COVID-19 News Releases

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 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.

April 8, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Parks will be closed for Easter Weekend to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

City and County agencies are working together to ensure the health and safety of all Tulare County residents.

April 8, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Branch Announces Two Deaths Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The County of Tulare Public Health Branch confirms the eighth and ninth death from COVID-19 in the county. Both individuals were related to Redwood Springs, and both individuals passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Both were over 65 and person-to-person transmissions.

April 8, 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 seventh death from COVID-19 in the county. The individual passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, was over 65 and the transmission type was unknown. 

April 7, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: COVID19: Include Your Pets in Planning

Tulare County Animal Services is encouraging people to make a care plan for pets and livestock so that if they themselves became ill, such as with COVID-19, and needed to leave their home for treatment, there would be a plan of care in place for pets and livestock. 


Agency News

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Coming to Tulare County

On July 16, 2022, we in Tulare County will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for calls (multiple languages), text, or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.