Coronavirus information from KCBX News
KCBX News aims to provide our audience with the latest local and regional information and updates on the coronavirus and COVID-19. Several times a day we will update this post as new information becomes available.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020
- The United Way of San Luis Obispo County is partnering with FamilyWize to coordinate home delivery of prescriptions and lower the cost. Call 800-222-2818 for more information.
- Paso Robles is asking residents and businesses to take an anonymous online survey, so the city can use the data to pinpoint relief effort. The survey should take about 5 minutes and can found here.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020
- Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center—all Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals—have launched informational hotline numbers in both English (805) 332-8276 and Spanish (805) 614-5758.
- A new website—RecoverCentralCoast.org—has been set up to centralize and simplify access to economic relief resources region-wide. According to organizers, it's being developed by local governments, chambers of commerce, Visit SLO CAL, the Economic Vitality Corporation, higher education, local workforce development boards, and local businesses.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020
- Almost all governmental meetings—city councils, board of supervisors, etc—are now being held virtually. Today is the first time Goleta will hold its city council meeeting that way—starting at 5:30, the meeting will be broadcast via Channel 19 and the city's website, but all council members, city staff, city attorney, city manager and the mayor will all join in remotely.
- For today's (and future) Paso Robles city council meeting, a call-in number is available for council and planning commission meetings throughout the stay-at-home orders. Residents can call 888-867-1694 and will be able to provide public comment via phone or submit written public comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 6:30 p.m. start time.
- The Central Coast State Park Association and CA State Parks are offering a 'Virtual Mind Walk Lecture Series.' State park staff and volunteer docents are hosting webinars for the public. Coming on Friday, April 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., first up will be 'Southern Sea Otter Basics.' According to the CCSPA, "Heather Barrett, science communication director and research scientist for Sea Otter Savvy, will clarify sea otter fact from fiction [and] this presentation focuses on reviewing southern sea otter life history, critical species information, and how best to portray this information to an audience." Other Friday presentations will continue the focus on sea otters and sharks. State Parks' Robyn Chase will answer questions and help people log in; she can be reached at email@example.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
- The city of Lompoc says there is help available for residents struggling to pay utility bills at this time. The Community Action Commission (CAC) offers the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) throughout the year. For those who qualify, the CAC will make a one-time payment to a customer’s utility account, and the customer can reapply each year.
- The Santa Barbara County public health department reports an additional 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county Monday, bringing the total to 192 confirmed cases, including thirty-seven health care workers.
- California's insurance commissioner issued a notice to remind insurance companies, agents, and employers that California law requires the payment of workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers regardless of their immigration status. This includes workers engaged in front-line occupations such as health care, emergency services, food production, sales, and delivery, among others.
WEEKEND, APRIL 4 & 5, 2020
- San Luis Obispo County reported its first death from COVID-19; a North County resident in their 80s who had underlying health conditions. According to the SLO County public health department, to date, 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in SLO County; 65 have recovered; 22 are currently recovering at home and five are currently hospitalized.
- It's now easier to get child care if you are an essential worker. The governor signed an executive order that prioritizes essential workers, including health care professionals, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, and grocery workers and makes it easier for them to access to state-subsidized child care programs.
- Santa Barbara County is also reporting one death so far from COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, of 168 confirmed cases in Santa Barbara County, 101 are recovering at home, 26 are recovering in a hospital—17 of which are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 have fully recovered, and two are pending an update.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020
- Governor Gavin Newsom announced today "Project Roomkey," which moves people experiencing homelessness into motel and hotel rooms to protect them and the general community from the novel coronavirus. FEMA is supplying funding to pay for the rooms. So far, Newsom says 869 people have been temporarily housed under the program. Project Roomkey will target hotels in counties with significant homeless populations that are also experiencing high concentrations of COVID-19 transmission. According to the governor's office, local governments to date have secured 6,867 hotel and motel rooms for this purpose.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020
- Central Coast congressman Jimmy Panetta is calling on the Navy to give out more information on how it is protecting deployed sailors and Marines in face of COVID-19. Panetta and 25 other members of Congress sent a letter to Navy leadership, asking for details on what precautions the military is taking to ensure the health and safety of service members.
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