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)

The COVID-19 pandemic continued surging Wednesday in Tuolumne County with 33 new cases, 10 positive individuals hospitalized, and 238 active cases, according to Tuolumne County Public Health. 

Nationally, the United States surpassed a gruesome landmark on Wednesday with more than 250,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began.

Tuolumne County’s case rate is currently 31.4 new cases per day per 100,000, with an 8.1 percent positivity rate, a state coronavirus data dashboard states. The case rate statewide was 16.5 with a 5.2 percent positivity rate.

The new cases in Tuolumne County were identified as three women and four men under age 20; four women and one man in their 20s; one woman and four men in their 30s; one woman in her 40s; three women and two men in their 50s; four women and two men in their 60s; one woman and two men in their in 70s; and one man in his 80s.

This month’s webinar for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with information on how to stay in compliance with safety measures was scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

There have been 648 total cases of COVID-19 in the county since the pandemic began, with 387 individuals recovered and eight deaths.

As of Wednesday afternoon, California had counted more than 1,047,785 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 18,360 deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 11.48 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 250,180 Americans.

The California Department of Public Health has issued a travel advisory for people coming into the state. People arriving from outside the state on nonessential travel should quarantine 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to immediate household members.

The state testing site off West Stockton Street is facing a huge increase in demand for testing this week, as is the Adventist Health Sonora hospital, Tuolumne County Public Health said.

No-cost COVID-19 testing is available at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora five days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The test site offers testing for anyone age 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Appointments are required and appointments are available three days in advance. Appointments can be made at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (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. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect anyone against COVID-19, but it can reduce an individual’s risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

Free flu shots are available at the Tuolumne 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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