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Sacramento Area Selected For COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento has been selected to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial that could lead to a widely available vaccine by the end of the year.

UC Davis Health announced Wednesday that it hopes to enroll as many as 200 people from the greater Sacramento metropolitan area in the clinical trial that involves roughly 30,000 people worldwide. The trial is in partnership Pfizer and BioNTech, who have developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The Sacramento area was selected, in part, because of UC Davis Health’s ability to reach minority communities quickly. Sacramento is the third most ethnically diverse city in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. Stockton is number one.

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Exclusive: More than 1,600 Californians have been evicted during pandemic

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Like any parent, Jamie Burson didn’t want her 11-year-old son to discover how frightened she really was about the novel coronavirus. But it’s hard to mask anxiety when you’re living and sleeping together in the same car.

After Burson was evicted from her two bedroom apartment in Vacaville the second week of April, she heeded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to shelter in place by cooping up in a two-door sedan near her Walmart job. With school campuses shuttered, her son propped his school-issued laptop on top of the glovebox and attended class in the same passenger seat he slept in.

It helped that he could occasionally spend a night at a relative’s or friend’s house, although Burson hesitated to ask to sleep there herself, partly out of fear of spreading the virus to friends and family.

“I was scared because of how many people were dying on a daily basis,” said Burson, who was evicted for a late February rent payment. “Made me feel like mankind was going to go extinct. I’ve never lived to see any type of disease take people out the way this one has.”

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Cal Fire reports target shooting as cause of Quail Fire in June

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VACAVILLE — A wildfire that burned 2.87 square miles of brush, forced evacuations and destroyed a home in rural Vacaville was started by target shooting in the area.

That’s the finding of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s investigation into the Quail Fire, which started June 6 and burned for four days before being contained.

Cal Fire released its findings Monday.

The Quail Fire forced area residents out of their homes and destroyed three structures – including one home.

The vegetation fire started at 3:30 p.m. June 6 along Quail Canyon Road near Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and southwest of Winters.

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Elderly hikers airlifted after cow chased them in Solano County park

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Two people described as elderly were airlifted to a local hospital on Sunday after suffering injuries from a cow chase while hiking in a Solano County park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP helicopter H-32 responded to the call at Lynch Canyon Regional Park, an open, hilly space north of Vallejo, and found the injured couple on a trail with a cow and calf standing feet away.

Officials hovered above the scene and sounded the helicopter’s siren to move the animals.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville mask makers aid veterans, families in need

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

Ronda Madrid said yes — and ended up touching the lives of local military veterans and families in need.

The ask — to sew masks for clients of Vacaville’s Navarre Corporation, which transports veterans to medical appointments at no charge.

The result — 300 masks made with the help of a fellow Vacaville friend and donations from grateful recipients going to Families Helping Families, a nonprofit founded by Anheuser Busch employees that provides 400 needy families with food every year.

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Back-to-school giveaway sees flood of recipients

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FAIRFIELD — Bethel Community Church joined Saturday with the city and the Fairfield Community Services Foundation for a well-received giveaway event, providing school supplies and reusable masks to local families.

Cars were lined up along East Tabor Avenue to gain entry to Bethel’s busy parking lot to pick up supplies during the two-hour drive-thru event.

Sullina Sanchez, who works with the Fairfield City Manager’s Office and was volunteering at the event, said volunteers had gathered 2,000 adult masks, 700 youth-sized masks, hand sanitizer and 624 backpacks filled with school supplies. Sanchez said she was “excited to come together to help the community, especially in these hard times.”

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Solano health care workers protest over PPE concerns

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VACAVILLE — Becky Cherry-May, a registered nurse for Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, is concerned for the safety of patients and nurses at the hospital because of the reuse of personal protective equipmentthe concerns are underscored by Covid-19.

She along with other members of the California Nurses Association and the Caregiver and Health Care Employees Union who work as registered nurses, respiratory therapists, lab and other technicians held a protest Wednesday at Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo as well as Sutter Health’s facility in Vallejo.

It was part of a much larger information campaign.

“When you see us on the outside of the building like this, you know there is something wrong on the inside,” Cherry-May said.

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Solano to turn businesses that skirt Covid-19 rules over to state

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FAIRFIELD — Businesses in Solano County that receive three valid complaints for not complying with Covid-19 regulations are being turned over to a state task force for possible action.

Terry Schmidtbauer, the interim director of the Department of Resource Management, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the action is new for the county. It comes at a time when Solano County is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases and is receiving more and more complaints.

The announcement followed comments from Carol Kalamaras, past president of the California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, of Solano County, who read a letter from the group’s executive board that sharply criticized the Board of Supervisors for failing to enforce the Covid-19 regulations.

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Solano County: COVID patients may return to work after 10 days, even with ‘lingering symptoms’

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Solano County issued new guidance to residents Tuesday, stating that employees in the county who test positive for COVID-19 may return to work after isolating for 10 days, whether or not they continue to exhibit symptoms of the disease caused by the virus. Typical symptoms may include coughing, fever, or respiratory issues.

“Anyone who tested positive and has isolated for 10 days from the date that their symptoms began is no longer infectious, even if some may have lingering symptoms,” said Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer. “We understand that businesses have concerns about employees returning to the workplace; however, re-testing is unnecessary to prove that employees can no longer spread the disease. Once the 10-day isolation has been completed, employees may return to work.”

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Coronavirus: Communal outdoor dining comes to Dixon

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Joel Rosenbaum — The Reporter

It is no secret that restaurants have been struggling in the age of the coronavirus. Those that have survived are getting by with takeout or delivery models and with the California government extending its stay-at-home order to allow outdoor dining at restaurants, this has become another way for businesses to attract customers.

In many instances, this has meant changing city code to extend outdoor dining areas to parking space, courtyards or parks. For Dixon, this has meant establishing a communal space for patrons of different restaurants to eat and drink.

Dawson’s Bar & Grill, with support from the city and Downtown Dixon Business Association (DDBA), recently set up an outdoor eating area on the city-owned Ferguson Alley off West A Street for patrons to enjoy the takeout they ordered from Dawson’s and other downtown restaurants in a shaded space that allows for outdoor dining and social distancing.

Jill Orr, the owner of Dawson’s and president of DDBA’s Board of Directors, said the goal was to provide more outdoor seating.

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