Archive for ARCHIVE 2019-20
Gualala Food Bank – 2nd and 4th Fridays from 11:00 am-12:30 pm at Gualala Baptist Church. For food requests on non- Food Bank days, please call Mendonoma Health Alliance (MHA) for availability: (707) 412-3176 x103 for English or x106 for Spanish.
Starcross Food Pantry – 1st and 3rd Fridays from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at Starcross Monastic Community in Annapolis. For food requests on non-Food Bank days, please send a text message to Angela Baker Marquez for availability: (707) 687- 8315.
Point Arena Food Bank*: operated by Coastal Seniors, food bank distribution is the second Tuesday each month from 8:30-10:30 am at the Veterans Building in Point Arena and open to all ages. During the COVID-19 pandemic distribution is provided curbside only. Call (707) 882-2137 or (707) 882-2237 for more information.
Meals to Go*: Coastal Seniors is offering meals to go for seniors, non-seniors and disabled adults Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 11:30-12:30 at the Veterans Building in Point Arena and at the Gualala Community Center. If unable to pick-up, they are offering delivery to seniors and disabled adults along the coast between Irish Beach and Stewart’s Point and inland to Annapolis. Meal prices are $8 suggested voluntary contribution for seniors 60+ and disabled adults, $10 for non-seniors, and $6 for children under 12. Seniors and disabled adults are not denied a meal if unable to contribute toward the meal cost. Call (707) 882-2137 or (707) 882-2237 for more information.
Meals on Wheels*: Coastal Seniors’ Meals on Wheels program is delivering on Mondays and Wednesdays and recipients receive seven meals each week. Seniors aged 60+ and disabled adults are not denied meals if unable to contribute toward the meal cost. Call (707) 882-2137 or (707) 882-2237 for more information.
MHA is providing grocery shopping and delivery for the community. Orders can be placed Monday-Thursday with same day delivery if orders are received between 9am-12pm. Maximum 15 item limit. To place an order, send an email
to email@example.com or call (707) 412-3176 x102 for English or x106 for Spanish.
Grocery Shopping and Delivery: Coastal Seniors has volunteers available to assist seniors aged 60+ and disabled adults with grocery shopping at all of the local grocery stores and markets. Delivery is included at no cost. Call 707-882-2137 or 707-882-2237 for more information.
Mendocino County WIC is now offering appointments remotely! For new mothers with nursing babies and for children under the age of 3. No in-person appointments. No citizenship documents required to apply. For more information call Maria Hurtado (707) 964-7106.
Point Arena students: Point Arena Schools will provide meals for our students. Meals will be provided in a “drive thru” format at the following times and locations. Every child meal will include a lunch and a breakfast, but the child must be present to receive the meals.
Point Arena Reservation
Head Start Parking Lot
11:45 am-12:00 pm
11:50 am-12:15 pm
Mary Star of the Sea
12:10 pm-12:30 pm
Point Arena Cafeteria
Point Arena High School
Denise Souza (contact person)
11:35 am-12:00 pm
Deer Trail – The Sea Ranch
Board Member Mary Visher
Breakfast shall include a bagel or muffin, cereal/continental breakfast. Lunch shall include a sandwich, fruit, milk, and chips. Both the Box Lunch/Breakfast shall be included in each “pick-up” item.
Funds for undocumented individuals – Not active yet. Contact Action Network for more information: (707) 884-5413 for English or (707) 884-5414 for Spanish.
Gasoline vouchers are available. Contact Action Network for more information: (707) 884-5413 for English or (707) 884- 5414 for Spanish.
Resources for Families & Children
Backpacks with activities for children, diapers and potty chairs are available, while supplies last. Chrome Books for students in need that to do not have access to computer or internet -contact Action Network for more information: (707) 884-5413 for English, (707) 884-5414 for Spanish, or to reach Natalie Berg directly, call (707) 367-6433.
County of Mendocino Court Free Legal Help – By Appointment Only – located at Action Network Gualala. Can assist with child custody and support, restraining orders, small claims, guardianship and other family law matters. Contact Action Network 707-884-5413 to make an appointment
Natalie Berg and Jo Majorana are offering supportive talks with adults and youth to help with the emotional impact of the pandemic. Contact Action Network for more information: (707) 884-5413 for English, (707) 884-5414 for Spanish.
Counseling Services: Miles Clark, MFT Arena Schools Behavioral Health Counselor 20 School Street Point Arena, CA 95468 707-489-3207
Project Sanctuary currently offers: Crisis-counseling (707) 961-1507 (M-F 8:30-4:30), * 24/7 Crisis and Support Line_(707) 964-4357, * Domestic Violence Counseling (Phone/Video), * Sexual Assault Counseling (Phone/Video), *Restraining Order Assistance, * Emergency Shelter, *Safety Planning, * Support for a survivor’s loved ones
Point Arena students: Point Arena Schools will provide meals for our students. Meals will be provided in a “drive thru” format. Every child meal will include a lunch and a breakfast, but the child must be present to receive the meals. Breakfast shall include a bagel or muffin, cereal/continental breakfast. Lunch shall include a sandwich, fruit, milk, and chips. Both the Box Lunch/Breakfast shall be included in each “pick-up” item. Please reference the delivery schedule above for times and locations of meal deliveries.
Firewood Delivery*: Coastal Seniors is providing firewood to seniors aged 60+ and disabled adults at no cost and delivery is included. Call (707) 882-2137 or (707) 882-2237 for more information.
Crisis-counseling (707) 961-1507 (M-F 8:30-4:30), * 24/7 Crisis and Support Line_(707) 964-4357, * Domestic Violence Counseling (Phone/Video), * Sexual Assault Counseling (Phone/Video), *Restraining Order Assistance, * Emergency Shelter, *Safety Planning, * Support for a survivor’s loved ones
Transportation*: Coastal Seniors operates two buses and they are providing local transportation to medical appointments and to complete essential errands. They are providing service to Santa Rosa, Fort Bragg and Ukiah for medical appointments only. Available for seniors aged 60+ and disabled adults. Call (707) 882-2137 or (707) 882-2237 for more information.
Resources over the phone
Action Network is offering weekly check-in calls for isolated seniors and adults. Contact Jo Majorana: (510) 926-9230 or
Natalie Berg: (707) 367-6433 for more information (English and Spanish options available). Domestic violence resources and support is available. Contact Natalie Berg: (707) 367-6433 with Action Network for more information (English and Spanish options available).
Coordination of Resources and Health Care Needs
MHA can help with prescription medication pick-up from the pharmacy and drop off to your home as well as assisting with any other questions or concerns. Call: (707) 412-3176 x103 for English or x106 for Spanish.
Additional Information and Resources:
Hubs & Routes — Jennifer Kreger, MD
Here are numbers for some of the most commonly used clinics:
Redwood Coast Medical Group – 707-884-4005
North Coast Family Health Center – Fort Bragg 707) 961-4631
Mendocino Coast Clinics – Fort Bragg (707) 964-1251
Fort Bragg Rural Health Center – Fort Bragg (707) 964-0259
Redwood Coast Medical Services – (707) 884-4005
Redwood Coast Medical Services Point Arena – (707) 882-1704
Sonoma County Indian Health Project (near Point Arena) – (707) 521-4545
Anderson Valley Health Center – (707) 895-3477
NCMA Internal & Family Medicine — Mendocino (707) 937-1055
We are offering Free Public Wifi Hotspots at numerous locations along the coast:
Gualala Point Park – visitor center
Gualala Point Park Campground
Gualala Arts Center – campus-wide (indoors and outdoors) Hotel Breakers
Sea Cliff Motel
JR Home and Auto Care
Main Street Point Arena
Point Arena Library
Point Arena Elementary School
Point Arena Pier
Point Arena High School (being repaired)
Manchester State Campground
Manchester Grange Hall
Elk Community Center
Elk Greenwood School
Albion Fire (being repaired)
*For a Spanish interpreter, contact MHA (707) 412-3176 x106
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CA – Based on recommendations from Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Mendocino County public schools just announced the extension of distance learning through the end of the school year for the safety of students and staff, and to allow families to plan for long-term homeschooling, according to Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchins.
In a letter to county superintendents this week, Supt. Thurmond said, “[Not returning to the classroom] is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning.”
Hutchins noted that public schools are an essential service, and as such they will continue to provide educational instruction, meals, and other support to students, depending on district resources.
The long-term impact of modified learning related to COVID-19 is still unknown, but the California Department of Education is regularly updating their guidance to California schools, including recent announcements that California’s public university systems are relaxing admission requirements and will work with California school districts to ensure that students are not penalized for coronavirus-related disruptions.
In the meantime, Hutchins said, “We will continue to collaborate with Mendocino County Public Health. If the situation changes and it’s safe for students to return to the classroom, we’ll do so, but I do not expect this to be the case. I know this is hard for everyone. I remain impressed with and grateful to local teachers and administrators who are facing this challenge with grace while coming up with creative solutions. And my heart goes out to parents who find themselves overwhelmed by the need to serve simultaneously as full-time, stay-at-home workers and homeschoolers. Please remember, parents, that teachers remain available to support you and your student.”
Hutchins promised to provide updates as they become available. For details about modified learning schedules, meal delivery, access to educational material, and more, contact your local school district.
The Mendocino County Office of Education is a public agency whose primary purpose is to provide educational leadership, resources and services to schools to ensure wide-ranging educational opportunities for all students.
Aprendizaje a Distancia Extendido Hasta el Final del Año Escolar
CONDADO DE MENDOCINO, CA – Basado en las recomendaciones del gobernador Gavin Newsom y el superintendente el estado Tony Thurmond, las escuelas públicas del Condado de Mendocino acaban de anunciar la extensión del aprendizaje a distancia hasta el final del año escolar para la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal, y para permitir que las familias planifiquen para la educación en el hogar a plazo largo, según la Superintendente de Escuelas del Condado de Mendocino, Michelle Hutchins.
En una carta a los superintendentes del condado esta semana, el Supt. Thurmond dijo: “[No regresar a los salones] no es una forma de sugerir que la escuela haya terminado para el año, sino que debemos hacer todos los esfuerzos para fortalecer nuestra educación a través del aprendizaje a distancia”.
Hutchins notó que las escuelas públicas es un servicio esencial y continuarán a dar instrucción educativa, comidas y otro tipo de apoyo a los estudiantes, dependiendo de los recursos del distrito.
Todavía se desconoce el gran impacto del aprendizaje modificado relacionado con COVID-19, pero el Departamento de Educación de California actualiza periódicamente su orientación a las escuelas de California, incluidos los recientes anuncios de que los sistemas de universidades públicas de California están relajando los requisitos de admisión y trabajarán con la escuela de California distritos para asegurar que los estudiantes no sean penalizados por interrupciones relacionadas con el coronavirus.
Mientras tanto, Hutchins dijo: “Continuaremos colaborando con la Salud Pública del Condado de Mendocino. Si la situación cambia y es seguro para los estudiantes regresar a los salones, lo haremos, pero no espero que sea así. Sé que esto es difícil para todos. Sigo impresionada y agradecida con los maestros y administradores locales que enfrentan este desafío con gracia al mismo tiempo que aportan soluciones creativas. Y mi corazón está con los padres que se sienten abrumados por la necesidad de servir simultáneamente como trabajadores a tiempo completo y escuela en casa. Por favor recuerden, padres, que los maestros permanecen disponibles para apoyarlos a usted y a su estudiante “.
Hutchins prometió dar actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles. Para obtener detalles
sobre horarios de aprendizaje modificados, entrega de comidas, acceso a material educativo y más,
comuníquese con su distrito escolar local.
La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Mendocino es una agencia pública que su objetivo principal es dar liderazgo educativo, recursos y servicios a las escuelas para garantizar una amplia variedad de oportunidades educativas para todos los estudiantes.
Dear Mendocino County School Families, Community, and Employees:
In accordance with the Mendocino County Public Health Department’s March 24, 2020 Order extending the shelter-in-place “until further notice,” the Mendocino County Office of Education and the county’s public school districts are extending modified or “remote” learning through May 1, 2020. Consequently, school facilities shall remain closed to students for in-person classroom instruction through that time. As the situation evolves, we will reassess to see whether the May 1 date should be extended further. As of now, high school graduation dates remain in place countywide.
We are proud of our teachers and administrators who have risen to the challenge of radically altering how they provide instruction, providing modified education to students at home with little notice. We also deeply appreciate the classified staff who are keeping students fed and facilities disinfected.
This situation is hard for everyone. While parents juggle their children’s needs with their family’s economic realities, and students adjust to a new landscape full of uncertainty, many teachers are balancing the need to care for their own children while they simultaneously adapt educational materials so students remain engaged in distance learning.
Please remain patient with one another, help one another, and grow together. For details about modified learning schedules, meal delivery, access to educational material, and more, contact your local school district.
Michelle Hutchins, Superintendent Mendocino County Schools
30 de marzo de 2020
Estimadas familias, comunidad y empleados de la escuela del Condado de Mendocino:
De acuerdo con la Orden del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Mendocino del 24 de marzo de 2020 que extiende el orden de “Quedarse en Casa” “hasta nuevo aviso”, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Mendocino y los distritos de escuelas públicas del Condado están extendiendo el aprendizaje modificado o “aprendizaje a distancia” hasta el 1 de mayo 2020. En consecuencia, las escuelas permanecerán cerradas a los estudiantes para la instrucción en persona hasta ese momento. A medida que la situación cambie, volveremos a evaluar si la fecha del 1 de mayo se debe extender aún más. A partir de ahora, las fechas de graduación de la escuela secundaria permanecen vigentes en todo el condado.
Estamos orgullosos de nuestros maestros y administradores que se han enfrentado al desafío en la forma en que ofrecen instrucciones y ofrecen educación modificada a los estudiantes en el hogar, con poca notificación. También apreciamos profundamente al personal clasificado que mantiene a los estudiantes alimentados y las escuelas desinfectadas.
Esta situación es difícil para todos. Mientras los padres mantienen las necesidades de sus hijos con las realidades económicas de su familia, y los estudiantes se adaptan a un nuevo modo lleno de incertidumbre, muchos maestros están mantenido la necesidad de cuidar a sus propios hijos mientras que preparan los materiales educativos para que los estudiantes sigan participando en el aprendizaje a distancia.
Por favor, sigan siendo pacientes unos con otros, ayúdense para crecer juntos. Para obtener mas información sobre horarios de aprendizaje modificados, entrega de comidas, acceso a material educativo y más, comuníquese con su distrito escolar local.
Michelle Hutchins, Superintendente
Mendocino County Schools
Mendocino County Public Health Officer Issues Shelter-In-Place Order ~ Stay home except for essential needs
On March 17, 2020, Mendocino County’s Public Health Officer announced a Public Health Order that states residents shall stay home except for essential needs, beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 effective through 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an immediate Executive Order, requiring all Californians to shelter in their place of residence, except as necessary to maintain or access critical systems and services. The County Health Officer’s March 17, 2020 Order remains in effect. We urge all residents to closely follow the restrictions in both the County and State Orders.
What does it mean to “shelter in place”?
The term “shelter-in-place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary. The term “shelter-in-place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed in the Order. Everyone shall stay home to slow the spread of the virus. You should limit your movements to essential outings. Allowable reasons to leave your home are to get food, to fill a prescription, to see a doctor, to go to work if your work is essential as defined in the Order, to take your child(ren) to and from childcare that is authorized under the order, and to help people you care for get the things they need to live, be healthy and stay safe.
The County’s Public Health Order requires people to stay home except for essential needs:
- Everyone should stay home except to go to the grocery store and gas station.
- Caring for a relative or friend.
- Getting necessary health care.
- Going to an essential job.
- Things you can do:
- It is OK to go outside for walks if you are not in a group.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities.
- The Mendocino County order is in effect through April 7. It may be extended depending
- on recommendations from public health officials.
- The Governor’s Order is in place until further notice.
It’s important to note vulnerable populations must stay home (older adults, individuals with serious chronic medical conditions, individuals with compromised immune systems).
Why are we doing this?
This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. This is a mandatory order. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in the upcoming days or weeks. Every hour counts. We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Mendocino County to act immediately. Please be patient and kind to one another. Together, we will get through this, and our community’s health will be protected.
Questions? Call Center: (707) 234-6052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The call center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The food distribution chain is critical to the public’s health. Grocery stores and charitable food distribution sites should remain fully open and operational.
As with other settings, ensure that social distancing of six feet per person for non-family members is maintained and make clear that family members can participate in activities together, stand in line together, etc.
Social distancing of six feet per person, particularly between individuals who have come together on a one-time or rare basis.
Limiting the number of customers at any given time as necessary to reduce outdoor/indoor crowding and lines to meet social distancing guidance.
Increase cleaning and sanitizing frequency of restroom and other high contact areas including:
- Wiping down door handles of refrigerator/freezer units, restrooms, etc. every 15 minutes
- Wiping down carts and baskets after every use. o Wiping down payment machines after every use.
Train employees on best hygiene practices including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and remind them often to wash their hands frequently
Have a greeter at the door providing guidance on social distancing and wiping down carts.
Provide additional opportunities throughout the venue for persons to reduce the spread of the virus through hand washing or sanitizing stations.
Eliminate events/marketing that target individuals that the CDPH has identified as higher risk of serious illness for COVID-19. (older adults, individuals with serious chronic medical conditions, individuals with compromised immune systems)
Consider special hours to accommodate senior citizens.
Stores that have online ordering with outside pick-up or delivery options should encourage use of these when possible in lieu of indoor shopping.
Self-serve coffee and fountain drink machines used by customers should be shut down; pre-packaged drinks only.
Ensure employees with a cough/fever stay home.
Consider posting signage asking customers with a cough/fever not to enter.
Questions? Call Environmental Health at (707) 234-6625
COPING WITH STRESS
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.
1. Manage Your Stress
- Stay informed. Refer to credible sources for updates on the local situation like the County website www.mendocinocounty.org.
- Stay focused on your personal strengths.
- Maintain a routine.
- Make time to relax and rest.
2. Be Informed and Inform Your Family
- Become familiar with local medical and mental health resources in your community, and access them if you need to.
- Avoid sharing unconfirmed news about the infectious disease to avoid creating unnecessary fear and panic.
- Give honest age-appropriate information to children and remember to stay calm; children often feel what you feel.
3. Connect with Your Community online or through the phone
- Keep contact with family and friends through social messaging or through phone calls
- Join community and/or faith group online chat groups •Accept help from family, friends, co-workers and clergy.
- Reach out to neighbors and friends with special needs who may need your help.
4. Reach Out and Help while maintaining necessary social distancing guidelines
- If you know someone affected by the outbreak, call them to
see how they are doing, and remember to keep their confidentiality.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ~ Public Health is urging everyone to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
How is it spread?
- Through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes or germs on surfaces
- Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
The novel coronavirus is a new type of virus that recently started making people sick. It started in mainland China but is now infecting people around the world.
What are the symptoms?
- Fever Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
What can I do to protect myself and others from respiratory infections like COVID-19?
- Everyone, particularly those who are 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women should avoid any non-essential travel, public gathering, or places where large groups of people congregate.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Limit close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use rubbing alcohol or an alcohol- based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. •Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Use face masks only if you are sick or have been instructed to do so by your health care provider.
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) — PREVENTION STARTS AT HOME
Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wash hands after emptying waste baskets, touching tissues and similar waste.
Read the labels on cleaning products
- Follow the instructions on the product labels, including wearing gloves and having good ventilation.
Use household cleaners and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface.
- To find out if the product works against viruses, read the product label, call the 1-800 number on the label or visit http://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus- Fighting-Products-List.pdf
- A bleach solution can also be used as a disinfectant mix 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water, or for a larger supply, add 1⁄4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
1.Hard (Non-Porous) Surfaces E.g. high-touch surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, railings, bathroom fixtures, light switches, toilets, phones, keyboards, remote controls, tablets, and bedside tables.
- Clean surfaces and items to remove visible dirt and disinfect them to kill germs.
- When using disinfectants, make sure the surface stays wet for at least 10 minutes and then rinse with water, especially in an area that comes into contact with food. Allow to air dry.
- Read directions carefully when using disinfecting wipes on electronics to make sure they can withstand the use of multiple wipes that are needed to keep the surface wet long
enough to meet the required contact time. Do not use surface wipes on your skin unless it says they are for human use
2. Soft (Porous) Surfaces E.g. towels, linen, clothing, and stuffed animals.
- Launder with hot water, using a household laundry detergent and dry on a high heat setting