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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)

Tuolumne County public health staff counted one new case of Covid-19 on Monday, and two over the weekend.

There were four active cases in Tuolumne County on Monday, and one of those individuals was hospitalized as of Monday afternoon. One person who was previously isolated has recovered.   

Tuolumne County public health staff have counted 233 total coronavirus cases since March. That includes 14 inmate cases, 211 recovered individuals, and four deaths.

No-cost COVID-19 testing is available at Frogtown outside Angels Camp five days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The test site at Calaveras County Fairgrounds offers testing for children 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Walk-in opportunities for testing are limited. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time at www.lhicare.com/covidtesting online.

The Frogtown testing site will be moving to Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora in early November. The move is expected to happen Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, with a start date for appointments and testing on Nov. 3. The hours of operation are expected to remain 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Local, state and federal public health authorities have warned this flu season could strain healthcare resources in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has so far killed more than 210,000 Americans since early this year.

Free flu shots are available at the Tuolumne County Health Department building at 20111 Cedar Road North, Sonora, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays for anyone 2 and older. Face coverings are required, social distancing guidelines must be followed, and visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.

Tuolumne County public health workers are also planning to offer at least two drive-thru flu clinics, Oct. 7 in Groveland and Oct. 13 in Sonora:

• 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Groveland Library/Youth Center, 18990 Main St., Groveland

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Sonora Library/Senior Center, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora

Free flu shots will be available for ages 2 and up, while supplies last. People will be asked to fill out registration/consent forms before arriving, and to remain in their vehicles to receive flu shots. Forms can be found online at www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/publichealth, on the reverse side of printed event flyers, and at the county health department, 20111 Cedar Road North, Sonora. Public health staff urge anyone with questions to call (209) 533-7401.

Calaveras County will host a no-cost drive-thru flu clinic 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Calaveras High School. The clinic will be for those 10 years of age and older.

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

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