News Briefs 5-7-2020

Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

May 9, 2020

Face Mask Guidelines
Wearing a cloth face covering may not protect you from getting COVID-19. But, if used correctly, wearing a cloth face covering may provide some additional protection. 
These recommendations are in line with the CDC:
• In public places like grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, clinics, and other essential businesses
• When getting take-out from restaurants
• When caring for someone sick or with health issues
• While using public transit • When the store/business requires it

Not recommended:
• For children under 2 years old
• For anyone who has trouble breathing
• While exercising if able to practice physical distancing
• While at home or just outside your home, such as collecting your mail or doing yard work
• While in your personal vehicle

How to Take off Face Masks
• Before you take off the mask, wash your hands well or use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching the mask itself, as it could be contaminated. Hold it by the loops, ties, or bands only.
• After removing the mask, wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer

Car Sparks Fire, Caltrans Guy Puts It Out

A car pulled over into the grass on the side of Hwy 1 is looking like the cause of a small brush fire that a Caltrans worker extinguished.

According to Morro Bay Fire Capt. Scott Subler, they got a report of a fire on Hwy 1 near the Main Street interchange at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.

They had trouble finding the fire, as there were no signs of smoke. They eventually discovered a small, burned area on the east side of the highway, just past the Morro Bay Boulevard interchange.

Capt. Subler said a Caltrans worker, who was doing maintenance along the highway, came across the fire as it was just starting. The Caltrans worker extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived, limiting the burn area to a small patch of ground.

There was no damage done and no one was inured.

Capt. Subler said with the weather now starting to heat up they are seeing more and more of these kinds of accidental fires, as motorists pull over onto the shoulders of roadways in vehicles with hot catalytic converters and exhaust systems. Such fires are common along roadways.

Cancer Support Through Telehealth

A local organization continues to offer cancer support to those in need during the pandemic. Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast (CSC-CCC), a non-profit organization that offers social and emotional programs services to local cancer patients, survivors, and their families free of charge, is offering programs, counseling, orientations, and education available via telehealth program and online platforms, “so that no one faces cancer alone.”  They are also currently delivering much needed safety care packets, to some families in need.

“For many cancer patients and survivors with compromised immune systems, this public health emergency may likely be a source of anxiety,” said CSC-CCC Executive Director Shannon D’Acquisto. “Cancer can be inherently isolating, and people have a need to relate to others who are going through similar experiences.  These unprecedented times have shown a glimpse of the uncertainty, isolation, and anxiety that cancer patients experience daily.”

For information about the Cancer Support Community – CA Central Coast, programs, or to donate, visit

Foster Homes Needed

The County is seeking individuals and families to provide homes on a short term (3-6 months) or longer (6 months or more) basis to foster local children.

The coronavirus situation has created a severe shortage of homes for children in foster care. In particular, the County needs homes open to children age 10 or older, including teenagers and young adults in extended foster care who have lost on-campus housing.

The County also needs homes that may have the ability to quarantine a sick child. If you are able to help, call 805-781-1705, or visit

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