Coronavirus cell

Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. (Elizabeth Fischer/KHN/TNS)

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department counted two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and clarified that a death previously reported in January was not caused by the coronavirus after all. 

Further investigation revealed that the death of a man in his 50s was actually not related to COVID-19, the department said. The change reduced the county’s coronavirus death toll from 65 to 64.

Calaveras County has reported 52 deaths since the pandemic began early last year.

The new cases in Tuolumne County on Wednesday were identified as a boy under 18 and a woman in her 60s. Calaveras County added three new cases to its total on Wednesday.

Tuolumne County had 18 active cases and one COVID-positive individual was hospitalized. Calaveras County had 10 active cases and zero COVID-positive individuals hospitalized.

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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