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School events, classes and other local community events in the capital region of Northern California have been canceled in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Sacramento, Placer and Yolo county officials have shifted their efforts from containment of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 to mitigation. That means they no longer recommend isolation or quarantine for people exposed to someone with COVID-19, and they now will focus on reducing the risk to populations at the greatest risk of dying.
Here is a list of the events that have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus spread.
(This list was last updated at 5 p.m. March 11.)
Sacramento State on Wednesday canceled all campus events scheduled from Thursday through the end of this school year, but classes have not been canceled. President Robert Nelsen said in a news release that faculty members have been encouraged to “teach their courses virtually rather than in face-to-face settings.”
Campus officials on Wednesday morning had not made a decision about plans for its graduation ceremonies scheduled May 15, 16 and 17 at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.
An appeal process for canceled events will be implemented. Events that are not academic credit-bearing or critical for students in progressing toward their academic goal will not be approved, according to a written statement from Nelsen. He also said campus officials will continue to evaluate the feasibility of events and all COVID-19-related decisions on an ongoing basis.
Update on coronavirus: Sacramento State has made the difficult decision that all in-person events must be cancelled, postponed or moved to a virtual format, effective Thursday, March 12, through the last day of the academic year. 1/5
— Sacramento State (@sacstate) March 11, 2020
Dolores Huerta Census Event
A scheduled appearance at Sacramento State by civil rights leader Dolores Huerta has been postponed. Huerta, who, with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the United Farm Workers union, was scheduled to speak Friday afternoon about the importance of participating in the 2020 census.
A reception for Huerta at Sacramento State also has been postponed. Officials said in a news release that Huerta’s foundation was postponing her events, because they tend to draw older audiences who have been determined to have a higher risk of complications form COVID-19. Her foundation hopes to reschedule the Sacramento event later this year.
River City Food Bank’s Empty Bowls
The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for River City Food Bank has been postponed. This year’s event was initially scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
The food bank, which hosts the annual dinner and luncheons to raise awareness in its fight against hunger, is exploring options to reschedule the event this summer and will announce new dates as soon as they become available, according to a news release. The food bank will continue to make healthy foods available to people, including working families, seniors, refugees and anyone affected by illness or potential exposure to COVID-19.
Rocklin Unified School District
Rocklin Unified School District is canceling some events and activities, while postponing and modifying other gatherings with large groups of participants or spectators. These changes will remain in effect from Wednesday through April 12, unless they are modified or extended based on guidance from public health officials.
The district canceled all overnight and air travel for instruction or business, which includes overnight field trips such as science camps and professional development travel.
All non-California Interscholastic Federation-sponsored athletic events were canceled, but CIF-sponsored athletic competitions will be held as scheduled with the appropriate settings to allow for social distancing (arm’s length), district officials said. Sports will be limited to immediate family spectators only.
All band, choir, theater and dance tryouts or performances will be postponed or canceled. All Rocklin Unified events scheduled through April 12 will be postponed or canceled; those include instructional or extracurricular related events such as assemblies and dances, parent teacher club events and meetings, and Associated Student Body, school club and other student-organized events.
All non-district events on school properties have been canceled.
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The University of California, Davis has canceled in-person final exams next week and is choosing an alternate option, university officials said. Events with an expected attendance of more than 150 people, scheduled from Thursday through March 31 at all UC Davis locations, will be canceled or postponed.
But the UC Davis cancellations or postponements do not include classes through the end of this week, NCAA events (which will follow NCAA guidelines), and events at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Any changes to those events will be posted.
University officials are now strongly encouraging faculty to go online with their teaching and webinars will be available to faculty who need help converting their classes.
Yolo County Library
All Yolo County library programs have been canceled through the end of March, including classes, events and community use of library meeting rooms. Normal hours of operation will continue at all library branch locations and at the county’s archives facility. County officials there are recommending the canceling of non-essential programs to facilitate social distancing.
“We are taking additional measures to ensure our facilities remain welcoming, safe and clean,” Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink said in a news release. “This includes cleaning and sanitizing countertop surfaces and door handles, and scheduling more frequent janitorial visits.”
Residents can still access library services online, including 24-hour access to e-books, audio books, magazines and fee payments, by visiting the library’s website at yolocountylibrary.org.
Renaissance Society at Sacramento State
The Renaissance Society, which offers learning opportunities, seminars, community activities and engagement for older adults, has suspended all seminars, events and activities at Sacramento State University through April 6. The cancellations include the Forum, which was scheduled to April 6, all off-campus seminars, group activities and other events and all university volunteer services, including mentoring of students.
When Renaissance Society activities will resume is unclear. The society’s board will meet during Sacramento State’s spring break to evaluate. The campus remains open to students, faculty and staff, as university officials monitor the situation.
Art Rise Midtown Sacramento
Organizers have postponed Art Rise @ H16 Apartments, which was scheduled from March 19 through March 22. The event was intended to showcase local visual and performing artists in all six levels of the midtown multifamily residential building.
In an email to The Sacramento Bee on Monday, organizers said they decided to postpone the Art Rise event in accordance with guidance from the California Department of Public Health. The event will be rescheduled at a later date, which had not been determined.
The annual “ReXpo” and Senior Art Show in Woodland scheduled for Friday has been canceled. Residents with questions about “ReXpo” should call the Community Services Department at (530) 661-2000 or visit the department’s website. Woodland officials have suspended senior programs through March 31, which include social games, exercise programs, support groups and presentations.
The Woodland Library has canceled all non-essential programs, classes and events, including use of the Leake Center meeting rooms, through March 31. Normal hours of operation will continue at the library and Square One, and residents can check out e-books and audiobooks and have access online library resources on its website woodlandpubliclibrary.com.
Elk Grove city officials announced that they were postponing the Peace and Love: A Musical Revue of the ’60s event scheduled for March 20 and the Home Energy Expo scheduled for March 21.
Organizers have not scheduled new dates for these postponed events. Those who have already have tickets for the musical revue will be contacted directly, city officials said in a news release.
Da Vinci High School in Davis
The World War I Museum Night scheduled for Thursday evening at Da Vinci High School in Davis has been canceled. Instead, the sophomore students will demonstrate their museum exhibits Friday morning for others at the school “to celebrate their accomplishments,” according to a statement posted on the school’s website. The event will not be open to the public.
Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region
Leaders of Sacramento’s Jewish community announced the cancellation of a signature event: the annual Yom HaShoah service, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust. The event was to be held April 19 at Mosaic Law Congregation in Sacramento.
“As we struggle to understand the severity and reach of the COVID-19 strain, it is important that we take steps to minimize the harm to our community,” Willie Recht and Deborah Hoffman Gonzalez, leaders of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, said in an email Wednesday. “Please know that we do not take this decision lightly.”
Other federation events have been canceled as well, including a community-wide seder April 13.
Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler contributed to this report.