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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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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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Solano seamstresses make masks at record pace

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VACAVILLE — Sheri Haynes wasn’t surprised at the overwhelming support she received recently via a few Facebook posts.

Eight years ago, prior to a trip to Africa, she sought quilts to take and share. Haynes got almost 400.

“People are good about these kinds of things,” she said. “It brings out their goodness.”

When she heard hospitals were low on masks for health care providers, Haynes went out with her daughter Paige Wardel to purchase some fabric.

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Visitors flock to Solano County parks amid Covid-19 shutdowns

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FAIRFIELD — People eager to escape the clutches of the Covid-19 stay-at-home directive flocked to Solano County parks during the weekend.

Cars overfilled the parking lot and lined the street Saturday at the main entrance to Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield. Measures taken to forestall the spread of the novel coronavirus have stifled many aspects of public life, driving people to parks as one of the few remaining refuges outside their homes.

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State tells residents 65+ to shelter in homes to protect against Covid-19

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FAIRFIELD — The governor directed all residents who are 65 or older Sunday to begin home isolation to help prevent them from being exposed to the new coronavirus and possibly contracting Covid-19.

Gov. Gavin Newsom designated the state’s 5.3 million senior citizens as among the most at-risk in terms of the severity of the new disease within the older population.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 population estimates indicate that 15.8 percent of Solano County’s 446,610 residents are 65 or older.

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Solano cities extend program suspensions to match new Covid-19 protocols

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FAIRFIELD — The list of suspended programs continues to grow as officials work to meet the social distancing requirements of an order this week from the governor that seeks to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19.

Officials shut down the Fairfield Police Activities League center effective Saturday as a result of school closures and because of the close interactions that take place at the center on Union Avenue. A limited number of activities continued Friday.

The city of Vacaville has suspended numerous recreation programs and has canceled all public events at city facilities, regardless of size.

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High school diplomas awarded to 11 veterans

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It took awhile, but 11 veterans finally got their own “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The Solano County Office of Education presented 11 high school diplomas — seven to living veterans and four to their next of kin — during their annual Operation Recognition (OpRec) ceremony on Friday.

OpRec is a nationwide program that honors and awards honorary high school diplomas to U.S. veterans and Japanese-Americans who could not formally graduate from high school due to wartime circumstances.

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California K-12 schools prepare for coronavirus-related closures

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Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after an elderly patient in Placer County, near Sacramento, died from the coronavirus. The latest developments heighten the urgency for education leaders in California, who have been exploring how to continue instruction in case of an outbreak.

No California children have been diagnosed with the virus, a respiratory illness that began with an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Risk is still low across the state, California health officials said on Wednesday, and it is believed to be higher for older adults and persons with underlying health conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How California schools prepare for the potential impact of the virus, which might lead to quarantines that affect student learning and well-being, is top of mind among parents and district officials across the state.

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Solano County parents seeking answers about sending kids to school amid coronavirus fears

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VACAVILLE, Calif. — Parents and children shuffled in and out of Vacaville High School on Wednesday night for a town hall with health officials who were trying to quell fears about students being at school amid the county’s recent coronavirus emergency.

One of those parents is Ana Medina, who has a child who suffers from asthma and is concerned that the condition would add to her kid’s probability of contracting the virus known as COVID-19.

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Coronavirus outbreak: 2 Bay Area healthcare workers test ‘presumptive positive’ for COVID-19, officials say

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Solano County Health Officer Bela Matyas said two health care workers tested positive for novel coronavirus at the state level, the CDC still needs to confirm the results.

Matyas said the two health care workers were exposed to a coronavirus patient while at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. That patient is currently being treated at UC Davis.

The two health care workers are being quarantined at home. One lives in Solano County, the other lives in Alameda County.

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