It was still unclear to Stanislav County leaders on Tuesday what help the state would provide to bring the coronavirus outbreak under control.
But they hope to use state influence to do more testing and get test results faster.
“Any resources that are displayed locally, we will use very quickly,” said CEO Jody Hayes. “We need extensive testing and fast execution time.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced $ 52 million to support COVID-19-flooded Central Valley counties. The surge began about six weeks ago after sectors of the economy were restored in most parts of California.
Funding for the federal grant will help improve testing in the eight counties that make up the Central Valley, as well as pay for more supplies and additional support for the health care system, Newsom told a news conference in Stockton on Monday.
The state also intends to use coronavirus strike groups to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the region, which has particularly affected Latin American, agricultural workers and key workers.
Last week, Stanislaus County had the highest positive coronavirus test (23%) among the state’s 58 counties, its chief health officer said. Recently, people who use three public testing sites in the district have been waiting for results for seven days or more.
On Monday. the county reported that 95 people died from COVID-19. On Tuesday, the state said there were another 60 positive cases in Stanislaus County, the lowest overall figure in a day of 50 years.
Supervisor Vito Chiesa asked health official Julie Vaishampayan to explain how the disease is spreading.
Vaishampayan noted that it is spreading in many areas of the community. “It seems to be everywhere,” she said. “It seems that it gets into every business and spreads, into every living space and spreads. There are many fees, many smaller ones, as a result of which they are constantly spreading in all directions. “
Vaishampayan’s remarks came Tuesday following a statement she released on Monday about efforts to return children to school in a few weeks.
Stanislaus County’s 8,288 positive tests include 669 children between the ages of 5 and 18, a health official said in an online statement Monday. In the last nine days, 204 cases have been recorded in this age range, she said, with more evidence that schools should reopen.
According to the California Department of Public Health, none of the children died.
The risk increases in adolescence
Vaishampayan noted that children under the age of 10 have a lower level of infection than adults, but it increases when they move to adolescence.
“Imagine how many exhibits our schools would have if they were open now,” she said. “How many children would be sent home for a 14-day quarantine? How many school staff? »
District schools switched to distance learning in mid-March, one of the steps to slow COVID-19. The improvement in performance has led to a plan to reopen towns in August, hold social distances and other prevention measures.
The growing number of Stanislavs prompted Newsom to suspend these plans earlier this month.
During Monday, the rate of 14-day infection was 23.65%, which is more than three times.
Vaishampayan again urged all residents to wear face masks in public, stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members, and wash their hands.
“This is what we need to do to reduce community transfer enough to get our children back to school,” she said. “Reopen the business. To feel a little more how life returns to normal life. “