A man older than 65 is Calaveras County’s first death from complications related to COVID-19.
Calaveras County public health staff said the man lived in District 4, which includes Angels Camp, Altaville, Salt Spring Valley and Copperopolis. The man tested positive for the virus and had underlying health conditions. He died at home. His death was announced Monday but due to restrictions on the amount of medical information officials can report, his name and town of residence was not announced.
Calaveras County has changed its reporting methods on coronavirus cases. In the first months of their efforts to track the pandemic in Calaveras County, public health staff reported what towns infected individuals reside in, and as many as 50 percent of the county’s cases were in Valley Springs for a time.
County public health staff now list the residences of coronavirus cases by supervisorial district only. Health officials in Tuolumne County say Mother Lode towns have too few residents to list people according to residence.
As of Tuesday, there were 32 cases in District 5, 20 cases each in District 4 and District 1, 10 cases in District 2, and 5 cases in District 3.
“We are deeply saddened with the loss of life related to COVID-19 and offer our deepest condolences to the family,” Dr. Dean Kelaita, the health officer for Calaveras County, said in a statement. “We must stay vigilant and continue to do our part to protect ourselves, our family, and our community.”
Kelaita urged people to remember the man who died was someone’s parent, sibling, friend, or neighbor.
“Our actions can be life-altering and affect real people in our community,” Kealita said, “so let’s do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”
As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, more than 87 coronavirus cases were counted in Calaveras County, with more than 50 active cases. There were 101 total cases counted in Tuolumne County, with more than 30 active cases.
The most recent breakdown of coronavirus cases in Calaveras County showed 24 cases were individuals 65 or older, 14 cases were age 50 to 64, there were 42 cases age 18 to 49, and seven cases were age 17 or younger.
Statewide there were more than 401,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 63,980 new cases counted in the past week. There have been just under 7,800 deaths in California.
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