COVID-19 Community Report

In a time of physical distancing, access to local news and information became more important than ever. Autumn Labbe-Renault went live on the air with the "Covid-19 Community Report" on March 20, 2020, and remained on the air through April 2021, producing 62 episodes and interviewing close to 100 people during a time of unprecedented public health crisis. Please scroll down below this description for the archives of all previous 62 episodes available to stream.


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COVID-19 Community Report Episode 43: Speaking with Yolo County Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson - Dec 1st, 2020

As Yolo County saw its adjusted daily case rate for the week ending Nov. 22 jump to 28.2 per 100,000 residents--up from 20.9 just four days prior--many of us are wondering what the numbers might look like 7-10 days after holiday gatherings at Thanksgiving.

It's a good moment to check in with Dr. Aimee Sisson, who joined Yolo County as its chief Public Health Officer in October after resigning from the same position in Placer County when officials there decided to lessen restrictions around COVID-19.

We'll talk about our numbers, what we might expect in the coming weeks and months, and generally check in about the state of public health in Yolo County. We'll also talk about the hard and sometimes demoralizing front-line work that public health officers face as they carry out the state's often unpopular mandates.


COVID-19 Community Report Episode 42: Speaking with the Davis School Arts Foundation and 9th Grade Student for Pandemic Perspectives - Nov 17th, 2020

At a moment when Yolo County has been returned to the most restrictive tier under the state's COVID-19 protocol, we hear two perspectives about the pandemic's impact on school-aged populations here in Davis.

My first guest today is Lorraine Nail-Visher, president of the Davis School Arts Foundation, which supports culturally relevant arts education for children in Davis public schools through project grants, advocacy, and arts integration training for educators. We'll hear about the foundation's work in general, its funding, and its recent decision to concentrate its efforts on one grade and on one centralized effort during the pandemic, with the Arts Kit project in partnership with the Davis Arts Center.

COVID-19 Community Report Speaks with the Davis Area Interfaith Religious Leaders Network - Oct 27th, 2020

So, a group of local clergy walks into a community media station…it sounds like the start of a joke, but rest assured it’s not. More like, a sign of the times.

For the past seven months, I’ve been talking to people about how COVID has impacted their lives — how it’s changed their business, their operations or services, and their lives. As I’ve also mentioned many times during this course of this show, it’s not just a global pandemic we’re weathering--2020 has been a highly complex year, one where layers are being peeled back on institutionalized racism, where fear and scarcity loom large, and where divisiveness seems to be the order of the day. In short, we’re a highly stressed populace.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 40: Dia de los Muertos and Fill the Boot - Fall Holidays in Davis - Oct 20th, 2020

Each October, the Davis Cemetery District & Arboretum holds a marvelous Dia de los Muertos celebration. Can you think of a more fitting setting for our local adaptation of this beautiful celebration of life and death that originated in Mexico, and today is celebrated all over Central America and here in the U.S.? Despite COVID, the celebration is on, and we'll hear from Executive Director Jessica Smithers how it's been adapted for this year. We'll also learn about some of the other unique features of this suprising local resource.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 39: Speaking with Yolo Crisis Nursery and Soroptimist International Davis - Oct 13th, 2020

Today we  hear about local support available to families who may have reached a tough place, or who are in true crisis - we hear about the many ways Yolo Crisis Nursery steps up to help. We also hear from Evie Wright, president of Soroptimist International of Davis, which works to empower women and girls through education, training, and financial support as stepping stones to economic empowerment.

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 38: Checking in with the Yolo Food Bank and the Pence Gallery - Oct 6th, 2020

This week's guests include Michael Bisch, executive director of the Yolo Food Bank and Natalie Nelson, executive director of the Pence Gallery in downtown Davis.

Tasked with the mission of reducing food insecurity in our county, the Yolo Food Bank has been distributing 60,000 meals per month. Michael talks about bringing food security to Davis during the pandemic, including partnerships with local college campuses and the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter.  When asked what he is most grateful for he replied  "The 181 volunteer residents of Davis that are assisting their neighbors countywide, and the many food donors including local farmers, grocers and more".  There are still openings for volunteering to sort, pack, deliver and hand-out meal kits. Link to their website for additional information to volunteer.  

COVID-19 Community Report Episode 37: Jesse Salinas Discusses Yolo Co. Elections and NJ Mvondo Introduces Interactive Healing Art Project - Sep 29th, 2020

My guests this week are  Jesse Salinas,  Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for Yolo County, and artist and community organizer NJ Mvondo, to speak about the new Healing Art Project unfolding in Davis.

Jesse's office  is responsible for multiple key functions within Yolo County, but for this show,  we’ll focus on his role as registrar of voters. Jesse’s team has been very busy getting out information about the changes to voting during the Nov. 3 election cycle, and I'm delighted to speak with him and get fully up to speed on what we need to know here in Yolo County.

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Thank you so much for keeping our local community informed and engaged!

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Thank you for listening!

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