Breaking News: City facility closures, Community COVID testing schedule changes

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City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa notified the Express that City Hall and other public facility buildings will be closed to walk-in services effective Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Trepa noted the closures are an impact of the current surge in COVID infections within the community, and among employees and/or their families.

Community members seeking services are being asked to follow the same protocols the City previously put into place last winter. The physical doors will be closed, but city staff is pivoting to primarily remote services for most activities in efforts to flatten this number of cases and exposures, and to keep visitors and employees safe.

“Thank you for understanding the need to limit indoor COVID exposures for the public as well as our employees and their families. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We appreciate your patience,” Trepa said.

The following are details on how to access public services through the closure:

Police & Fire: The The Winters Fire and Police Public Safety Facility lobby will be closed to walk up service.

  • For emergencies (crime in progress or immediate medical assistance), call 911.
  • To reach a police officer for non-emergencies, call dispatch at 530-795-4561
  • To reach an on-duty Fire captain, call 530-795-4131, and press option 6.
  • For Fire Department non-emergencies, call Fire dispatch at 530-666-8920.
  • For community members who walk up to the building, there is a call button to speak with staff inside. Press the button and someone will ping back to assist.

Building Division:

  • Community members can continue to contact building staff by emailing Building.Division@cityofwinters.org or by calling 530-794-6708.
  • Permits can be applied for and issued via email.
  • Inspections are still ongoing.
  • Credit card payments can be made by phone.
  • Curbside appointments for service can be made by calling the building division.
  • To reach Building Official Tom Davis, email tom.davis@cityofwinters.org or call his cell at 530-864-3377.

Planning Division:
To contact Kirk Skierski, email kirk.skierski@cityofwinters.org or call 530-794-6718.

Finance Department:

  • Business license renewals, applications, and payments can be made at https://winters.hdlgov.com/ (a hyperlink with a button at the bottom of the City’s website)
  • Utility payments can be at www.cityofwinters.org and click on either one time or returning customer portal buttons at the bottom of the home page.
  • Payments can be made in a secure payment box in front of city hall, which is checked regularly.

Visit the City of Winters website at www.cityofwinters.org for other department and staff contact information.

Residents who are unable to find what or who they need to contact from the website should call the Main Line at 530-795-4910 and follow the prompts or press 0; a staff member will answer.

Those who need to meet with staff have several options available including: a Zoom meeting, outside the building, or by appointment.

Change in community testing
The Winters Joint Unified School District testing provider, COVID Clinic, is experiencing staffing shortages, which has had an impact on the previously released schedule. See the below schedule changes for rapid, antigen testing opportunities in Winters.

Wednesday, Jan. 12: Testing will occur only at the Winters JUSD office building at 909 W Grant Ave.

  • Rapid and PCR testing is available to students and staff from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Rapid and PCR testing is available to students,staff, and the community from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • There will not be testing available at any of the Winters JUSD school sites.

Thursday, Jan. 13: Testing will occur only at the Winters JUSD office building at 909 W Grant Ave.

  • Rapid and PCR testing is available to students and staff from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Rapid and PCR testing is available to students,staff, and the community from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Keep an eye out for updates from Winters JUSD and the City on their social media accounts.

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