COVID-19 News Releases

October 6, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Tulare County Throughout October

In collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, Tulare County health officials announced the availability of several COVID-19 mobile testing sites to provide community-based testing in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. For the month of October, mobile COVID-19 testing will be available in the communities of Woodlake, Terra Bella, Lindsay, and Farmersville.  

October 2, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: COVID-19 Testing Site in Tulare is Moving to the Tulare County Fairgrounds

The OptumServe community testing site in Tulare is moving from its location at the International Agri-Center to the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Officials strongly urge everyone to get tested for COVID-19; testing is free and available to anyone.

October 2, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health Officials Urge Residents to Celebrate Halloween Safely During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout Tulare County, and Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves by participating in low-risk activities and celebrations this Halloween.

October 2, 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. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

September 23, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of the 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 COVID-19. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

September 18, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Launches Healthy Harvest Program

In coordination with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and local community organizations, the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is pleased to announce the Healthy Harvest program, bringing housing support to the county’s agriculture and farmworkers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

September 17, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Tulare County

In collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, Tulare County health officials announced the availability of several COVID-19 mobile testing sites to provide community-based testing in rural and underserved communities of Tulare County. These mobile pop-up testing sites will be available throughout the county in the coming months.

September 15, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Awarded National Accreditation Through the Public Health Accreditation Board

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency announced that the Public Health Branch has been awarded national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Established in 2007, PHAB is the nonprofit organization that administers the national accreditation program that aims to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and transforming the quality and performance of government public health agencies in the U.S. and abroad. 

September 14, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Community Care Coalition Distributes Bottled Water to Those in Need

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created extreme hardships in communities throughout Tulare County, particularly in our disadvantaged communities. The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency has partnered with an array of community organizations and non-profits to form the Tulare County Community Care Coalition to address the growing needs of those affected and suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 14, 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. 

September 3, 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.

September 1, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Urged to Celebrate Labor Day Safely

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout Tulare County, and Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves. COVID-19 continues to pose a risk to the health of our communities and to our most vulnerable populations.

August 31, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Announces New COVID-19 Testing Site in Tulare at the International Agri-Center

Public Health officials are pleased to announce the opening of a new OptumServe testing site located at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. Officials strongly urge anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, to make an appointment to get tested.

August 28, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Announces Blueprint for a Safer Economy During COVID-19 Pandemic

State officials announced today the rollout of a new monitoring system for counties during the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing the current County Data Monitoring List. The new monitoring system, Blueprint for a Safer Economy, will be effective statewide on Monday, August 31.

August 25, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency Announces Closure of Porterville 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 Porterville Child Welfare Services Office, located at 1055 West Henderson in Porterville, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

August 21, 2020 NEWS STATEMENT: Statement from Tulare County Public Health regarding Schools and Day Camps

Tulare County Public Health is aware of local schools choosing to operate as Day Camps in providing instruction to children on-site under the guidelines provided by California Department of Public Health.

August 21, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Cases Reported in Tulare County

The COVID-19 virus continues to rapidly spread throughout Tulare County, and Public Health officials urge residents take necessary precautions as cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) are being reported in Tulare County.

August 19, 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. The employee began to show symptoms and notified a supervisor.

August 19, 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 three public employees 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.

August 10, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: Tulare County Public Health Releases School Guidance on Waiver Applications, Will Not Approve School Waivers Until COVID-19 Case Transmission Rates Decline

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout Tulare County, impacting our communities and the ability for local schools to return to in-person classroom instruction. Tulare County Public Health is assisting schools with guidance documents, resources, and information as they plan and develop protocols for returning to the classroom once it’s safe to do so.


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.