September 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Solano County Approves Rental Assistance Program for Low-Income Families Impacted by COVID-19

Beginning Monday, September 21, 2020, Solano County residents who need rental assistance because they lost their jobs or had their wages reduced due to COVID-19 are urged to apply to the County-funded Rental Assistance Program that is designed to support individuals and families in low-income communities impacted by the pandemic health emergency.

On Tuesday, August 25, the Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $4 million in CARES Act funding for the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program (RAP). The RAP, administered by Catholic Charities of Yolo-Solano, will provide rental assistance paid directly to landlords on behalf of eligible renter households. The program also will provide participants with additional resources, including, but not limited to, employment assistance, access to mental and behavioral health services, and food and nutritional assistance through the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and CalFresh.

“Catholic Charities is honored to provide this valuable service to local renter households most financially impacted by COVID-19,” says Miriam Sammartino, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Yolo-Solano. “In the coming three weeks, Catholic Charities staff will be reaching out to services providers across all seven cities to provide an overview of the program and to ensure that each provider understands how to access the application materials so that their clients can be directly connected to the program application wherever they receive services locally.”

To qualify for the COVID-19 cash-assistance rental program, applicants must have a head of household over 18 years of age, be a Solano County resident as of January 1, 2020, have an income at or below 100 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines and can demonstrate financial hardship and/or loss of income due to COVID-19, including a letter from their most recent employer, bank statements and verification of income. The total cash-assistance amount applicants will be eligible for toward their monthly rental costs may vary depending on need. Eligible participants may receive up to $4,000 in one-time rental assistance per household.

Applicants are asked to apply online at www.ccyoso.org or in person at Catholic Charities’ offices located at 125 Corporate Place, Suite A, in Vallejo, beginning September 21. All materials associated with the program will be made available in English, Spanish and Tagalog. The general application period will close on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 5 p.m.


Monday, August 31, 2020

Immediate Reopening of Solano Salons, Barbershops & Retail Allowed by State Under New Color-Coded Blueprint

The California Department of Public Health, by order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, has implemented the new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy;” assigning every California county to one of four tiers (by color), increasing or decreasing requirements on businesses based on COVID-19 activity.

Solano County is currently assigned to Tier 1 (purple), which is classified as Widespread COVID-19 activity. The primary changes to the State’s health orders for all Counties assigned to Tier 1 include:

  • Shopping Centers, including malls, destination centers and swap meets can re-open indoor operations at 25 percent capacity, but keep closed all common areas, including children’s play structures, gathering spots and food courts
  • All retail, excluding grocers, are limited to 25 percent capacity indoors (Please note: there are no changes to grocers)
  • Hair salons and barbershops may open indoor operations with modifications

The Solano County Department of Resource Management, Environmental Health division, and the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health division, continues their outreach to local businesses, assisting them in implementing state-mandated social distancing best practices, including protecting employees, customers and the public, and limiting the spread of COVID-19 transmission.

“We must not forget that we are still operating in an emergency,” says Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Solano County’s Public Health Officer. “When businesses follow the State’s social distancing guidelines properly, 25 percent capacity is a reasonable expectation to help prevent the spread of the disease.”

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy (Blueprint) has four tiers, including Tier 1, Widespread; Tier 2, Substantial; Tier 3, Moderate; and Tier 4, Minimal. Depending on the tier, there may be limits placed on operations, including requirements preventing or limiting indoor service, the type of service, and the number of people allowed indoors at one time.




Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sick Employees Can Return to Work Without COVID-19 Test After 10-day Isolation

As widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues, the Solano County Health and Social Services Department, Public Health division, advises businesses and employers against requiring evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result for returning to work safely. Individuals who have been ill and isolating at home can end isolation 10 days after onset of symptoms, or 10 days after their testing date for those who do not have symptoms at all.

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Suisun City Fire Granted Advanced Life Support Accreditation

The Solano County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department granted the Suisun City Fire Department the accreditation necessary to deliver Advanced Life Support (ALS) services in Suisun City. Prior to today, Suisun City was the only municipality in Solano County not providing ALS care for its residents.

The Fire Department is staffed with at least one licensed paramedic fire personnel on-duty every day to ensure it can provide 24/7 ALS response services. The Fire Department carries state-of-the-art medical equipment on its apparatus, including Zoll Cardiac Monitors, digital laryngoscopes, electric IO drills, and many other tools, to ensure that responding paramedics can deliver excellent medical care to every patient.

“This is a historic day for the Suisun City Fire Department,” said Fire Chief Justin Vincent. “Suisun City Fire Department has a 159-year history of providing excellent customer service to the citizens and visitors of Suisun City.

“As the Fire Chief and a resident of Suisun City, I am dedicated to ensuring that our highly skilled fire department has the training, tools, and personnel to ensure that we strive to meet the needs and expectations of our community,” Chief Vincent said.

“I am pleased to announce that we have accomplished our strategic goal of elevating the level of healthcare we provide our community to Advanced Life Support, Paramedic,” Chief Vincent said. “With this designation for Suisun City Fire Department, every city in Solano County now has paramedic-level service provided by their respective municipal fire agency. Additionally, the residents of Suisun City will have better outcomes to their medical emergencies with our paramedic-level staff working side-by-side with Medic Ambulance to provide the highest quality care possible for our community.”

What is Advanced Life Support (ALS)

Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a set of enhanced life-saving protocols, enhanced scope of practice and elevated medical skillsets that extend beyond the Basic Life Support (BLS) previously provided by the Fire Department.

The ALS paramedic staff are able to provide urgent, advanced medical interventions and treatments during medical emergencies, such as cardiac arrests, strokes, overdoses, traumatic injuries, and other life-threatening conditions. Fire Department paramedics will be able to intubate, push lifesaving medications, start IV’s, perform ECG cardiac monitoring, identify strokes, and many other advanced medical interventions. Early ALS intervention by paramedics is a crucial part of the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival. It is proven that with early access to ALS protocols, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest patients is increased.

The hard work and dedication of members of the Fire Department, the support received from the Suisun City Council and City Manager, and the vision set forth by the Suisun City Fire Department leadership team has made this designation possible.

“In early 2019, Council began to make a long overdue investment in our Fire Department to ensure the safety of residents in hopes they would experience the same quality of care as neighboring cities,” said Mayor Lori Wilson. “Reaching the milestone of providing ALS is not only demonstrative of this worthwhile endeavor, but also the hard work of the City Manager Greg Folsom, Chief Vincent, and the men and women of the Suisun City Fire Department.”

“We congratulate Suisun City FD on the implementation of their Paramedic program,” said Medic Ambulance President & COO Jim Pierson. “We cherish our long-standing relationship with Suisun City. Medic and Suisun City have continually collaborated to improve our community, by ensuring access to public AED Devices in city facilities and LUCAS automated CPR devices for our caregivers.

“Suisun FD and Medic provide exemplary medical services to Suisun City and Solano County residents and we celebrate with our partners on this historic day,” Pierson said.

Preserving Essential Services in Suisun City

Suisun City, along with many other cities across the state, has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related steep downturn in economic activity. Throughout changing and challenging circumstances, Suisun City has been working hard to continue providing essential City services and to maintain the City’s long-term financial stability.

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