Mendocino County orders local restaurants to display sign indicating risk of COVID at facility as four more COVID-19 deaths announced – Redheaded Blackbelt
Mendocino County Public Health announced last night that four other county residents have died from the COVID-19 virus. As the number of deaths in the community rises, public health official Dr Andy Coren is implementing a new health order requiring local restaurants to display signage to the public indicating the level of risk the establishment poses in depending on the vaccination requirement of its employees and the vaccination of customers. could eat inside or outside.
The four recently announced deaths put the total number of lives lost in Mendocino County to the virus to 75. The 72nd death was a 66-year-old Gualala woman who died on September 12 while traveling in Riverside County who would have been fully vaccinated with “several comorbidities”. The 73rd death was an unvaccinated 79-year-old Ukiah man who died on September 17. The 74th resident to die from the virus was an 85-year-old woman who was believed to have been fully vaccinated with multiple co-morbidities who died on September 17. The 75th county resident to die from the virus was a fully vaccinated 98-year-old Ukiah woman who died on September 20.
Dr Coren said the deaths came amid a wave he associated with Labor Day. Regarding the vaccination status of three of the four deaths, Dr Coren said: “These were elderly people with many co-morbidities. Overall, however, the vaccines have been shown to be effective.
As for the new public health order implemented by Dr Andy Coren, all businesses that serve food or drink indoors will need to have one of three signs designed to represent the risks associated with the precautions. of this company they are taking to limit the spread of the virus.
In a statement released by Public Health, the three signs and the criteria to qualify for each have been outlined below:
- If employees are either vaccinated or tested weekly AND customers need to be vaccinated for dining indoors, that company will display a green sign.
- If employees are either vaccinated or tested weekly, but customers do not need to be vaccinated to dine indoors, this company will display a yellow sign.
- If the company does not know if employees are vaccinated or if they are testing AND if customers do not need to be vaccinated to dine indoors, that company will display a red sign.
The press release says the risk of COVID-19 is increased in confined spaces and an “even greater risk when not masked,” so this colorful system “will help consumers make smart choices about restaurants and companies that follow best practices to slow the spread. of COVID-19. “
Mendocino County is not the first county in California to adopt such advice. The press release goes so far as to say that counties such as Marin, Long Beach, Tulare and Contra Costa have adopted “stricter regulations than Mendocino.” In the press release, Dr Coren reportedly said, “Members of our community deserve to be free to choose what is safe enough for them. This is only possible with transparency, which these signs accomplish.
The decree specifies that the staff and customers of an establishment are required to wear their masks except when eating and drinking. This ordinance comes into force on November 1, 2021. If companies do not display these signs, “the police could impose fines in the event of non-compliance”.
Dr Coren says in the press release that non-food establishments have contacted public health in hopes of displaying one of these signs because “they are proud of their anti-covid practices and display a green sign!”
Stephanie Dunken, one of the owners of Slam Dunk Pizza in the interior of Mendocino, said: “I think it allows businesses to operate in their comfort zone with the public, all while the consumer can. decide whether to have dinner or not. “
John Strangio, one of the owners of the Ukiah Valley Athletic Club, said this public health order “gives people the information they need to make the comfortable choice for their families.” He added that the command shows: “Dr. Coren is a real person who tries to protect our community from COVID, while listening to businesses and their struggles! “