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March 27, 2020--Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Mimi Doohan spoke with KZYX on Friday evening, with the latest update about the local coronavirus response in our community.

March 27, 2020 — Caregivers have a lot to teach the rest of us, as we splash bleach all over our clothes and try to use our phones while wearing rubber gloves or breathe into a mask without fogging up our glasses. Caregivers already know what it means to protect other people from day to day contaminants. 


March 26, 2020--On today's daily update for Mendocino County's coronavirus response, Dr. Drew Colfax is joined by Dr. Suzanne Hiramatsu, Director of Emergency Medicine and Pacific Redwood Medical Group, which manages the emergency department at the Ukiah Adventist Hospital.

Evictions and hemp on hold

Mar 26, 2020

March 26, 2020 — The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an urgency ordinance to restrict evictions on residential and commercial properties until the end of May, though that date can change, like so much else in the midst of the pandemic.

Kids and Covid-19: Mendo Coronavirus Update 3-25

Mar 25, 2020

March 25, 2020--Ukiah ER physician Dr. Drew Colfax and MCHC Pediatrician Dr. Casey Johnston updated KZYX listeners on the latest local news regarding the coronavirus and Mendocino County's response. The phone lines were open for listener questions.

March 25, 2020 — Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan announced the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mendocino County yesterday, as she reported to the Board of Supervisors on a revised, much stricter shelter in place order. The new order is effective until rescinded and mandates the closure of all parks. Outdoor activities are limited to those that can be initiated from home and do not involve the use of a motor vehicle or public transit to the location of exercise. 

Alicia Bales

March 24, 2020—Ukiah ER Physician Dr. Drew Colfax and Dr John Rochat of Anderson Valley Health Center give an update and answer questions about the current coronavirus situation in Mendocino County, including what we know about the one new case of COVID-19 confirmed this morning by Dr. Mimi Doohan, County Public Health Officer.

Sheltering in place with nowhere to go

Mar 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 — The shelter in place order from the state and the county is especially hard on people staying in homeless shelters. At Building Bridges, the homeless resource center in Ukiah, distancing protocols were in place for the overnight shelter; handwashing stations were conspicuous; and fomites were being disinfected relentlessly.  But for people living on the streets, social distancing is not an option — especially during a crisis. 

Alicia Bales

March 23, 2020--Dr. Drew Colfax, Emergency Room Physician at Ukiah Adventist Health, and Dr. John Rochat of Anderson Valley Health Center, give a live update on KZYX about local Coronavirus response, with listener questions. There is still only one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Mendocino County, but local heath care providers are bracing for a wave of infections in the coming days. Without any known treatment for the illness, they strongly encourage sheltering in place to prevent the overwhelm of local resources.

MendoLatino: El Coronavirus y su Impacto Local

Mar 23, 2020


"That's Why We're Farmers"

Mar 23, 2020

March 23, 2020 — The shutdown order to shelter in place has exemptions for agriculture and shopping for essential things, which means licensed farmers markets are still allowed to operate. At Saturday’s outdoor market in Ukiah, vendors were following an elaborate protocol, asking customers to pay for produce they were not allowed to touch by dropping money into containers on tables that had been set up to create a buffer between people. Change had been sanitized, and a hand-washing station was in place next to the Porta Potty.

Anderson Valley Health Center

March 21, 2020--Dr. Drew Colfax, Emergency Room Physician at Ukiah Adventist Health, and Dr. Mark Luoto, Director of Emergency Services for Mendocino County, give a live update on KZYX about local Corona Virus response, with listener questions. They strongly encourage everyone to avoid going to the grocery store and other gathering places unless absolutely necessary, and to adhere to strict social distancing of at least 6 feet apart to avoid transmitting the virus and overwhelming Mendocino County's health care system.

"This is Going to Be Hard"

Mar 21, 2020

March 20, 2020 -- Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan told the Board of Supervisors Friday that “Social distancing is the only way we can save our healthcare system from collapse.” As long as there is no vaccine or effective pharmaceutical treatment, she added, “The truth is that...while the shelter in place order is written until April 7...we realize that it is highly likely that April 7 is just for the first phase of our shelter in place response.” And if case numbers continue to rise, the order is likely to become ever more stringent.

March 20, 2020 — Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan shared a few details about the county’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, and promised to shut down businesses that do not comply with her order to shelter in place. Already on the first full day of the order being in effect, she announced that one hospitality business had been in violation, and that she had ordered it closed.

Five people are being monitored in quarantine, and Doohan said public health is working on tracing the contacts of the patient who has been confirmed.

"Social Distancing Doesn't Have to be Lonely"

Mar 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 — Workers at the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County, located in Redwood Valley, were working hard on Wednesday afternoon to get as many animals as possible into foster care or permanent homes so they could shelter in place — somewhere other than the shelter.

“Social distancing doesn’t have to be lonely,” said dog kennel manager Becca Edwards, encouraging people who “can’t foster in real life” to take care of a homeless animal while they can’t go to work. “I’m always happier with dogs next to me,” she added by way of personal testimonial.