Coronavirus cell

An colorized electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. Contact tracers reach out to people who test positive and those they've been in contact with and can help them with isolating. (Courtesy of Dr. Elizabeth Fischer/KHN/TNS)

Tuolumne County had only one new case of COVID-19 from Saturday through Monday, while Calaveras County added five.

The new case in Tuolumne County was identified as a man between the ages of 18 and 29 years old, though information was not available about Calaveras County’s new cases.

Anyone in Tuolumne County 16 and older is eligible to receive a Pfizer vaccine, while anyone 18 and older can receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Appointments were still available at a vaccination clinic on Tuesday for anyone 16 and older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department encouraged anyone eligible to get the vaccine to do so as a way of helping to end the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Vaccination helps keep you and those around you protected from COVID-19, as well as reducing the spread of disease in our community,” the department stated. “Let’s get to immunity!”

Anyone with questions or needing assistance with scheduling an appointment should contact the department at health@tuolumncounty.ca.gov or (209) 533-7440.

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department also noted that anyone who traveled or was exposed to others outside of their household during spring break, or any time, is recommended to get tested five days after the potential exposure.

See below for more information about testing and vaccinations:

Testing

When you should get tested: Five days after travel or close contact with others outside of your household; as soon as possible if experiencing symptoms; and/or every 14 to 28 days if regularly working with the public.

Testing is available from:

• Local health care providers;

• Adventist Health Sonora, call first: (209) 536-5166;

• Optum Serv state testing sites: The Mother Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and Groveland Youth Center, 18950 Highway 120 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Appointments to state testing sites are recommended and can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

Vaccinations

• The Tuolumne County Public Health Department continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to all individuals 16 and older, Call (209) 533-7440 to make an appointment, or visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine online for more information.

• CVS and Rite Aid stores in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties: Sign up at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier.

• Adventist Health Sonora: Find out more information by going to www.adventisthealthsonora.org/covidvaccine or call (209) 536-5165.

• The Safeway pharmacy: Register at mhealthsystem.com/3127tuolumne.

•Twain Harte Pharmacy: Call (209) 586-3225 for information and appointments.

• The Calaveras County Public Health Division has a clinic at Frogtown, 2465 Gun Club Road, outside Angels Camp. Register for appointments at https://bit.ly/3dZqvDh or call (209) 419-7314.

• To find out if you’re eligible and register for available vaccination clinics, visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.

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