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Tuolumne County added 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, afflicting 19 unvaccinated individuals and seven people who were vaccinated, while Calaveras County had 46 new cases.

The jump in daily cases came one day after Tuolumne County tallied six new cases — the county’s lowest daily case total in four months — and Calaveras County had 17 new cases.

Calaveras County does not disclose the vaccination status of new cases.

Tuolumne County’s daily case rate dipped slightly on Friday to 30.4 per 100,000 residents averaged over the previous two weeks, down from 30.9 per 100,000 on Thursday. 

There were 131 active cases Friday in Tuolumne County, including eight unvaccinated individuals who were hospitalized with COVID-19. No vaccinated individuals were hospitalized.

New cases in Tuolumne County on Friday were identified as one boy under age 12; one girl and one boy between and 12 and 17; one woman and one man between 18 and 29; one woman and two men in their 30s; one woman and two men in their 40s; five women in their 50s; three women and two men in their 60s; one woman and one man in their 70s; and one woman and two men in their 80s.

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department is planning to stage a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Columbia from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 11155 Jackson St. Initial vaccine shots will be available for those 18 and older. Additional doses and boosters will be available for those eligible.

Walk-ins will be welcome at Saturday’s clinic. Appointments are encouraged and can be made at https://myturn.ca.gov. For more information call (209) 533-7440.

As of Friday, COVID-19 had contributed to 138 deaths in Tuolumne County and 85 deaths in Calaveras County since the pandemic began early last year. At least 65 of Tuolumne County’s COVID-19 deaths — more than 47% — had occurred in the past 16 weeks.

As of Friday afternoon, 61.9% of people age 12 and older in Tuolumne County were fully vaccinated and 65.1% of people age 12 and older in Calaveras County were fully vaccinated, according to county data monitored by the CDC.

For more information about booster eligibility visit www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Vaccine-Booster-QA.aspx online.

The Calaveras Public Health Division has a vaccination van offering COVID-19 boosters, in West Point on Saturday and Mokelumne Hill on Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Eligibility can be verified athttps://myturn.ca.gov. COVID-19 tests are free to individuals.

The Mother Lode Fairgrounds testing site off Stockton Road is supposed to be open seven days a week. The 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

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.

• 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-vaccine.

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