Nurses from the Bristol-Burlington Health District collects a patient's nasal swab at Bristol Hospital's drive-through coronavirus specimen collection station. The station has collected over 120 samples on previous days but, due to a scarcity of specimen collection kits, the hospital collects 40 tests a day. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant/TNS)

Three people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Calaveras County, two of them in Valley Springs, the Public Health officer reported Friday,

Valley Springs has half of the county’s 31 cases.

The cases are unrelated, Calaveras Public Health said.

The cases involved one man and one woman between the ages of 18 to 49 years, and a man between the ages of 50-64.

One of the people diagnosed is from the Upper Highway 4 corridor, the area of the county with the second largest number of cases.

The department said in a news release, “The source of exposure for each case is being investigated.” 

“We are at an important moment in Calaveras County and across California as businesses and public spaces have reopened. As more people leave their homes, their risk of exposure and infection to COVID-19 increases. We all need to continue to do our part to keep Calaveras safe and healthy for everyone. That means following simple prevention methods such as keeping a safe distance from others when you leave your home and wearing a face covering,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. 

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