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Air District issues health caution due to wildfires

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Smoke from ongoing wildfires is making outdoor activity dangerous for Turlock residents and all those in northern California and Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, prompting the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue a health caution.

The health caution will remain in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties until the fires are extinguished or until smoke is no longer affecting the Valley.

The District has also issued an Air Quality Alert with the National Weather Service due to wildfire smoke impacts on Valley air quality.

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LPGA great Annika Sorenstam co-leads U.S. Senior Women’s Open with a California teaching pro who can’t stop smiling

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Dana Ebster wasn’t sure what to make of the interview area on the porch at Brooklawn Country Club.

“Can we practice first?” she asked as she gingerly stepped up toward the mic. Ebster, by the way, rocked the interview.

Just before Ebster flew across the country to Connecticut, she was up at 6 a.m. pulling carts out at Turlock Golf and Country Club in central California where she runs a junior clinic and works in the pro shop.

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Mosquito activity on the rise this summer

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As the temperature climbs and mosquito activity increases, local health departments are reminding residents to take precautions against catching West Nile virus, as the California Department of Public Health reported the first death from West Nile Virus for the season.

The death was reported in San Luis Obispo County. 

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.

As of July 9, WNV has been detected in 45 dead birds from 6 counties and 177 mosquito samples from 13 counties. Hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans. So far this season, activity is within expected levels. The risk of disease due to WNV usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall.

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L.A. County coronavirus spike hits alarming levels, with 10,000 infected in a week, as Delta variant spreads

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Los Angeles County is now recording more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a week — a pace not seen since March — an alarming sign of the dangers the Delta variant poses to people who have not been vaccinated and heightening pressure on health officials to reverse the trend.

A Los Angeles Times data analysis found L.A. County was recording 101 weekly coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents, up from 12 for the seven-day period that ended June 15. That means the county has surpassed the threshold to have “high” community transmission of the disease, the worst tier as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A region must hit 100 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents to enter the worst tier.

It’s still far fewer than during the deadly winter surge, when L.A. County was recording more than 1,000 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents, but it underscores growing concerns that unvaccinated people are at heightened risk.

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Mayor’s roads initiative takes shape as management position created

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The City of Turlock’s new roads program initiative took a step forward on Tuesday night after the City Council unanimously voted in favor of creating a position for someone to lead it. 

A new job description for the position of Roads Program Manager was created following the approval vote, and the Council also gave the go-ahead for the City to fill said position with hiring incentives. The person hired for the position will facilitate the roads program initiative, which was announced by Mayor Amy Bublak in her State of the City address on May .

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COVID-19 vaccines in California: Everything you need to know

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Developments are fast-moving as California and other states work to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The state has said it aims to vaccinate most Californians by the summer of 2021 and eligibility is soon opening up to everyone.

People ages 50 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on April 1 and everyone ages 16 or older in the state will be eligible on April 15. Some counties and health providers are moving on a faster timetable.

Placer, Stanislaus and Butte counties have opened vaccines to those 16 and over, while Amador, Sutter and Yuba counties are now offering the vaccine to people 18 and over.

UC Davis Health said that anyone ages 16 and older can sign up online for a vaccine, including people who are not already patients.

Here are answers to common questions about the vaccine that we have found from our coverage — all in one place.

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After attacks on Asian Americans, California lawmakers push to expand hate crime laws

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Since 2017, California lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills aimed at hate crimes, including attempts to improve data, train police and establish a hotline.

Most of those bills died in committees, never getting a floor vote, according to a CalMatters analysis.

But in the wake of recent, highly visible crimes targeting Asian Americans, lawmakers are introducing some of the same measures their colleagues once rejected.

"There wasn't the same level of urgency that I think is true today," said Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco, who is reintroducing his bill from 2017 that would require the state attorney general to maintain a toll-free number where people could report hate crimes.

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"The Atlanta shooting woke up much of the rest of America to what those of us in the Asian American community have been experiencing for quite some time."

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Stanislaus County waits for COVID cases to lower before moving into red tier

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — While Stanislaus County’s infection rates have dropped significantly since the peak of the pandemic, they haven’t dropped low enough to meet the state’s criteria to move up to the red tier.

Stanislaus County at 13.6% per 100,000 people. The state mandates infection rate at 10% or lower.

The last time Stanislaus County was in the red tier was before the holidays and business owners say getting back there would be a big help.

Owner Larry Cary has been serving customers at his Modesto restaurant, The Brighter Side, for 45 years. He and other business owners are anxiously awaiting a return to the red tier.

“We’re doing maybe half to two-thirds business, is what we’re doing,” Cary said.

Cary says he wants to get back to doing business like before the pandemic.

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Patient tests positive for UK coronavirus variant in Butte County | COVID-19 Updates in Northern California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — ABC10 is following the latest coronavirus statistics and vaccine news for the Sacramento region and the state of California. 

This blog will be updated throughout the day with the latest COVID-19 news. Click HERE to learn when and where you can sign-up to get the coronavirus vaccine near you.

Updates from last week, can be found here. 

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing. That's according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. 

The recommendations were announced Monday. They also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way with people considered at low-risk for severe disease, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren. 

Sacramento Metro Fire's Captain Chris Vestal is one of the frontline workers who has been fully vaccinated.

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‘We may be getting closer to the end of this’ | San Joaquin, Stanislaus could see red tier by Mid-March

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. — San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties could be in store for a long-overdue breath of relief as their COVID-19 stats continue to drop.

If all the trends go the right way, officials in both counties say they could be making the leap to California’s red coronavirus tier by the week of March 15. Both counties are currently in the purple “widespread” tiers, which is the most restrictive one.

The red tier would allow a number of businesses to partially reopen indoor with modifications, and, if the case rate metrics line up, children could also return to the classroom in Stanislaus County.

There’s only a couple of things standing in the way, the adjusted case rates and testing volume. In other words, the counties need a case rate of 7 per 100,000 or lower to move into the red tier, and, to get there, they say more people need to get tested.

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