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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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.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (TUE 7.7)

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. 

  

If you have questions for us let us know on our message line at 433-9216 or go to our website at mynspr.org.    

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

Nina Sparling

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?

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (MON 7.6)

Jul 6, 2020
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Today we’re going to be checking in with several North State counties as numbers of COVID-19 infections across the state continue to increase. We’ll hear from counties where the increase has been most dramatic. We’re talking with Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties.

 

If you have any questions for us, let us know on our message line at 433-9216 or go to our website at mynspr.org.  

 

For Monday, July 6, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

County of Glenn

No area of the North State has been hit harder than Glenn County. With officially 122 cases among just more than 28,000 residents, the proportion of people infected is considerably higher than elsewhere. 

Last week, all bars were ordered closed and restaurants were forced to switch back to delivery, or pick up only. For more, NSPR’s Marc Albert reached out to Amy Travis, deputy director of the county’s Office of Emergency Services. 

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Sutter County has consistently been afflicted with among the highest caseloads in the region. Together with Yuba County, the two are mainly agricultural, with a few growing Capital region bedroom communities. The number of cases in both — 380 — is raising concerns among public health professionals. Like elsewhere in the North State, compliance with mask and social distancing guidelines is far from universal. 

To learn more about current trends and where this may lead, NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke Monday with Russ Brown, spokesman for Yuba and Sutter counties.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (FRI 7.3)

Jul 3, 2020
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Today is our final episode about food insecurity and hunger in the Camp Fire burn scar. We’ll be hearing from a researcher whose studied food insecurity after multiple natural disasters – and looking at what still needs to be done in our own backyard.  

 

Our food insecurity survey is still open – so if you are a Camp Fire and you haven’t taken it, we ask that you please take a look at it to help us further this reporting. If you have a thought or comment for us you can leave it on our message line: 433-9216.

  

For Friday, July 3, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.   

 

This episode was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (THU 7.2)

Jul 2, 2020
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Today we continue looking at food insecurity and hunger in the Camp Fire burn scar. We head to Concow to hear from those working and living there – who are trying to make a difference.  

 

If you are a Camp Fire survivor who is having challenges getting healthy food for yourself or your family, please check out our food insecurity survey. You can also share any of your thoughts with us on our message line at 433-9216.  

 

For Thursday, July 2, 2020. This is special coverage from North State Public Radio.

This episode was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund.

COVID-19 SPECIAL COVERAGE (WED 7.1)

Jul 1, 2020
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Today we’re staying focused on food insecurity and hunger in the Camp Fire burn scar. The next two episodes in this series highlight those who are working to help survivors make ends meet. We’re going to travel to many places in the burn scar including Concow, that was the first to be hit by the fire – but first we’re heading to Paradise and Magalia.

 

If you have questions for comments for us, leave them on our message line at 433-9216.  

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