COVID-19 News Releases

September 30, 2021 Public Health Advisory: Booster for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Certain populations are seeing a slight decrease in preventing infection. Booster Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are now recommended to high-risk populations to ensure ongoing protection. 

September 16, 2021 News Release: Cases of COVID-19 Continue to Rise, Tulare County Public Health Recommends Masking Indoors and Re-enforces COVID Protocols

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Tulare County and local hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with patients severely sick with COVID-19, Tulare County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught is recommending all Tulare County residents and visitors wear face coverings when indoors.

September 2, 2021 News Release: Cases of COVID-19 Are Dramatically Escalating, Residents Urged to Take Precautions Over the Labor Day Holiday

The latest results of genomic sequencing from the Tulare County Public Health Laboratory suggest that nearly all COVID-19 cases in this area are due to the highly infectious Delta variant. With the Delta variant being more contagious and spreading rapidly in Tulare County, it is very important for all individuals to wear a face covering when indoors in public buildings or businesses and when outdoors in crowds.

August 27, 2021 Public Health Advisory: Ivermectin Has Not Been Proven to Prevent or Treat COVID-19, May Cause Harmful Health Effects if Taken Not as Prescribed

A Statement from Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer: Please be advised that Ivermectin has not been proven to prevent or treat COVID-19 and can cause harmful health effects if taken in an unapproved manner.

August 24, 2021 Public Health Advisory: FDA Approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine continues to be available under an Emergency Use Authorization for individuals aged 12-15 and for third doses for individuals who are immunocompromised.

July 29, 2021 Public Health Advisory: Update on the Delta Variant and New Guidance on Masking for Fully Vaccinated Persons

Getting vaccinated and wearing a mask are the best ways to prevent COVID-19 infection, including from the new Delta variant. This variant is markedly more contagious than the U.K. variant and more than twice as contagious as the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. Research shows the vaccines are effective against the Delta variant by reducing virus spread and preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19. With the current vaccination rate in Tulare County, more than 2/3 of our community remains at risk. 

July 29, 2021 News Release: Tulare CountyTulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Child Welfare Services Location and Call Center Due to COVID-19

The Human Services Branch of the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms that multiple public employees at the Tulare County Child Welfare Services and the Call Center located in Visalia have tested positive for COVID-19. The buildings closed effective July 22, 2021, and all employees were advised to remain home until the buildings were sanitized and the contact tracing was completed.

July 2, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Reports an Increase of the COVID-19 Delta Variant, Residents Urged to Take Precautions 

More cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant have been detected in Tulare County and confirmed by Tulare County Public Health. These cases were identified through genomic sequencing conducted by the Tulare County Public Health Laboratory.

June 24, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Identifies First Case of Delta (B.1.617.2) COVID-19 Variant

Tulare County Public Health has identified and confirmed the first known case of the COVID-19 Delta variant found in a Tulare County resident. The case was identified through genomic sequencing conducted by the Tulare County Public Health Laboratory.

May 21, 2021 News Release: COVID-19 Community Vaccinations in Tulare County - Tulare County Public Health is organizing pop-up community vaccination clinics throughout Tulare County

Tulare County Public Health is organizing and sponsoring a variety of community-based vaccination clinics in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated at these community vaccination clinics, no appointment necessary.

May 14, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Vaccinating Children Ages 12–15 with Pfizer Vaccine - Visiting and consulting with family pediatrician or health care provider encouraged

In its ongoing efforts to get more vaccines to its residents, Tulare County is offering the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine free to children ages 12 to 15, regardless of health conditions or immigration status. Additionally, parents or guardians are asked to visit and consult with a pediatrician regarding the Pfizer vaccination. 

May 12, 2021 News Release: Several COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinics Being Transitioned

Tulare County Public Health is pleased to announce that several of its COVID-19 community vaccination clinics are being transitioned to trusted collaborative partners. Joining Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) vaccination efforts in rural and underserved communities is Family HealthCare Network, Curative, and Sierra View Hospital and Imperial Ambulance.

May 7, 2021 News Release: COVID-19 Community Vaccinations in Tulare County (May 10-15)

Tulare County Public Health is organizing and sponsoring a variety of community-based vaccination clinics in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. Anyone age 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated at these community vaccination clinics, no appointment necessary.

April 30, 2021 News Release: COVID-19 Community Vaccinations in Tulare County; Public Health is organizing pop-up community vaccination clinics

Tulare County Public Health is organizing and sponsoring a variety of community-based vaccination clinics in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. Anyone age 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated at these community vaccination clinics, no appointment necessary.

April 23, 2021 News Release: COVID-19 Community Vaccinations in Tulare County; Public Health is organizing pop-up community vaccination clinics

Tulare County Public Health is organizing and sponsoring a variety of community-based vaccination clinics in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. Anyone age 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated at these community vaccination clinics, no appointment necessary.

April 6, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Moves into Less Restrictive Orange Tier for Reopening, Officials Urge Residents to Get Vaccinated

State officials announced today that Tulare County is now within the lower, Orange Tier of reopening under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Due to declining COVID case metrics and increased vaccination efforts, Tulare County has moved from the Substantial Risk Level – Red Tier into the less-restrictive Moderate Risk Level – Orange Tier, effective April 7. 

April 2, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Identifies Its First Three Cases of the B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 COVID-19 Variants

The Tulare County Public Health Branch is announcing the first three cases of these COVID-19 variants found in Tulare County. These individuals were identified through surveillance testing, and we are not able to disclose further information about the cases.

April 1, 2021 News Release: Practicing COVID-19 Safety Measures for Spring Break and Religious Celebrations

Attending gatherings during Spring Break and observing religious or spiritual holidays are important to our overall well-being. If you plan to celebrate with others, the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency wants to remind you to remain diligent in maintaining COVID-19 safety practices.

April 1, 2021 Public Statement: Every Rural Community Will Have Vaccinations by End of May 2021

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is on schedule to visit each rural community to offer vaccinations for COVID-19 by the end of May 2021. There will be multiple opportunities in each community to obtain a vaccine.

March 31, 2021 News Release: Tulare County NOW Vaccinating Anyone Age 16 and Older at Tulare International Agri-Center

In its efforts to get more vaccines to its residents, Tulare County is immediately expanding its COVID vaccine eligibility requirements to anyone age 16 and over, regardless of health conditions, at its mass vaccination site, the Tulare International Agri-Center.   


Agency News

Addressing Homelessness in Tulare County

Addressing Homelessness in Tulare County

Homelessness. That word carries a lot of weight, a lot of value judgments, concerns, fears, and worry. It also can convey hope, determination, and empathy. HHSA is partnering with numerous governmental agencies, community organizations, and individuals who are dedicated to changing the future for unhoused individuals.