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With two new cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County, the Public Health Department announced Friday morning that they presume community transmission is underway.

The new cases are a 91-year-old woman and an 81-year-old woman who were exposed by a 76-year-old woman whose case was announced Wednesday. The 75-year-old woman was hospitalized.

The two new cases are isolating at home, the Health Department said.

The women were not in a congregate care facility, the announcement said.

“This week presented the second community case in which no travel outside the county occurred,” the news release said.

Public Health officials said people who have been in any gathering with people outside their household should be tested.

This week perhaps 300 people gathered in downtown Sonora. One group supported Black Lives Matter in Courthouse Square and another across the street said they were there to ensure violence did not occur. Many people were without masks. There was a lot of shouting.  

“Those who work in essential critical infrastructure jobs and those who travel outside of their home county, should also get tested routinely,” the department said.

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