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ICUs Remain Overwhelmed In San Joaquin, Stanislaus Counties

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — The coronavirus is showing some signs of slowing down in California, with the exception of the Central Valley, which is now the state’s main hotspot.

San Joaquin county reported staggering 402 new cases Monday along with 12 new deaths. The county now has more than 11,885 infections.

Hospital ICUs in San Joaquin County are still overwhelmed, now operating at 135 percent of capacity, which is down about 14 percent from Friday. Total hospital capacity is at 75 percent, officials said. In Stanislaus County, ICUs are about 95 percent full.

Travis Air Force Base medical team was deployed in San Joaquin County at Lodi Memorial Hosptial to help with the surge. The team consists of three doctors, one physician assistant, 11 nurses, two respiratory techs, two ICU techs, and two administrators.

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Stanislaus County health officer on COVID-19: ‘It seems to be everywhere’

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Stanislaus County leaders were still unclear Tuesday about what assistance the state will provide for bringing a coronavirus surge under control.

But they hope to use the state’s influence to do more testing and get test results faster.

“Any resources that show up locally we will put to use very quickly,” Chief Executive Officer Jody Hayes said. “We need ample testing and a quick turnaround time.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $52 million in support for counties in the Central Valley that are inundated by COVID-19 cases. The surge began about six weeks ago after sectors of the economy were reopened in most areas of California.

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Turlock’s fourth dispensary eyes restaurant location

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Turlock’s fourth and final cannabis dispensary has selected a location, which is set to go before the Planning Commission next week for approval.

Natural Healing Center, a Grover Beach-based dispensary brand, was originally ranked No. 5 on the City of Turlock’s list of top 10 candidates for retail cannabis operators — a selection compiled one year ago for the pilot cannabis program. The dispensaries ranked in the top four were selected to operate in Turlock and originally included Firehouse (1601 W. Main St.), Perfect Union (2500 N. Golden State Blvd.), Evergreen Market (1206 N. Golden State Blvd.) and MedMen.

When MedMen dropped out of the pilot cannabis program toward the end of last year, NHC was bumped up into the top four and is now hoping to open a dispensary at 3401 W. Monte Vista Ave.

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These parts of Stanislaus County have the most coronavirus cases

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Stanislaus County remains on the state’s coronavirus watchlist as cases surge and intensive care unit capacity dwindles.

According to the latest data, the 95351 ZIP code in the Modesto area and the 95307 ZIP code in the Ceres area account for nearly 30% of the county’s total cases. The 95351 ZIP code has more than 1,000 confirmed cases while the 95307 ZIP code has nearly 900.

“Many of those ZIP codes reflect higher populations of the Latino community,” said Kristin Olsen, Stanislaus County board of supervisors chair. “Our population of Latinos is around, I think, 45%, but our positive cases are more about 70% for our Hispanic community.”

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Borgeas: What We’ve Learned About the Pandemic Response

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We Must Do Better If We Are to End the Pandemic

In addition to the recommendations above, local authorities should do everything in their power to allow businesses to expand their operations to outdoor or alternative facilities and remove any local regulatory impediments. While the hot summer is not ideal for outdoor operations, cities like Turlock, Clovis, and Fresno are implementing these types of measures to protect the public and keep our local businesses operating.

Finally, there must be a coordinated state and national procurement strategy for personal protective equipment, trained medical personnel, and medical supplies so states and municipalities are not competing against one another in future emergencies. Improving vertical integration between federal, state, and local authorities is essential to protecting our economy, security, and public health. As a member of the Senate’s Pandemic Emergency Response Committee, I will continue to make these and other recommendations to the governor and Legislature.

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Without A Trace: This California County Has Stopped Contact Tracing As Coronavirus Surges

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A month ago, everyone in Merced County infected with the coronavirus got a call from county officials, asking questions about whom they’d come in contact with. It’s a tracing process that experts say is critical to stopping the spread of the highly infectious disease.

Now, facing a five-fold increase in infections, Merced County officials have abandoned the effort. They have not attempted to conduct contact tracing for several weeks.

Health experts say the county’s decision threatens public health because investigating and notifying the contacts of infected people is vital.

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Northern California counties prepare to go after coronavirus health order violators

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No longer shy about challenging scofflaw businesses, two Sacramento-area counties now say they will fine or suspend permits of businesses that resist coronavirus safety measures.

The threat of fining or shutting down recalcitrant businesses is one that most local governments in California have been loathe to take, fearing it would stir anger among constituent businesses who believe their rights are being infringed.

But with virus infections surging, Yolo and El Dorado county officials say they’d rather take a tough stance in hopes it will help slow virus spread and allow them to avoid being ordered by the state to once again shut down entire segments of the economy.

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Coronavirus update, July 5: One-day drop in Stanislaus County infection rate

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Here is the latest on the coronavirus outbreak from in and around Modesto and Stanislaus County.

Latest facts on COVID-19 testing in Modesto area

Stanislaus County recorded its lowest infection rate in almost two weeks, with just 50 positive coronavirus tests among the 1,172 results reported on Saturday, according to county data.

The 4.26 positivity rate was the county’s lowest since a 3.55 mark on June 22. The number of tests reported was the county’s most in a single day.

Stanislaus County deaths remained at 44 as of Saturday. The number of residents testing positive rose to 2,581, according to the county Health Services Agency. Another 31,760 people have tested negative. The 4.26% rate of infection dropped from the 14.07% the day before.

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Stanislaus County Hospitals Nearing Capacity Due To Operating Constraints

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STANISLAUS COUNTY (CSB13) — Stanislaus County leaders are sending out the alert that their hospitals are stretched to capacity right now.

As coronavirus cases increase, hospitals are now working to get more beds available. The capacity concerns surprised county supervisors Thursday since the Stanislaus County Public Health dashboard figures show 40% of hospital beds are still available.

It turns out the physical beds are here, but staffing to take care of a surge in patients is a problem.

“I think we need to take a better look at this and be more concerned,” Supervisor Terry Withrow said.

Withrow says hospital CEOs revealed to supervisors Thursday low staffing and operational issues at hospitals would not allow every bed to be used right now.

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Two county residents contract West Nile Virus

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Two Stanislaus County residents have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency reported.

Both were adult males and did not have any symptoms.

“Although the mosquito populations remain light to moderate in most areas, the concern is the above average number of mosquito samples that we are detecting with West Nile Virus early in the season. As temperatures continue to rise, so will mosquito populations and virus activity,” said Turlock Mosquito Abatement District Manager David Heft.

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile Virus when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread West Nile Virus to humans and other animals when they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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