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Little free food pantries pop up like mushrooms after rain across Solano

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A Food is Free Solano distribution stand was built recently at the home of Felicia Salinas in Suisun City. (Courtesy photo)

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City resident Felicia Salinas said the sign in her front yard is “simple and to the point.”

The wife, mother and nearly retired medical field worker said the Food is Free sign attached to the 5-foot-wide and 4-foot-tall pantry installed to offer free groceries, reads, “Take what you need, leave what you can. Above all be blessed.”

Salinas is just one of a rapidly growing number of locals who are jumping on the Food is Free Solano bandwagon, which was launched just weeks ago by Benicia resident Heather Pierini.

“There are 28 stands throughout the county including Benicia, Fairfield, Vallejo, Suisun, Vacaville and (Napa County’s) American Canyon,” Pierini said. “And we have connected with more than 100 agencies and organizations who have expressed interest in or have come and picked up food for distribution from us. We hit a million servings of produce – 238,000 pounds – on (July 20) – about 25 days since we started.”

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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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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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How Solano County is approaching private gatherings differently

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. — In several counties across the Sacramento region, private gatherings are being blamed for the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

However, Solano County Public Health Director Dr. Bela Matyas said his department recognizes that it is not healthy to tell people to avoid their friends and family.

“Honestly, it’s not a really good message,” Matyas said. “It’s not a message that really tends to work for anyone.”

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CHP officer saves choking baby on I-80 in Solano County

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A California Highway Patrol officer was able to save a choking baby on Interstate 80 in the Fairfield area, authorities say.

Officers responded to a medical emergency call along I-80 near Red Top Road on Saturday evening. When they got there, one of the officers was handed a baby who was not breathing and unresponsive, CHP said in a news release Tuesday.

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Solano County Warns Of Unsolicited Plant Seeds Shipped From China

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SOLANO COUNTY, CA —Following reports about California homeowners receiving unsolicited shipments of plant seeds from China, Solano County’s agricultural commissioner Tuesday urged any Solano County residents who may have received the seeds to contact the county.

“Seed packets should not be opened, shipped or disposed of by residents to prevent a potential dispersal of invasive plants or quarantine pests,” said Solano County Agricultural Commissioner Ed King.

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Solano SBDC ready to assist businesses with PPP loan applications

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano Small Business Development Center is available to help local business owners in every step of the Paycheck Protection Program application process.

Loans are available from the Small Business Administration. The program has been extended and the deadline is now Aug. 8.

The Solano SBDC’s consultants work one-on-one with business owners and are available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise, the agency said in a press release. These consultations are free of charge.

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Air district wants Bay Area employers to extend telework options

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FAIRFIELD — The Covid-19 pandemic has reduced air pollution in the Bay Area, largely due to fewer vehicles on the roadways.

Now the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking employers to help keep the air cleaner by allowing their employees to continue to work remotely.

“The clean air we have experienced since the Bay Area was ordered to shelter in place on March 16 is due, in part, to the accompanying dramatic reduction in vehicle traffic on our roads. Transportation is the (number-one) source of air pollution in the region and taking cars off the road significantly improves the quality of our air. Allowing employees to work from home can be a big part of the solution to keeping our skies blue,” a statement issued by the air district said.

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