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WIC participants receive increase in benefits

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Beginning this month, participants of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will see a temporary increase to their benefits for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

This benefit, provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, provides families with a temporary increase in their monthly WIC fruits and vegetables benefit to $35 to provide additional relief during COVID‐19. Currently, children ages one to five receive $9 per month, and, pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women receive $11 per month. The increase takes effect June 1 and is expected to last until September 2021.

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New silent disco business offers fitness with frequency

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Name of business: Valley Vibes

Type of business: Silent disco fitness 

Location: Turlock;

Contact information: 626-421-8304;; @_valley__vibes_ on Instagram

Specialty: Yoga and full body workouts 

History of business:

In March, husband and wife duo Aaron and Kate Unruh set out to create a new culture in Turlock — one that would get the community outdoors and give them a chance to heal both mentally and physically. Their idea manifested itself through Valley Vibes, which offers fitness with frequency through noise-cancelling headphones, some stellar beats and guided workouts. 

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CNA training program returns to TUSD

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Turlock Unified School District is constantly expanding and improving its Career Technical Education offerings for students, and grant funding secured this year made it possible to once again offer an invaluable program for those looking to jumpstart their healthcare careers.

TUSD high school seniors enrolled in the district’s Nursing Assistant Training Program (NATP) went to their final lab at Turlock High School on Friday — one final step before taking their California Nursing Assistant exam to become certified. According to Director of CTE and Program Equity Tami Truax, grant money allowed TUSD to provide CNA training for students for the first time since the 2017-18 school year. 

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Why COVID Hit Women Harder in Stanislaus County, Calif.

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Gaby Martinez had been working for the Stanislaus Public Library for years, and she loved her job in the youth services division. She got to connect with students and parents, promote early literacy and even work with the maximum security wing of a juvenile detention center to give books to incarcerated young adults. 

But when the COVID-19 pandemic brought life to a grinding halt last spring, the library shut down. Martinez, a single mother of three who also lives with her elderly mother, suddenly lost her part-time job and her family's only source of income. 

She filed for unemployment, but due to departmental backlogs and difficulties, could only access benefits in June, months after she lost her job. Martinez, who lives in Turlock, worried about paying bills and having to dip into her savings. 

"There were times where I had late fees and I had to question, 'What am I going to pay? What am I not going to pay?'" Martinez said.

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Coronavirus update, April 4: Stanislaus sees drop in cases, positivity rates

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After a one-day spike due to a lag in reporting, Stanislaus County continued to see lower positive coronavirus test results, according to data reported on Saturday.

The Health Services Agency reported 55 new cases and saw its seven-day positivity rate fall to less than 5% and its 14-day rate to less than 6%, according to state data.

There also were zero deaths reported, leaving the overall total at 1,003 in just under one year since announcing its first fatality.

However, its case rate by episode date with a seven-day lag stood at 12.1 per 100,000 residents, a mark that would land them in the purple tier had the county not qualified for the red tier based on two key positivity rates.

The county now has 52,966 positive tests, 519,023 negative test results and 51,322 people who are presumed recovered.

The continued advice about social distancing and masks outside the household still remains in effect.

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How to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in these NorCal counties

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Millions of Californians will become eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine this week as eligibility will expand to people ages 50 and older.

Those new guidelines will begin this Thursday, and on April 15, any Californian ages 16 and older will become eligible. What remains an issue in the fight against the virus is supply, which continues to be limited across the state.

Some Northern California county officials said the state tells them about a week in advance how many doses will be delivered for the following week, which makes planning clinics and appointments challenging.

KCRA 3 reached out to counties and health care providers to see what options are available for people trying to make vaccination appointments.

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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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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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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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