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This a press release from Mendocino County Public Health:

Mendocino County Public Health Reports Four Local Business Outbreaks of COVID-19
Post Date:07/18/2020 5:30 PM

Mendocino County has seen a rise in COVID-19 outbreaks during the last couple of weeks. As of today, we have 194 cases of COVID-19, 11 of whom are currently hospitalized, including 1 who was transferred to Napa County for higher level of care.

Per Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, 2 cases of COVID-19 in a workplace constitutes an outbreak. Mendocino County Public Health is working closely with all known locations who have COVID-19 positive employees to contain the spread, including giving orders to isolate cases, and quarantine close contacts (defined as being closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes regardless of facial covering use) for 14 days from last contact with a known case. All locations have been cooperative in containment and investigation efforts. Please see the identified locations below for situational awareness.

  • Sherwood Oaks Health Center in Fort Bragg has had 7 residents test positive for COVID-19, 2 of whom have been hospitalized, and 1 of whom has passed away. 5 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. If you have been in close contact with a Sherwood Oaks resident or staff member, please self-quarantine, and participate in the outbreak testing event, performed by Mendocino Coast Clinics tomorrow, Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 530 Maple Street in Fort Bragg. There will be 300 tests available. First come, first serve. If you have or develop flu-like symptoms, please contact your primary care physician.
  • Ukiah Natural Foods Co-Op has had 2 employees test positive for COVID-19. Further testing of Co-Op employees is being facilitated by Public Health. “We are following the guidance as recommended by the Public Health Officer, Dr. Doohan, and are shutting down while working on the case investigation and contact tracing by Public Health,” said Co-Op Manager, Lori Rosenberg. “Our impacted staff are quarantined, and we have hired a professional deep cleaning service to clean the entire store. We are taking staff temperatures, and ensuring enhanced efforts for social distancing and disinfecting all surfaces. Our concern at this time is for the health of staff, shoppers and the community.”
  • The Fort Bragg Center for Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry has had one employee test positive for COVID 19. “The employee has been isolating since July 9th and no other employees or patients have reported experiencing any symptoms,” as stated by Dr. Alan Limbird. Dr. Limbird is working closely with public health to ensure a safe reopening for employees and patients. Mendocino County Public Health is providing outbreak testing for any patients who may have been exposed between June 22nd and July 13th. Outbreak testing for this event will be performed by Mendocino Coast Clinics tomorrow, Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 530 Maple Street in Fort Bragg. There will be 300 tests available. First come, first serve.
  • Ardzrooni Vineyard in Anderson Valley has had 4 employees test positive for COVID-19. Isolation and quarantine housing has been arranged for those affected by this outbreak. Outbreak testing will be offered early next week. Press Release with more information on this testing to follow soon

Indication of uncontrolled community spread, which has already been seen in Sonoma and Marin counties, includes outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities and grocery stores. The COVID-19 surge has now hit Mendocino County, and will likely worsen until Labor Day, given state modeling data. “We urge you, follow the Health Officer orders, and remember to wear your mask,” said Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan. “They have been created to save lives.”

Mendocino County Blanket Quarantine and Isolation Orders:

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CDC Guidance on Workplace COVID-19 Outbreaks:


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs told.

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