SONOMA COUNTY (KPIX 5) – Sonoma County officers acknowledge they’re the final Bay Space county within the Purple Tier, on the backside rung of California’s color-coded reopening system, and say they’re decided to work their means ahead.
“Yeah, we’re slightly annoyed in regards to the scenario,” mentioned Marco Esparza of Maya Restaurant in Sonoma which continues to be serving prospects at outside tables due to the purple restrictions. “I imply, all our county neighbors are already having the inexperienced gentle, however not us.”
Sonoma County has been caught within the purple tier for the reason that state started the color-coded system in August.
“There’s lots of issues that set us other than our neighboring counties, undoubtedly from the Bay Space counties,” mentioned Sonoma County Well being Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, who emphasised the truth that a lot of the county is agricultural and rather more like Monterey County than San Francisco.
Officers mentioned farm employees, most of them Latino, are very susceptible as a result of they work and dwell near many different folks. And they’re much less more likely to get examined as a result of they’re reluctant to lose a paycheck.
“Residing in crowded situations giant households and lots of transmission inside these households is an enormous consider our case numbers,” Mase mentioned.
The county introduced a plan earlier this month that will enhance pop-up testing in Latino communities.
Additionally, the county plan would pay a stipend of $1,216 to assist exchange the pay for people who can be lacking work from isolating, and can be within the technique of securing dozens extra inns, Mase mentioned.
“Proper now our alternate care website is in Healdsburg, and it’s distant for individuals who might need to isolate or quarantine away from household, if they’re residing in Santa Rosa, Petaluma or different locations. So we’re making an attempt to contract as much as 35 totally different inns in several areas of the county.”
Advocates within the Latino group instructed KPIX 5 it has taken some time, however in latest weeks Sonoma County has begun a really critical and complete marketing campaign to attempt to mitigate the virus in that group.
“Locally, I feel all of us are identical to ‘Why, why has it taken this lengthy?’” Stated Javi Cabrera-Rosales of the group referred to as On the Transfer, which has joined forces with different nonprofits to kind the “Cura Venture.”
The organizations have grow to be liaisons between the county and the Latino group, letting folks know in their very own language in regards to the significance of masking and distancing and that county assist is obtainable.
“This actually calls upon our techniques to seek out some actual change in how we’re truly responding to our communities of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and ensuring that there’s not solely fairness however liberation,” Cabrera-Rosales mentioned.
Sonoma County will discover out in one other two weeks whether or not these efforts are paying off sufficient to maneuver out of the purple and additional into reopening.