COVID-19 continues its spread in our community as does our collective frustration, especially recently as we approached the start of the school year and parents are again facing the impacts of distance learning on their kids and their work schedules. This is such a tough situation for all of us in so many ways. Napa County remains on the monitoring list due to being above the CDPH threshold of having a case rate greater than 100 cases per 100,000 population. We remain well above it- it’s currently at 176.1. To get off the monitoring list, we would need to decrease our cases from where we are, at about 150 per week (21 per day), to less than 70 per week (less than 10 per day), and stay there for 14 days. As it stands now with this being the one and only metric being considered by CDPH, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Pressure is mounting on the State to fix this, to equally consider other important local conditions and to change the framework for re-opening. I have a feeling this will happen in the near future. In the meantime, we need to do all we can to get to where the goalpost is now or in the future……..wear your mask, stay within your bubbles, maintain a safe physical distance and avoid parties and gatherings.

I think too this a good time to remind everyone what getting off the monitoring list would mean if it were to happen right now under the current State order. If we got off the list today, these sectors would be able to reopen for indoor activity:

  • Gyms/fitness centers
  • Personal care services
  • Museums/zoos
  • Movies/family entertainment centers
  • Schools (in-person learning)

Below is the list of sectors that would NOT be able to re-open if we got off the list. These sectors were closed state-wide for all counties not just those on the monitoring list, and they were closed indefinitely. There has been no path yet offered by the State on how and when these sectors will be allowed to reopen.

  • All brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs, both indoor and outdoor services
  • Indoor dining at restaurants
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Indoor cardrooms

COVID-19 Related Agenda Items:

(9B) Report by Dr. Relucio

Our Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Relucio, presented on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking at our local conditions in the first graphic below, hospital capacity and hospitalization rates remain in good shape. Doubling time continues to improve, moving from 24 at time of my last report to 29. But case rates continue to be high and congregate facility outbreaks continue to be a problem. As for the CDPH indicators shown in the second graphic, we are still above threshold on the case rate indicator and therefore still on the monitoring list. Case rate per 100,000 population has worsened from 166.5 at time of my last report to 176.1.  Stay up to date on our local epidemiology as well as status of CDPH triggers here: Resilience Roadmap. View Dr. Relucio’s presentation here.

(10D) Napa County Receives $14.18M in CARES Act Funding

The Board approved an expenditure plan as part of the $14.18 million the County received in CARES Act funding to support response costs and community recovery initiatives associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the total amount received, $12.8 million will be allocated to cover internal County response costs such as staffing costs associated with contact tracing, testing, disease surveillance, sheltering, first responders, and other response workers; the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment, medical supplies, sanitation, measures to facilitate compliance with public health orders, planning for medical surge/alternate care site, etc; sheltering costs to support compliance with isolation/quarantine order, and care of homeless populations and those housed in congregate settings; and more.
In addition, $2 million will be set aside to support external community recovery initiatives. This includes economic support like business assistance, childcare support like expanded access to childcare and supporting providers, housing/rental assistance and social safety net support like individual income replacement. Click here to view the presentation.

Regular Business Items:

(9E) Napa Valley Vine Trail

Authorized the submittal of a grant application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and to the California Transportation Commission for $10 million and committed $4.2 million of County funds for the construction of the Yountville (Madison St.) to St. Helena (Sulphur Springs Ave.) section of the Vine Trail Project. If the grant application is approved, funds will be utilized for design, engineering and construction, anticipated to begin in 2021. Construction is expected to be complete in 2026.

(10A) Emergency Preparedness

Received an update from our Risk/Emergency Services Manager, Sheriff and Fire Chief on activities pertaining to emergency preparedness for the 2020 wildfire season. Here are some highlights of the great work our County staff is doing in preparing our County (full presentation):
  • To alert residents of a Red Flag Warning, CAL Fire has implemented a new high fire danger flag program. This means that when you see the right-hand flag at one of our fire stations you need to be prepared for a possible wildfire. For a full list of precautions and what to avoid during a Warning, visit NapaFireWise.org.
  • This year over 700 fire hazard abatement inspections were conducted and the Chipping program has completed over 600 requests and chipped over 113,000 cubic yards of flammable brush at no cost to landowners.
  • The Firewise Foundation has completed fuel reduction projects in Berryessa Highlands, Silverado Country Club, Atlas Peak, Berryessa Estates, Angwin, Mt. Veeder/Dry Creek and Soda Canyon.
  • The Sheriff’s Office is providing free evacuation tags to all residents, to place in highly visible place, such as a door, mailbox, or fence, as they evacuate their residences during an emergency. These tags will help first responders swiftly identify which homes have been evacuated so they can focus their attention on those who still need help and facilitate more effective evacuations. Tags can be picked up at any of the locations listed on Napa County’s website.
  • Napa County has a new system that translates warning messages and evacuation orders that can be broadcast via PA system of patrol cars.

(10C) Project Homekey Grant Application

Authorized our Director of Housing and Homeless Services to submit a joint grant application with Burbank Housing for the Project Homekey program – State program for public entities to purchase housing for the homeless impacted by COVID-19. The grant request is for $2.8M and would be utilized for the purchase of an apartment complex in the City of Napa to create approximately 14 permanent supportive housing units by Dec. 30, 2020. Stay tuned for more on this.

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting…

Join the Board on August 18th, at 9:00 a.m. on the third floor of the County Administration Building — 1195 Third Street, Suite 310, Napa.