Coronavirus

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)

Tuolumne County public health staff counted two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and one over the weekend, with all three individuals isolating.

There were eight active cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County with one individual hospitalized as of Monday afternoon. Since March, there have been 240 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 214 individuals recovered and four deaths.

There were six active cases of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County with no individuals hospitalized as of Friday afternoon. One previously isolated individual had recovered. Since March, there have been 237 total cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 213 individuals recovered and four deaths.

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 children 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.

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 7.7 million confirmed cases and contributed to more than 215,000 deaths since early this year.

Tuolumne County public health staff are planning to offer drive-thru flu shots from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sonora Library/Senior Center, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. Free flu shots will be available for ages 2 and up, while supplies last.

People will be asked to fill out registration/consent forms before arriving, and to remain in their vehicles to receive flu shots. Forms can be found online at www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/publichealth, on the reverse side of printed event flyers, and at the county health department, 20111 Cedar Road North, Sonora. Public health staff urge anyone with questions to call (209) 533-7401.

There will be no immunization or TB clinics at the Health Department on Tuesday due to the drive-thru flu clinic at Sonora Library/Senior Center.

Calaveras County public health staff also 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.

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

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