Coronavirus

There were two new cases of COVID-19 counted in Tuolumne County and one in Calaveras County on Tuesday, public health staff for the respective counties said in updates released that afternoon.

There were nine active cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County, with one individual hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon. Since March, there have been 242 total cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County, with 215 individuals recovered and four deaths.

There were seven active cases in Calaveras County. There have been a total of 331 confirmed cases of COVID-19 counted in Calaveras since March, with 308 individuals recovered, and a total of 16 confirmed deaths related to the disease.

Both counties remain in the moderate risk level category on a statewide Blueprint for a Safer Economy scale.

No-cost COVID-19 testing is available at Frogtown outside Angels Camp five days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The test site at Calaveras County Fairgrounds offers testing for anyone age 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Walk-in opportunities for testing are limited. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time at www.lhicare.com/covidtesting online.

The Frogtown testing site will be moving to Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora in early November. The move is expected to happen Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, with a start date for appointments and testing on Nov. 3. Hours of operation are expected to remain 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can register online or call (888) 634-1123.

Local, state and federal public health authorities have warned this flu season could strain healthcare resources in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which nationwide has resulted in more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and contributed to more than 215,000 deaths since early this year.

“While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it is shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death,” Calaveras County public health said in their update Tuesday.

Calaveras County public health staff plan to offer no-cost drive-thru flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday at Calaveras High School. The clinic will be for those 10 years of age and older.

Free flu shots are also available at the county Health Department building at 20111 Cedar Road North, Sonora, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays for anyone 2 and older. Face coverings are required, social distancing guidelines must be followed, and all visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Public health staff urge anyone with questions to call (209) 533-7401.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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