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Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder achieves CERA designation
August 31, 2017

Donna Johnston, Sutter County Clerk Recorder has achieved the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement in her field.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by The Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of twelve core courses taught by the Master's in Public Administration faculty of Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) ranging from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

"This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials," said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. "This is an outstanding accomplishment."

"Sutter County is indeed fortunate to have Donna as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in California and the nation," he stated.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by The Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related corporations. The Center’s primary purpose is education for local and state voter registrars and elections officials to promote and improve the democratic process. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from The Election Center.

First WNV Case Reported in Sutter County in 2017
August 30, 2017

A Sutter County adult has been confirmed with the neuroinvasive form of West Nile Virus (WNV) illness and is recovering at home.

This is the first report of a case of WNV illness in Sutter County for 2017. In 2016, a total of 12 cases were reported with 1 death from WNV. There have been a total of five WNV-related deaths in Sutter County since WNV appeared in California, occurring in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until cold weather.

Risk for WNV infection from mosquito bites continues into late fall for humans, horses, and other mammals. It is very important to make sure to always take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus whether at home, participating in outdoor activities, or traveling. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays are some common places

Most persons who become infected with WNV do not become ill, but develop immunity to WNV. Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop the neuroinvasive WNV infection which is a serious neurologic illness with encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. Visit http://www.westnile.ca.gov.

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, visit http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org.

Holiday Closure
August 28, 2017
On Monday, September 4, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.