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Fairfield native making N95 masks with aid of 3-D printer

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Former Fairfield resident Taylor Abbott is helping produce N95 masks with his 3-D printer. (Courtesy photo) via

FAIRFIELD — Taylor Abbott is part of Operation Personal Protective Equipment and is using his 3-D printer to make N95 masks for those on the Covid-19 front lines.

Abbott, a Fairfield native, moved to Moraga in 2006. He went to the University of Southern California to attend architecture school after graduating from Campolindo High School.

He is closing out his fifth – and final college year – under a shelter-in-place order.

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Nurse’s husband organizes drive-by thank you in Kaiser Permanente parking lot

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — As a registered nurse, Becky Cherry-May already has a stressful job but now with the current coronavirus pandemic, anxiety levels are even higher.

“We are anticipating a deluge of people who are very sick and have the potential to make us very sick,” Cherry-May told FOX40. “These are scary times.”

Cherry-May’s husband, Allen May, said the couple has even separated themselves in their own household for fear his wife could contract the virus and give it to him. While together time on their couch is on hold, a line has been drawn.

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Show Support For Healthcare Workers: Send ‘Pizza Care Pack’

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VACAVILLE, CA — Locals seeking a unique way to thank those toiling on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis can send a Pieology “Pizza Care Pack” to the hardworking doctors, nurses, medical staff and first responders.

And the love and support doesn’t have to stop there: The care packs, launched today by the pizzeria, also can be sent to police and fire stations or even friends and family, who may need a moral boost during these trying times.

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Dad takes on teacher role during school shutdown

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VACAVILLE — It almost sounds like a sitcom. A construction worker becomes a teacher for three different grade levels.

It’s reality for Nate Reyes of Vacaville, thanks to Covid-19.

Each weekday, for a few hours, he works with his stepdaughter Riley Allesch, daughter Lilly Reyes and son Jaxson Reyes. Riley is a fifth-grader, Lilly a second-grader and Jaxson is in kindergarten.

All attend Alamo Elementary School.

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What’s to become of animals during pandemic concerns nonprofit volunteers

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VALLEJO — Ruby Waderich of Solano County Friends of Animals said she’s afraid the novel coronavirus could wind up indirectly creating a high death toll among our furry friends.

Friends of Animals is a small animal rescue/foster nonprofit.

“Coronavirus may not kill the animals directly, but it could easily kill thousands of them indirectly,” the longtime Vallejo resident said. “We’re totally nonprofit, all volunteers, and our fosters provide food, litter and love in their own homes. The organization provides the medical; spay/neuter, flea treatments, worm meds, daily vitamins and so forth, and without this, the animals could die in the street.”

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Local Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings turn to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The stay at home order from California Governor Gavin Newsome which was issued on March 19, had a devastating effect on those working Twelve Step programs to achieve and maintain sobriety. Groups that are no longer able to congregate due to the Coronavirus outbreak scrambled to find a way to stay connect as well as provide a means for newcomers to join them.

They found it on the internet. While there have been numerous web-based recovery meetings for years, with so many people stuck at home the numbers have increased exponentially. The provider of choice appears to be Zoom, an internet teleconferencing company.

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Veteran Vacaville Police Sergeant calls it a career

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From an early age, Vacaville Police Sgt. Dave Spencer wanted to be a police officer. It’s in his blood.

Spencer followed in the footsteps of his father, who worked for the Hercules Police Department, and who retired as a Lieutenant in 1994.

Growing up in Fairfield, he started his career in law enforcement as a cadet with the Fairfield Police Department, before getting hired as a reserve officer with the Hercules Police Department at the age of 18.

After graduating from the Napa Valley Police Academy at 19, he looked for an agency that would take a chance on a young officer and the Pinole Police Department gave him an opportunity.

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Labs now required to release all Covid-19 test results for better tracking

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FAIRFIELD — Bay Area laboratories in seven counties and one city that test for the novel coronavirus will now be required to report all test results – negative, positive and inconclusive – so public health officials can better track the transmission of the disease.

“This order expands reporting beyond the positive results to include negative and inconclusive results so that we have better understanding about the transmission of the disease in the region,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the Solano County public health officer, said in a statement released Wednesday by the county administration.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville City Council approves local emergency declaration

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The Vacaville City Council unanimously approved a local emergency proclamation by then-City Manager Jeremy Craig in response to the global coronavirus pandemic at Tuesday’s meeting.

As with all meetings lately, the Vacaville City Council operated differently than usual to maintain social distancing guidelines. Council members Mitch Mashburn and Nolan Sullivan were seated in the area usually reserved for the city attorney and city clerk — rather than on the main dais, where Mayor Ron Rowlett and Vice Mayor Raymond Beaty were seated, Councilwoman Dilenna Harris participated over the phone, and the local emergency proclamation was the only business item on the agenda, with the meeting wrapping up within 20 minutes.

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