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

School Health Care Workers Weigh In On Students Returning To Campus – COVID-19 Update For April 9

The end of the pandemic may finally be approaching: With 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the San Joaquin Valley, 15 percent of adults have now been fully vaccinated, and another 12 percent have received at least one dose. Meanwhile, all Valley counties have now advanced out of the purple, most restrictive tier of the state's reopening blueprint, signifying what is hopefully the last stretch in the return to normalcy for California's businesses and places of worship

School Health Care Workers Weigh In On Students Returning To Campus – COVID-19 Update For April 9

For Truckers, Early Pandemic Was Defined By Uncertainty And Chaos – Virus Update For Mar. 26

The early days of the pandemic were challenging for truck drivers. As other workers were told to stay home, truckers kept going, delivering food, clothing and cleaning supplies for stores and hospitals throughout the country. On the road for days or weeks at a time, many were fearful of bringing the virus back to their families, and the temporary closures of rest stops left them uncertain whether they'd find a safe place to use the bathroom or sleep. Meanwhile, priority access for the vaccine

For Truckers, Early Pandemic Was Defined By Uncertainty And Chaos – Virus Update For Mar. 26

It's Been A Year Since COVID-19 Hit The Valley - Virus Update For Mar. 19

Like in so many places across the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic crept up on the San Joaquin Valley. Some of the region's first official cases were linked to outbreaks on cruise ships that came into port in March, but as we later learned, the virus was already circulating long beforehand. Then began the slow-moving disaster. Cities and counties issued emergency orders, Governor Newsom instituted a statewide lockdown, and schools and businesses shuttered. Meanwhile, the death toll at nursing

It's Been A Year Since COVID-19 Hit The Valley - Virus Update For Mar. 19

How COVID-19 Has Complicated The Response To Valley Fever – Virus Update For Mar. 12

Even though COVID-19 has been the dominant public health threat for a year, first with a summer surge, then a winter surge, and now with the rollout of much-anticipated vaccines, other public health problems haven't just disappeared. One long-standing health concern in the San Joaquin Valley is valley fever, a fungal disease that sickens thousands each year here and throughout the desert southwest. Even though the disease is caused by inhaling the spores of a fungus and it's not transmissible

How COVID-19 Has Complicated The Response To Valley Fever – Virus Update For Mar. 12

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

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