Gavin Newsom

Public health staff for Tuolumne County counted three new cases of coronavirus over the weekend, bringing the county total to 155 cases and two deaths since the pandemic first took hold in March, with four active cases and one person hospitalized as of Monday afternoon.

The three new cases involve individuals who have already recovered, county public health staff said. 

Meanwhile, state Department of Public Health staff and contractors worked over the weekend to try to fix bugs creating backlogs and delays in data reporting on the pandemic. Some of those new results have been put into the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, also known as the CalREDIE system.

Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s public health director, also abruptly resigned on Sunday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom dodged questions about Angell’s departure on Monday at a news conference in Sacramento, his first since county and state health officials revealed CalREDIE data bugs that have resulted in lags reporting nearly 300,000 coronavirus test results

Public health staff in Tuolumne County said they are going to work to try to verify all the new information that’s relevant to the county. At the state level, there’s still more work to be done on data reporting issues.

The state’s county monitoring system is also temporarily on hold.

“Due to issues with the state lab reporting system and potential changes to the state’s county monitoring and watch list activities,” Tuolumne County public health staff said, “we have temporarily turned off the case rate tab of our data dashboard.”

Tuolumne County public health staff said they plan to begin reporting the missing data as soon as possible.           

If you are a Tuolumne County resident and have received a positive COVID-19 test result, and you have not heard from Public Health, please self-isolate and call us right away at (209) 533-7440.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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