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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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County seeing progress in COVID-19 fight

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Vaccination efforts in Stanislaus County are growing and COVID-19 cases are decreasing, giving some room to hope that the area will be able to move into a less restrictive tier by mid-March.

“This is the first good news we’ve had in a while,” said Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa after being briefed on the current COVID-19 status at Tuesday’s meeting.

As of Monday, Stanislaus County expanded the vaccination efforts to Phase 1B, which is for people 50 years and older who work in education and childcare, emergency services and food and agriculture sectors.

For this week the County was allocated about 9,000 vaccines, up from the 5,800 from the previous week.

The County also is seeing COVID-19 cases drop recently. Since Feb. 8, Stanislaus County has seen cases dropping at a small but steady rate, according to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency data.

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Coronavirus update, Feb. 4: Stanislaus hospitals ease again. Vaccines in Oakdale

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Another six Stanislaus County residents have died of COVID-19, raising the total to 848 as of Wednesday.

The county Health Services Agency added 284 new cases, for a total of 46,749. Stanislaus also has 396,588 negative test results and 43,434 people who are presumed recovered from the virus.

The county's five hospitals had 218 confirmed COVID-19 patients Wednesday, down from 222 on Tuesday and continuing a steady decline from well over 300 a month ago. Available ICU beds for adults rose to seven from five.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate was 11.36%, down from 13.25%. The 14-day rate was 13.3%, down from 13.78%.

Over the last seven days, Stanislaus County's infection rate per 100,000 residents ranks 13st highest among the state's 58 counties and rate of death is 16th, according to the Los Angeles Times COVID-19 tracker. Its overall death rate per 100,000 residents remains fourth in the state. Its infection rate per 100,000 residents is 16th.

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Coronavirus update, Jan. 13: Stanislaus County on brink of 700 deaths, 40,000 cases

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Stanislaus County reported another 13 deaths to the virus Tuesday, raising the total to 699 residents since last April.

The county also added 493 positive tests and had a notable increase in the number of hospital patients, the Health Services Agency said.

January already has brought 83 deaths, about a third of the way into the month. It is on a pace to far surpass December's 188 deaths, the most so far for any month in the pandemic. Of the 58 counties in California, Stanislaus has the ninth highest rate of deaths in the last seven days, according to the Los Angeles Times tracker. Tuolumne County which has 36 overall deaths, has the highest rate in the last week.

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Nearly 600 deaths reported statewide following holiday weekend | COVID-19 updates for Northern California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at noon on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The state recorded 567 additional deaths over the weekend following the New Year's holiday. 

Over the weekend, it was announced that the Greater Sacramento Region will continue to stay in the state's stay-at-home order due to low ICU capacity. The region's four-week projected ICU capacity does not meet the 15% threshold to end the order.

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