised immune systems to self-isolate.
· Continue practicing good hygiene.
· Maintain at least six feet distance from others when outside of your home. Social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.
· If you suspect you are sick, please CALL your healthcare provider before making an office visit.
Together, we will get through this.
Susan Gorin, 1st District Supervisor