COVID-19 Community Report - Episode 1 - March 17, 2020

This is the first episode of a show that will be a mix of community updates, local information, and call-ins from elected officials, community activists, and other leaders. Our first guest was Davis City Councilmember Lucas Frerichs, who provided us with updates from the Davis City Council, including information about tonight’s emergency meeting. Click on the post title above to stream today's show.

Resources mentioned today include:

 A Facebook group called Covid-19 Community Response, started last week by community organizer Kate Mellon-Anibaba.  It quickly grew from dozens to a couple thousand members. We’ll talk with Kate on Friday’s show, but let me just say it’s been an antidote to the fear and scarcity so many are feeling. It’s quickly become a place where people can ask for, or offer help, and it’s truly inspiring. Search for it under groups on Facebook.

International House Davis is conducting a community survey to gather information on immediate needs to inform virtual programming and community activation. They also have a nice community resource list going. You can find both at their website

Public health departments at the county level drive much of our health care delivery and information

CORRECTION on FRIDAY night (not Thursday as indicated in the broadcast), community activists are organizing a roundtable community Zoom call for Yolo County residents interested in addressing financial hardship in the time of the Coronoavirus. They want to hear from people about what kinds of issues they are facing due to the shutdown and work loss. Call is geared at finding collaborative situations. To join, 5:30 on Friday, March 20.

Announced yesterday, all branches of the Yolo County Library will remain closed through April 5. If you borrowed items, they will be automatically renewed and late fees will be waived. You can return library materials when our branches reopen. Visit the website to access digital resources 24/7. Library staff will support a centralized phone line, 530-757-5593, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. to assist with account questions and access to digital materials.

Feeding people who are already living on the margins and therefore especially vulnerable presents big challenges. Here are a few local resources.

-Yolo Food Bank is in urgent need of people to help deliver food, and they have many other needs as well. Call them at call (530) 668-0690, or visit

-Tuesday & Thursdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 11:30am Davis Community Meals & Housing will hand out bagged lunches to anyone who comes by. The address is 640 Hawthorne Lane, Davis; it's St. Martin's Church. They are also open at 1111 H street for homeless individuals to get food, shower and laundry done M-F 8am-12pm. DCMAH can also provide a STEAC referral for 1x a month food for those who income qualify. Their phone number is 530-753-9204. They also have a limited amount dog food if needed.

-DJUSD will continue to serve meals to children from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3.  Breakfast and lunch service will be available to children under the age of 18, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following sites:

Montgomery Elementary- 1441 Danbury Street, Davis, CA 95618

Harper Junior High- 4000 E. Covell Blvd., Davis, CA 95618

Davis Senior High- 315 W. 14th St., Davis, CA 95616

Patwin Elementary- 2222 Shasta Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Meal packages will include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next morning.

Business Resources

Deema Tamimi shared this morning that Yolo is listed as an included county for Small Business Adninistration disaster assistance for small businesses impacted by Covid 19. There’s an application you can check out, and I’ll work to get more info

Davis resident Heidy Kellison is volunteer blogger working to highlight and support local businesses through her blog. Through her Facebook page, also called Downtownnorcal, she’s been going live from local businesses to highlight their struggles at present, and how some are adapting to the crisis and finding new ways to do business as usual. 

Staying creatively connected:

Local musical duo Misner & Smith has held a few living room concerts they’ve put out via Facebook Live. Check in your favorite artist pages and find out how they’re adapting.

The Davis Arts Center is offering ideas for arts and creative practice while social distancing, as well as links to some virtual museum tours.

I’ll continue connecting with local schools, churches, businesses, non-profits and so on to provide local information. Please send announcements via comments to me here.