The long weekend brought 66 new COVID-19 cases to Tuolumne County from Saturday to Tuesday, with three incarcerated cases from the Sierra Conservation Center state jail outside Jamestown. Prisoners’ cases accounted for 18.8% of the county’s cases.
There were 119 active cases Tuesday in Tuolumne County, down from 161 last Friday. Active cases on Tuesday included a person hospitalized for COVID-19, down from seven on Friday.
The county’s daily case rate fell on Tuesday to 30.6 per. 100,000 inhabitants on average over the previous two weeks, down from 42.2 per capita. 100,000 on Friday.
Tuolumne County’s 63 new community cases Saturday to Tuesday were identified as two girls, two boys and one person described as others, meaning either gender was not confirmed or given; non-binary; transgender; or other gender definition, all under 12 years of age; two girls and two boys between 12 and 17; five women and three men between 18 and 29; six women and five men in their 30s; six women and five men in their 40s; nine women and a man in his 50s; eight women and two men in their 60s; a woman and a man in the 70s; and a woman and a man in the 80s.
Calaveras County added 25 new cases from Saturday to Tuesday.
There were no COVID-19 deaths announced Tuesday in any of the counties. The deaths of 277 people in Tuolumne and Calavera counties have been attributed to the pandemic.
Tuolumne County’s COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began in early 2020 was 169 on Tuesday. Calaveras County’s coronavirus death toll was 108. This means that one in every 324 residents in Tuolumne County and one in every 425 residents in Calaveras County have died from the virus, based on population figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which set Tuolumne kl. 54,478 and Calaveras at 45,905.
The Tuolumne County Public Health Department on Tuesday reminded people that the agency intends to switch from daily COVID-19 updates to weekly updates next week.
There was not a daily COVID-19 update on Monday this week due to the President’s Day holiday. Daily reports will be sent out every remaining day of the week this week. Friday will be the board’s last daily update, and after that the county’s COVID-19 dashboard will at https://bit.ly/3BvKjYE online will be updated every Friday from March 4th.
The COVID-19 test site at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds off Stockton Road in Sonora is supposed to be open from 7 to 19 every day of the week. The site is operated by Logistics Health Incorporated, a subsidiary of OptumServe, a federal health care provider paid for by the State of California.
Booster shots are available and recommended for all 12 years and older, with Pfizer boosters only for ages 12 to 17. Pfizer or Moderna are recommended booster shots. You are eligible for a booster if you completed your first series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations at least five months ago, or if you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
Tuolumne County Public Health stopped reporting vaccination status for cases on a daily basis “due to the increase in cases and ever-changing change in definitions of vaccination status,” its staff said in January. Calaveras County officials have never reported vaccination status for cases or deaths because they claim it could reveal private medical information because of the county’s small population.
When to be tested: Five days after the trip or close contact with others outside your household; as soon as possible if you experience symptoms; and / or every 14 to 28 days if you regularly work with the public.
Tests are available from:
• Local health providers;
• Adventist Health Sonora, call first: (209) 536-5166;
• Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Appointments are recommended and can be agreed at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.
• Twain Harte Pharmacy: call (209) 586-3225 for information and appointments.
• Groveland Pharmacy: call (209) 962-5211 for information and appointments.