Coronavirus cell

The coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, shown in purple, infects a cell, colored in green. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Tuolumne County had four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and all four individuals were unvaccinated, while Calaveras County added six new cases, public health staff in Sonora and San Andreas said.

The new cases in Tuolumne County were identified as a woman and a man in their 40s; a woman in her 50s; and a woman in her 60s. All four individuals had yet to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. No vaccinated individuals in Tuolumne County have tested positive for COVID-19, according to county Public Health staff.

Calaveras County Public Health staff do not provide demographic or vaccination status for new cases they track.

The OptumServ state testing site at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora hosted its final day of testing Thursday. A new testing site in Standard or Tuolumne is expected to begin operating next Thursday, June 3. Testing hours at the new location are scheduled to be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Details of the new testing site location will be shared soon, Tuolumne County Public Health staff said Friday.

“During this transition, if you are experiencing symptoms or feel sick, you may seek medical attention and get tested through a healthcare provider,” Tuolumne County Public Health staff said Wednesday. “If you are not having symptoms, but need to get a COVID test, Rite Aid offers testing at their drive-through pharmacy.”

Appointments for testing at the Rite Aid at 855 Mono Way can be scheduled at www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing online.

Upcoming vaccination clinics scheduled at Tuolumne County Public Health, 20111 Cedar Road, are open for registration on MyTurn: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 for first and second doses of Moderna: and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 3 for single doses of Johnson & Johnson.

As of Friday afternoon, a state vaccine dashboard showed 42,291 vaccine doses have been administered in Tuolumne County. The county’s estimated population is 54,660. The same dashboard showed 34,505 vaccine doses administered in Calaveras County, where the estimated population is 46,300.

Whether the state’s Thursday announcement of $116.5 million in vaccination incentives -- including cash prizes up to $1.5 million and $50 prepaid cards for 2 million Californians who get vaccinated -- will have an impact on vaccination numbers in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties remains to be seen.

Also as of Friday, California had counted more than 3.68 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 62,025 coronavirus deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 33.23 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 593,880 Americans.

Everyone 12 and older is eligible for COVID vaccinations in Tuolumne County. People 12 to 17 are currently authorized to receive Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations.

Individuals can register for notification of upcoming clinics and schedule appointments on MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255.

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