COVID-19 Special Program

This is NSPR’s special program about the local and regional effects of COVID-19 in the North State.

Originally broadcast each weeknight, as of late July 2020, the show is now weekly — airing Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. the following day. 

NSPR will continue this special coverage as long as our community needs it. Our mission with this show is to provide accurate news and information about COVID-19 in our region.

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COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THU 8.6)

Aug 6, 2020
Children's Hospital Los Angeles


Today we're hearing from Shasta County, where the first COVID-19 case was discovered in the North State. Despite a recent uptick in cases, Shasta County, with larger towns like Redding and Anderson, is fairing relatively well. It is one of the most populated Northern California Counties that is not on the State’s Watch list. We’re going to try to find out why. 

 

We’re also going to look into the status of COVID-19 testing, who gets tested, how to get the test, and how long it takes to get results, and problems when testing gets delayed too much. 

 

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

 

For Thursday, August 6, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

Healthline

In some locations, it is hard to get a COVID-19 test. In others, supplies are an issue. And yet in others, it takes so long to get results, by the time they’re available, the person who was tested may have already spread the illness. 

To try to better understand what is going on with testing and why, NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Elisabeth Rosenthal, the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service covering health care policy. 

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THU 7.30)

Jul 30, 2020
CDRC


This week we’re taking a closer look at COVID-19 outbreaks in a North State jail and prison. We'll hear from Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea and from an employee at the California Correctional Center in Lassen County. We’ll also take a trip to Downieville to learn more about the community’s classic bike race that won’t be happening there this year due to the pandemic.  

 

If you have questions or comments for us leave them on our message line 433-9216 – or you can also leave comments on our website, mynspr.org.  

 

For Thursday July 30, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

Dozens of inmates at the Butte County Jail in Oroville have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with many of the cases detected in the last several weeks. 

NSPR's Andre Byik spoke with Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea by phone on Thursday about the outbreak there. Andre first asked the sheriff to explain the extent of the spread of the virus at the facility.

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

Interview Highlights

OrganizeFor

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
Forbes


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

Wonderopolis

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
OrganizeFor

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
AP Photo

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. 

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