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There were two more COVID-19 deaths and 40 new cases Tuesday in Calaveras County, while Tuolumne County had 42 new cases, public health agencies in San Andreas and Sonora said.

The two deceased individuals were identified as a woman and a man, both in their 50s, said Cori Allen, the Health and Human Services Agency director for Calaveras County. No other information about the deaths, including when and where the individuals died, was disclosed. 

The deaths were the 75th and 76th coronavirus deaths counted in Calaveras since the pandemic began early last year. The Calaveras Public Health Division does not disclose vaccination status of new cases or deaths.

Out of 42 new cases in Tuolumne County, seven individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Tuolumne County Public Health. The remaining 35 individuals were all unvaccinated. In addition, Tuesday’s total cases for Tuolumne County included 19 “jurisdictional transfers from weeks prior” that were added to the county’s coronavirus data records on Tuesday.

There were 229 active cases Tuesday in Tuolumne County, including five COVID-positive individuals who were hospitalized. Tuolumne County’s running average of cases for the past two weeks dropped to 36.7 per 100,000 residents on Tuesday, down from 38.8 on Monday.

Vaccination data compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 57.7% of Tuolumne County’s population fully vaccinated as of Tuesday afternoon, and 58.4% of Calaveras County’s population fully vaccinated.

New cases in Tuolumne County on Tuesday were identified as one girl and eight boys under age 12; three girls and seven boys between 12 and 17; four women and three men in their 30s; two women and four men in their 40s; a man in his 50s; two women and two men in their 60s; and four women and one man in their 70s.

As of Tuesday evening, Tuolumne County Public Health had counted 105 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began early last year. More than 30 of those deaths had occurred since Aug. 1, when delta variant cases began surging in the Mother Lode. Two of the county’s 105 confirmed coronavirus deaths were people who had been fully vaccinated when they died. The remaining 103 were unvaccinated.

Deaths of unvaccinated individuals in Tuolumne County in the past two months have included  people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. The two people who were fully vaccinated and died were in their 80s and 90s.

“Thank you for continuing to take the positive actions to protect ourselves and those around us from illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,”  Tuolumne County Public Health said Tuesday. “Vaccination is the most important step we can take to reduce the spread of disease, and reduce the impact to our healthcare system.”

In addition, Tuolumne County Public Health emphasized, preventive actions like wearing a mask in public, keeping your distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when sick will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been approved for certain populations, primarily those who are age 65 and older and those at higher risk. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for booster shots for now. They are intended only for those who completed their Pfizer vaccination series at least six months earlier,  Tuolumne County Public Health said in September.

Local health authorities are sharing federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots:

• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People ages 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

• People ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

The county Public Health Department says upcoming clinics and appointments can be accessed at MyTurn: or by calling (833) 422-4255. Some pharmacies and healthcare providers are also providing vaccinations.

“Being fully vaccinated lowers your risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” Calaveras Public Health said last month. “People should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID. It has not yet been shown how long you are protected from getting COVID again after you recover from COVID. Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID.”

A Calaveras Public Health mobile vaccination van is now offering free COVID-19 testing. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Please bring health insurance information if available,” the agency stated. “If you're uninsured, the government pays for your test.”\

Register to reduce wait times at online. People who do not have internet access can register at the site.

The largest testing site in Tuolumne County, at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, is supposed to be open seven days a week. The testing site is run by Logistics Health Incorporated, a subsidiary of OptumServe, which is a federal health services contractor being paid by the state of California. Testing is no longer available at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.

Testing appointments can be scheduled online at or by calling (888) 634-1123. Testing is also available through Adventist Health Rapid Care and the hospital emergency department if you are experiencing symptoms.

Flu shot clinics hosted by the Tuolumne County Public Health Department are being planned between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Wednesday at Sierra Bible Church off Tuolumne Road, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13, at 1890 Main St. in Groveland. Tuolumne County Public Health will also offer flu shots 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Call (209) 533-7401 to make appointments.

Anyone 12 and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine. Individuals may register for notification of upcoming clinics and schedule appointments on MyTurn at or by calling (833) 422-4255. For information on the various avenues to obtain a vaccination in Tuolumne County, visit online.

For information and guidance on isolation and quarantine, visit online.


When you should get tested: Five days after travel or close contact with others outside 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;

• Rite Aid at 855 Mono Way, Sonora:

• Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora  — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled at or by calling (888) 634-1123.


• Book vaccine appointments at or call (833) 422-4255.

• Homebound residents in Tuolumne County can contact or (209) 533-7440 for a mobile vaccination appointment. They or their caretakers can also go to and select “homebound.”

• CVS and Rite Aid stores in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties: sign up at or

• Adventist Health Sonora: find more information at or call (209) 536-5165.

• The Safeway pharmacy: register at or call (209) 533-7812.

• The Save Mart pharmacy: register at or call (209) 536-1118 for Sonora store.

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

• Groveland Pharmacy: call (209) 962-5211 for information and appointments.

• Information on VA Clinic vaccinations:

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

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