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With No News On FEMA Clinic, Counties Await More Vaccine Supplies - COVID-19 Update For Feb. 12

Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency Director Timothy Lutz and Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan speak during video calls.

When Governor Gavin Newsom stopped in Fresno earlier this week, he was widely anticipated to announce that Fresno would be the site of the state’s newest mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinic, which he had alluded to earlier in the week, is expected to be run in partnership between the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and it would bring in thousands of vaccine doses each day beyond what the county already receives from the state.

But a big announcement still hasn’t come, and so Fresno and other San Joaquin Valley counties continue to make do with less-than-ideal vaccine allocations. Many have had to temporarily halt new appointments at vaccination clinics or make them available only for those in need of second doses.

This week’s COVID update looks back at the governor’s Fresno visit and examines the vaccine rollout elsewhere in the Valley, featuring excerpts of conversations with Timothy Lutz, director of the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, and Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan.

Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties (note that some numbers may have changed between the interview and publication):

As of Feb. 11:

As of 1 week previous, Feb. 4:

As of 4 weeks previous, Jan. 14:

  • 2,483 total deaths out of 255,689 total cases
  • 1,490 people hospitalized and 253 in ICUs
  • 292 deaths in the last week*
  • 3,162 average cases reported daily in last week
  • *this includes a data update from Fresno County after a 10-day hiatus; it’s likely many of these deaths occurred in weeks prior

You can always find up-to-date information for your county here.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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