COVID-19 News Releases

August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Releases New Guidance for Youth Sports

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance documents providing information and restrictions for youth sports. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, CDPH has effectively suspended youth sports, including school-based, club, and recreational youth sports. The newly released guidance will allow for youth sports training, conditioning, and physical education under specific circumstances outlined in the guidance documents. 

July 29, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Lindsay District Office and Porterville Child Welfare Services District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that a public employee at both the Lindsay District Office and Porterville Child Welfare Services (CWS) District Office has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Lindsay District Office is located at located at 900 Sequoia Avenue in Lindsay and the Porterville CWS Office is located at 1055 West Henderson Avenue in Porterville. The employees began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

July 22, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Dinuba TulareWORKs and Child Welfare Services District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Dinuba TulareWORKs and Child Welfare Services District Office, located at 1066 North Alta Avenue in Dinuba, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

July 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Schools Required to Remain Closed and Implement Distance Learning Due to COVID-19

Schools within Tulare County are required to implement rigorous distance-learning measures and are not permitted to perform in-person instruction this fall. State officials announced that the distance-learning requirement applies to schools in those counties currently on the statewide County Monitoring List.

July 16, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Porterville District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Porterville District Office, located at 1055 West Henderson Avenue, Suite 3, in Porterville, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

July 14, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Lindsay District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Lindsay District Office, located at 900 Sequoia Avenue in Lindsay, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor. 

July 13, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Officials Announce Closure of Indoor Business Operations Due to COVID-19

State officials directed Tulare County to roll back reopening and effectively close indoor operations of certain business sectors immediately to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The following sectors are to cease indoor operations immediately: fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and indoor shopping malls.

July 2, 2020 MEDIA ADVISORY: Tulare County COVID-19 Facebook Live Press Conference

County officials will be holding a Facebook Live press conference providing updates regarding COVID-19 in Tulare County. The press conference will cover the latest case numbers, hospital trends, recent closure orders and will urge residents to follow public health recommendations. 

July 1, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: County Health Officer Signs Public Health Order to Close Bars for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Tulare County Public Health Officer has signed and released a Public Health Order for the prevention of COVID-19 pursuant to Tulare County Ordinance and the California Health and Safety Code. The newly released Order calls for the immediate closure of bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Tulare County.

June 30, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Tulare TulareWORKs District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Tulare TulareWORKs District Office, located at 458 East O’Neal Ave. in Tulare, has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

June 19, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Californians Must Wear Face Coverings in Public, State Releases New Guidance

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released updated guidance that requires all Californians to wear a face covering while in public and in high-risk settings. The updated guidance mandates the use of face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions.  

June 18, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Dinuba TulareWORKs and Child Welfare Services District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Dinuba TulareWORKs and Child Welfare Services District Office, located at 1066 North Alta Avenue in Dinuba, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

June 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Visalia TulareWORKs District Office Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that one public employee at the Visalia TulareWORKs District Office, located at 1845 N. Dinuba Blvd. in Visalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

June 12, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Releases New Guidance for Personal Care Services, Nail Salons, and Others to Reopen Effective June 19

The California Department of Public Health has released new industry guidance documents providing information for businesses to safely reopen following the statewide Stay-at-Home Order. The newly released guidance documents apply to expanded personal care services including: nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing to create a safer environment for workers and patrons. The guidance documents are effective June 19, 2020.

June 12, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Working Together to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks in Homeless Encampments

The Coronavirus continues to threaten our public health and poses a great risk to those experiencing homelessness. This is why area agencies and health care providers have banded together to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 from occurring within our local homeless populations in Tulare County.  

June 5, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Releases New Guidance for Businesses and Industry to Reopen, Effective June 12

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released new industry guidance documents providing information for businesses to safely reopen following the statewide Stay-at-Home Order. The newly released guidance documents apply to schools, day camps, casinos, bars, gyms, professional sports, and more. In addition, CDPH released updated guidance documents for campgrounds, hotels, fitness facilities, family entertainment centers, and others.

May 27, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Receives Local Variance Approval from State Department of Public Health

Tulare County has received approval from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move forward in accelerated reopening under the statewide Stay-at-Home Order. Tulare County can now move fully into Stage Two of California’s Resilience Roadmap. On May 18, the Governor revised the process where counties who met specified criteria could move more quickly than other parts of the state through Stage Two of modifying the order.

May 27, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: California Public Health Releases Guidance to Reopen Place of Worship and Retail Stores

The California Department of Public Health has announced the statewide reopening of places of worship for religious services and in-store retail shopping, including those establishments located within Tulare County. The newly released guidance includes required modifications to keep patrons safe and limit the spread of COVID-19.

May 21, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: County Public Health Encourages Safe Celebrations on Memorial Day

Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught strongly encourages community members to be mindful of the risk COVID-19 continues to pose to the health of our communities and to our most vulnerable populations. In an effort to reduce COVID-19 cases and deaths in Tulare County, we urge residents to use alternative means when celebrating Memorial Day this year.

May 21, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Issues Advisory to Reduce the Risk of Contracting COVID-19

As Tulare County begins to reopen following action taken by the County Board of Supervisors to advance the county into Stage Three: Higher-risk Workplaces, health officials advise residents to remain vigilant in protecting themselves from contracting COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our community and to help navigate this new normal, it is important to remember that every person plays a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.


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