Fresno County publishes COVID-19 data by zip code, revealing the most affected areas

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KGPE) – The Fresno County Department of Public Health has released COVID-19 data by zip code, revealing which areas are most affected.

“The biggest advantage for us is to confirm that the most vulnerable in our town, in southern Fresno, do not have the screening and tracing services that are absolutely necessary for us to get them health services,” said Miguel Arias, president of Fresno City Council.

Arias had been pushing the county to release the data for weeks.

The data represent the cases by which they live, not where they contracted the virus. The map shows that cities like Selma and Sanger were the hardest hit.

In the city of Fresno, there is a greater concentration of cases in the southern part of the city than in the northern part.

“We are very aware that there are certain populations that are defined to have increased complications, increased mortality associated with COVID-19,” said Dr. Rais Vohra, Acting Health Officer of Fresno County.

Arias said the map does not give enough information to determine where more testing and tracing is needed. He asked the county for specific numbers by postcode.

David Pomaville, the director of public health, said Friday that they have not put this information in a format that is ready to be made public yet.

Arias, along with the Fresno County Department of Public Health and UCSF, will offer free tests on Saturday in southwest Fresno at Westside Church of God.

“We only have enough tests for 250 residents with a geographic population of 100,000, it’s a drop in the bucket of the kind of tests we need.” Arias said.

Vohra also said that deaths related to VOCIDE-19 in Fresno County are accelerating.

“We really need everyone to be really aware of how to protect themselves and their families and that everyone has a role to play,” he said.

However, Fresno County is moving with more reopening. Nail salons, personal care companies and tattoo parlors will now be allowed to reopen on June 26, Vohra said on Friday.

Maggie Bryan, the owner of Shaddia Nails, has procedures in place. It requires all employees and customers to wear masks and their temperatures will be checked in advance.

She said that the last two months have allowed her to open positions for nail technicians who may have lost their jobs and also implement measures to ensure that her clients feel safe.

“I’m super excited that they at least gave us the opportunity to have a date, this way for these nail technicians and for myself working for the appointment only, we have the opportunity to be able to fill these spots and start recovering what we’ve lost,” Bryan said.

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