CORONAVIRUS

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)

Calaveras County recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 between Tuesday and Friday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 87.

County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita described the rate of new cases as “alarming” in an update provided twice a week.

“Without aggressive action from every person and local businesses it will be a challenge to slow the spread of COVID-19 into our communities,” he said. “Every person should do their part, this includes wearing a face covering, keeping six feet away from others, and washing your hands often.”

Kelaita added, “You remain safer staying at home.”

Tuolumne County also provided a daily update Friday afternoon after identifying one new case since Thursday. The person who tested positive for the virus was reportedly isolating at home.

Both counties are trying to stay under the threshold of 100 new cases per 100,000 in population over a two-week period to avoid having to shut down additional types of businesses, in addition to activities like indoor services at places of worship.

Counties can find themselves on California’s so-called “monitoring list” by exceeding the threshold or any of four other metrics for three consecutive days.

The majority of the 58 counties in the state are exceeding one or more of the metrics as new cases and hospitalizations continue to increase.

Calaveras County had identified 34 new cases in the past two weeks as of Friday, keeping below the threshold of 45 that’s determined based on population estimates used by the state.

Tuolumne County would exceed the threshold if it records 53 or more cases over a two-week period, though it was at 39 since July 3 after the additional one was identified Friday.

The new case brought Tuolumne County’s total to 85 since the start of the pandemic, with 65 of them having recovered, 18 in isolation, two hospitalized, and no deaths as of Friday.

Calaveras County also has recorded no deaths from the virus and had no people hospitalized as of Friday afternoon, though 53 people were still in isolation while recovering.

People younger than 50 represented the majority of the total cases so far in both counties, with 53 percent being 49 and under in Tuolumne County and 56 percent in Calaveras County.

Women accounted for the most cases in Tuolumne County at 48 of the total 85, while men represented 47 of Calaveras County’s total of 87 cases.

 

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

 

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