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Board urged to consider mass casualty plan

December 16, 2020 — Supervisors Carre Brown and John McCowen were honored at their last Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, with Senator Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood sharing a retrospective of their accomplishments.

Public Health Officer Dr. Andrew Coren disclosed new school guidance loosening restrictions on cohorts, which Ukiah Unified School District Superintendent Deb Kubin said will allow schools to open to in-person instruction for one period per day. That guidance can be acted upon four weeks after the county re-enters the red tier, as per regulations put out by the state. Right now, Mendocino County is firmly in the purple tier, surpassing 2,000 known cases earlier this week.

All the residents of Building Bridges, the homeless shelter in Ukiah, are in hotel rooms as Redwood Community Services cleans the premises after an outbreak that led to a quarantine.

Covid vaccines are likely to arrive in Mendocino County this week, but Coren advised the Board to look into establishing a mass casualty plan, because he expects  the next few months to be the worst yet.

Nash Gonzalez, who is heading up the vaccine distribution, reported that the county expects to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, though next week’s distribution has come into question. 

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