COVID-19 Community Report

In a time of physical distancing, access to local news and information is more important than ever. Join Host Autumn Labbe-Renault live Tuesdays from 12-12:30. On the air since March 17, 2020,  Autumn's been interviewing public health representatives, elected officials, community activists, nonprofit leaders, teachers and more.  The information, resources, and strategies around COVID-19 are ever changing, and hearing from decision makers and community members in this moment is powerful. These shows are rebroadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 pm, and Sundays at noon.  Autumn is executive director of Davis Media Access and is currently focusing some of her work time on documenting the effects of the pandemic here in Yolo County, using radio and video archives.

Please scroll down below this description for the archives of all previous episodes available to stream.


Replays Tuesday 5-5:30pm, Friday 12-12:30pm
Live Tuesday 12-12:30pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 12: Speaking with the Davis Downtown Business Assn. and Sandy Holman of The Culture CO-OP on Apr 24th, 2020

My guests on today's show are Brett Marasca, executive director of Davis Downtown; and Sandy Holman of The Culture CO-OP, discussing their new documentary, "The Cost of Darkness." We'll be talking about economic stimulus for downtown businesses, and the systemic structural inequality that has left communities of color much more vulnerable to the virus, respectively. 

Called the Gifting Stimulus Program, the Davis Downtown Business Association (DDBA) recently launched this program to infuse $100,000 into our city's core - its downtown. Using this link, you can choose businesses you'd like to support and your gift card purchase amount will be matched by the DDBA gifting program.  

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 11: A Talk with Sutter Davis Hospital CEO and the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network on Apr 21st, 2020

On Tuesday's Episode 11, we'll find out what it's like to run our community's largest health care provider in a conversation with Rachael McKinney, CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital. We'll also chat with David Lichtenhan, of Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network (YIIN), which recently launched the ApoYolo Project to support immigrant families in Yolo County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hear about the large-scale daily communication network that Sutter Davis Hospital is involved with, their infectious disease preparation timeline, and their ongoing adaptations to keep all safe and still be available to the community via their tele-medicine program and other resources available on their website.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 10: Talking with Yolo County Housing and Empower Yolo - April 17, 2020

We've been shining a light this week on the ways our region is helping some of the most vulnerable of our residents. On Tuesday 4/14  we talked about food insecurity and mental health. Today we’re talking about public housing, and domestic violence. Not light topics, but still extremely important to address right now. While sheltering in place is hard on everyone, there are some situations it disproportionately exacerbates. My guests on Friday's show are Lisa Baker, CEO of Yolo County Housing, and Bridgette Guerra, Legal Advocate at Empower Yolo.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 9: Local Efforts with the Yolo Food Bank and a Focus on Mental Health - April 14, 2020

Episode 9 of the COVID-19 Community Report includes guests  Michael Bisch, Executive Director for the Yolo Food Bank, and Karen Larsen, Director of Yolo County's Health and Human Services Agency.  

Michael Bisch spoke of the extraordinary work of his staff and over 500 volunteers who work with daily distribution, packing, and 5000 daily home deliveries , all accomplished while maintaining appropriate social distancing! More volunteers are currently needed and are encouraged to visit the Yolo Food Bank website

COVID-19 Community Report - Episode 8 - Speaking with Supervisor Provenza about Yolo Community Relief Fund and Davis Mayor Brett Lee

Episode 8 provides a view into COVID-19 responses from both the county and city, as host Autumn Labbe-Renault interviews Yolo County Supervisor for District 4, Jim Provenza at 12:05 pm, and Davis Mayor Brett Lee at 12:20 pm.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 7: Speaking With Davis Teacher's Association on Distance Learning and Winters' City Council on Apr 7th, 2020

For Episode 7, guests include Victor Lagunes, President of the Davis Teacher's Association, and Jesse Loren, Winters City Councilmember. We hear about how Davis teachers have been working hard behind-the-scenes as the Davis Joint Unified School District ramps up to launch online instruction next week, and also discuss the recent narrow passage of Measure G.

From Councilmember Loren, we hear how our neighbors to the west in Winters are faring as their small businesses, restaurants, wineries/breweries adapt to the shelter-in-place directive.  Several wonderful creative partnerships have evolved such as Yolo Food Bank getting delivery  support from the experienced Yolobus drivers, and a new "pick up" partnership between Steady Eddy's coffee and Turkcovich Family Winery, to name a few. 

Tune in live at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays at KDRT 95.7FM or here on, and catch replays Tuesdays and Fridays at 5 pm. and Sundays at noon.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 6: Speaking with Congressman John Garamendi - Apr 3rd, 2020

In Episode 6 we spoke to Congressman John Garamendi, D-CA, from the 3rd Congressional District who shared his firsthand experience and perspectives from inside the Beltway.

We focused our discussion on detailing the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress that addresses various aspects of economic fallout that so many are experiencing. What will the fallout be for local governments, small businesses, nonprofits, renters, and more?  Listeners were invited to contact his offices with questions.

Garamendi represents the 3rd Congressional District in California, including Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba counties plus most of Glenn, Lake, Solano, and Yolo counties, and a portion of Sacramento County.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 5 March 31, 2020 - A Look at Local Nonprofits and Small Businesses

In Episode 5,  we continue speaking with people in Yolo County who are affected by or working to address the impacts of the virus and Shelter-in-Place. To listen now, click on the title above.

First we speak with Jessica Hubbard, executive director of the Yolo Community Foundation. We'll begin to get a sense of the challenges facing nonprofit organizations, and the ways that local government, business and foundations are working to help.  They are currently working on a 3-pronged approach: providing technical support for nonprofits applying for assistance, educating our residents about what local nonprofits are needing, what they are doing, and how to donate, and finally, working to coordinate the involvement of large donors to the Community Action Fund.

COVID-19 Community Report- Episode 4 Mar 27th, 2020 - A County Level View

In Episode 4 (link to stream) the focus is on Yolo County. What resources funnel down from state and federal government to counties? What roles do our Yolo County supervisors play in the current situation? What kinds of questions are they fielding? We begin with Yolo County Supervisor for District 2, Don Saylor and later talk with Dr. Mary Ann Limbos, deputy Public Health Officer.  Don Saylor detailed some of the extended efforts provided this past week by the Yolo Food Bank that has served over 3,600 residents through home delivery to 1,536 households via 180 volunteers!

COVID-19 Community Report - Episode 3 - Mar 24th, 2020 Includes Chats with Davis Poet Laureate and Yolo County Library

In Episode 3 we chat with Davis Poet James Lee Jobe, and Elizabeth Gray of the Yolo County Library. Especially in times like this, we need some reflective moments and diversions! Learn about Jobe's virtual offerings at this time, and hear about the Library's e-reader program and other services.

For a listing of a variety of local services and information updated after each show, link to the COVID-19 Community Resource List

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