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Combating Coronavirus Cabin Fever, New RV Buyers Are Ready to Roam

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VACAVILLE (KPIX) — Kwai Kong is getting familiar with the RV he just purchased.

“This feels like a home,” Kong said.

Kong and his family are ready to roll as counties release the brakes on stay-at-home orders.

“It’s kind of like a cabin fever,” Kong said. “So we’re just doing it safely.”

They’re not the only ones. At Camping World, sales associate Robert Smith said COVID-19 is generating another kind of surge.

“Sales are through the roof right now,” Smith said.

RV sales have doubled from this time last year. The Vacaville store lot is normally full, with more than 200 RVs but, these days, it’s half empty. Camping World has sold about 40 RVs each week over the past three months.

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Vacaville widow of a Tuskeegee Airman turns 99

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Perhaps the secret to longevity is a simple as Xanthia Warren says — healthy living.

But those who know the Vacaville woman, who recently celebrated her 99th birthday, say it’s also an abundance of love and of giving.

Whatever the case, a visit Friday with Warren, widow of Air Force Lt. Colonel James Warren, one of the original the Tuskeegee Airmen, revealed she was as spirited and stylish as ever.

Under cover of a plastic barrier outside Cornerstone Assisted Living, Xanthia debuted a sleek coif, commenting on how much she liked it. She slowly extricated herself from her walker and smoothed her matching top and skirt as she sat, putting a contrasting cardigan to one side.

Turning 99, she said, “is just another year.”

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Coronavirus: Vacaville residents return to soak in pool

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The coronavirus may have drastically altered many Vacaville residents’ summer plans, but at least they will have a place to swim.

The Walter V. Graham Aquatic Center reopened Monday, albeit with a much smaller crowd than one would typically see this time of year. The pool has stringent social distancing guidelines in place, and only the noon lap swim was open Monday, although new programs will be added each week.

Nonetheless, the excitement was evident among young and old swimmers alike, as they paddled, floated and splashed about in the lap lanes, providing a respite of the summer heat.

Recreation Coordinator Morgan Kruger was very pleased to have the pool open again.

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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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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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Sacramento Business Takes A Chance On COVID-19, Announces Vacaville Beer Garden Expansion

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VACAVILLE (CBS13) — As some businesses shut down for good, a Sacramento-based beer company is expanding to Vacaville.

The owners say the current climate could be exactly what they need to succeed.

The same people who own Sac Yard in Sacramento will transform an empty street corner off East Monte Vista in Vacaville into a beer garden called “Beer 40.” They plan to open next month. The pandemic initially gave them pause, but then came a path to success.

Melody Thebeau is betting on finding a beacon of hope in beer.

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Vacaville district, county schools office, UC Davis team for virtual GIRL camp

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VACAVILLE — An effort to teach young girls about robotics shifted gears last week when a group of middle schoolers took part in a virtual camp that aims in part to close the gender gap in science-based career fields.

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with Vacaville School District and UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, piloted a five-day virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp for middle school girls.

In-person GIRL Camps, offered in previous years, were paused this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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NorthBay keeping HealthSpring closed despite ease of restrictions

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TRX classes are among dozens of choices for members of NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness in Vacaville. (Courtesy photo)

FAIRFIELD — NorthBay Healthcare will keep HealthSpring Fitness in Vacaville closed despite relaxed stay-at-home orders that will allow fitness centers to open starting on Friday.

The state announced Friday that fitness centers, hotels, bars wineries and breweries can open starting Friday as long as they follow certain health and safety protocols.

“We are not convinced that unique facilities like ours could be safely opened any time soon,” Vice President Scott Davis, who oversees the medical fitness center operation, said in a statement released by NorthBay on Monday.

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