Tracking unhoused deaths | COVID-19 test site closures | College athlete protections
The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, Jan. 23.
Storms' toll on Chico’s unhoused residents remains unknown
On Jan. 2, Chico police officers responded to a deceased person in the parking lot of the public library in Chico. A spokesperson for the Police Department said the individual was believed to be unhoused. The Butte County Coroner's Office, Department of Public Health and Chico Police Department all told NSPR they do not track the number of unhoused deaths, making it difficult to know how deadly this winter has been.
— Alec Stutson, NSPR
State identifies nearly 100 COVID-19 testing sites for early closure
California will close nearly 100 COVID-19 testing and treatment sites more than a month earlier than expected. The sites the California Department of Public Health has identified for early closure are those operating under 50% capacity.
— CapRadio Staff
Teens trained to do community health outreach
Community health groups are training teens to do COVID outreach and education in regions where fear of getting the vaccine lingers. Many of these newly deputized teen educators are Hispanic or Latino. Health providers and advocates believe young people are well-positioned to help increase vaccination rates in their communities because many already help Spanish-speaking relatives navigate the health care system.
— Stephanie O’Neill, Kaiser Health News
New bill seeks to give college athletes more protections
A new bill would give California college athletes more protections and require Division I schools to share revenue with athletes whose market value exceeds the amount of their scholarship. The money would be paid after an athlete graduates.
— Amanda Stupi (KQED), The California Report
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In case you missed it
- PG&E faces manslaughter charges in 2020 Zogg Fire — The California Report
- President Biden visits California to assess storm damage — CapRadio
- Millions to go to addressing wildfire concerns in western states — CapRadio
- PG&E settles with public entities over Dixie Fire damages — NSPR
- Paradise Town Council backs bill for tax relief on Camp Fire settlements — NSPR
- More California counties added to major disaster declaration — CapRadio
- Interview: Experts skeptical California’s grid can handle plan to phase out gas cars — CapRadio
- Paradise council member to advocate for tax relief for fire survivors in Washington — NSPR