2 years later: COVID’s impact on California North Coast economy

As the coronavirus pandemic entered its third year, some metrics for the health of the North Bay economy such as overall employment are nearly back to where they were before mid-March 2020.

So the Business Journal compared local counties with similar populations but different public health responses and outcomes. And we checked in with key figures in local industry to see how their businesses have endured the unprecedented threats to life and livelihood.

Sonoma and Solano counties: Different COVID approaches but similar outcomes

Sonoma has been among the California counties with the most proactive public health measures in the past two years, while Solano County has resisted measures. | by Jeff Quackenbush

How has each industry been faring?

Beyond the human toll, the pandemic, public policy responses to it and consumer reactions have had impacts on employers that vary by industry. We talked to players in several sectors, and here’s what they told us.

Voices of local business

Here are the personal stories of how North Bay leaders have steered their organizations through the past two years. What has changed? What were their worst fears, and how did they face them?

  • Wes Daniels, owner, Daniel’s Chapel of the Roses & Crematory, Santa Rosa
  • Susan Griffin-Black, co-founder, EO Products, San Rafael
  • Jessica Gonzalez-Romero, clinical nurse manager, MarinHealth Medical Center Emergency Department
  • Dr. Amy Herold, chief medical officer, Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa
  • Linsey Gallagher, president and CEO, Visit Napa Valley
  • Dr. Adam Nevitt, managing partner, North Bay division of California Advanced Imaging Medical Associates
  • Tim Zahner, executive director, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

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