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Safe Space cooling center | COVID-19 detection | Washburn Fire update

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, July 14. 

Interview: Safe Space working to open cooling center in Chico during triple-digit heat

Temperatures in Chico are expected to climb above 100 degrees today, and they’ll last through the weekend. Even so, the city’s cooling center won’t be open. In response, Safe Space — a low barrier temporary shelter that usually operates in the winter months — is planning to open a cooling center. NSPR’s Alec Stutson recently spoke with Hilary Crosby, executive director of Safe Space. Listen to the interview in today’s Headlines. 

Alec Stutson, NSPR 

Public health officials turning to wastewater for COVID-19 detection

Public health officials are expressing concern about pandemic fatigue, as the BA.5 COVID-19 omicron subvariant is now circulating widely. They say wastewater has become a key detection tool since testing isn’t being done on a consistent basis and much of it takes place at home.

— CapRadio Staff 

COVID-19 medication Paxlovid could be available at local pharmacies

For the last few months, the COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid has been available for prescriptions to people with certain risk factors. Now, a new health ruling means you could potentially get that prescription from your local pharmacy.

Carly Severn (KQED), The California Report 

Yosemite wildfire moving eastward into Sierra National Forest

The Washburn Fire burning in Yosemite National Park is 23% contained and more than 4,000 acres. The fire was previously a danger to a grove of giant sequoias in the forest. The Associated Press reports the fire is now moving eastward into the Sierra National Forest.

NSPR Staff 

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A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.