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Colleges welcome students back to campus amid delta-variant surge

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Just a few months ago, it seemed as if the masked lecture halls, the COVID outbreaks, the rushed pivots to online classes and the TikTok chronicling of quarantine accommodations would finally belong to another era.

With the delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus surging amid the return to campus, we’re already seeing some of those headlines repeat themselves, and there’s a clear risk we could be seeing more.

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More people taking COVID tests in Stanislaus County. With FDA approval, are shots next?

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Now that the FDA granted full approval of the coronavirus Pfizer vaccine, will it instill confidence for more unvaccinated people in Stanislaus County to get the shots?

County health officials did not release any special plans Monday for offering the fully approved vaccine to those who have sat on the fence, waiting for more evidence the vaccines are safe and effective.

Monday, the public health locations that were visibly attracting residents were testing sites, as the delta variant of COVID-19 continued to make people sick.

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Coronavirus update, Aug. 20: Stanislaus hospital cases finally drop. Four more deaths

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Hospital cases of COVID-19 declined in Stanislaus County for the first time in a few weeks Thursday.

Meanwhile, the county announced four more deaths, for a total of 1,116 residents since April 2020. There have been 21 reported deaths in August, the highest total in one month since 22 in May.

The Health Services Agency added 321 positive tests, raising the total to 63,435. Stanislaus also has 739,168 negative test results and 59,898 people who are presumed recovered.

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Coronavirus update, Aug. 13: Stanislaus adds three deaths. Hospital cases rise again

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Stanislaus County reported three deaths to COVID-19 on Thursday and yet another rise in hospital cases.

A total of 1,105 residents have died since April 2020, the Health Services Agency said.

Positive tests stood at 61,483 with the 255 added Thursday. Stanislaus also has 724,542 negative test results and 58,668 people who are presumed recovered.

The county’s five hospitals had 182 patients with confirmed COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 176 on Wednesday. The count was in the 30s a month ago and exceeded 300 during the worst of the winter surge. Thursday’s figure included 38 adults in intensive care, up two from the day before.

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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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California continues to see new COVID-19 cases drop; 32% of residents vaccinated

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California reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 14,559 new cases. That's down 22.7% from the previous week's toll of 18,837 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

California ranked 50th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

In the latest week, the United States added 442,981 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 0.1% from the week before. Across the country, 25 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many states did not report cases on Easter. That will make some state-to-state comparisons inaccurate, and also some in-state week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

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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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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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Coronavirus Update, March 21: Stanislaus County cases up as it awaits possible tier move

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Mar. 21—Case rates the last three days remained relatively high as Stanislaus County businesses await news on Tuesday if it can move into the state's red tier, with more relaxed restrictions.

The county reported Saturday 95 more cases and, according to state figures, hovers at a little more than 100 cases per day over the last three.

Stanislaus County remains in the most restrictive purple tier of the state's coronavirus plan, but its testing data in economically disadvantaged areas qualified the county last week to have a chance to move into red on Tuesday.

If the testing positivity rates hold for another week — the state Saturday showed the county trending slightly downward over the seven days — Stanislaus could move to red on Tuesday. That would allow relaxed restrictions on indoor restaurant dining and other business activities.

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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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