Coronavirus cell

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (NIAID/TNS)

Two women who died in February and early March were added to Tuolumne County’s coronavirus death toll on Tuesday.

The women were both reportedly in their 80s.

“Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these individuals,” the county Public Health Department said in its daily COVID-19 update on Tuesday.

Their deaths brought the total number of Tuolumne County residents who have died from the virus since the pandemic began early last year to 64.

The department also reported four new cases in the county on Tuesday, which were identified as a woman in her 40s, two men in their 50s, and a man in his 70s.

One person in the county also remained hospitalized for the virus as of Tuesday.

Tuolumne County’s daily case rate per 100,000 people on Tuesday also declined to 2.5 from 3.3 the previous week, while the testing positivity rate declined to 1.2% from 1.6% over the same period.

See below for information on testing and vaccinations:

Testing

When you should get tested: Five days after travel or close contact with others outside of your household; as soon as possible if experiencing symptoms; and/or every 14 to 28 days if regularly working with the public.

Testing is available from:

• Local health care providers;

• Adventist Health Sonora, call first: (209) 536-5166;

• Optum Serv state testing sites: The Mother Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and Groveland Youth Center, 18950 Highway 120 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Appointments to state testing sites are recommended and can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Vaccinations

• The Tuolumne County Public Health Department continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to all individuals 16 and older, Call (209) 533-7440 to make an appointment, or visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine online for more information.

• CVS and Rite Aid stores in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties: Sign up at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier.

• Adventist Health Sonora: Find out more information by going to www.adventisthealthsonora.org/covidvaccine or call (209) 536-5165.

• The Safeway pharmacy: Register at mhealthsystem.com/3127tuolumne.

•Twain Harte Pharmacy: Call (209) 586-3225 for information and appointments.

• The Calaveras County Public Health Division has a clinic at Frogtown, 2465 Gun Club Road, outside Angels Camp. Register for appointments at https://bit.ly/3dZqvDh or call (209) 419-7314.

• To find out if you’re eligible and register for available vaccination clinics, visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.

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