Daily Update for April 7, 2020

Posted on April 7, 2020

Hello Petaluma,
Today we come to you with words of gratitude for our brave essential workers, information on upcoming City and County virtual meetings regarding COVID-19, news on community members making Petaluma a better, safer place to be, and some fun ideas for Easter at home. Enjoy!
As always, we would love to hear from you. If you have feedback or ideas for what you would like to see included in emails, please contact: [email protected]


We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all essential workers for their dedication and commitment to keeping our world running smoothly during this unusual time. Petaluma continues to thrive because of you! #PetalumaProud


Shelter-in-Place has given the City and County departments an opportunity to sharpen our technological skills. We are pleased to now bring you a variety of community meetings via livestream. Check them out below!
Petaluma’s First Virtual Town Hall
Do you have questions for the Chief of Police, Mayor or City Manager? Join us Thursday April 9 from 5:30-6:30pm for our very first virtual town hall! We will hear from a panel of 4 top City officials on COVID-19 and take 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] Stayed tuned to our Daily Update emails this week for more details.
The panel of City Officials will include:
Public Health Officer Daily Updates
Tune in for daily coronavirus updates from Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer, everyday at 3:30pm via Facebook Live:
County Town Hall
Tonight from 5pm-6pm, County Supervisors and leaders from Health Services and Emergency management will update the community and answer questions. There are a variety of ways to view or listen:
  • NorCal website
  • KRCB TV 22
  • KPJK TV 60
  • KRCB FM Radio 91
  • Spanish on KBBF 89.1 FM
  • English on NorCal Public Media with Spanish Simulcaston La Mejor 104.1 FM



We are especially Petaluma Proud to recognize this year’s Community Awards of Excellence Humanitarian of The Year recipient, Joe Garcia. Joe has lived in the community all his life and serves with pride as the City’s Neighborhood Preservation Officer. Thanks, Joe, for all that you do! CLICK HERE to learn more.


Sonoma County is working closely with homeless service providers to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and to provide access to care for homeless persons if needed. Specific actions include:
  • More than 30 handwashing stations/porta potties have been established throughout the county.
  • Finalizing an assessment tool and protocol to begin screening highly vulnerable people to be placed in temporary housing (hotels)
  • Establishment of 10 trailers at the Fairgrounds to house 20-25 individuals
  • Working to secure 20-30 hotel rooms in case of shelter overflow
As of 4/6/20, there are no confirmed positive COVID-19 homeless cases.


The grass is green and the flowers are blooming, but as we approach the upcoming Easter holiday it is important we continue to observe Shelter-in-Place and social distancing guidelines. Though an elaborate egg hunt at a favorite local park or a large family gathering is not in the cards this year, there are some great ways you can create a special celebration at home:
  • Take advantage of local businesses open for delivery or curbside when planning your holiday meal or creating Easter baskets for loved ones
  • Check out this great article from Good Housekeeping with fantastic indoor egg hunt ideas – some of these are so good they might become new family traditions! CLICK HERE
Please have fun but, above all, be safe!


The Petaluma Fire Department is putting extra health and safety protocols in place to ensure our community is protected. These include:
  • Health screening for all personnel when they report to work
  • Taking staff temperatures at the start of, and throughout the duration, of each shift
  • Firefighters are practicing social distancing at the firehouse
  • Firefighters will begin to wear masks when riding in fire engines to calls for service
  • Firefighters will wear masks when out at public locations, like grocery stores when shopping for essentials
The Petaluma Firefighters ask that our community continues to wave and say hello when you see them out and about, just from 6 feet away!


CLICK HERE to learn about Neighbor Check-Ins
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