Sonoma County Homeless shelters are adapting to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus. Catholic Charities, runs three shelters in Sonoma County which can house more than 300 people in total. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Jennielynn Holmes, the Chief Program Officer of Catholic Charities. She starts by asking how the organization is working to keep their living spaces safe.
(Photo: A Veteran’s Homless Shelter in New England – U.S.
Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dave Kaylor)
While shelter in place orders do not apply to going to the
grocery store, you may still be concerned about leaving your home. The Sonoma
County Council on Aging offers a number of resources available to seniors
during this time, including their meals on wheels fresh food delivery service.
KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Marianne McBride, the President and CEO of the
Council on Aging, about how you may be able to qualify.
(Photo: A Meals on Wheels recipient of a Thanksgiving
dinner sponsored by the Great Falls Community Food Bank – U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina
Six Bay Area counties ordered residents to shelter in place
on Monday, as the Novel Coronavirus continues to spread. Sonoma County is not
among them as of yet.
Over the weekend, Sonoma County announced that two residents
were diagnosed with Novel Coronavirus without having traveled abroad. That
brings the total number of cases to 6 in the county. KRCB’s Adia White has more
on what these new cases mean for the community.
Watch our coronavirus town hall Tuesday at 7 p.m. on KRCB TV channel 22. More at norcalpublicmedia.org/coronavirus.
During this coronavirus crisis, low wage workers are most at
risk of losing their economic footing when they become sick.
Residents of Six Bay Area counties — San Francisco, Santa
Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda — have been ordered to
shelter in place for the next three weeks. Low wage workers in businesses that
remain open may have a difficult choice to make. There are serious public
health consequences when these workers go to work sick. That has led San Jose
council members to propose bold action. Pamela Lorence reports.
Join us Tuesday evening at 7 for our second Coronavirus Town
Hall with Sonoma County’s top officials. More on our updated blog at
Activists are demanding Sonoma County provide more
protections for undocumented immigrants, especially during local emergencies
like the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Santa Rosa immigrant rights activists rallied outside of the
County Courthouse late last month in a demonstration against recent arrests of
undocumented immigrants. KRCB’s Adia
White attended the demonstration and has this report.
You can find more coverage on immigration at
If you need a break from worrying about novel coronavirus and the stock market, join us on Sunday afternoon for an extraordinary program.
The Santa Rosa Symphony has begun a unique project with its
neighbor to the north, the Eugene Symphony. Beginning this year, both groups
are presenting a series of world premieres of commissioned symphonies by young
composers. Host of our symphony broadcasts, Steve Mencher, talked with Matt
Browne about his first symphony, which was greeted with cheers when it debuted
The next Santa Rosa Symphony broadcast, featuring Browne’s The Course of Empire, can be heard Sunday afternoon at 3 on KRCB FM Radio 91.
The spread of Covid-19 in the Bay Area has caused businesses
to ramp up their plans to protect employees and customers. Conferences have
been cancelled; staff is being encouraged to work from home at companies like
Facebook and Google.
Reporter Pamela Lorence went to Silicon Valley to find out
how hourly and subcontracted workers factor into these plans.
One of the populations most at risk for the coronavirus is
the homeless. Most of those living on the streets lack a way to wash their
hands frequently; many also have underlying health issues. The U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development requires counties to survey their homeless
population annually to better assess their needs in general and determine how
much to allocate for services. KRCB’s Adia White reports on this year’s count.
On Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is
scheduled to narrow down a list of new potential indoor-outdoor shelter sites
to two or three. For updates on housing and homeless, visit norcalpublicmedia.org
30 healthcare workers at Sutter Health Santa Rosa were
quarantined on Thursday, according to their union SEIU United Health Care
Workers West. As of Thursday evening, neither Sutter Health nor Sonoma County
Officials have confirmed the union’s statement. KRCB’s Adia White spoke with Sean
Wherley, a spokesperson for SEIU, about what the union is hearing from
healthcare workers in Santa Rosa and across the State.
Follow updates on the novel coronavirus at norcalpublicmedia.org.
Ask local emergency officials about lessons learned during
the 2017 fires and they’ll tell you this: widely shared education and
stepped-up readiness can save lives.
Sonoma County has seen its fair share of disasters over the
past few years. This week, the County declared a local emergency due to the
spread of COVID-19. The lack of rain this winter also has many on edge ahead of
fire season. The Sonoma County Library is hoping to ease residents’ concerns
about planning for all types of emergencies. They have been hosting
preparedness workshops at branches throughout the County.
KRCB’s Adia White attended the most recent class on family
emergency planning. She was reminded of her own experience evacuating during
the Kincade fire.
Find details on emergency preparedness, including how to
protect your family from COVID – 19 and planning for fire season, at