Mendocino COVID-19 cases jump by 50 percent this week

Officicals confirmed of the 6 new cases announced this week, all 6 cases have been confirmed as connected to the outbreak at Redwood Valley Assembly of God where two Lake County residents held livestream services.

Mendocino COVID-19 cases jump by 50 percent this week
MENDOCINO COUNTY— In the wake of four active COVID-19 cases in Lake County announced this past week, two of them tied to a Mother’s Day service in Redwood Valley, the Mendocino Department of Public Health reported Friday that their cases went from 15 to 21 cases, increasing their numbers by almost 50 percent. According to data made public by the department, the six new cases are from the 337 tests from the Redwood Valley surveillance testing conducted on Monday. All positive cases have been notified and are in isolation at home with close contacts in quarantine. Case investigation and contract testing is ongoing. Of the six cases, health officials noted that all six have been confirmed as connected to the outbreak at the Redwood Valley Assembly of God where Pastor Jack McMilin from Lucerne and his wife Sharon livestreamed church services which included singing. The department reported Sunday that one of the Lake County residents (McMilin) was hospitalized at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley on Saturday, while the other, the pastor’s wife, and an elderly man living in the Ukiah Valley who is a close contact of the McMilins, were in stable condition, in isolation, at their homes. The news comes at the same time we are entering the Memorial Day holiday weekend and one day after a local variance to the state’s Stay at Home order took effect, allowing many Lake County businesses to reopen or expand their services. A new Public Health Order requiring face coverings in public spaces and businesses was also issued this week. “We’re still facing real risks from COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Moke Simon following two meetings this week. “There’s a reason the Governor hasn’t lifted the ban on non-essential travel. There’s a reason they’re talking about professional [sporting events] happening with no people in the stands. There’s a reason that businesses that area reopening look a lot different than they did before.” “This is a critical moment in the pandemic for our County, and compliance with the safety and social distancing measures in our Health Orders are essential to keeping us safe. Even one non-compliant event can cause an outbreak of COVID-19, which could force the County to revert to stricter orders to save lives,” noted Mendocino Public health officials. Officials added that anyone who has been in recent contact with the Redwood Valley Assembly of God. church who hasn’t been tested should seek testing. “If you are sick please contact your medical provider,” officials noted in a news release Friday. The County of Lake’s Health Services Department could not provide information on Friday regarding whether any more Lake County residents had been determined to have contracted the virus as a result of contact with individuals at the church besides the two Northshore residents previously identified.