Will Schmitt, sonoma news

Will Schmitt

sonoma news

California, United States

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Past articles by Will:

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

Santa Rosa floats proposal to close Fourth Street to vehicles

Should downtown Sonoma consider doing the same? → Read More

Coronavirus testing can be mandatory, but Sonoma County hoping it won’t come to that

The law that allows health officials to require testing, among other health measures, has roots in past maladies, including U.S. attempts to corral tuberculosis. → Read More

North Coast braces for a fire season clouded by pandemic and scrambled by precautions

Evacuation orders, firefighting bases and even the some fireline strategy may have to change based on the risk of COVID-19 in the upcoming fire season, officials say. → Read More

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors set to discuss revised virus model, park access, shelter order

Sonoma County’s shelter-in-place order has been far more effective at reducing spread of the virus than initial modeling projected, Sundari Mase, the county health officer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. → Read More

Sonoma County awaiting tests for coronavirus antibodies

The plan to determine how many people might have coronavirus antibodies is on hold until Sonoma County receives the necessary examination materials. → Read More

State modeling shows smaller Sonoma County peak for coronavirus

On Friday evening, the county reported 91 active cases — the highest confirmed active caseload to date locally. → Read More

North Bay residents howl into the night to release stress, support first responders during coronavirus shutdown

The ritual has grown popular across the North Bay at a time when many other social bonds have frayed amid social distancing and shelter-at-home orders. → Read More

Sonoma County has biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases; peak expected in late May or early June

The county’s top public health officer said she expects COVID-19 cases to peak locally in late May, early June. → Read More

Sonoma County considers waiving penalty for late property tax, but not until after April 10 deadline

Erick Roeser, the Sonoma County tax collector, said he can waive delinquency penalties under the law but cannot push back the statutory deadline of April 10. → Read More

Sonoma County sheriff, city police chiefs say gun shops can remain open during pandemic shutdown

The sheriff’s stance places gun shops under the exemption that also allows grocery and convenience stores to operate during the shelter-in-place order. → Read More

Loved ones forgo memorials as coronavirus limits funeral gatherings

With strong limits placed on funerals, more families are opting to delay memorial services for their loved ones, hoping the pandemic subsides before too long. → Read More

Some businesses shun countywide shutdown as 'essential' operations continue

Numerous types of businesses are exempt from the shutdown and others can operate with limits. But more than a few have been left to ask: Are we essential or non-essential? → Read More

Sonoma County Sheriff won’t evict tenants during coronavirus shelter-in-place order

Sheriff Mark Essick’s deputies won’t enforce writs of eviction that would displace people who have been told by the county to stay at home, a spokeswoman said. → Read More