The California Department of Public Health moved Tuolumne County from the red tier for substantial risk of COVID-19 infection to the orange tier for moderate risk as of noon Tuesday.
New numbers for Tuolumne County showed 3.3 cases per day for 100,000 people and a 1.6% testing positivity rate over a seven-day average, both of which met the requirements for the orange tier.
“Our numbers suggest that we will make that move to orange, but don't want to get ahead of the state,” Dr. Eric Sergienko, the interim health officer for Tuolumne County, said Tuesday morning before the state updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy numbers and maps.
Moving to the orange tier will open some businesses that have closed and allow more business for some that have been restricted, Sergienko said Tuesday morning, adding that he thinks the orange tier “is a sustainable tier for many of our businesses.”
Sergienko on Tuesday urged everyone, all county residents and visitors, “to continue doing those individual actions that we know reduce transmission,” wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, and vaccinate when you are eligible. Also, get tested if you have frequent encounters with visitors to the area, are traveling outside of the area, or have symptoms.
See Wednesday’s Union Democrat for more details about the move to the orange tier.
Tuolumne County also recorded three new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, with none of them involving inmates at Sierra Conservation Center state prison outside of Jamestown.
The new cases were identified as two men in their 30s and a woman in her 70s.
Calaveras County remained in the red tier on Tuesday and added three new cases, though no additional information was provided.
No one in either county was hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday.
See the following for information on testing and vaccinations:
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.
• The Tuolumne County Public Health Department continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to people in Phase 1A and 1B of a state vaccine distribution plan, individuals 45 and older, people 16 to 64 in high-risk groups, as well as foster and resource parents, education workers, childcare workers, emergency services workers, and food and agriculture workers. 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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