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Lynda Hopkins 5th District Supervisor
Daily Briefing  3-20-2020

Mar 20, 2020
by Lynda Hopkins, 5th District Supervisor - Sonoma County


From the calls, posts, and emails I am receiving this week, it is clear that a big hug is something lacking in our social distancing world. While we are working and reporting on a lot of tough issues, remember to be kind to yourself and to those around you.

It's heartening to see so many public health officials, non-profits, and community members coming together to help others, even with the new normal of distance.

On Thursday, Governor Newsom issued a Stay at Home order to protect the health and well being of all Californians. The State has also launched a website with information on California's response here. The County of Sonoma Shelter in Place order is consistent with the State order and no major changes are expected due to this addition.

In keeping with my pledge to keep answering your questions and keep you informed, we've now held two  live facebook chats. You can view the video for last night's session (March 19)here.  Our schedule for these fireplace live chats is every   Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday at 8:30 pm  on my public facebook page here. Please join us with your questions in english or in spanish.

Sonoma County Dashboard

Tap on image to view the dashboard.

The County of Sonoma GIS team has developed a storymap that will be updated daily showing County, State, US, and national cases, a timeline, and a local test results summary:

El equipo de SIG del Condado de Sonoma a desarrolló un mapa de historia que se actualizará diariamente mostrando casos de condado, estado, EE. UU. y nacionales, una línea de tiempo y un resumen de resultados de pruebas locales:

IRS Payment Extension

Treasury and the #IRS allow a delay of most tax payments until July 15, 2020. You still need to file your return or request a filing extension by April 15. No additional filing is necessary for the payment extension.

Treasury and the #IRS are allowing a delay of most tax payments until July 15, 2020

The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a tax refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the April 15 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request a six-month extension to file their return. Free electronic options are available. This information may be updated - check current information at at

Dr. MaseDr. Sundari Mase on Social Distancing

Dr Sundari Mase,County of Sonoma's Interim Health Officer, provides an excellent overview of Social Distancing and what people can still do under the Shelter in Place order. View the video on you tube here.

Tap on image to watch the spanish language video on 'shelter in Place' instructions.¡ Estamos contigo enfrentando el Coronavirus!

Por eso la oficial de salud del Condado de Sonoma emitió una orden para que los residentes del Condado se queden en casa y solo salgan para realizar labores esenciales.

Farm Trails Direct Member Information

Fresh produce is something we can get weekly from our local CSA'sFind out how to buy direct from local farms & businesses via CSAs, local delivery & drop-points, online orders, take-out & on-site, Farm Trails has mobilized quickly to help you connect directly with their members.

To help you know which businesses are able to sell to you direct, Farm Trails have created a brand-new Coronavirus Resources portal that is now live on our website:


Public Benefits Application Assistance

Legal Aid of Sonoma County is working hard to ensure that our services are still available during this crucial period. We recognize that there are many legal issues that will catch the public off guard both during and after the COVID-19 event, and we want to help you prepare. We have established a temporary hotline to assist members of the public with applying for public benefits such as:

Information about each of these programs is available at the corresponding links above, and their applications are available online. If you would like step-by-step assistance in filling out the online applications, please call (559) 429-6974.

TIF Application Now Open for Not-For-Profits

We are working at supporting programs that will help 5th District communities help each other during this public health crisis. Providing food, support for those out of work, communications for those housebound - what are your ideas? We have released today an application for proposals to be funded from our annual TIF (Tourism Impact Funds) allocation. If you are part of a not-for-profit entity that is putting together a relief program, we'd like to hear from you.Click here for information and the link to the application and contact information to discuss your proposals.

Call for Applications for Tourism Impact Fund Now Open

The Call for Applications is now open for the Tourism Impact Fund (TIF). At this point we are focusing on any proposals that will help our communities during this Novel Coronavirus period and/or proposals that will provide for economic resilience and revitalization as we come out of the emergency.

Applications need to:

  • Provide relief for the community or economic revitalization during or after the Novel Coronavirus period
  • Come from a not-for-profit organization
  • Focus on District 5 community benefit

Download application here (PDF: 171 kB)

Feel free to contact with any questions. 



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