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Lake County moves to orange less-restrictive reopening tier; Solano is last Bay Area county in red tier

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Lake County early Wednesday morning officially moved to the orange tier in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, according to state officials.

The move allows some businesses to increase their customer capacities and reopen outdoor venues, according to the state Department of Public Health, which made the announcement Tuesday.

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Solano County officially expands vaccine eligibility to individuals age 16 and older

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Starting Wednesday, Solano County is expanding vaccine eligibility to individuals living or working in Solano County who are age 16 and older, in accordance with state guidance to expand eligibility to all Californians in this age group.

“We are pleased to expand eligibility to all community members age 16 and older in Solano County,” said
Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Solano County Health Officer in a news release. “With the temporary pause in providing the J&J vaccine, appointments for first vaccine doses may continue to be limited.

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Solano’s Covid-19 case numbers drop for 3rd straight day

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FAIRFIELD — No Solano County jurisdiction reported double-digit new coronavirus case increases, and the county as a whole experienced declines for the third straight day.

In fact, the county’s reporting shows a consistent decrease since Friday’s spike of 61 confirmed cases.

The number of new cases Thursday was 27, down from 30 Wednesday, 31 Tuesday and a three-day average over the weekend into Monday of 33.3 cases.

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Shelter Solano to break ground for new kitchen at Beck Avenue site

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FAIRFIELD — A new kitchen and dining facility for what was then Mission Solano became a sore spot in Solano County for close to a decade.

But now Shelter Solano is ready to start the project with a ceremony Thursday to break ground.

“We are thrilled to be able to fulfill the original vision for this location to serve the most vulnerable homeless families and individuals in Solano County,” Concord-based Shelter Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Eckstrom said in a statement.

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Why 3 appliance, food companies made big commitments to Solano County

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Interior of an existing Smart GE Appliances distribution center with a high tech Basiloid lift attachment on a forklift equipped with sensors, variable speed controls, navigation lights and cameras to safeguard the movement of products being shipped to local customers. GE Appliances plans to open a 501,000-square-foot warehouse in Dixon in northern Solano County in 2022. (courtesy of GE Appliances)

Economic-development boosters for Solano County are touting their role in helping three businesses secure sizable footprints in Solano County.

Solano Economic Development Corporation said the arrival of GE Appliances, Gotham Greens and Thistle in the past two years has the collective potential to create 300 to 350 jobs and provide an estimated $120 million in new investment.

Robert Burris, president and CEO of the business development group, said five other companies are having confidential discussions about doing the same.

“In addition to interest from a number of food-related companies, we are investing more time working with life science enterprises looking at Solano County, with Vacaville having a unique competitive advantage,” Burris said during Solano EDC’s virtual annual meeting March 25. “As a result, we are ramping up efforts to attract new firms for the nonprofit California Biotechnology Center developed by city of Vacaville. The overall economic impact of new biotech developments in this region is estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 new jobs and several billion dollars in output.”

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Walmart Stores In, Near Solano County Offer COVID Vaccine: LIST

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SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Solano County residents now have another choice when it comes to finding a COVID-19 vaccine near them. Retail giant Walmart announced just days ago that it is now administering vaccines at 143 California pharmacies — including in Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville.

The California locations include Walmart, Walmart Supercenter, Sam’s Club and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores.

Appointments are being scheduled now as part of the Golden State vaccination effort.

Here are the Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in and near Solano County where coronavirus vaccines are being offered:

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market store no. 5609, 501 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA
  • Walmart store no. 2048, 2701 N. Texas St., Fairfield
  • Walmart store no. 1704, 1501 Helen Power Drive, Vacaville, CA
  • Walmart Supercenter store no. 1651, 7011 Main St., American Canyon, CA
  • Walmart store no. 2925, 681 Lincoln Ave., Napa, CA

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Dave and Buster’s announces opening date for Solano mall

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Work on the new Dave & Buster's at the Solano Town Center continues to move quickly along. The entertainment chain is set to open May 24 on the bottom story of the former Sears location. (Nick Sestanovich -- The Reporter)

After more than two years of planning, the new Dave & Buster’s at the Solano Town Center has announced its opening date.

The entertainment chain will be coming to Fairfield May 24, making it the first Dave & Buster’s in Solano County and the 17th in California, according to a news release. The center will operate on 28,000 square feet on the bottom story of the former Sears space.

The release boasts several of the features that patrons can expect at the new Dave & Buster’s, including hundreds of arcade games, a chef-crafted food menu and a sports bar featuring several high-definition TV screens.

“We’re thrilled to open Dave & Buster’s and bring good, clean fun to Fairfield,” General Manager Alex Briones said in a statement. “We’re looking to hire passionate and goal-oriented individuals with ‘work hard and play hard’ mentality and will provide a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to all of our guests.”

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Gestational diabetes rates during pregnancy on the rise

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 29: Tessa Thulien of San Francisco, who is 39 weeks pregnant and has gestational diabetes, poses for a portrait at her home in San Francisco, Calif., on March 29, 2021. Pregnant women in California are, like Thulien, increasingly facing a gestational diabetes diagnosis. The disorder’s unrelenting ascent has alarmed medical providers, and spurred a range of efforts to address the problem. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

Tessa Thulien of San Francisco was mortified when she found out she had gestational diabetes, a blood sugar disorder diagnosed during pregnancy.

Six months pregnant with her first child, Thulien immediately blamed herself. Was it the coffee and dessert she had over the holidays? Perhaps she should have worked out five times a week, instead of three?

It just felt incongruent,” said the 35-year-old tech worker, who takes pride in staying fit and eating vegetarian. I was like, I’m not leading this unhealthy lifestyle. It was just like, oh, I don’t understand how I can have it.”

Pregnant women in California are, like Thulien, increasingly facing a gestational diabetes diagnosis. The disorder’s unrelenting ascent has alarmed medical providers, and spurred a range of efforts to address the problem.

In 2004, only about one in 20 pregnant women in the state tested positive for the disorder, according to the California Department of Public Health. By 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, almost one in eight pregnant women had a gestational diabetes diagnosis, according to data provided by Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, who is part of a team analyzing state records on pregnancy complications for research aimed at addressing racial disparities in preterm birth.

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HAM certificate Solano training available in English, Spanish

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VACAVILLE — Training classes for anyone operating a Class C vehicle and carrying hazardous ag materials are available in English and Spanish.

Training is required within 90 days of hire and is renewed every three years. Upon completion of the class, attendees will need to submit their own application with a certificate of training to the California Highway Patrol, which will then issue the Hazardous Agriculture Materials certificate.

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Solano experiences ‘significant’ drop in Covid case numbers

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County reported a noteworthy decrease Wednesday in coronavirus case numbers after two weeks of an upward trend.

The Public Health Division reported only 24 new cases, all of which were recorded in either Vallejo, Fairfield or Vacaville.

“For the day, the news is very good,” Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in a phone interview, “but I want to see it’s a trend.”

Matyas said he has no explanation for why the numbers climbed over the past two weeks, but said the cause of the transmission remained the same – social gatherings among younger residents.

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