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‘Relay for Life’ set for John Thurman Field

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With a 2023 fundraising goal of $150,000 and the “Relay for Life” of Greater Stanislaus County coming up this weekend, teams are making a final push for the event.

Staged at John Thurman Field in Modesto, the American Cancer Society signature event brings together teams from throughout Stanislaus County as well as some from San Joaquin County as well. 

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West Nile Virus activity on the rise locally

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A mosquito bite this time of year could bring something far more serious than an irritating itch.

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is reporting a “significant increase in West Nile Virus (WNV) cases for the 2023 year compared with recent previous years.”

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Parents advised to pay attention to warning signs of suicide

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With September being “Suicide Prevention Month,” mental health experts are doing their part to educate parents and others about risk factors and warning signs.

On average, one person in Stanislaus County kills themselves each week. Most of them are male.

According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs and parents should not be afraid to ask about suicidal thoughts. NASP also advises parents and others to never take warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret.

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Addressing the Shortage of Mental Healthcare Workers, Stanislaus State in Turlock Receives Behavioral Health Scholarship Funds from HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin

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Stanislaus State has received $210,000 from HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin to award scholarships up to $5,000 to graduate students preparing for careers in social work, clinical counseling and marriage and family therapy.

The scholarships are aimed at addressing the shortage of mental health care providers in the northern San Joaquin Valley and are an element of Stan State’s participation in the San Joaquin Behavioral Health Workforce Partnership.  

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Teamsters Organize Multiple Red Cross Facilities in California

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Fixed collections workers at American Red Cross facilities in Modesto and Turlock, California both voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 386.

“We are thrilled to welcome Red Cross workers from Modesto and Turlock to the Teamsters,” said Jeff Berdion, Local 386 Secretary-Treasurer. “With two Red Cross facilities joining the Teamsters on the same day, these workers are making it abundantly clear that they have had enough. These men and women play a critical role in the California blood supply chain and deserve the benefits of a strong union contract.”

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COVID-19 infections persist in Stanislaus County as the Labor Day weekend approaches

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The COVID-19 virus is spreading in Stanislaus County and could be an unwanted guest in households Labor Day weekend.

A small surge of COVID-19 cases began in August and has gained some steam.

Kamlesh Kaur, a spokeswoman for the county Public Health division said test positivity in the county was 12.7% as of Aug. 22. It was 10.1% the previous week.

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Four locals contract West Nile Virus

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Four Stanislaus County residents have all been confirmed to have contracted West Nile Virus (WNV) and all four have developed the fairly uncommon neurological illness, known as neuroinvasive WNV, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency reported on August 22.

The four cases are the first human cases of the virus in the county for the year.

As of August 18, California had 31 counties with WNV activity. There were 26 cases, which does not include the four cases recently confirmed in Stanislaus County. Two cases in California have been fatal.

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Red Cross to permanently close Sonora blood bank next month

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The Sonora Red Cross Blood and Platelet Donation Center at Greenley and Sanguinetti roads will close effective Sept. 23 because it’s “among the top high-cost Red Cross Donation Centers in the country,” the nonprofit American Red Cross recently told donors in Tuolumne County.

In an email sent to donors earlier this month, the national organization said the Sonora blood bank “has struggled to collect blood products despite the best efforts of staff and dedicated donors.”

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