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California Could Require Healthcare Facilities To Maintain 45-Day Supply Of PPE

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Santa Rosa’s Memorial Hospital is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak among 17 employees. And Sonoma County recorded another 80 cases of coronavirus last night. Meanwhile, California could be the first in the nation to require healthcare facilities to maintain a supply of personal protective equipment in case of a health emergency. Under the law, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and dialysis clinics would have to maintain a 45-day supply of PPE. The legislation also creates a state PPE advisory committee to guide California on the creation of a state stockpile of PPE and guidelines to work toward a 90-day pandemic level supply for all essential workers.

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Santa Rosa adds fines for COVID-19 with exemption for landlords

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Santa Rosa has joined Sonoma County in imposing fines of up to $10,000 for coronavirus scofflaws, though the city aims to issue warnings before any citations and exempt landlords altogether.

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a system of fines for residents, business owners and property owners for violations of the public health rules put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The council’s action will bring about a marked increase in coronavirus enforcement by Santa Rosa, which lacks the public health authority of Sonoma County and has taken a backseat to county counterparts in fighting COVID-19 since mid-March.

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Sonoma County Opens Tip Line for COVID-19 Safety Rule Violations, Receives Hundreds of Tips

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Sonoma County is stepping up its efforts to get people and businesses to comply with COVID-19 safety restrictions like mandatory face coverings and social distancing.

The county has opened a complaint line where anyone can blow the whistle on businesses that aren’t following the rules. The line lit up with tips on hundreds of possible violations in just the first two days.

Anna Cortez of Santa Rosa said she rarely sees workers at any of the businesses without face coverings.

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California to help Sonoma County curb COVID-19 at skilled nursing homes

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Sonoma County is calling in state experts to help rein in the coronavirus outbreaks that have led to seven recently reported deaths among residents of skilled nursing homes.

State officials already have visited local nursing homes that have experienced coronavirus outbreaks. The decision to have them take a larger role in the local response came Thursday after phone conversations with the state and several skilled nursing facilities, said Dr. Sundari Mase, the county health officer, after being asked in an interview who bore responsibility for curbing outbreaks in local nursing homes.

To date, residents of such facilities represent 25 of the 31 coronavirus deaths so far in Sonoma County.

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California Gov. Newsom OKs haircuts done outdoors, some Sonoma County salon owners not happy

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday licensed barbers and cosmetologists — whose businesses were shuttered last week in 33 counties during a sweeping round of closures intended to contain increase COVID-19 transmission — would be permitted to move their operations outdoors.

A short time later, the state Department of Consumer Affairs issued clarification saying only hair cutting — not shampooing, bleaching, straightening, coloring, electrolysis or any other process involving chemicals — would be allowed.

Fred Jones, legal counsel for the Professional Beauty Federation of California, said it was almost as bad as a week ago, when Newsom said the state’s 621,000 licensed barbers and cosmetologists would be allowed to practice their craft outdoors only to find out it was prohibited under their state license.

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