The COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying economic woes of low-income families and brought on new hardships for others, food banks feel the burden
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LATEST FACTS ON COVID-19 TESTING IN MODESTO AREA
Stanislaus County reported two more deaths to the virus but continued to have just a small increase in the case count.
A total of 356 residents have died of COVID-19, according to the Health Services Agency.
The number of confirmed cases rose by 19 to 16,471. Another 87,338 residents have tested negative, and 15,859 are presumed recovered.
According to the county, presumed recovered cases are those who have been hospitalized and discharged; or cases that develop symptoms and 14 days have passed following symptom onset; or cases that never developed symptoms and 14 days have passed following specimen collection of their COVID-10 positive test. All other cases that are not presumed recovered are presumed active.
The county’s five hospitals had 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, up from 45 on Sunday. There were 11 available intensive-care beds for adults, down from 16 the day before.
Stanislaus County remains in the lowest, or purple tier, in the state rating system that decides how much restaurants and other businesses can loosen its coronavirus restrictions.
Under the state’s grading system, Stanislaus County’s 5.5% positivity rate meets the 8% standard to be in the red tier, the third of four tiers. However, its 7.6 positive cases per 100,000 is above the seven cases per 100,000 needed to meet requirements.
FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO GET FOOD
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the existing economic woes for low-income families and brought on unexpected financial hardships for the newly unemployed throughout the county. But school districts, nonprofit agencies and others are finding new ways to help.
PANDEMIC STALLS LITTER PICKUP EFFORTS
The state Department of Transportation conducted a major trash cleanup along the San Joaquin River in Stanislaus County last week. But Caltrans is still facing criticism over mounting litter problems along Highway 99 and its offramps into Modesto after the pandemic reduced the number of volunteer efforts to clean those areas.
LOVE MODESTO, DELAYED BY COVID, SEEKS HELPERS
Love Modesto, the annual citywide volunteer day, typically takes place in the spring. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the effort, which now will take place Oct. 3 with adjustments to keep participants safe.
CITY WILL REDO J STREET FOR OUTDOOR DINING
Modesto will reduce traffic to two lanes and put in angled parking to create space for restaurants and stores to expand into part of the road along several blocks of J Street, a major downtown thoroughfare.
FOSTER FARMS UPDATES TURLOCK TESTING
Foster Farms said fewer than 1% of its turkey workers in Turlock tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Wednesday’s announcement came a few weeks after a serious outbreak among the company’s chicken plant employees in Livingston.
DETAILS ON NAIL SALONS, POP-UP TESTING
Tuesday brought the news that Stanislaus County remains in the most restrictive “purple” tier of California’s coronavirus reopening plan. There was a breakthrough for nail salons, which are now allowed to open with indoor service while taking precautions, state health officials said.
LASER QUEST MIGHT BE GONE FOR GOOD
Laser Quest in north Modesto has closed as part of its parent company’s decision to withdraw from the laser tag business. Some undisclosed locations might return under new ownership.
$2 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR NONPROFITS AVAILABLE IN STANISLAUS COUNTY
Stanislaus County nonprofits that provide arts and cultural programs or youth services have until Sept. 25 to apply for $2 million in CARES Act funds.
RESTAURANT PUSHES BACK AS $1,000 DAILY FINES PILE UP
Velvet Grill restaurants say they have not violated state law or created a public nuisance as they continue to serve customers indoors, defying state order.
PEOPLE ARE GETTING BACK TO WORK
Unemployment in Stanislaus County continues to fall, charting a course for a slow but long-term economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
FROM AROUND THE STATE, NATION AND WORLD
During the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization estimated that each sick individual was infecting an average of two others. Now, new research from Duke University says the number was likely twice as big.
A nonprofit organization estimates about 500,000 deep-sea sharks may need to die to supply the world with a coronavirus vaccine when one proves safe and effective.
Hawaiian Airlines passengers flying out of San Francisco and Los Angeles will soon be able to get drive-thru COVID-19 tests before their flights to the Aloha State, the carrier announced over the weekend.