While Turlock City offices are set to reopen on a modified schedule, Stanislaus County Jail is closed and county clerk offices are closed as COVID-19 cases continue to rise during the new year.
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Spokesperson, Sgt. Luke Schwartz said parts of the county jail are on lockdown to prevent the number of COVID-19 cases from spreading. There are also a large number of lawsuits issued due to inmates and jurors testing positive for COVID-19.
Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases and resulting staffing shortages, the Stanislaus County Clerk’s offices are closed to the public from January 24 through February 4.
The Town of Turlock offices were completely closed to the public from January 10-21, but will reopen on Monday with modified hours. The City’s Utility Payments/Finance department will be open to the public from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. All other municipal offices will be open by appointment only from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. To make an appointment at one of the City’s departments, call (209) 668-5542.
Turlock Town Council’s next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m., will be held only via the Zoom remote meeting app. Although the meeting is closed to in-person appearances, the public can still join by going to the Zoom website at: https://zoom.us/join and entering the webinar ID number 84924629186 or calling by phone at: 669-900-6833 and entering the webinar ID number.
Positive cases are also on the rise in schools, with the Turlock Unified School District reporting a total of 535 students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 as of January 14, a sharp increase from 153 positive tests on January 7. January. Many high school sports activities and events have been canceled due to the number of students testing positive.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced in October the first nationwide coronavirus vaccination mandate for school children. But it probably won’t come into force until later this year and allows exemptions for medical reasons, religious and personal beliefs – although lawmakers may try to limit non-medical reasons.
California would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated without parental consent under a proposal introduced Friday by a state senator who said young people ‘deserve the right to protect themselves’ from diseases infectious.
Currently in California, minors between the ages of 12 and 17 cannot be vaccinated without the permission of their parents or guardians, unless the vaccine is specifically intended to prevent a sexually transmitted disease. Parental consent laws for vaccinations vary by state and region, and a few places like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., allow children 11 and older, and San Francisco 12 and older, to consent to their own COVID-19 vaccines.
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener’s bill would waive the parental requirement for this age group for any vaccine that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the bill passes, California would allow the youngest age in any state to be vaccinated without parental permission.
This includes vaccinations against the coronavirus, but Wiener said vaccine hesitancy and misinformation have also deterred vaccinations against measles and other contagious diseases that can then spread among young people whose parents will not accept. not to have them vaccinated.
“You have parents who prevent their children from getting vaccinated or … they may not be anti-vaccine but they just don’t make it a priority,” Wiener told reporters at a press conference. at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. “These children deserve the right to protect themselves.”
Responding to criticism that the bill would limit parents’ oversight of their children’s health, Wiener said California state law already allows people 12 and older to consent to HIV vaccines. hepatitis B and the human papillomavirus (HPV) and to treatments for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and mental health disorders.
“It’s not a new or radical idea, it’s very consistent with existing law,” he said.
Alabama allows such decisions for children starting at age 14, Oregon at age 15, and Rhode Island and South Carolina at age 16, Wiener said.
There were 1,816 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Stanislaus County from Thursday through Friday. As of Friday, there were 103,289 total positive cases of COVID-19, 12,363 probable cases and 1,517 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In Turlock, there have been 2,000 total cases of COVID-19 and 219 deaths.
Health officials have said hospitalizations are unlikely to peak until the end of the month, and hospitals are bracing for even more pressure as their own workers have also been sidelined by infections. coronavirus.
The omicron variant spreads even more easily than other strains of coronavirus, but early studies show it is less likely to cause severe disease than the previous delta variant and vaccination and a booster still offers strong protection against disease serious, hospitalization and death.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.