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Child care providers launch union organizing effort

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FAIRFIELD — Allison Davis wants to empower home-based child care providers.

“Child care keeps America working . . . and child care is critical to any economic recovery,” Davis said.

She said the time is ripe for the movement to create Child Care Providers United.

“The union is a huge step to get child care recognized as an essential business,” Davis said. “I think it just builds up child care and will bring in more people into child care with better wages and benefits.”

Nearly 80% of Solano County children in working families do not have access to the child care they need, according to, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

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Local student-athletes keep training as they await CIF’s decision on fall schedule

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — Local high schools are allowing student-athletes back on the field for distance workouts.

In Fairfield, the Vanden Vikings football team just completed its second week of training.

All high schools are waiting for word from the California Interscholastic Federation to see if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled.

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Coronavirus: Graham Aquatic Center to reopen Monday with noon lap swim

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Those who have missed the prospect of staying cool at the pool this summer can rejoice. The Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center reopens Monday with a noon lap swim and social distancing guidelines in place.

The noon lap swim will be the first of the programs to reopen.

On July 6, morning and evening lap swims will be added to the schedule, water aerobics will return July 13, Aqua Board Fitness — a version of yoga on water — will resume July 20 and swim lessons will come back July 27.

Public pools in California were given the greenlight to reopen by the state, as the coronavirus pandemic delayed pools’ usual summer reopening by several weeks. Recreation Supervisor Melody Ocampo said the decision for Graham Aquatic Center to reopen was the result of a process of “research, review and collaboration.”

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2 Vacaville City Hall Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus

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VACAVILLE, CA — The city of Vacaville said Thursday that public counters at City Hall are closed to walk-in traffic until further notice after two city employees reported testing positive for the coronavirus.

The first employee reported their positive COVID-19 test to the city late ‪Wednesday afternoon, while the second employee, from a different department, reported the positive test result ‪Thursday morning‬, city officials said.

Neither employee showed any symptoms while working at City Hall and the two cases seem to be unrelated, the city said Thursday afternoon in a statement posted to Facebook.

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CVS To Open COVID-19 Testing Site In Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, CA — CVS Health announced Wednesday that it will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Fairfield.

The new site is among 35 slated to open Friday across California, with the ultimate goal of processing more than 1.5 million tests per month nationwide, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity, according to CVS Health.

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Coronavirus: Vacaville City Council to consider finalization of outdoor dining program

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Following the discussion last meeting to open up parking lots and on-street parking spaces for outdoor dining, the Vacaville City Council will consider authorizing a plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

The plan, intended to allow restaurants to maintain their capacity while still providing enough space for diners to sit 6 feet apart, seeks to expand outdoor dining options and to temporarily suspend parking requirements to allow for privately owned lots, courtyards and other open spaces to be utilized for dining.

According to a staff report by Tim Padden, economic development manager, the proposal is in response to the decline in revenue for restaurants following the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders.

“The pandemic has caused an unfortunate economic downturn for many Vacaville businesses,” he wrote. “Economists have estimated that nearly sixty percent of job losses during this pandemic have come from food and hospitality businesses.”

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Why Masks? To Protect Your Community

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As COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions ease and more businesses, bars and restaurants open, health experts and state officials are also seeing more confusion, disdain and even hostility toward wearing masks.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom reacted last Thursday (June 18) by issuing an order requiring Californians to wear face coverings in “high-risk” settings that include any indoor public space, lines to enter those spaces and any setting where 6-foot social distancing is not feasible. (Yolo County has mandated face coverings since April 24.)

UC Davis experts have been warning about the need for masks and have advice for the nuances about wearing them, how to care for them and what not to wear. But their advice about masks starts with one simple point: Wear them. Protect your community.

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UC Davis Researchers Adapt Amyloid Technology to Catch Coronavirus

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Two researchers at the University of California, Davis, are adapting their technology for amyloid-based, self-organizing protein scaffolds to combat coronavirus. They hope the technique could be used in diagnostic tests or for virus-neutralizing masks and other protective equipment.

Daniel Cox, professor of physics, and Michael Toney, professor of chemistry, are inventors of a patented technique for using beta amyloid proteins to grow tiny fibrils. The plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions are described as beta amyloid proteins. The researchers used antifreeze proteins with a similar structure to make their fibrils.

The artificial fibrils act like scaffolds and can be engineered to create new materials with specific functions. Cox and Toney developed the technology for applications such as nanowires and biomaterials. Now their goal is to capture the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

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Local Festival Solano Stroll Canceled For 2020

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EAST BAY, CA — The largest annual festival in the East Bay, the Solano Stroll, has been canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus, organizers announced.

The event is an East Bay tradition started in 1974 and annually attracts an estimated 250,000 to the Solano Avenue business district in Berkeley and Albany.

The Solano Avenue Association, the business group that organizes the event, said the cancellation was a joint decision by both cities in consultation with the Alameda County Health Department.

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Solano jobless rate in May: a little better than April, much worse than 2019

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County is slowly waking up from a hard Covid-19 sleep as unemployment fell from 15.2% in April to 14.2% in May, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The number of local jobs climbed to 125,400, a gain of 1,800 over April’s figure, the Labor Market Division of the EDD reported.

However, compared to May 2019, there are 20,200 fewer local jobs, the EDD reported.

One of the more promising figures was that construction added 1,000 jobs since April, now 12,400, though it is down 400 jobs compared to May 2019.

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