Tuolumne County Public Health

Public Health announced one new case of the coronavirus on Monday, adding to the six staff members at Avalon Care Center announced over the weekend.

One of the six lives out of county and so is not counted toward Tuolumne County’s total. In all, 28 people have tested positive in Tuolumne County.

The new case is a woman in her 30s, who has completed the isolation period.

“To protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community, we continue to emphasize the importance of wearing a face covering in public, avoiding gatherings with people outside of your household, and other preventive measures mentioned below,” Michelle Jachetta, Public Health spokesperson said in a news release.

The Avalon staffers are all isolating at home. The news release issued Sunday did not say if the people were displaying symptoms.

Residents of the nursing home have been tested as have all staff members, Public Health reported. Test results are pending.

In all, 3,122 people have been tested, 17 are in isolation, one is hospitalized and 10 recovered. Two people from out of the county were tested here and were positive.  

Public health received 207 results since Saturday, indicating a large increase in the number of people being tested and went over 3,000 tests for the first time.

“Tuolumne County has now tripled the number of identified cases in less than 10 days,” Jachetta said in a news release last week. 

Avalon has 210 beds and is a for-profit skilled nursing center with 10 facilities in California as well as others in four western states and Hawaii. 

On Saturday, Public Health announced a woman from out of the county had tested positive after attending a several-day-long gathering at River Ranch Campground in Tuolumne County. She is now in isolation at home. 

“We were able to identify many of the participants, all of whom are residents of other counties, but we have not been able to confirm we have identified all event participants,” Jachetta said. 

She said anyone attending the campout between June 22and June 28 should self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure and get tested no sooner than 3-5 days after exposure.

“We have had recent multiple incidences of positive cases participating in various private gatherings, impacting our first responders and healthcare workers,” she said. “Those essential critical infrastructure workers are necessary to maintain our ability to respond and care for our most vulnerable residents.” 

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