Two Chico State nursing students are raising awareness about the rising spread of the coronavirus in the college community.

Tasha Haase and Isaac Padilla recently teamed up with Butte County Public Health on a video project aimed at curbing infections.

Padilla says he hopes the public service project will help at least one student change their behavior. But obstacles are in the way.

As Holidays Arrive, California Faces A Shortage Of In-Home Caregivers

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Californians who are looking for in-home care for elderly or disabled loved ones this holiday season may have a difficult time finding help.

Experts and home care agencies say a longstanding shortage of in-home care providers has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Shortly after announcing a statewide 10 p.m. curfew this week, California health officials drew attention to a looming problem: strained hospital capacity.

Health and human services secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says 12% of all new COVID-19 cases statewide will result in hospitalizations. With hospitals across the country facing staffing shortages, experts say it’s crucial that Californians obey public health orders to mitigate virus spread.

California Will Have A COVID-19 Curfew. Here’s What That Means

Nov 19, 2020
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California announced Thursday a curfew order to slow the state's surging coronavirus outbreak ahead of the holidays.

The announcement comes days after Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted at a possible curfew and said 40 counties would move into more restrictive tiers in the state's reopening system as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge. State officials reported a nearly 50% spike in infections during the first week of November.

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El Dorado County was among the first in Northern California to consider asserting more local power over pandemic-related policies at the advice of some state lawmakers.

This week, at the county’s Board of Supervisors meeting, elected officials considered a resolution pushing for more flexibility for the county to respond to its own needs, rather than heed statewide mandates and guidelines.

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In mid-October Shasta County had the highest rate of new COVID cases in California, 19 per 100,000 residents.

Its numbers are now well above that rate and there’s no sign the county will escape purple tier status anytime soon. 

Kerrie Schutte, a spokesperson for Shasta County Public Health, gave a stark assessment of the current rate of infection.


Health officials in rural Trinity County are confronting a spike in coronavirus cases.

The county’s test positivity rate was about 10 percent over the past two weeks. That’s more than double the statewide average, and officials say it signals expanding community spread.

The rise in cases also highlights that even sparsely populated counties aren’t shielded from the virus.

California’s Colored COVID Tier System, Explained

Nov 17, 2020
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In an attempt to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the state of California has adopted a tiered system for loosening and tightening restrictions on counties. 

Different colored tiers represent different levels of risk — from “minimal” (yellow) to “widespread” (purple). Each county is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. Under each tier, different businesses and activities are restricted.

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As COVID-19 cases surge throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday several changes to the state’s tiered reopening system, including moving 40 counties back to more restrictive tiers and tightening rules on mask-wearing in public.

The change comes after the state saw its “fastest increase in cases” since the pandemic began in March, Newsom said, causing the state’s health officials to begin “sounding the alarm.”

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that dozens of counties, including several in the North State, have been moved back into the state’s most restrictive purple tier because of a spike in COVID-19 cases statewide. 


Newsom cited a nearly 50 percent increase in hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients over the last two weeks and a nearly 40 percent increase in ICU patients. 


He said caution is warranted, even though California’s positivity rate is below the national rate of 9.8 percent.