What Questions Do You Have About The Coronavirus?

After an outbreak in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has now spread all over the globe since it was first detected in December. The virus has killed thousands and continues to spread rapidly across the world. 


NSPR aims to bring you accurate and comprehensive coronavirus coverage in the North State. 


We want your questions and comments about the ongoing pandemic. Ask your questions in the form below. We hope by doing this we can quickly get important information to our community and help it from spreading here.




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.


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. 


Jul 30, 2020

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


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.