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State data shows vaccination trends in Stanislaus County

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Women in Stanislaus County appear to be receiving coronavirus vaccinations at a higher percentage than men, according to the state's vaccine website.

Of the vaccinations administered, and not taking into account those who declined to state gender or whose gender information was missing, 56.2% of those vaccinated were female and 43.4% were male. Those listing others represented 0.4%.

Race and ethnicity information was incomplete as there were 20.2% of those vaccinated were listed as "unknown," either declining to state or whose information was missing.

The percentage breakdown of those vaccinated in the county are as follows:

— White: 36.4%

— Latino: 25.3%

— Other: 9.5%

— Asian American: 5.2%

— Black: 1.7%

— Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.7%

— Multi-race: 0.6%

— American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%

Meanwhile, Stanislaus County's COVID-19 website was down Sunday morning, so there was no new information regarding cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

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Vaccine eligibility to expand; counties still facing supply shortages

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Californians age 16 and over will soon be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement by state officials Thursday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said eligibility will expand to Californians 50 years and over starting April 1. Later in the month, Californians 16 years and over will also become eligible for the vaccine, starting April 15.

The governor said he also anticipates the state supply of vaccines to increase, an issue plaguing counties since the vaccine rollout.

KCRA 3 found out whether county officials think they'll be able to meet the expanded demand.

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Local Turlock Podcast March 26, 2021

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another episode of Local Turlock Podcast for the week of March 26th, giving you some of Turlock’s latest scoops, news & stories, with 2 business highlights for the week. Let’s start with our first story, Stanislaus County was finally given the green light on Tuesday to move into red tier. Moving on, most Stanislaus County libraries will open for browsing and checking on Monday with limited capacities, in keeping with California’s current guidance for opening. Next on our list, new downtown shop makes edible art accessible as Turlock resident Amy Navarra celebrates grand opening of Savor’s on March 27th! For sports update, the Turlock High School Bulldogs bulldozed Downey High School’s Knights in season opener with a dominant 56-24 victory. Give some love and show our support to our local businesses especially during this pandemic as I give the spotlight two 2 businesses this week. Also sharing the latest updates bout COVID 19 in Stanislaus County. All that and more today in this week's Local Turlock podcast.

Stanislaus County finally moves into red tier

Stanislaus County was finally given the green light on Tuesday to move into the less restrictive red tier as part of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Stanislaus County’s daily case rate average was still higher than the metric for the red tier, but the continued low test positivity rate allowed for the move. The California Department of Public Health allows for a county to move down when the testing positivity rate meets the metrics of two tiers down, which in this case would be the orange tier. Moving into the red tier allows for:

  • Restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, museums, higher education indoor lectures can resume at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Retail stores and shopping centers can operate at 50% capacity. Grocery stores can operate at full capacity.
  • Gym and fitness center indoor capacity is limited to 10%.

Public Health asks community members to continue following safety guidelines such as getting tested because it remains a vital surveillance tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and helps advance to the next tier and wearing a mask when in public or around those who are not a part of your household to help stop the spread. Let’s keep the entire community safe and protected from COVID-19.

Libraries to open for browsing, checkout at limited capacities

Most Stanislaus County libraries will open for browsing and checkout of materials starting Monday. Capacities will be limited, in keeping with California’s current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing will be required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time. Libraries in Modesto and Salida will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. These two branches will be closed on Fridays and Sundays. Book returns, which have remained closed in Modesto and Salida, will also reopen on Monday. Library branches in Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank and Waterford will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. These branches will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Libraries in Denair and Keyes will continue to offer no-contact pick-up of materials only. The Turlock Library remains closed for expansion and renovation, which is expected to be completed sometime this spring. Library programs such as Story Time and book discussions will continue to be offered in a virtual format at this time. For more information, please see the library website, www.stanislauslibrary.org or call your library branch.

New downtown shop makes edible art accessible

Name of business: Savor

Type of business: Gourmet grazing shop

Location: 138 S. Center St. in Turlock

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Contact information: 209-638-2763, savor@savorcharcuterie.com

Specialty: Charcuterie boards and boxes, grocery items, pantry staples and home goods

When Turlock resident Amy Navarra hosted a backyard charcuterie party in 2018, it was to simply gauge the community’s interest in the artistically-arranged appetizer. She couldn’t have imagined that just three years later, her business endeavor would grow from the confines of a small, commercial kitchen to a one-stop grazing shop in the heart of her home’s downtown.  Navarra celebrated the soft opening of Savor’s brand-new brick-and-mortar storefront last March 16, and with its doors opened a world of opportunity for Turlockers to either assemble their own grazing boards or order one from the experts behind the counter.  When the pandemic hit, Navarra was forced to pivot her business model and scale down the operation. She began offering to-go charcuterie boxes in different sizes for individuals and families, and even got creative by offering handheld charcuterie “cones.” Rather than experiencing great loss due to COVID, as has been the case with so many kitchen-based businesses, Savor was met with an outpouring of support and Navarra decided to expand the business last May. It’s Navarra’s goal to cultivate “togetherness” through charcuterie and her new storefront will give customers a tasty, simple way to do so. As Navarra prepares to celebrate Savor’s grand opening on March 27, she’s overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to operate a business in historic downtown Turlock.

Bulldogs bulldoze Knights in season opener

The Turlock High School Bulldogs made their highly-anticipated return to Joe Debely Stadium Friday night, kicking off the shortened COVID season with a dominant 56-24 victory over Downey High School.  The team came out strong with an eight-play scoring drive on their first possession, capped by a seven-yard touchdown from senior running back Josiah Gonzales to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead. Following a punt by the Knights and an ensuing interception by Turlock quarterback Cole Gilbert, Downey answered back with a touchdown of their own to tie the game 7-7. The referees called a tight game and Turlock’s lack of practice led to 10 penalties called on the Bulldogs in the first half.  The second half saw the Bulldogs come out firing, forcing a Knights punt to get the ball back in their hands and let Gonzales rush in for a 50-yard touchdown to make it 35-17. At the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, Turlock tacked on three more scores on three consecutive possessions — a six-yard pass from Cole Gilbert to wide receiver Logan Smith, a five-yard rushing touchdown by Foreman and a four-yard touchdown run by Gilbert.  While Downey was able to notch a touchdown with just two minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs had already pounded the nail into the coffin against the Central California Athletic League rival. Cole Gilbert finished the game with 217 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. His QB counterpart Evans also had two passing touchdowns on the night. Gonzales also dazzled on Friday, contributing on defense, special teams and offense with 98 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, including his exciting 50-yard touchdown run. For the entire team, the win was the cherry on top of the real prize: playing football again. Next week, they’ll be away against Modesto High School. Turlock will next travel to take on Modesto High at Gregori High on March 26.

State warns farmers to prepare for dry summer

Despite some recent rainfall, state officials issued bleak warnings to farmers this week which caution them to prepare for water shortages this summer. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 91% of California is currently experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. While some may have been hoping for a “March miracle” to bring some much-needed rainfall, there wasn’t nearly enough precipitation this month to make a difference. As of March 10, the state’s snowpack was only 58% of average. Reservoir and groundwater levels throughout California are significantly below average; Don Pedro Reservoir currently has about 250,000 fewer acre feet in storage than it did last year at this time.  Though a drought has not officially been announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom (former Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to the most recent drought in 2017), U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack designated 50 California counties, including Stanislaus, as primary natural disaster areas earlier this month due to the drought. This gives farmers the next eight months to apply for assistance through the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans. Your early efforts can help minimize the potential impact of water management actions on businesses, homes, farms, and California’s public trust resources. Start planning now for potential water supply shortages later this year and identify practical actions you can take to increase drought resilience, such as increasing water conservation measures, reducing irrigated acreage, managing herd size, using innovative irrigation and monitoring technologies, or diversifying your water supply portfolio.” For more information on the current drought statistics, visit https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA

Business Highlights:

Hands On Spa & Salon

Location: 2857 Geer Rd Ste D Turlock

Phone Number: (209) 656-9916

Operational Hours:  Monday & Sunday (Closed) Tuesday – Saturday (10am-6pm)

Indulge and escape to an upscale, professional and friendly day spa and salon, discreetly nestled in the heart of Turlock. Established in 2003, Hands On Spa and Salon is a cozy elegant setting. The "Hands On" approach that blends casual elegance and style with refreshing warmth and sincerity is what they are known for. 

Cotta's Kitchen

Location: 833 E Main St Turlock

Phone Number: (209) 664-2004

Operational Hours:  Monday, Saturday & Sunday (Closed) Tuesday – Friday (11am-3pm)

Cotta's Kitchen is a restaurant focusing on homemade family recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Get your fill of their salmon salads, salmon tacos (these pair great with an ice cold beer!) & salmon sandwiches, as well as our carved baked ham & cheese paninis, root beer floats, and lemony white chocolate delights…their limited time seasonal cookie! 

For COVID 19 Updates, contact the business for more information about recent service changes.

Coronavirus update, March 25: Stanislaus adds 3 deaths, 44 cases on 1st red tier day

Stanislaus County announced three deaths to COVID-19 and 44 new cases Wednesday, as a relaxed set of rules took effect. The death toll now stands at 985 residents since the first was reported on April 10, 2020, the Health Services Agency said. The new positive tests raised the total to 52,241. Stanislaus also has 495,932 negative tests results and 50,716 people who are presumed recovered. The county emerged Wednesday from the state’s purple tier, the most restrictive of the four for business and gatherings. It is now in red, with fewer limits but still concern about the state of the virus. According to the Los Angeles Times daily tracker showed, the county is 14th among the 58 counties when it comes to new cases over the past seven days. It ranks 26th in deaths over the past seven days. Geographically: Modesto has 19,428 positive cases, Turlock has 7,071, Ceres has 5,355.

Outro:

Thank you for tuning in to this week’s episode. Don’t forget to visit our website, localturlock.com, to stay up-to-date on our local news. You can always email me at turlock@localturlock.com and visit our Facebook at Facebook.com/localturlock and leave us some comments! Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode! Have a great weekend and always stay safe!

Stanislaus hospital cases top 100. Vaccine supply grows

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Hospital cases of COVID-19 surpassed 100 for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday in Stanislaus County.

It also reported three deaths, for a total of 963 residents lost to the pandemic since last spring.

The county Health Services Agency added just 69 positive tests, raising the total to 51,468 since the first was announced a year and a day ago. Stanislaus also has 472,450 negative test results and 49,779 people who are presumed recovered.

Other details:

Hospital cases: The county's five hospitals reported 101 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 95 on Wednesday. The count had stayed under 100 since Feb. 27 and is far below the 300-plus in early January. The hospitals had 10 staffed intensive-care beds available to adults Thursday, versus nine Wednesday.

Infection rates: The single-day infection rate was 11.66%, up from 10.26% the previous day, according to the state website. The rolling seven-day rate was 6.93%, up from 6.57%. The 14-day rate was 6.57%, up from 6.47%.

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Local Libraries Open For Limited Service

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Most Stanislaus County Libraries opened for browsing and checkout of materials on Monday, March 22. Capacities will be limited, in keeping with the State of California’s current guidance for opening. Masks and social distancing will be required. In order to maintain capacity limits, libraries are not equipped for group or extended visits at this time.

“We are so happy to welcome the public back into our buildings,” said Sarah Dentan, county library director. “And we are looking forward to expanding in person offerings as we are able.”

Library branches in Riverbank, Oakdale, Ceres, Denair, Empire, Hughson, Keyes, Newman, Patterson and Waterford will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re very excited to see our customers inside the library,” stated Riverbank Branch Supervisor Vicky Holt, echoing the sentiments of library staffers around the region. “They are now able to come in and browse the collection. They can still use the public computers for one hour a day. We do have a limited capacity and masks are required. I think what we missed most was being able to interact with customers face to face.”

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Pires signs with Sac Republic FC Academy

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A standout soccer player since he started playing the sport at age 5, Jayden Pires couldn’t pass up an opportunity to elevate his game to new heights.

The Lucas Elementary fifth-grade student signed with the Sacramento Republic FC Academy on March 7.

“This is the biggest step so far in my career,” said 11-year-old Jayden, who will log playing time at fullback and midfielder. “It’s a blessing. I’m super happy.”

“It all happened so fast,” said Anthony Pires, Jayden’s father. “It’s crazy. He wouldn’t have got to this point without all the sacrifices he’s made. He earned this. It wasn’t given to him.”

Pires will become a full-time member of the Youth Academy’s 12-and-under team this fall after he finishes playing for the Modesto Ajax 11-and-under squad in May.

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Stanislaus County finally moves into red tier

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Stanislaus County was finally given the green light on Tuesday to move into the less restrictive red tier as part of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Stanislaus County’s daily case rate average was still higher than the metric for the red tier, but the continued low test positivity rate allowed for the move. The California Department of Public Health allows for a county to move down when the testing positivity rate meets the metrics of two tiers down, which in this case would be the orange tier.

Stanislaus County had an adjusted case rate of 12.2% per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 5% with an equity quartile positivity rate of 4.5%. The equity quartile positivity rate adjusts for efforts being made to stop the spread of COVID-19 in neighborhoods and regions that have been the hardest hit. Because both testing positivity rates have fallen at or below 5 percent, for a couple of weeks Stanislaus County could move into the red tier.

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State warns farmers to prepare for dry summer

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Despite some recent rainfall, state officials issued bleak warnings to farmers this week which caution them to prepare for water shortages this summer.

The California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday announced that cities and farms belonging to the State Water Project can now expect to receive just 5% of requested supplies this year, down from the projected 10% allocation anticipated in December. Just the day before, the State Water Resources Board told water users to start taking precautions now for water shortages expected later in the year.

“We are now facing the reality that it will be a second dry year for California and that is having a significant impact on our water supply,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “The Department of Water Resources is working with our federal and state partners to plan for the impacts of limited water supplies this summer for agriculture as well as urban and rural water users. We encourage everyone to look for ways to use water efficiently in their everyday lives.”

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 91% of California is currently experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. While some may have been hoping for a “March miracle” to bring some much-needed rainfall, there wasn’t nearly enough precipitation this month to make a difference.

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Statewide inequity remains in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 15 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in California, but the most updated statistics show that distribution has been out of step with California’s diversity.

"It's kind of alarming because again, the conversation of equity. Here you hear the slogan 'equity in action.' I guess this is what equity looks like in-action for African Americans," said Berry Accius, community advocate and founder of Voice of Youth.

While state leaders emphasize their efforts for a fair distribution – numbers revealing white Californians have received 30.7% of the vaccinations, and the lowest distribution is seen among the most vulnerable, with Black people only receiving 3%.

Dr. Olivia Kasirye with the Sacramento County Public Health and Human Services said, "This disparity came about because of the way the state set up the prioritization where we started with certain occupational sectors; health care, teachers and law enforcement."

In Sacramento County, state officials identified 12 of the most underserved ZIP codes that they are focusing on. To facilitate the process starting Monday, people still lacking access to computers, the internet or those with language barriers will be able to sign up by calling 211.

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Bulldogs bulldoze Knights in season opener

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The Turlock High School Bulldogs made their highly-anticipated return to Joe Debely Stadium Friday night, kicking off the shortened COVID season with a dominant 56-24 victory over Downey High School.  

“The biggest thing is the heart. The guys came together as a unit and they rebounded as a unit,” head coach James Peterson said. “They’ve been through a lot of adversity…morale has been down and guys were looking at me just beat up, but tonight was so uplifting and we saw a lot of smiles on faces. 

“I know they’re happy about the ‘W’ but it’s really about the hard work they’ve been putting in.”

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