Will Schmitt, sonoma news

Will Schmitt

sonoma news

California, United States

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Past articles by Will:

Sonoma County cancels thousands of vaccine appointments due to website error

People younger than 75 swamped a vaccine sign-up website after a link was widely shared, meaning Sonoma County had to cancel about 85% of appointments. → Read More

Big waves, steady rain expected in Sonoma County this weekend

The brunt of the storm will hit Sunday and Monday, dropping 1 to 2 inches in the hills and up to three-quarters of an inch in the valleys. → Read More

Penngrove couple welcomes first Sonoma County baby of 2021

Cristina and Jonathan Mahrt welcomed their first child, a 7-pound, 4-ounce healthy baby boy, into the world at 12:53 a.m. Friday. → Read More

Large weddings expose Sonoma County’s enforcement challenge

Two Sonoma County supervisors Wednesday criticized large weddings held during the pandemic and again called for stronger enforcement of public health orders. → Read More

Sonoma County opts out of Bay Area’s early COVID-19 shutdown

ICU capacity has been a guiding factor for state and regional officials making such decisions. The county said its local hospitals had more ICU beds available than indicated in state reports. → Read More

30,000 ballots still uncounted in Sonoma County

The final turnout is projected to nearly match the all-time record. → Read More

Sonoma County defends COVID-19 positive test metric, readies new $4 million strategy

Recent comments by public officials had raised concerns that a shift to focus on counting tests was making the spread of the coronavirus look worse in Sonoma County. → Read More

Fire crews using control burns to combat Glass fire in Trione-Annadel State Park

Red flag warnings were pulled back Monday night into Tuesday morning as crews used control burns to hem in the branch of the Glass fire burning on the northern end of Trione-Annadel State Park. → Read More

PG&E will turn off electricity to 17K customers in Sonoma County during PSPS power shutoff for dangerous fire weather

PG&E will turn off electricity to more than 17,000 customers in Sonoma County early Tuesday morning in an attempt to prevent its electrical equipment from sparking a wildfire during a heat wave. → Read More

Wildfire menaces northwestern Sonoma County, forcing thousands to evacuate

The 13-4 fire prompted a succession of evacuation orders throughout the afternoon and evening that drew increasing alarm from wildfire-weary locals. → Read More

Sonoma County releases coronavirus case data by ZIP code

New data released by the county on Friday offers the closest look ever at local coronavirus spread, drilling down into the number of cases in local communities. → Read More

Santa Rosa’s Fourth Street closure, boon for restaurants, irks some retailers

A week after the Fourth Street closure, restaurants are taking advantage, but some retailers are unhappy with the impact on sales. → Read More

Racist Zoom bomb ends Sonoma County meeting on homeless solutions

Digital intruders stormed a public Zoom meeting Friday, making offensive comments and showing violent images, prompting a police hate crime investigation. → Read More

Sonoma County hiring coronavirus contact tracers

Sonoma County wants 230 contact tracers to interview people infected with or exposed to COVID-19, a key part of the county’s plan to curb the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Sonoma County to require cellphone app, temperature checks for employees returning to the workplace

Sonoma County is set to require the use of a smartphone application to verify that employees don’t have coronavirus symptoms and haven’t been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 before showing up to work. → Read More

Hottest week of the year ahead for Sonoma County

Highs in Sonoma are slated to reach 96 on Monday, 99 on Tuesday, back to 96 on Wednesday. → Read More

Sonoma County gets clearance from California to advance to Phase 2 reopening

The details of an anticipated revised health order outlining businesses and establishments permitted to reopen are expected later on Friday. → Read More

Sonoma County to hire local contract tracers

College students whose internships and jobs were canceled can find work as contract tracers. → Read More

Sonoma County looks to hire more contact tracers as it records uptick of new cases

Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, said the county needs more data to understand just how many of the new cases can be traced back to known COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Santa Rosa’s first-ever managed homeless camp takes in first residents

The site, which can safely accommodate up to about 140 people, is expected to be full by Friday, according to a Catholic Charities official. → Read More