Covid-19 Special Program


Jul 13, 2020
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Today we’ll hear about a plan to release 8,000 prisoners amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, we’ll hear more about what we’ll expect this fire season and we’ll head to Plumas County – to hear what the pandemic has been like for two hotel owners and what they’d like to see from tourists traveling to the area.  


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For Monday, July 13, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio. 

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It’s been months since the North State’s last appreciable rain. Grasses and shrubs in the valley and low foothills are already tinder dry. Intense summer is quickly desiccating vegetation higher up. 

As California’s fire season begins in earnest, NSPR’s Marc Albert checked in with Cal Fire Butte County spokesman Rick Carhart about projections that firefighters will be very busy across a wider area than recent years, while COVID-19 idles one of Cal Fire’s key weapons: inmate fire crews. 


Jul 10, 2020
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Today we’re focusing on emergency alerts – as we enter fire season – we’ll hear from five different counties in the North State about the type of alerts they use, how often they’re tested and how you can get signed up.  


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For Friday, July 10, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.  


Jul 9, 2020



Today we’ll hear more about how and why a tech CEO in Palo Alto created the unofficial COVID-19 tracker for Butte County. We’ll also learn more about what can be done to better protect those in skilled nursing homes from the coronavirus with Dr. Miriam Nuno, an associate professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis.  


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For Thursday, July 9, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.


Jul 8, 2020
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Today, we’re digging into the numbers for Butte and Colusa counties – both have shown a significant jump in cases recently. It could lead to a reversal of re-openings if infections and hospitalizations get much higher.


Also, with a week of 100+ degree temperatures forecasted, and several small fires springing up over the last week, we’re going to talk with a predictive services meteorologist to see what can glean about the upcoming season.  


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For Wednesday, July 8, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

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Colusa County successfully avoided becoming a coronavirus hot spot. But the agricultural county, commuting distance from Sacramento, has seen a sharp spike in recent weeks. 

NSPR's Marc Albert spoke recently with Elizabeth Kelly, Director of Colusa County Health and Human Services, asking first for the top-line numbers and concerns.

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Butte County has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases over the last several weeks, so what does that mean for local businesses and their ability to stay open during the pandemic? 

NSPR’s Andre Byik recently spoke with Lisa Almaguer, communications manager for Butte County Public Health, about the metrics officials are watching and what the data show about the spread of the virus. Andre first asked Almaguer to share how the county views the recent spike in cases.


Jul 7, 2020
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Since it seems like life is now just time between the last disaster and the next one to come, on today’s show, we’ll hear from the Red Cross letting us know what we can all do to prepare for the next disaster. We’ll also hear how the absence of an iconic Northern California music festival is affecting the local life there. 


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For Tuesday, July 7, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

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TyAnna Farmer had her outfit ready for the High Sierra Music Festival this year. Sparkles, glitter, glow sticks, and fishnets. “All the festival works,” she said. 

Farmer will be a senior next year at Plumas Charter School in Quincy. She looks forward to the High Sierra Music Festival every year. 

“High Sierra doesn't even feel like I'm in Quincy, it feels like I'm in a whole other place,” Farmer said. 

But High Sierra was one of dozens of summer events cancelled this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It's kept many mountain towns in Northern California normally bustling with tourists quieter than usual this year, especially over the holiday weekend. 

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Would you be prepared in the event of a disaster?

Ken Devol reached out to Nurridin Ziyadinov, executive director of the Red Cross’s Northern California Chapter to find out what the Red Cross does, and what the Red Cross recommends regular people do, to prepare for the unexpected. 

Ken started off by asking, after a disaster like a wildfire where people need to be evacuated, how does the Red Cross pick an evacuation site?