Covid-19 Special Program

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We are in a moment where people all across the world are questioning and calling out systemic racism and police brutality. But for one particularly group in the North State, this conversation around police violence and demands for accountability have been taking place for years. It was March 17, 2017, when Desmond Phillips, a 25-year old black man who was suffering from a mental health episode was shot and killed by Chico Police. It was ruled by a federal judge that the officers’ actions in the shooting were justified, but new videos acquired through the discovery process in the Phillips family’s unsuccessful wrongful death case against the City of Chico raise questions about conflicting accounts of the shooting by the three officers who were involved. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THU 7.23)

Jul 23, 2020
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This week we’ll be breaking down the North State’s case numbers for you, we’ll hear from Butte County’s public health director about the county being added to the state’s monitoring list and head to Plumas and Sierra counties to hear how teens there are coping during a summer pandemic.

 

If you have questions or comments for us, our message line is still up – give us a call at 433-9216 – or you can also leave comments at mysnpr.org.

 

For Thursday, July 23, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

Healthline

Butte County has officially been placed on the state’s list of counties it’s monitoring due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

If the county stays on the list until Friday, some local businesses will have to once again shut down indoor operations.

NSPR’s Andre Byik spoke with Butte County Public Health Director Danette York about what being on the list means and what businesses would be affected.

Here are highlights from their conversation. You can also listen at the top of the page.

Interview Highlights

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Did you know that you can text 911 in an emergency? Butte County CHP was a relatively early adopter of the 911 texting service, which is increasingly being implemented by other dispatch centers.

Though calling 911 is still preferred, the service makes emergency help more readily available to those with hearing or speech difficulties, and in situations where calling isn’t possible. 

NSPR’s Ken Devol spoke with CHP Officer Frank Valdepena about the history of the service, how it works and when it should and shouldn’t be used.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 7.17)

Jul 17, 2020
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Today we’re hearing about videos recently released by the Justice For Desmond Phillips team that bring up questions regarding conflicting accounts from Chico Police officers about what happened on the night Desmond Phillips was killed by law enforcement three years ago on March 17, 2017. 

If you have questions or comments for us, leave them on our message line 433-9216 or you can also head to mysnpr.org.  

For Friday, July 17, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THU 7.16)

Jul 16, 2020
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Today we’ll hear from Congressman Doug LaMalfa about a scathing letter signed and sent to California Governor Gavin Newsom by local republican lawmakers regarding his recent statewide rollbacks and restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise. We’ll also check in with a pub owner about how these new restrictions have affected their business, and we’ll hear from the Shasta Superintendent of Schools about plans for the fall.  

If you have questions or comments for us, leave them on our message line 433-9216 or you can also head to mysnpr.org.  

For Thursday, July 16, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (WED 7.15)

Jul 15, 2020
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Today we’ll hear from UC Davis School of Medicine associate dean Dr. Brad Pollock about what’s working and what isn’t with California’s testing strategy and we’ll hear how to better protect yourself from wildfire smoke this fire season.   

 

If you have questions or comments for us, leave them on our message line 433-9216 or you can also head to mysnpr.org.  

For Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio. 

Marc Albert

Preparing for wildfire season includes a lot – creating 50 feet of defensible space around your home, signing up for your counties emergency alert system, having a go bag packed and ready and having an evacuation plan created and rehearsed – but even if you’re not in a high-risk fire zone, there’s also another important health threat we see every year from wildfires that you should consider – smoke. 

And this year officials are saying, it’s really important to defend yourself from it because smoke can reduce the body’s ability to fight infections and viruses — and it can worsen the symptoms of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.

To learn more about what you can do to better protect yourself from poor air quality this fire season, NSPR’s Matt Fidler spoke with Jason Mandly, the air quality planner for the Butte County Air Quality District. Matt started off by confessing to Jason that he’d never heard of an air quality planner before.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (TUE 7.14)

Jul 14, 2020
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Today we’ll get an update from Butte County Superintended of Schools Mary Sakuma to learn about the county’s plans for schools and what they’re envisioning learning could look like when the year starts. We’ll also head to Sierra and Plumas counties to look at how some growers and nonprofits there are working to help meet the increased demand for food during the pandemic.  

 

If you have questions or comments for us, leave them on our message line at 433-9216 or you can also head to mysnpr.org.  

 

For Tuesday, July 14, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio. 

The traditional start of the school year is just weeks away. While the Trump administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are pushing hard for schools to resume, some parents, teachers and others fear that with transmission rates exponentially higher than when in-person instruction ceased in the spring, catastrophe will be the end result. 

To help quantify the risks, understand the precautionary plans and envision what learning will look like next month, NSPR’s Marc Albert reached out to Mary Sakuma, Butte County’s superintendent of schools. His first question: what are the current reopening plans?

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