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There were four additional deaths from COVID-19 in Calaveras County and 38 new cases from Saturday through Monday, while Tuolumne County had 69 new cases and no additional deaths.

The Calaveras County Public Health Division identified the four deceased individuals as a man in his 30s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s, though it did not release when and where they died or whether they were vaccinated.

“The team at Calaveras County Public Health offers our deepest sympathies to everyone experiencing the loss of a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, or neighbor from COVID-19,” the division stated.

Calaveras County has recorded 71 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began early last year.

Of 69 new cases in Tuolumne County, 11 individuals were vaccinated against coronavirus, according to Tuolumne County Public Health. In addition, Tuolumne County had 188 active cases, including 15 COVID-positive individuals hospitalized for the deadly virus on Monday.

The case rate average of new cases each day over the previous two weeks in Tuolumne County was 46.3 per 100,000 residents on Monday, down from 49.5 on Friday.

New cases from Saturday to Monday in Tuolumne County were identified as seven girls and one boy under age 12: five girls and two boys between 12 and 17; five women and seven men between 18 and 29; eight women and two men in their 30s; eight women in their 40s; three women and four men in their 50s; five women and five men in their 60s; one woman and four men in their 70s; one woman in her 80s; and a woman in her 90s.

COVID-19 had contributed to the deaths of 99 individuals in Tuolumne County as of Monday. That total included at least 26 coronavirus deaths since Aug. 1, with individuals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s among the deceased. Two of the 99 individuals who died of COVID-19 were vaccinated. The other 97 were unvaccinated.

Calaveras Public Health announced Monday that its mobile vaccination van is now offering free COVID-19 testing. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Please bring health insurance information if available,” the agency stated. “If you're uninsured, the government pays for your test.”

Register to reduce waiting times at https://bit.ly/3wpNEUU online. People who do not have internet access can register at the site. The vaccination van’ schedule this week includes 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Government Center in San Andreas; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Angels Camp Library; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Valley Springs Grocery Outlet; 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Utica Park in Angels Camp; and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Copperopolis Fire Protection District, 370 Main St., Copperopolis.

Beginning Sunday, the biggest testing site in Tuolumne County at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, was supposed to have added another testing lane to increase the number of appointments available each day. The testing site is supposed to be open seven days a week. The testing site is run by Logistics Health Incorporated, a subsidiary of OptumServe, which is a federal health services contractor being paid by the state of California. Testing is no longer available at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.

Testing appointments can be scheduled online at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123. Testing is also available through Adventist Health Rapid Care and the hospital emergency department if you are experiencing symptoms.

Flu shot clinics hosted by the Tuolumne County Public Health Department are being planned between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 6, at Sierra Bible Church off Tuolumne Road, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, at 1890 Main St. in Groveland. Tuolumne County Public Health will also offer flu shots 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Call (209) 533-7401 to make appointments.

Unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, Calaveras County Public Health announced earlier this month, citing a study titled “SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Hospitalizations Among Persons Aged ≥16 Years, by Vaccination Status — Los Angeles County, California, May 1–July 25, 2021.”

“Being fully vaccinated lowers your risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” the division stated. “Don’t wait. Vaccinate.”

Anyone experiencing any new or worsening symptoms, even if it’s only one of the symptoms, should get tested right away and avoid close contact with others while waiting for test results. Symptoms can include fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Anyone with more serious symptoms such as pain or pressure in the chest, trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, sudden confusion, dizziness, or having a hard time staying awake should contact a healthcare provider or urgent care.

“Symptoms of COVID-19 can sometimes be dismissed as allergies, a cold, wildfire smoke irritation, indigestion, etc.,” Tuolumne County Public Health said earlier this month.

Anyone 12 and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine. Individuals may register for notification of upcoming clinics and schedule appointments on MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255. For Information on the various avenues to obtain a vaccination in Tuolumne County, visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine online.

“As we continue to experience an extremely high rate of new cases daily, Public Health continues to strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated,” Tuolumne County Public Health stated Monday.

Wearing masks in public, keeping social distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, and staying home when sick will help slow the spread of the virus, county Public Health said.

“If you receive a positive test result, please isolate at home and our Public Health team will reach out to you as soon as possible,” the department stated Monday.

Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version to reflect the correct number of COVID-19 deaths in Calaveras County, including four additional ones counted Saturday through Monday.

For information and guidance on isolation and quarantine, visit https://bit.ly/3sf3bGM online.

Testing

When you should get tested: Five days after travel or close contact with others outside 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;

• Rite Aid at 855 Mono Way, Sonora: www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing

• Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora  — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Vaccinations

• Book vaccine appointments at https://myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255.

• Homebound residents in Tuolumne County can contact health@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov or (209) 533-7440 for a mobile vaccination appointment. They or their caretakers can also go to https://myturn.ca.gov and select “homebound.”

• 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 more information at www.adventisthealthsonora.org/covidvaccine or call (209) 536-5165.

• The Safeway pharmacy: register at mhealthsystem.com/3127tuolumne or call (209) 533-7812.

• The Save Mart pharmacy: register at https://savemartluckysched.rxtouch.com/smsched/program/covid19/Patient/Advisory or call (209) 536-1118 for Sonora store.

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

• Groveland Pharmacy: call (209) 962-5211 for information and appointments.

• Information on VA Clinic vaccinations: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine

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

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