Tuolumne County continued to experience a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases as 323 were confirmed from Saturday through Monday, including an additional death, while Calaveras County reported 47 new cases and no deaths over the same period.
The new surge has become so overwhelming for the Tuolumne County Public Health Department that it announced Monday it will no longer be reporting the vaccination status of new cases or deaths.
Another reason the department cited for no longer reporting the vaccination status are the changing definitions of what it means to be fully vaccinated, now that booster shots are available for anyone who received their initial doses six or more months ago.
There were 51 cases in Saturday through Monday’s total for Tuolumne County that were identified as inmates at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown, while the remaining 272 were residents in the community.
The new cases brought Tuolumne County’s daily infection rate to 98.4 per 100,000 residents averaged over the previous two weeks, up from 71.6 per 100,000 residents on Friday.
Active cases in Tuolumne County rose to 447 on Monday from 232 on Friday. Ten people in the county were hospitalized for the potentially deadly virus on Monday, down from 12 on Friday.
A total of 151 deaths in Tuolumne County had been attributed to COVID-19 as of Monday since the pandemic began. The deceased person whose death was announced Monday was identified as a man in his 80s, though when and where he died was not disclosed.
Seven of the county’s total deaths have previously been identified as people who were fully vaccinated at the time, while the remainder were unvaccinated. Calaveras County has also reported 94 total deaths, but has never released the vaccination status of the people involved.
Tuolumne County’s total cases since the pandemic began rose to 9,072 on Monday, which included 1,686 inmates at SCC, while Calaveras County’s was at 4,852.
Calaveras County also had 70 active cases and two people hospitalized on Monday.
The new cases reported in Tuolumne County on Monday outside of SCC inmates were identified as 11 girls and 18 boys younger than 12; 13 girls and 11 boys between age 12 and 17; 23 women and 18 men 18 to 29 years old; 29 women and 18 men in their 30s; 23 women and 22 men in their 40s; 20 women and 14 kmen in their 50s; 15 women and nine men in their 60s; 12 women and 11 men in their 70s; three women and a man in their 80s; a woman in her 90s or older.
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.
• Book vaccine appointments at https://myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255.
• Homebound residents in Tuolumne County can contact email@example.com 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.
• Safeway pharmacy: register at mhealthsystem.com/3127tuolumne or call (209) 533-7812.
• 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-vac
Contact Alex MacLean at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 588-4541.