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There are now five people hospitalized from COVID-19 in Tuolumne County and 101 total cases after 17 people tested positive over the weekend.

The county Public Health Department reported the new cases Monday afternoon in its daily update, with eight identified on Saturday, five on Sunday, and four on Monday.

Two of the new cases were in the hospital in addition to three others who were hospitalized prior to Monday, with 26 others isolated at home. One of the hospitalized patients was previously isolating at home prior to Monday’s update.

No one in the county has died from the virus since the pandemic began, and 70 people have recovered.

The county was at 48 cases over the past two weeks as of Monday afternoon and would be placed on California’s “watch list” if that number reaches 53 or more new cases over the same time period for three consecutive days.

Being placed on the “watch list” could force the county to close additional businesses and activities, such as indoor services at places of worship, nail salons, weddings, funerals, and offices for noncritical infrastructure.

A news release from the county Sheriff’s Office was also included with Monday’s update regarding two more cases identified in the county jail that morning, including one inmate and one staff member.

That brings the total number of cases at the jail to four over the past week, three of them inmates, in addition to a staff member who tested positive in early July and has since recovered.

The newest inmate whose results came back Monday morning remained in custody and has been for several months, while the staff member was in self isolation at home and following orders from the county health officer.

Inmates at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the virus have been given additional personal protective equipment and are being housed separately, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Other additional measures the Sheriff’s Office has taken since the latest spike in cases include:

• isolating all staff members to their respective divisions;

• cancelling or limiting non-essential functions and operations within the Sheriff’s Office;

• weekly commercial grade sanitizing of all office workspaces;

• weekly commercial grade sanitizing of interior and exterior of department vehicles;

• continuous COVID-19 testing for exposed staff;

• new sanitation technology with the Surfacide UV disinfecting light system.

 

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

 

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