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Tuolumne County Public Health staff added five new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and Calaveras County added four.

The new cases in Tuolumne County were identified as two men in their 30s; and one woman and two men in their 40s. Three of the cases were counted on Saturday, while two were counted Monday.

Tuolumne County had 11 active cases and zero COVID-positive individuals hospitalized, while Calaveras County had 15 active cases and two COVID-positive individuals hospitalized.

Both counties remained in the orange tier for moderate risk of exposure to COVID-19 on the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Updated case rates and positivity rates that could lead to tier changes for both counties are expected Tuesday.

As of Monday afternoon, California had counted more than 3.64 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 60,760 coronavirus deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 32.4 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 577,460 Americans.

Tuolumne County Public Health staff are planning a Pfizer vaccine clinic tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4. Anyone age 16 or older can register for appointments at https://myturn.ca.gov or by calling (833) 422-4255. Anyone with questions about MyTurn and the registration process can call 533-7440 or email health@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov.

As of Monday afternoon, a state vaccine dashboard showed 30,440 vaccine doses administered in Calaveras County. The county’s estimated population is 46,300. The same dashboard showed 37,856 vaccine doses administered in Tuolumne County, where the estimated population is 54,660.

A new order from interim county Health Officer Eric Sergienko, dated April 29, addresses febrile respiratory illness screening for fully vaccinated individuals. The updated order can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3bhpzIz online.

Tuolumne County Public Health staff on Monday also touted updated face covering guidance from the state, which can be found at https://bit.ly/3uiud0j online. They also promoted updated guidance from state authorities for businesses, activities, and events, which can be found at https://bit.ly/3vD2FCR online.

See below for more information on testing and vaccination opportunities:

Testing

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

• OptumServ state testing sites: The Mother Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Groveland Youth Center, 18950 Highway 120 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Appointments to state testing sites are recommended and can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Vaccinations

• The Tuolumne County Public Health Department: To find out if you’re eligible and register for available vaccination clinics, visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.

• 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 out more information by going to www.adventisthealthsonora.org/covidvaccine or call (209) 536-5165.

• The Sonora Safeway pharmacy: Register at mhealthsystem.com/3127tuolumne.

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

• The Calaveras County Public Health Division has a clinic at Frogtown, 2465 Gun Club Road, outside Angels Camp. Register for appointments at https://bit.ly/3dZqvDh or call (209) 419-7314.

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

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