Daily Update for April 6, 2020

Posted on April 6, 2020

Happy Monday, Petaluma!

We hope you had a cozy weekend at home. We are certainly looking forward to some sunny days in the coming week and the opportunity to walk through our lovely town – all while adhering to social distancing protocols, of course!

In today’s update we have exciting news about virtual City Council and Town Hall livestreams, as well as indication our Shelter-in-Place efforts are working, information on face coverings, SMART train service updates, a tour of the Eastside Farmers Market, and more. Please enjoy!


Tonight’s the night! Join us for our very first virtual City Council meeting. We can’t wait to connect our community in this way and greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate this new format. The session begins at 6:45pm. If you’d like to participate or submit comments, please follow the instructions below. See you tonight!
This meeting is being conducted utilizing teleconferencing and electronic means consistent with State of California Executive Order N-29-20 dated March 17, 2020, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. To view and participate in this meeting, details can be found at https://cityofpetaluma.org/meetings/. In accordance with Executive Order N-29-20, the public may only view the meeting online and not in the Council Chamber.
Public Participation/Comment Instructions: Members of the Public may participate and provide public comments to teleconference meetings as follows:
  • Written public comments may be submitted by email to: [email protected]g up to 2 hours prior to the meeting start (April 6, 2020 at 4:45 pm). The Clerk will read public comments at the City Council meeting, not to exceed three minutes (approximately 350 words).
  • Spoken public comments will be accepted through the teleconference meeting only. To address City Council during the live meeting, please use this link to join the teleconference meeting: https://zoom.us/j/413761820


We’re pleased to announce we will be holding our first virtual Town Hall this Thursday, April 9, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm!  A panel of 4 top City Officials will discuss Petaluma’s response to COVID-19 and will answer questions from the community. Questions can be submitted during the livestream broadcast or prior to the start of the event via email. If you have questions you’d like answered, please send them to the City Clerk: [email protected]g
Stay tuned to our Daily Update emails for login details!
The panel of City Officials will include:


Based on updated information from the CDC, the Sonoma County Health Officer now recommends that everyone who leaves home for an essential activity wear a face covering to the extent possible, such as a fabric mask, scarf, bandana, or similar garment while outside their home.
According to the Sonoma County Health Officer, while ordinary face coverings have not been proven to protect the wearer, when worn by someone with COVID-19 they may reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.
Anyone who knows that they have COVID-19, has been exposed to the virus, or who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), should remain home and follow all isolation and quarantine directives from the County Health Officer and their medical provider.
NOTE: Use the best face covering that you can, but please save purchasing new surgical masks and protective equipment for the professionals. Our doctors, PAs, NPS, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare providers are bravely working through this emergency to protect the rest of us. To do so, however, they need personal protective equipment, and supplies are limited. Surgical masks, unexpired N95 masks, and other essential protective equipment is not recommended for everyday use at this time, unless you already have a supply at home for personal use.
CLICK HERE for more information on face coverings.


We’d like to again express our gratitude for our amazing community who has done such an amazing job adhering to the Shelter-in-Place Order. We know it is not easy, and we are incredibly appreciative of your efforts. Because of you, and our fellow Californians, the projected number of statewide deaths due to COVID-19 has been lowered in a new model by The University of Washington. This shows us the actions we are taking are truly making a difference. Gold stars for all Petalumans today! #PetalumaProud
CLICK HERE for full story from KRON4 News.
Also, as we mentioned last week, the County of Sonoma recently shared the key findings of their first local modeling study conducted by the Imperial College of London. A recent update from Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, explains this study takes what we know about coronavirus (COVID-19), such as rates of infection and mortality, and combines it with our local demogrpahics in order to project what we might face as a county in the weeks and months ahead.
Per Chair Gorin’s update, some key findings from the modeling for Sonoma County include:
  • Shelter-in-Place is working. We are flattening the curve.
  • In Sonoma County, we are expected to hit our peak for hospitalizations in the first or second week of June.
  • We are expected to need about 1,500 total hospital beds for residents aged 18-64 to accommodate that peak in June.
  • For our seniors age 65+, and minors age 0-17, we do not currently anticipate a significant increase in the number of hospital beds required. While the virus impacts seniors at a higher percentage relative to other ages, the modeling indicates earlier sheltering recommendations to our seniors have helped slow the spread within this age group.
The current modeling makes it clear that our Shelter-in-Place Order is making a difference. Without it, the modeling estimates 10,000 or more local residents would have required hospitalization, and that the number of severe cases would have overwhelmed our local healthcare system.
Now is not the time to relax, however. With our local peak caseload still ahead of us, we must all remain vigilant with Shelter-in-Place and social distancing. Keep up the good work!


Due to a significant decline in ridership resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, that Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) will implement further reductions to weekday train service, effective today. The modified weekday schedule will scale back service by 50%, operating 16 train trips daily serving all stations and will remain in effect until further notice. All weekend service remains suspended. SMART’s ridership has declined by 90% since the beginning of the health crisis.
For more information about SMART schedules and fares or help planning your trip, call SMART Customer Service at (4415)455-2000 or visit https://www.sonomamarintrain.org/


The weekly Petaluma Eastside Farmers’ Market is being held tomorrow and it is a great place to shop! This open air market, full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other essentials, has put a number of protocols in place to ensure a safe shopping experience for all. See for yourself! Please take a few minutes and join us on our trip to the market last week in this video:  https://vimeo.com/404802665
For more information on the Eastside Farmers’ Market and their new curbside service option, please visit: http://ilovefarmersmarkets.org/index.html


With trips to the grocery store becoming increasingly complicated, grocery delivery is a great option for Petaluma families, seniors, and vulnerable populations. The County of Sonoma has put together a list of stores currently offering grocery delivery, pick-up, and senior hours on their FAQ page. CLICK HERE to check it out (scroll down to 4th topic).


If there’s one thing we know Petalumans love to do, it’s volunteer! Food Packers are needed Monday – Friday in Santa Rosa to package and assemble grocery boxes for people in need. Shifts are from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm. This opportunity is outdoors and social distancing practices will be in place.
CLICK HERE to learn more.


The City of Petaluma is following the guidance of the federal, state, and county officials and allowing firearms retailers to remain open under the following conditions:
  1. Social distancing protocols had to be drafted and provided to each employee and posted inside and outside the business. (Sonoma County Health Order 19-5)
  2. Social distancing had to be practiced inside and outside the store, only permitting the appropriate number of customers to accommodate social distancing. (Sonoma County Health Order 19-5)
  3. Whenever possible sales and transfers should only be conducted by appointment only to accomplish social distancing. (City of Petaluma Guidance)
CLICK HERE to read the full message from the Petaluma Police Chief.
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