Friday, April 9, 2021

County Records Lowest Weekly COVID Total in Months, Reports 11K Vax Doses Coming Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 3:31 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases today, making 32 this week — the lowest weekly case tally since October — while also reporting that the county is slated to receive more than 11,000 vaccine doses next week, by far the largest weekly allocation to date.

Today's cases were reported after laboratories processed 297 samples with a test-positivity rate of 3.4, bringing the county's cumulative case count to 3,518.

Earlier today, the county announced it is opening vaccine eligibility to all local residents age 16 and over almost a week in advance of the state's planned expansion. Anyone wanting to get vaccinated is encouraged to sign up on the state's My Turn vaccine registry. Yesterday, the county announced that hundreds of vaccination appointments remained open for this weekend.

Tuesday, the state of California updated its COVID-19 risk tiers, moving Humboldt County into its orange "moderate" tier, which allows businesses such as restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to increase indoor operations, while allowing others — including bowling alleys and family fun centers — to open.

The change came after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state had met its goal of administering 4 million doses to socio-economically challenged areas, a trigger for increasing the epidemiological tier thresholds.

The state data released today shows Humboldt County with a test positive rate of 2.0 percent (compared to 2.2 percent last week) and a daily case rate of 3.5 per 100,000 compared to California overall, which has a 1.8 positivity rate and 5.1 cases per 100,000. Last week, Humboldt daily cases rate was 4.6 per 100,000.

Beginning April 1, the state cleared outdoor sports events and live performances to reopen with fans and spectators, so long as facial coverings are worn at all times, venues follow tier-based capacity restrictions and provide reserved, assigned seating. (Read more here.)

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Stinky Corpse Flower Blooms at Humboldt State

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 2:05 PM

Amorphophallus konjac, the “corpse flower." - PHOTO COURTESY HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY.
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  • Amorphophallus konjac, the “corpse flower."
Things are getting a bit stinky at the Humboldt State University greenhouse, where a corpse flower — with a bouquet like rotting flesh — is in bloom.

While the odor may be off-putting, the aroma does its job in attracting the plant’s pollenators: dung beetles, carrion flies, and other scavenger insects.

But don’t get your hopes up on getting a glance at the Amorphophallus konjac. The university is closed to all visitors due to COVID-19 and the public is not allowed in the greenhouse at this time, according to a HSU news release.

“This plant requires specific and consistent environmental conditions to flower, which can happen every year around early spring in the HSU campus greenhouse,” greenhouse manager Brianne Lee said in the release.

A native of tropical and subtropical areas of eastern Asia, the corpse flower bloom is a stock made up of many flowers that can grow to up to 36 inches wide and 72 inches long.

According to the release, the plant is “commonly grown in research greenhouses and seduces both botanists and gardeners with its botanical complexity.”

Read more about the corpse flower in the HSU release below:

One of the planet’s most unusual flowering plants, Amorphophallus konjac, is commonly known as the corpse flower for its distinctive and downright fleshy smell. This week, Humboldt State University’s very own corpse flower has bloomed, thrusting its burgundy stalk skyward and releasing a pungent aroma into the subtropical dome of the campus greenhouse.

Blooming only once a year on average, bearing witness to the opening of the corpse flower is special.

“This plant requires specific and consistent environmental conditions to flower, which can happen every year around early spring in the HSU campus greenhouse,” says Brianne Lee, HSU’s greenhouse manager.

Not actually a single flower but an inflorescence (a stalk of many flowers), the plant can grow to 36 inches wide, with the inflorescence growing up to 72 inches. Native to warm subtropical to tropical areas of eastern Asia, the corpse flower is commonly grown in research greenhouses and seduces both botanists and gardeners with its botanical complexity.

The smell of the blooming plant—which is often described as a feral, decaying odor akin to rotting flesh—“is actually to the plant’s benefit”:https://www.livescience.com/51947-corpse-flower-facts-about-the-smelly-plant.html.

The inflorescence contains nodules that emit an odor to attract the flower’s primary pollinators: dung beetles, carrion flies, and other scavenger insects. Along with the royal burgundy color and elevated body-like temperature (98 degrees), the funky smell serves the biological function of imitating a dead animal to attract pollinators who may be searching for a suitable site to lay eggs. Once pollination is complete, the flower collapses, a process that takes only two to three days.

“The corpse flower is a unique and valuable addition to any university’s teaching greenhouse,” says HSU Botany instructor Stefani Brandt. “For my labs in Plant Taxonomy, I use the corpse flower as a prime example of how species adapt to attract quality pollinators in order to successfully reproduce.”

Giving a fleeting but spectacular performance this week, HSU’s own corpse flower is an incredible example of the ingenuity of the plant kingdom.

As a reminder, the HSU campus is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. No one is permitted admittance to the greenhouse at this time.
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Humboldt Opens Up COVID-19 Vaccines to 16 and Up

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 1:05 PM

Humboldt County residents who are 16 years and older can now get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, moving them up before the state’s April 15 date for widening eligibility.

Those interested can sign up on the state’s My Turn site.

“We are so thankful to those members of our community who waited for their turn, and now it’s here," Humboldt County Public Health Director Michele Stephens said in a release. "We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so we can all spend time with friends and loved ones safely and protect those under 16 who can’t yet get vaccinated.”

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16- and 17-year-olds and parents will need to select a Pfizer clinic when registering their children in those age groups. At the appointment, a parent or guardian will need to be there, provide proof of age and sign a consent form, according to the county's news release.

Residents are urged to continue to follow COVID-19 protocols as vaccines are rolled out, which could take months.

“We still need more people vaccinated to reduce spread of the virus locally,” Stephens said.

The county release also states that "anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested and contact a medical provider."

On Tuesday, Humboldt County was moved into the state's "orange," or moderate COVID-19 risk ranking, which allows more business sectors open and expand indoor operations capacity for restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, places of worship and other organizations. (Find out more about what that means here.)

The same day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state's tiered COVID-19 ranking system was slated to end June 15, with businesses and other activities across the state allowed to reopen to pre-pandemic levels, depending on two main factors: hospitalizations and vaccination supply numbers. Mask mandates will remain in effect for the foreseeable future, he said.

Read the full county release below:

All Humboldt County residents age 16 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through My Turn. This includes people with or without medical conditions and from all sectors and occupations.

Residents age 18 and over can go to MyTurn.ca.gov to schedule an appointment. Public Health officials encourage people to sign up quickly for the first appointment available. Hundreds of weekend appointments that were available as of 9 a.m. today filled by noon.

Humboldt County Public Health Director Michele Stephens said, “We are so thankful to those members of our community who waited for their turn, and now it’s here. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so we can all spend time with friends and loved ones safely and protect those under 16 who can’t yet get vaccinated.”

The only vaccine approved for 16- and 17-year-olds is made by Pfizer. My Turn is not currently designed to screen clinics based on age, so residents must select a Pfizer clinic when registering. The next Pfizer clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14.

Additional requirements for 16- and 17-year-olds to receive COVID-19 vaccination include the following:

  • A parent or guardian must accompany the vaccine recipient to the clinic and sign a consent form in person.
  • Proof of age is required. Vaccine recipients must be at least 16 years old at the time of vaccination.

Those who are unable to meet these requirements will be turned away from clinic sites.

Sign up today at MyTurn.ca.gov.

Stephens emphasized that prevention measures like masking and avoiding large gatherings should continue following vaccination, adding that, “We still need more people vaccinated to reduce spread of the virus locally.” Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested and contact a medical provider.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.

Some Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Walmart locations are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Learn who is eligible for vaccination and see if there are appointments available for your age group or sector at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.


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One Lucky Cat: Fortuna Fire Comes to the Rescue

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 12:37 PM

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Do firefighters really rescue cats from trees? In Fortuna, yes, they do.

A team from the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department came to the rescue of a wayward kitten that became stuck this morning.

According to a Facebook post, Capt. Kyle Kertscher along with firefighters Riley Cameron, Myles Borgelin, and Alan Agnone worked together to retrieve the little gray cat from high up in the branches and bring the feline back into the arms of its owner.

Who says firefighters rescuing a kitten from a tree is just an old cliché? Not us! This morning we were called to do...

Posted by Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, April 9, 2021
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Vaccine Passports in California? Answers to Your Questions

Posted By on Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Facilty employee Domingo Comin holds his vaccination card at Carefield Assisted Living in Castro Valley on Feb. 3, 2021. - ANNE WERNIKOFF/CALMATTERS
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  • Facilty employee Domingo Comin holds his vaccination card at Carefield Assisted Living in Castro Valley on Feb. 3, 2021.


Now that more than 7.5 million Californians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Newsom administration has set a goal of reopening the state’s economy by June 15. So what does the state plan to do when it comes to proving that people are vaccinated?

State health officials said Tuesday that verification of immunization or testing may be required before some large events are allowed. But so far, they haven’t issued any guidelines or advice for businesses on how to do that.

A theater, for example, could create a section of vaccinated people who may sit shoulder to shoulder for a performance, while requiring unvaccinated people to socially distance in a separate section. 

A convention center could hold a conference for more than 5,000 people — but only if it establishes that everyone has been vaccinated or tested, according to a state order.

How will those venues verify who’s vaccinated and who isn’t? And what about travel? Public health experts, regulators and businesses are wrestling — in a highly politicized environment — with logistical, ethical and legal questions about how and whether to verify COVID immunization status. 

For now, California has no plans to create a statewide vaccine passport or other credential. But private businesses, especially airlines, could require them in the near future.

Here are answers to six questions you may have about vaccine passports. 

What is a vaccine passport, and what are their pros and cons?

A vaccine passport or credential verifies that the person carrying it has been fully immunized against COVID-19. A related “health pass” also could verify immunization, or could confirm a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 and some subsequent immunity. 

Supporters of vaccine passports say they can help reopen the economy more quickly, portraying them as a temporary fix needed only until enough people have been immunized to reach herd immunity. The travel industry, including airlines and cruise lines, is particularly keen to get countries to ease restrictions on international travel and has said vaccine passports could help. 

Critics say that credentials based on health status — especially if they’re digital-only — reinforce racial and economic inequities already seen throughout the pandemic and raise civil liberties and privacy concerns. 

The U.S. debate over vaccine passports has a distinctly partisan tinge, with many conservatives decrying them as government overreach. 

Does the U.S. government require any kind of vaccine passport? What about other countries?

No. White House officials have said repeatedly that the federal government will not create any kind of national vaccine passport. There is no federal mandate to be immunized against COVID-19. 

However, federal officials are working with private companies to create privacy and equity standards for private passports that are now being developed, the Washington Post recently reported

Other countries or regions are planning or already have developed national vaccine passports or health passes, including Israel, China, Japan and the European Union. Some of these countries are linking the digital passports to their national health care systems or immunization registries. 

Requiring proof of vaccination for travel isn’t new: A number of countries mandate yellow fever or other vaccinations for incoming international travelers, and the United States requires numerous vaccinations for new immigrants.

Will California require any kind of vaccine passport?

California’s top health official, Dr. Mark Ghaly, said Tuesday that the state has no plans to develop its own vaccine passport.

Despite this, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a Republican from Rocklin, tweeted Tuesday that he plans to draft legislation “to stop the madness of vaccine passports before it starts.”

However, the state also sent some mixed messages: Businesses by June 15 “may return to usual operations…with limited public health restrictions, such as….testing or vaccination verification requirements for large-scale higher-risk events,” according to the state’s announcement.

In addition, the state would specifically require conventions of more than 5,000 people to verify attendees’ vaccination or negative COVID test status. “Unless testing or vaccination status is verified for all attendees, conventions will be capped at 5,000 persons until October 1,” according to the state order.

Ghaly said state officials will monitor private sector development of passports for privacy, equity and fairness. 

Denise Davis, a spokeswoman for California Chamber of Commerce, said the business group will discuss with its members about whether vaccine passports are beneficial for employers and the economy. “We’ll be talking about this in the weeks to come,” Davis said. 

The San Francisco Giants will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 for fans 12 and older attending home games, which start Friday. The condition was set by the local health department, which allows Oracle Park to reopen at 22% capacity.

San Jose’s convention center, which can accommodate more than 20,000 people but is now closed, will await more guidance from the county health department before deciding on any kind of vaccine credential, said Frances Wong, director of marketing & communications for Team San Jose, which manages the center. Logistics would be coordinated with convention sponsors, she said.

“It’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel,” Wong said. “All convention centers are excited for this.”

What are other states doing?

Other states are considering vaccine passports, but so far only New York has actually created one: The “Excelsior Pass” verifies vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, recently signed an executive order banning any government entity from issuing a vaccine passport and any business from requiring them. Texas’ Republican governor issued a similar order

What would a vaccine passport look like?

That depends on its purpose. 

New York’s Excelsior Pass verifies vaccination or COVID test status and allows users to print a pass – like an airline boarding pass – or save it on a digital app to display to businesses before entering.

The CLEAR company, which markets an identity verification system to travelers to speed their path through airport security, is creating a digital health pass that could link to your vaccination record and laboratory to provide timely testing results. The CommonPass, developed by a Swiss nonprofit and the World Economic Forum, would employ a digital bar code that travelers could show to border officials or airline staff. Both American and international airlines are testing the pass.

I already have a vaccine card. Is it the same as a passport? What should I do with it?

Yes and no. The paper record that you receive when you’ve been vaccinated can be lost or faked, so companies are trying to develop verification systems that are harder to game as reports surface of fraudulent vaccination cards. 

That said, for now, the card you receive is the only easy way to show that you’ve been vaccinated. To protect it, keep it in a safe place. Take a picture of your card and keep it on your cell phone.

You can also document your vaccination by registering with V-safe, a digital vaccination side effect reporting system run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

If you lose your card, you may be able to get a copy by contacting the California Immunization Registry. And it may be too late for this advice, but don’t post your card on social media because it can invite identity theft, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

CalMatters COVID-19 coverage, translation and distribution is supported by generous grants from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation.

This article first appeared on CalMatters Network and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Five New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed, County Still Has Open Vaccination Appointments

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 3:52 PM

Humboldt County Public Health confirmed five new COVID-19 cases today, while continuing to urge residents to sign up with the state's My Turn vaccine registry and fill hundreds of open local appointments this weekend.

The five cases were reported after laboratories processed 156 samples with a test-positivity rate of 3.2 percent. The county's cumulative case count now stands at 3,508 after several previously reported cases were removed, with one being deemed a duplicate reporting and a handful of others traced to non-county residents. One new hospitalization was also reported today.

Earlier today, the county announced that hundreds of vaccination appointments remain open for this weekend for those currently eligible, which include all residents over the age of 50, those age 16 to 49 with underlying medical conditions that put them at more risk, teachers and workers in the food, agricultural, public safety and healthcare sectors.

Tuesday, the state of California updated its COVID-19 risk tiers, moving Humboldt County into its orange "moderate" tier, which allows businesses such as restaurants, gyms and movie theaters to increase indoor operations, while allowing others — including bowling alleys and family fun centers — to open.

The change came after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state had met its goal of administering 4 million doses to socio-economically challenged areas, a trigger for increasing the epidemiological tier thresholds.

The state data released today shows Humboldt County with a test positive rate of 2.0 percent (compared to 2.2 percent last week) and a daily case rate of 3.5 per 100,000 compared to California overall, which has a 1.8 positivity rate and 5.1 cases per 100,000. Last week, Humboldt daily cases rate was 4.6 per 100,000.

Newsom announced last month that California will open up vaccination eligibility to those age 16 and older beginning April 15, based on an expected increase in vaccination supply. County health officials, however, warned that a "significant increase in supply" would be necessary to begin vaccinating all residents over the age of 16.

With the county moving to the state's vaccination allocation and registration system, all local residents are now encouraged to sign up at www.myturn.ca.gov.

Beginning April 1, the state cleared outdoor sports events and live performances to reopen with fans and spectators, so long as facial coverings are worn at all times, venues follow tier-based capacity restrictions and provide reserved, assigned seating. (Read more here.)

Currently, local residents over the age of 50, healthcare workers, teachers, first responders, food and agricultural workers, and residents ages 16 to 65 with one of a specific list of high-risk medical conditions or disabilities are eligible to receive their shots.

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Crabs to Play Ball for Limited Crowd with Locals on the Roster

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:53 PM

The Humboldt Crabs have announced their return to the field June 4, with three local players on the roster.

Willamette University infielder Ethan Fischel, Bethel University utility man Aidan Morris and Umpqua Community College pitcher Caleb Ruiz, who all hail from Eureka, will among those taking to the field this summer.

As for how many spectators can take themselves out to the ballgame, there's no hard number yet. Crabs President David Sharp responded to an email from the Journal, saying  the stands will welcome "somewhere between 20-33 percent capacity, so somewhere in the range of 350-450 fans." For now, entry won't require proof of vaccination, though visitors will have to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Sharp says, "Seating will be arranged in 1-4 person pods, all socially distanced throughout the bleachers and outfield grass areas. Tickets must be purchased in advance through our website." Not ready to join the crowd? Don't sweat it. Sharp adds that the games will be live streamed so nobody misses a swing.

Crabs News: The 2021 roster will feature three Eureka-born players, Willamette University infielder Ethan Fischel,...

Posted by Humboldt Crabs Baseball on Thursday, April 8, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Currently Available, SoHum Health has Extras Today for Walk-ins

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 11:52 AM

Need a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

According to the county’s Joint Information Center, there are currently hundreds of doses available Friday through Sunday for those who are eligible by signing up on the state’s My Turn site.

The option does not apply to those who have already received a first dose and are awaiting their second one.

“Those who are due or nearly due for their second dose should call the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000 for more information about scheduling, the JIC news release states.

Meanwhile, SoHum Health reports its walk-in clinic is taking any person 16 or older today, April 8, at 286 Sprowel Creek Road in Garberville until 4 p.m.. Those who go will need to return there for a second dose. 

TODAY April 8th our COVID-19 vaccine clinic is on a walk-in basis! Any person 16 years or older is invited to show up at...

Posted by SoHum Health - Jerold Phelps Community Hospital on Thursday, April 8, 2021

Humboldt County residents are encouraged to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment on My Turn. There are currently hundreds of doses available Friday through Sunday.

Humboldt County is inviting anyone in the following groups or workforces to sign up for an appointment:

Anyone age 50 and over

Anyone age 16 to 64 at higher risk

Emergency services workers

K-12 and early education, child care staff

Higher education staff

Health care workers

Food and agriculture workers

Veterinary services workers

Transportation workers

Janitorial staff

Utility workers

Resource Families

Disaster Service Workers.

For more information about who is eligible, go to covid19.ca.gov/vaccines.

Go to myturn.ca.gov, or call 1-833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment.

Residents should only use My Turn if they have not yet received any dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are due or nearly due for their second dose should call the Humboldt County Joint Information Center at 707-441-5000 for more information about scheduling.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000. 

Some Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Walmart locations are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Learn who is eligible for vaccination and see if there are appointments available for your age group or sector at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.

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Flights to Hollywood Burbank Airport Coming this May

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 11:32 AM

The California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport. - FILE
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  • The California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport.
Humboldt County's regional airport, the California Redwood Coast Humboldt County Airport (ACV), in McKinleyville will now be offering flights to the Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) through Avelo Airlines beginning May 19.

"Avelo’s announcement is further evidence of the recovery of the airline industry and, more importantly, the desirability of the Redwood Coast as a destination,"  the press release from the county's aviation department and Fly Humboldt states.

Initial flight offering start at $19 one-way for a limited time, according to an announcement from the airline.

Flights to Phoenix, Arizona, from ACV were also announced earlier this year that non-stop flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX).

Read the full press release below.

The County of Humboldt Aviation Department and Fly Humboldt are pleased to announce that Avelo Airlines will begin service from Humboldt County to the Hollywood Burbank Airport starting May 19, 2021. 

Avelo’s announcement is further evidence of the recovery of the airline industry and, more importantly, the desirability of the Redwood Coast as a destination.  We look forward to welcoming Avelo to ACV and look forward to a long and productive working relationship with them. We know that this service will be a huge success and will benefit our community and the tourism industry.

Tickets are on sale now at https://www.aveloair.com/

Read the release from Avelo Airlines below:
BURBANK, Calif., April 8, 2021 — America’s first new mainline airline in nearly 15 years — Avelo Airlines — premiered today at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) with travel-inspiring routes and bag-packing low fares. Introductory one-way fares start at $19 on all routes. Avelo will offer everyday low fares coupled with a smooth and convenient travel experience, flying non-stop unserved routes between BUR and 11 destinations across the Western U.S.

Flights are open for booking at aveloair.com starting today at 8 a.m. PDT / 11 a.m. EDT, taking flight starting April 28, 2021 with current availability through Sept. 15, 2021. “Avelo has a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel,” said Avelo Founder, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “People are ready to reconnect with family and friends and explore new places. Avelo is a different and better kind of airline, built from scratch to offer an affordable, convenient and caring travel experience.”

The Avelo leadership team represents more than 200 years of collective aviation experience. Previously co-founder and president of Allegiant Air and CFO of United Airlines, Levy brings more than two decades of airline leadership experience. In addition to Allegiant and United, Avelo’s leadership team includes former senior executives from Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

“After more than 20 years of steadily shrinking consumer choice, the American flying public wants and deserves more options and lower fares,” said Levy. “Avelo offers both — along with a refreshingly smooth and convenient experience.” LA’s Best Airport Avelo has selected Hollywood Burbank Airport as its first base. BUR’s convenience to Greater Los Angeles, Customer-friendly compact size and lower costs were all important considerations. In fact, Fodor’s Travel named BUR the “Best U.S. Airport” in 2019.

“Locals know that BUR is LA’s best airport,” said Levy. “No airport is closer to downtown LA, Hollywood, Pasadena and Southern California’s many other attractions than BUR. As the San Fernando Valley’s hometown airport, BUR will give you easy access to an abundance of beautiful and relaxing new non-stop destinations across California and the Western U.S. And for those considering LA for their next vacation or long weekend getaway, BUR is the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater LA and the world-famous fun-in-the-sun activities Southern California is known for.”

Whether Customers are departing or arriving, BUR promises a refreshingly hassle-free experience. BUR offers seamless curbside pickup and drop-off, smaller crowds, shorter walking distances from curb to gate, unrivaled speed for plane-to-carousel bag delivery, and shorter TSA security lines. Customers will be at their gate in a flash while also saving on parking and ground transportation traveling to and from the airport.

“Hollywood Burbank Airport exemplifies the convenient, caring and smooth experience that distinguishes Avelo,” said Levy. “We’re grateful for the enthusiastic partnership that BUR Executive Director Frank Miller, the airport’s commissioners and staff have welcomed us with. It’s not surprising why BUR is LA’s favorite airport.”

Recreational Destinations Avelo will initially serve a collection of beautiful and relaxing destinations that are currently unserved from BUR. Avelo’s inaugural routes focus on outdoor recreation, national parks, and coastal and mountain terrain – as well as providing air service for an increasing population of remote workers: Arcata / Eureka, CA (ACV), Victorian charm in the heart of California’s Redwood Coast Bend / Redmond, OR (RDM), where the snow-capped Cascades surround the high desert Bozeman, MT (BZN), the onramp to Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park Eugene, OR (EUG), where the Willamette Valley begins Grand Junction, CO (GJT), where the Colorado River meets dramatic red rock landscapes Medford, OR (MFR), a launchpad to the Rogue Valley and Oregon’s wine country Pasco, WA (PSC), 300 days of sun in the heart of Washington’s wine country Phoenix / Mesa, AZ (AZA), a stress-free airport alternative to a year-round desert oasis Odgen, UT (OGD), a convenient Salt Lake City alternative to Utah’s famed mountains Redding, CA (RDD), 600 square miles of state and national parks beckon the adventure seeker Santa Rosa, CA (STS), the gateway to California’s wine country

Pay Less. Travel More The airline will initially operate single-class, fuel-efficient 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft – offering a more comfortable experience than the regional aircraft often utilized by the airports Avelo serves. Avelo’s surprisingly low everyday fares include no change fees or call center fees for Customers who choose to make reservations by phone. Avelo also offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options at industry-low prices that give Customers the flexibility to pay for what they value: First Checked Bag: $10 Carry-On Overhead Bag: $35 Priority Boarding: $10 Pet in the Cabin: $95 Seating Options: Customers may choose from several seating options. Avelo’s 189-seat 737-800 aircraft will offer 129 standard slimline 29-inch pitch seats. Pre-reserved window and aisle seating starts at $5. Avelo aircraft will also feature 60 seats with 31 to 38 inches of pitch. These seats start at $18.

Fly with Confidence Avelo takes every precaution to protect Customer health at the airport and during their flight. Avelo airplanes are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Tray tables, galleys, lavatories and all other touch surfaces are sanitized every evening with Calla 1452 (hospital-grade) disinfectant. In addition to disinfecting and cleaning daily, Avelo treats the entire airplane regularly with an advanced antimicrobial protectant that kills viruses, germs and bacteria on all surfaces. This Zoono treatment forms a colorless, odorless protective shield and is safe to human contact. Additionally, the cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes by the Boeing 737’s top-down air filtration and ventilation system. The system directs air flow from the ceiling to the bottom of the seat — not front to back — and greatly reduces particle movement throughout the cabin. All Avelo airplanes operate with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that remove 99.9% of air particles, including viruses like the coronavirus, in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. All Customers will receive a convenience package containing a hand sanitizer, as well as a bottled water and small snack. Federal law requires everyone — including Avelo Customers and Crewmembers — to wear a face mask at the airport and on the aircraft (unless eating or drinking). Avelo also encourages social distancing best practices whenever possible.

$19 fares may be unavailable or less available over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31, 2021. $19 is a one-way fare only – additional fees for carry-on and checked bags, assigned seats and other modestly-priced optional services apply. See aveloair.com. High-res media assets, including aircraft photos, launch photos and video, and b-roll, are available for download via Getty Images.

About Avelo Airlines Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. Operating a fleet of next-generation Boeing 737 aircraft, Avelo offers Customers a refreshingly smooth experience, time- and money-saving convenience, and surprisingly low everyday fares. Avelo will provide non-stop service between 11 destinations across the Western U.S. and its initial base at Hollywood Burbank Airport. For more information visit aveloair.com.   
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

High Crash Rate Prompts Wide-Reaching 101 Enforcement Campaign

Posted By on Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM

U.S. Highway 101 will be getting some extra attention Thursday from the California Highway Patrol during an enforcement campaign spanning the northern reaches of the state to the Bay Area.

A rash of serious injury and fatal crashes along the main artery in recent years prompted the operation, according to a CHP new release, with nearly 2,000 crashes occurring along the highway from the Oregon border through Mendocino County between 2018 and 2019.

In those, 745 people were injured and 53 killed.

Most of the crashes involved one or more of the following: speed, reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe turning movement, following too close, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, with increased injuries and deaths from occupant restraint violations, according to the release.

“The US-101 corridor within Northern Division and Golden Gate Division represents a large portion of where traffic crashes are occurring,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Baarts in the release.  “Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to increased safety for motorists travelling on US-101.”

Read the CHP release below:

REDDING, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division and Golden Gate Division, having jurisdiction over the major transportation corridor of US-101 throughout northern California, are partnering to participate in a Major Corridor Enhanced Primary Collision Factor (PCF) Enforcement Campaign on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

This effort aims to reduce the number of injury and fatal traffic crashes on the major roadways throughout the two Divisions.  In 2018 and 2019, a total 1,928 crashes occurred on US-101 from the Oregon border through Mendocino County, causing 745 injuries and killing a total of 53 people.  The primary causes for most of the injury and fatal crashes were determined to be: speed, reckless driving, unsafe lane change, unsafe turning movement, following too close, distracted driving, and driving under the influence, with increased injuries and deaths from occupant restraint violations.

The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California.  This includes the prevention of loss of life, injuries, and property damage resulting from traffic crashes through enforcement, education, engineering, and partnerships.

The CHP is promoting awareness and safe driving along this major corridor route.  During the enhanced enforcement campaign, the CHP will target US-101 with increased traffic safety operations to educate and, if necessary, take appropriate enforcement action on drivers who violate traffic laws along this major corridor route. 

“The US-101 corridor within Northern Division and Golden Gate Division represents a large portion of where traffic crashes are occurring,” said Northern Division Chief Greg Baarts.  “Increased visibility, aggressive enforcement, and public education within the Areas along this corridor will contribute to increased safety for motorists travelling on US-101.”

The CHP reminds motorists to follow these basic traffic safety rules: always wear a seat belt, drive at a speed safe for conditions, eliminate distractions while driving, and always designate a sober driver.

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