Calendar of Events
COVID19 testing Beginning Saturday, January 9th, Curative is offering saliva-based #COVID19 testing free of charge on Saturdays in the King Kennedy Center parking lot. Appointment reservations open today! Results are typically available within 48 hours. To sign up, visit cur.tv/Modesto
Do you own a business in Stanislaus County?
You may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $10,000 for eligible COVID-19 expenses.
▪️Sanitation and Disinfection ▪️Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies (i.e. face coverings, gloves, plexiglass/sneeze guard barriers) ▪️Remote access equipment
▪️Software programs/applications to support remote work
▪️Additional liability insurance for restaurants applicable to State of Emergency orders To learn more visit: www.stanworkforce.com
Free Food Delivery for Stanislaus County Senior Citizens Seniors to get help during COVID Stanislaus County, California
Love Our Neighbors, a program of Love Stanislaus County, has received a grant from SCAN Health to provide senior citizens in Stanislaus County free food from local food pantries each week. Stanislaus County Senior Citizens can sign up for the free food service by calling 211 ((1-877-211-7826) or visit www.stanislaiuscounty211.org .
This grant will allow members of the Senior Citizen community to receive additional support without having to leave their home during the pandemic. Our Love Our Neighbors community volunteers will deliver the food pantry groceries at no cost. Our volunteers will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines and provide a contactless and free service. “We have so many caring and enthusiastic volunteers willing to help out during this pandemic. This is one way we can reach out and be a good neighbor.”, said Gloria Medlin, Love Our Neighbors Coordinator.
This program is a pilot program that is expected to run through March 30, 2021.
County Facilities Remain Open
Stanislaus County has taken steps to implement measures at all County offices, consistent with State of California guidance, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. County facilities and public lobbies will remain open in order to provide essential government services.
While receiving essential government services at County offices, the public is encouraged to view department information online for access hours, sites, and modifications. Many public services are available by phone, online, or via email, allowing residents the option to limit visitation to public facilities.
Social distancing measures must be adhered to at all times within County facilities and face coverings are required.
County staff will continue to be available to serve Stanislaus residents during this challenging time until further notice. Additional information and services may be accessed online at www.stancounty.com
Atwater Senior Social Club
The Atwater Senior Social Club meets every Tuesday at the Atwater Community Center. Each week, the club members eat lunch and play bingo from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Legal Services Legal assistance is available to senior citizens through Merced County’s Area Agency on Aging. These services are available by appointment only. For an appointment, please call: (209) 385-7376.
Mature Driver’s Class Be a safer driver.
This course covers safer driving techniques for older adults. Students who are age 50 and older may be eligible for an auto insurance discount with certificate of completion. Please check with your auto insurance for more information. Classes are held once a month at the Atwater Community Center located at 760 E. Bellevue Road, Atwater, CA 95301.
If you are interested in taking this class, you must pre-register by calling: (209) 381-6540. There is a $2.00 state certificate fee.
All are welcome at our regular Membership Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
During the Coronavirus, the meetings will During the Coronavirus, the meetings will be via Zoom. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83328216806
All fares to ride The Bus continue to be suspended and mask are still required to be worn at all times while riding. Passengers will be required to remain seated while riding The Bus in order to minimize interactions between individuals; therefore, the number of passengers will limited to the seating capacity of the vehicle. Passengers are advised to space out as much as possible while riding and to kindly avoid contact. All bus schedules and hours of operation can be found at www.mercedthebus.com or by call (209) 723-3100. Real-time information regarding bus locations, services and arrival times can be found at www.thebuslive.com or by downloading 'The Bus" app on your smart phone for free. All fares are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency. Passengers are asked to only use The Bus to provide or receive essential services and to wear a mask while on board as well as comply with social distancing requirements when possible. All buses are equipped with bike racks and are wheelchair accessible.
MAPS Virtual Speaker Series:
"What the Covid-19 Pandemic Taught Us About the Climate System"
Modesto– The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will be offering a presentation by atmospheric scientist Jeff Mirocha speaking on the topic of “What the Covid-19 Pandemic Taught Us About the Climate System” on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. remotely through Zoom. Sign up for this virtual event. Jeff Mirocha is an atmospheric scientist in the Atmosphere, Earth and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where for over 15 years he has contributed to numerous projects involving geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric dispersion, and renewable energy. Jeff also teaches within the Meteorology and Climate Science department at San Jose State University. Jeff holds B.S. and B. A. degrees in Geography and Mathematics from Arizona State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his dissertation research focused on climate change processes in the Arctic. The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) lecture series has operated since 1990 to foster science education in our community for youths through adults. Once a month during the academic year, MAPS offers stimulating free science programming, bringing educators and local citizens into contact with scientists and mind-expanding ideas.
For more information about the MAPS program contact Catherine Tripp at [email protected]te.edu.
Merced County Senior Services offer the following programs throughout the County For information on any of the following programs, please call (209) 385-7550 Adult Protective Services (209) 385-7371 and after hours,
weekends and holidays (209) 722-9915.
Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center
Brown Bag: (209) 723-4565 HICAP:
Meals on Wheels:
Mature Driver’s Class:
Information and Assistance: (209) 385-7550
In-Home Supportive Services: (209) 385-3105 Legal Assistance:
Linkages: (209) 385-4550 Ombudsman:
Public Guardian/Conservator: (209) 385-3105
Respite Program: (209) 725- 3527
Senior Companion Program: (559) 498-6377 Senior Employment:
(209) 385-2026 ext. 2026
The Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center announced We are pleased to announce that the Family Resource Center is now located on the Merced County Office of Education complex, at 632 W. 13th Street, Building H in Merced. The Family Resource Center serves families by opening doors for a brighter future. Our mission is to connect our families and community partners in a safe, respectful, and trusted environment. We nurture these services by networking, building relationships, and collaborating with our community partners. We serve and support our families with case management, individualized plans, and locating and providing services. We lead our organizations, families, and individuals by facilitating learning and providing professional development. Although we are limiting physical interaction with the public at this time, it is our intention to continue serving the community and providing resources to families. If you encounter a family in need of assistance, please direct them to our office. We value being part of the MCOE family and believe in the shared mission to Nurture, Serve and Lead in our community.
We sincerely thank you, Dennis Haines, Family Social Services Supervisor Carrie Schaller, Parent Resource Specialist Shavon Roach, Parent Resource Specialist Merced County Office of Education Family Resource Center 632 West 13th Street, Bldg. H Merced, CA 95341 (209) 381-5980 – Phone (209) 381-5979 – Fax
More Covid-19 Test Options
Saliva-based mobile COVID-19 testing by Curative is coming to Stanislaus County!
The Curative testing van will be available in Modesto starting January 9th. Tests are saliva-based, no nasal swab required, and results are generally available within 24-48 hours. Tests are free to take, even if you do not have insurance, and documentation status is neither required or reported. Appointments are made available four days before the testing day. Walk-ups are available but limited. If you have insurance, please bring your information with you. Go to cur.tv/Modesto to make an appointment. You can visit www.curative.com to learn more about their self-administered oral PCR test and call 888-702-9042 with questions.
COVID-19 Vaccine Stanislaus County
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency’s Public Health Division has received its first allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. The first delivery contains 3,900 doses and will be made available to those identified under Phase 1a Tier 1 of the COVID-19 vaccine plan by the federal government and California Department of Public Health, which includes Acute Hospital Health Care Workers who are most at risk of exposure. “This is a great day, and a rare glimmer of hope during these difficult times” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Julie Vaishampayan. “The vaccine will be a vital component of ending this pandemic and restoring our communities.” The County expects to place weekly requests to CDPH for vaccine allocations and is prepared to distribute all vaccines as defined by CDPH. It will still be a few months before the vaccine is broadly available to everyone. It is vital that everyone, even those vaccinated, continue the use of primary prevention measures, such as staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask, physical distancing, and washing hands often. Stanislaus County Public Health continues to work closely with all our partners in the Emergency Operations Center to address the COVID-19 pandemic through guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health, and other partners. For more information on the cases in Stanislaus County, please visit http://www.schsa.org/coronavirus.
Virtual Town Hall meetings coming in February
Merced residents are encouraged to participate in the two upcoming Town Hall virtual meetings in February. Interested persons can express their views, offer their recommendations, and ask questions at the meetings held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and Feb. 18.
The Town Halls are being held virtually to protect public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In past years, the sessions were held in auditoriums throughout the City. There are opportunities for the community to get involved before the Town Hall meetings to learn about the City Council’s goals and priorities. An online survey at www.cityofmerced.org/townhall is being used to poll the residents on a range of matters, and help focus the meetings on topics of importance to residents. Videos are also on the website that highlight the mission of City Departments and their accomplishments. Questions can also be submitted online at the website. “We really want to hear from our residents, to use the Town Halls to give them a chance to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions,” said Mayor Matt Serratto. “This community has a lot to say, and it’s our job as the City Council to listen to them, especially now during the pandemic when opportunities to engage are limited due to social distancing restrictions. “The Council uses the information from the Town Halls and the survey to craft our annual budget,” Serratto said. “It’s essential that people take part in these meetings, and the survey, so we know what people want and need as far as City services and programs.” The Town Hall meetings will be available for viewing on all platforms available to City public meetings, including Facebook Live. The Town Halls will be on: www.facebook.com/cityofmerced, Comcast Channel 96 and ATT Channel 99. Translation into Spanish and Hmong is available.
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