Health Department pre-orders COVID vaccines for children under 5, reports rise in cases

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Fresno County Health Department is reporting an increase in COVID cases, with 2,400 new positive cases from June 4 to June 10 and a positivity rate of 12.8%, compared to 8.6% for the State.

“Nine hundred and sixty-nine since the last update. Our total number of COVID-related deaths is 2,766, and currently we have 109 people hospitalized,” said Fresno County Acting Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra.

In vaccine-related news, Deputy Health Department Director Joe Prado said the county has pre-ordered more than 20,000 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for children under five, which is expected to be licensed by the FDA next week.

“So we are anticipating the week after vaccines begin to be delivered to Fresno County. Pfizer is currently on a three-dose regimen. Moderna has a first dose, then four weeks later you can get your second dose,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Fresno City Council voted to end the local COVID-19 emergency ordinance, ending the eviction moratorium that protected tenants.

“As they move forward, they will have to pay rent,” Mayor Jerry Dyer said.

Dr. Vohra responded to this proclamation saying that it does not change what the Ministry of Health does and that he wanted to remind citizens to pay attention to their work environment and social circle.

“I think that’s going to be a much better indicator of your risk than a broader city or county proclamation,” Dr. Vohra said.