COVID-19 This Week: San Joaquin Valley A weekly roundup of the latest COVID-19 news for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties in California's San Joaquin Valley. We also include this in our other weekly podcast, Valley Edition.
COVID-19 This Week: San Joaquin Valley

COVID-19 This Week: San Joaquin Valley

From Valley Public Radio

A weekly roundup of the latest COVID-19 news for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties in California's San Joaquin Valley. We also include this in our other weekly podcast, Valley Edition.

Most Recent Episodes

Litigation Continues Around Tulare County Jail's Pandemic Response – COVID-19 Update For Mar. 5

Slowly and steadily, COVID-19 is loosening its grip on the San Joaquin Valley. New cases are dropping, intensive care units are becoming less impacted, and every day, thousands more people are being vaccinated against the virus. Simultaneously, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office is facing ongoing litigation surrounding its response to the pandemic in the county jail. Following a lawsuit in July that alleged the jail wasn't allowing incarcerated people to wear masks or visit with attorneys, a

Litigation Continues Around Tulare County Jail's Pandemic Response – COVID-19 Update For Mar. 5

Vaccine Supply Whiplash, Plus The Latest On COVID In Valley Prisons – Virus Update For Feb. 26

Ever since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began, every week has brought news of extremes, with success stories followed by supply problems and other hiccups in access and distribution. This week was no different, and included supply disruptions due to winter storms as well as an unexpected boost from the governor. Plus, despite the fact that new infections have slowed, case totals at three local correctional facilities—the Fresno County Jail, Avenal State Prison and the Substance Abuse Treatment

Vaccine Supply Whiplash, Plus The Latest On COVID In Valley Prisons – Virus Update For Feb. 26

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Yet Reaching All Communities Who Need Them – Virus Update For Feb. 19, 2021

Early on in the pandemic, the state of California put an emphasis on equity in its pandemic response, requiring specific levels of testing and outreach in disadvantaged census tracts in order for counties to advance through the state's reopening blueprint. Now, obstacles to vaccine access have introduced the potential for new disparities, and newly published state data shows what many have feared: that the vaccine isn't being distributed equitably among racial and ethnic groups. This week's

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Yet Reaching All Communities Who Need Them – Virus Update For Feb. 19, 2021

With No News On FEMA Clinic, Counties Await More Vaccine Supplies - COVID-19 Update For Feb. 12

When Governor Gavin Newsom stopped in Fresno earlier this week, he was widely anticipated to announce that Fresno would be the site of the state's newest mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinic, which he had alluded to earlier in the week, is expected to be run in partnership between the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and it would bring in thousands of vaccine doses each day beyond what the county already receives from the state. But a big announcement still hasn't come,

With No News On FEMA Clinic, Counties Await More Vaccine Supplies - COVID-19 Update For Feb. 12

Delays, Confusion And Frustration Undermine Vaccine Rollout – COVID-19 Update For Feb. 5

So far, San Joaquin Valley residents have received nearly 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine —a sum that may sound high, but falls far short of the average per capita rate reported elsewhere in California. Plus, for the second week in a row, a low vaccine supply has kept many of the Valley's mass vaccination clinics either open far below capacity, or closed entirely to people seeking to receive their first dose. Governor Gavin Newsom's administration has ostensibly opened up the vaccine to

Delays, Confusion And Frustration Undermine Vaccine Rollout – COVID-19 Update For Feb. 5

Valley's First Farmworkers Get Vaccinated – COVID-19 Update For Jan. 29

In a surprise move this week, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted shelter-in-place orders for our part of the state, even as San Joaquin Valley residents continue to die of COVID-19 by the hundreds each week. The decision came as a surprise to health officials in at least Fresno County, who said they appreciate that case numbers are finally trending in the right direction but warned against reckless behavior that could drive them back up again. In another milesto ne this week, Fresno County began

Valley's First Farmworkers Get Vaccinated – COVID-19 Update For Jan. 29

Lack Of Stockpile Disrupts Valley's COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – Virus Update For Jan. 22

Today, more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than ever, and county health departments across the San Joaquin Valley have been building up the infrastructure at fairgrounds, schools, clinics and other sites in order to offer thousands of vaccinations each day. However, late last week, the Washington Post revealed that the U.S. does not have the national stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines that it had promised to governors . Then, out of an abundance of caution, state health

Lack Of Stockpile Disrupts Valley's COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – Virus Update For Jan. 22

COVID-19 Is Wreaking Havoc In State Hospitals, Too – Virus Update For Jan. 15

In the months since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on hospitals, where bedspace is at a minimum and staff are overworked , and prisons, where tight living quarters and mixed enforcement of safety precautions have left incarcerated people vulnerable to soaring infections . But the virus is also wreaking havoc in facilities that fall somewhere in between, known as state hospitals . In California's six state hospitals, where convicted felons serve additional time after

COVID-19 Is Wreaking Havoc In State Hospitals, Too – Virus Update For Jan. 15

Three Weeks In, Valley's Vaccine Distribution Falls Short Of Goals—COVID-19 Update For Jan. 8, 2021

A month after COVID-19 infections began to surge following the Thanksgiving holiday, the virus continues to devastate the San Joaquin Valley. Hospitals are reporting more patients with COVID-19 than ever, intensive care units continue to report only a handful of open beds each day, and hundreds of healthcare workers who could otherwise be caring for patients or staffing medical facilities are currently unable to work after either testing positive for the virus or entering quarantine following a

Three Weeks In, Valley's Vaccine Distribution Falls Short Of Goals—COVID-19 Update For Jan. 8, 2021

First Vaccines Arrive As COVID-19 Ravages Valley – Virus Update For Dec. 18

The first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Valley this week , and for many of us, the milestone represents a light at the end of a very long and traumatic tunnel. Healthcare workers with high patient exposure will be the first to receive this initial delivery of 17,000 doses, and the Valley is slated to receive tens of thousands more by the end of December. It'll still be months before the general public has access to the vaccine, however, and in the meantime, new cases are being

First Vaccines Arrive As COVID-19 Ravages Valley – Virus Update For Dec. 18

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