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Program to increase vaccine distribution in the San Joaquin Valley

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Rite Aid has announced it will soon be offering more opportunities for families looking to get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

The program is called Family Immunization Days, where no appointments are needed in select locations in Bakersfield, Merced, Turlock, and Visalia.

The dates and times are seen below:

Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 19, 10 a.m.- store closing time

Saturday, January 22, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan 26, 10 a.m.- store closing time

These vaccine clinics will be offering 1st and 2nd doses, as well and boosters to all those who are eligible.

According to the program, families looking to get the flu shot can also receive it during their visit.

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Omicron variant spurs rush to get tested as kids return to school and parents return to the office

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DAVIS, Calif. — With holidays ending, people going back to the office, and kids are going back to school Monday. As a result, the highly contagious omicron variant has people rushing to get tested.

Most testing sites in Sacramento County closed Sunday, but in Yolo County, lines wrapped around the building. 

Staff members at Healthy Davis Together said the lines were long with delta, and then omicron came along right during the holidays. It proved to be a recipe for long lines. 

"Since Dec. 27, Healthy Yolo Together performed more than 15,500 COVID-19 tests in Yolo County with a positivity rate of up to 6%. Compared with the same time period last month, Healthy Yolo Together conducted half as many tests with a positivity rate of less than 1%," said a spokesperson with Healthy Yolo Together. 

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California Says Health Care Workers Must Get Booster Shots

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California health care workers will be required to have coronavirus booster shots to ensure that hospitals are ready to deal with a surge in cases as the more-transmissible omicron variant spreads throughout the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the order Tuesday on his personal Twitter account and planned to provide more details at a Wednesday news conference.

California already requires health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a directive that took effect in September and has since led to the firing or suspension of thousands of people. Now it will join New Mexico as at least the second state to require booster shots for health care workers.

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Human infection of mosquito-borne illness found in Stanislaus County

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A Stanislaus County woman has become the first person this year in the county to be diagnosed with St. Louis encephalitis virus, according to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

The woman's name and hometown were not released. She is in her 50s. She had neurologic symptoms and was tested in September; confirmatory testing was performed by the California Department of Public Health and recently released by the SCHSA.

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Report highlights local healthcare issues

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Along with funding programs to help students access mental health services, patients afford their prescription medications and senior citizens receive free meals and check-ins during the pandemic, to name just a few, Legacy Health Endowment has also been dedicated to educating the public on a variety of health-related issues.

Recently, Legacy Health put together an Essential Healthcare Datapoints report to help people understand the numbers behind the healthcare topics and issues that most affect the Central Valley and its rural communities.

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Valley Mental Health Services Receive Funds

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Earlier this month, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced he has secured $9 million in federal funds for mental health services across the Central Valley. Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will receive $4 million. The Alliance for Community Wellness (La Familia) which spans Stanislaus, Alameda, and Merced counties will receive $5 million. The grants will be used to expand youth mental health programming in 17 school districts and at least 22 schools across the Valley, hire 12 new professionals in Turlock, serve 800 underserved individuals in Stanislaus County, and more. The grants were funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Community Mental Health Centers Grant program.

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Kids walk out, join parents in vaccination mandates

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A number of parents throughout Stanislaus County pulled their kids from public school on Wednesday in protest of Governor Gavin Newsom’s forthcoming mandate that children in middle school and older be vaccinated against COVID as a condition to being in the classroom.

Many of those parents and children staged a loud protest in front of the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) with placards, chants and shared conversation, calling for an end to the governor’s mandate.

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RxRelief: Helping families afford prescription medications

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With October upon us and as the weather slowly begins to turn, families continue to find it increasingly difficult to stretch their limited dollars.

According to a national survey conducted by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), nearly half of patients and caregivers (46 percent) say they or someone in their immediate household has not been able to afford out-of-pocket costs for medications in the past year. Six in 10 say they would have extreme difficulty paying for treatments and medications without assistance.

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Patterson becomes first Stanislaus County city to require this COVID safety measure

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Anyone attending a Patterson City Council meeting in person must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result starting Tuesday.

Patterson is the first Stanislaus County city to require such documentation and City Manager Ken Irwin said the council feels it is the safest way to physically open meetings.

All council members, city staff and the public must show identification plus vaccination or a negative test taken within three days to enter the chambers, Irwin said in an email. People can still participate remotely via teleconference on Zoom, per the meeting agenda. But Tuesday marks the first Patterson council meeting physically open to the public since February 2020, before the first California stay-at-home order for the coronavirus pandemic.

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Turlock mental health center receives $1 million in federal grant funding

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After being pinpointed for federal funding by Rep. Josh Harder and the House Appropriations Committee earlier this year, one Turlock nonprofit will soon be able to provide even more mental health services thanks to additional grant revenue announced by the Congressman’s office this week.

In May, Harder named First Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Turlock as one of 10 community projects the Congressman submitted to the Appropriations Committee for funding consideration. Harder requested about $300,000 so that the nonprofit organization could hire a Spanish-speaking behavioral health clinician and a Spanish-speaking administrative employee, as well as create a mental health publicity campaign to help raise awareness in underserved communities. 

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