COVID-19 News Releases

January 25, 2021 News Release: State Lifts Regional Stay-at-Home Order in San Joaquin Valley, Effective January 25 Pandemic is Far from Over, Residents Urged to Wear Masks, Avoid Social Gatherings, and Get Vaccinated When Eligible

The Regional Stay-at-Home Order has been lifted for Tulare County and the San Joaquin Valley, State officials and the California Department of Public Health announced today. The action comes as the four-week hospital ICU capacity projections for the San Joaquin Valley region climbs above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

January 22, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Establishes Senior Citizen Hotline for COVID Vaccine Information

Seniors and residents having trouble accessing the online interest form can call the Tulare County Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-321-2462. In addition, to avoid further overwhelming the call center, county residents should visit the COVID Vaccine webpage for information rather than calling 2-1-1.

January 21, 2021 News Release: Tulare County 2-1-1 is Overwhelmed, Residents Urged to Complete COVID Vaccine Interest Form for Future Vaccine Appointments

Tulare County’s 2-1-1 Call Center is overwhelmed with calls, and officials are asking residents to refrain from calling 2-1-1 for COVID vaccine information, but rather complete the COVID Vaccine Interest Form if seeking an appointment to get vaccinated in Tulare County.

January 13, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Activates COVID Vaccine Call Center, Seeks Volunteers to Assist with COVID Vaccine Distribution, as Preparations Are Underway for Next Phase

The Tulare County Health & Human Service Agency (HHSA) has partnered with the United Way of Tulare County to activate a COVID Vaccine Call Center for residents seeking information about the vaccine for COVID-19. HHSA is seeking volunteers to assist in the rollout and distribution of the vaccine.

January 7, 2021 News Release: Tulare County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread at alarming rates throughout Tulare County. In the midst of an ongoing surge of infections following holiday social gatherings, Tulare County Public Health releases its COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule for distribution and delivery of the much-anticipated vaccine to end the pandemic.

December 21, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health Officials Urge Residents to Not Gather for Holidays Celebrations

The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading at alarming rates in Tulare County, overwhelming our health care system with COVID-19 positive patients needing to be hospitalized for the respiratory illness. Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary actions and warn everyone to stay home for the holidays this year.

December 18, 2020 News Release: Holiday Hours of Operation for Community COVID-19 Testing Locations in Tulare County

The OptumServe COVID-19 Community Testing sites located in Dinuba, Porterville, and Tulare will be modifying testing operations for the holidays. Free COVID-19 testing will still be available; however, appointments will be accepted, and the sites will be open on altered days.

December 7, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Temporary Closures of Offices Due to COVID-19

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) has confirmed that public employees at multiple HHSA office locations have tested positive for COVID-19.

December 5, 2020 News Release: Regional Stay Home Order Triggered in San Joaquin Valley, Effective December 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Tulare County and the San Joaquin Valley will be under the Regional Stay Home Order as Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Capacity in the region dropped below 15% availability triggering the order effective in Tulare County beginning Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. 

December 2, 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 and that office is temporarily closed for cleaning.

November 30, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Temporary Closures of Offices Due to COVID-19

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) has confirmed that public employees at multiple HHSA office locations have tested positive for COVID-19.

November 24, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Will Continue Modified Operations and Teleworking Remotely Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, and the virus continues to spread at alarming rates throughout Tulare County. Due to these conditions of heightened community spread, the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) is taking necessary precautions further modifying operations and increasing the number of staff teleworking remotely, to protect the health and safety of our employees, our clients, and the communities throughout Tulare County that we serve. 

November 23, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closures of Multiple Offices Due to COVID-19

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) has confirmed that public employees at multiple HHSA office locations have tested positive for COVID-19.

November 23, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health Officials Urge Residents to Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely

Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary actions and advise everyone to stay home this Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday with only those who live within your immediate household, to protect yourselves and loved ones.

November 13, 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.

November 13, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Visalia Child Welfare Services 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 Child Welfare Services Office, located at 6330 South Mooney Boulevard Ste 104 in Visalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

November 12, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Visalia Child Welfare Services 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 Child Welfare Services Office, located at 6520 South Mooney Boulevard in Visalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

November 3, 2020 News Release: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Visalia In-Home Support Services 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 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Office, located at 4025 West Noble Ave., Suite A, in Visalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

November 3, 2020 News Release: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites Change Hours of Operation

The OptumServe community testing sites in Tulare County have changed operational hours, effective November 4, 2020. Locations in Dinuba, Porterville, and Tulare will begin operating Wednesday through Sunday.

October 28, 2020 News Release: Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Tulare County in November
Tulare County Announces Pop-up Testing Sites in November for Springville, Poplar, Earlimart, Badger, Farmersville, and Visalia during the month of November. Get tested!

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.