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Tuolumne County had 83 new COVID-19 cases from Friday to Monday, as well as another coronavirus-related death over the weekend.

The county Public Health Department reported on Monday that the person who died over the weekend was a man in his 80s. His is the county’s 22nd confirmed death from the virus since the pandemic began.

At least nine of the new cases since Friday are reportedly residents of “local congregate care facilities,” though the department did not specify which ones by name.

“Our team continues to coordinate with our healthcare, safety, and community partners to help identify and address needs and gaps to prevent further spread of the virus in facilities which care for vulnerable individuals,” the department said.

Of the county’s 83 new cases, 14 of them are inmates at Sierra Conservation Center near Jamestown, where an outbreak has infected a total of 1,102 inmates since early December.

Two of the inmates were hospitalized as of Monday evening, while two of the new cases among the county’s general population had been hospitalized.

There were a total of 123 active cases in Monday’s update from the county Public Health Department.

The county’s total number of cases outside of inmates at SCC was approaching 2,000 on Monday, with 1,927 confirmed since the pandemic began, of which 1,782 had recovered.

All 12 counties in the San Joaquin Valley region, which includes Tuolumne, remained under a regional stay-at-home order due to the collective available intensive care unit capacity being at 0% on Monday.

Regions are set to remain under a stay-at-home order at least until their available ICU capacity rises above 15%.

The department is scheduled to give its regular update on COVID-19 to the county Board of Supervisors at 9 a.m. Tuesday during a public meeting.

Vaccine distribution in the county is also continuing in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The county is currently vaccinating people in “Phase 1a,” which includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. 

People in “Phase 1b” are set to include all people 75 and older, people between 65 and 74 with underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable, and frontline essential workers, but when that will begin is currently unclear.

The department will be adding more information as when it becomes available to a newly launched vaccine information website at https://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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