Tulare County COVID-19 News Releases

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 andRetail 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.

May 14, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Dinuba District Office Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency’s Human Services Branch confirms that one employee at its Dinuba District Office, located at 1066 N. Alta Ave. in Dinuba, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

May 14, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: County Officials Urge Tulare County Residents to Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing capacity for COVID-19 has increased in Tulare County and local officials urge residents who work in essential services, individuals who are returning to work in retail businesses, and anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should make an appointment to get tested.

May 8, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: County Health Officer Releases Amended Emergency Order for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission

The Tulare County Public Health Officer has signed and released an amended Emergency Order for the prevention of COVID-19 pursuant to Tulare County Ordinance and the California Health and Safety Code.

May 8, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Health Officer Recommends Face Coverings for the Public and Essential Workers

The Tulare County Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught, has released a new guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings, or masks, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have recommended that members of the public should cover the mouth and nose to prevent inadvertently spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

May 8, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: County Encourages Alternative Celebrations on Mother's Day

As part of the effort to keep COVID-19 cases down, Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught strongly encourages community members to use alternative means when celebrating Mother’s Day this year.

May 4, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Dinuba and Porterville Testing Sites to Take Appointments

The state's new testing sites at Dinuba and Porterville Memorial buildings are opening for scheduling appointments this week.

April 29, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Increases COVID-19 Testing with Two New Community Testing Sites

As part of a statewide effort to expand testing capabilities for COVID-19 in rural areas, Tulare County has been selected by the California Coronavirus Testing Task Force to receive two new COVID-19 community testing collection sites. The new sites are being located in Dinuba and Porterville ...

April 27, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Outbreaks Now Include Linwood Meadows

The Tulare County Public Health Branch has announced that the Linwood Meadows facility in Visalia has had 10 residents test positive for COVID-19. Tulare County Public Health is working alongside the facility and the State to ensure the facility is following proper PPE and care guidelines and ...

April 22, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Rapid Testing Begins at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville

Sierra View District Hospital (SVMC) has been selected by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), along with other hospitals throughout the state, to receive an Abbott point-of-care instrument, also called an ID NOW machine, in order to strengthen testing capabilities located in our region.

April 15, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Deaths Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Tulare Public Health Branch confirms two deaths from COVID-19 in the county, one on April 10 and the second on April 14. The individuals were both over 65 and the transmission types were by contact related to Redwood Springs. These are the 14th and 15th deaths due to COVID-10 in the county.

April 15, 2020 NEWS ALERT: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Today that Lindsay Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility has had 11 Residents Test Positive for COVID-19.

Tulare County Public Health Branch announces today that Lindsay Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility has had 11 residents test positive for COVID-19.

April 13, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Deaths Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Tulare Public Health Branch confirms two deaths from COVID-19 in the county, one on April 10 and the second on April 12. The individuals were both over 65 and the transmission types were contact. These are the 12th and 13th deaths due to COVID-10 in the county.

April 10, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Death Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Tulare Public Health Branch confirms the 11th death from COVID-19 in the county. The individual passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The individual was over 65 and the transmission type was unknown.

April 9, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Looking for Volunteers of All Professions and Service Backgrounds

The Tulare County Public Health Branch is looking for volunteers of all professions and service backgrounds to support our response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  

April 9, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Death Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Tulare Public Health Branch confirms the tenth death from COVID-19 in the county. The individual is related to Redwood Springs and passed away this morning on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The individual was over 65 and the transmission type was person to person.

April 9, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare CountyTulare County Offers Virtual Public Health Town Hall in Spanish Only to Discuss COVID-19 on April 15 at 6:00 p.m.

The County of Tulare Board of Supervisors and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency are hosting a virtual town hall meeting in Spanish only on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2020, to share information about the new coronavirus. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6:00–7:00 p.m. and slated to be live streamed online through HHSA's website and Facebook.


Agency News

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

With the ongoing coverage of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (n-CoV), Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency's Public Health Branch is providing helpful reminders on steps to prevent illness.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

COVID-19 Printable Resources

COVID-19 Printable Resources

Printable resources are available as educational pieces can assist those who are at home, on the job, or for the general public to answer questions. These pieces are available in English and Spanish.