Tuolumne County tier assignment

Tuolumne County was moved into the orange tier on March 30.

A change in the criteria California uses to calculate a county's COVID-19 case rate is expected sometime this week and would impact small counties like Tuolumne, the county Public Health Department said in an update on Monday.

What the change would mean for Tuolumne County’s tier assignment under the state’s Blueprint of a Safer Economy reopening system was unclear, but the department said it would provide more information when that happens.

Tuolumne County remained in the orange tier for moderate risk of coronavirus infection on Monday, while Calaveras remained in a red tier for substantial risk. The yellow tier is the next down from orange and considered the least amount of risk.

There were also four new cases reported in Tuolumne County from Saturday to Monday, while Calaveras had five.

The new cases in Tuolumne County were identified as a boy under age 18; a woman between 18 and 29; and two women in their 60s. No COVID-19 positive cases were hospitalized in the county as of Monday. One coronavirus-positive individual was hospitalized in Calaveras.

Tuolumne County transitioned last week to California’s statewide MyTurn system to register for upcoming vaccination clinics. See below for more 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;

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

• 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.

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

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