Coronavirus

The number of people tested in Tuolumne County for the deadly COVID-19 virus has now surpassed 200, up from 105 one week ago.

A daily update released Tuesday afternoon by the county Public Health Department stated 207 people have been tested, with 180 of those testing negative for the disease and 26 still awaiting results.

One county resident has tested positive, but had already cleared a mandated 14-day isolation period and recovered before the county received the results on Monday.

Another 31-year-old woman tested positive at Adventist Health Sonora last week, but she wasn’t being counted in the county’s positive cases because she lives in Mammoth Lakes and acquired it there.

There have been no known deaths in the county as a result of the virus.

It’s noted that the numbers do not necessarily include all of those routed through commercial laboratories, because they are only required to report positive test results.

Other new information provided in the update was about changes to the operations of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, or ATCAA.

All of ATCAA’s offices are closed to the public until further notice, but services are still being provided.

People are advised to call the agency at (209) 533-1397 for general information and leave a message if they would like a call back, or go to the agency’s website at www.atcaa.org.

ATCAA’s Head Start program has also been closed until further notice, but is still working families remotely.

The agency’s food bank in Jamestown is still distributing food but following social distancing guidelines. Food is also available for pickup at the agency’s partner food pantries. Call (209) 984-3901 ext. 101 for more information on signing up.

Assistance with electricity and propane bills is still being provided by the agency, with applications being accepted via mail, drop off, or email, while housing assistance is being provided by scheduled appointment.

The agency’s emergency shelter in Sonora is also operating with “strict social distancing, hand washing and sterilization schedules,” according to the update. 

Weatherization and water conservation services provided by ATCAA have been temporarily halted, while YES Partnership meetings are being scheduled virtually and prevention classes are being developed to be held via teleconferencing.

 

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