Coronavirus cell

An electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S.

No new cases of COVID-19 were counted Thursday in Tuolumne County, while six new cases were counted in Calaveras County.

Both counties remained in an orange tier, for moderate risk of exposure to coronavirus, on a state public health Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as it helps keep you and those around you protected from COVID-19, as well as reducing the spread of disease in our community, and helping our county move to a less restrictive tier,” Tuolumne County Public Health staff said in an update Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, a state vaccine dashboard showed 42,644 vaccine doses have been administered in Tuolumne County. The county’s estimated population is 54,660. The same dashboard showed 34,921 vaccine doses administered in Calaveras County, where the estimated population is 46,300.

Everyone 12 and older is eligible for COVID vaccinations in Tuolumne County. People 12 to 17 are currently authorized to receive Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations. Individuals can register for notification of upcoming clinics and schedule appointments on MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255. For more information on ways to get vaccinated in Tuolumne County, go to www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine online.

Also as of Thursday, California had counted more than 3.68 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 62,092 coronavirus deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 33.32 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 596,355 Americans.

The OptumServ state testing site that used to be at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora has moved to Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall on West Side Park in Tuolumne town. Thursday was the first day it was open for testing. Testing hours at the new location are scheduled to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

A testing site at Groveland Youth Center, 18950 Highway 120, has been open one day a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Few people have been getting tested there and the Youth Center is expected to reopen sometime this summer. Therefore, the testing site is likely to cease testing soon. Whether another testing site in the Groveland area will get set up remains to be seen.

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