COVID-19 vaccine

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department received its first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16.

Extreme weather across the United States is delaying coronavirus vaccine deliveries and could impact immunization clinics in Tuolumne County next week, the county Public Health Department said Wednesday.

Individuals age 70 and older who have not yet received COVID-19 vaccinations, do not have appointments scheduled, and want to be vaccinated were urged Wednesday to call Tuolumne County Public Health at (209) 533-7440.

The department also counted four new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with zero new cases involving inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center state prison outside Jamestown.   

The four new cases Wednesday were identified as two men and a woman in their 60s; and a woman in her 90s.

Tuolumne County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 55 on Wednesday. The deaths of three local residents were announced Tuesday. They were identified as a woman in her 70s who was hospitalized, a man in his 80s, and a man in his 90s. Investigations determined their deaths were COVID-related. No information about when or where the three individuals died was released.

Also as of Wednesday, Tuolumne County had counted 3,857 total coronavirus cases since early last year when the pandemic began, with 2,481 community cases and 1,376 inmate cases. Inmate cases accounted for 35.67% of Tuolumne County’s cases. No inmates at the SCC prison have died from COVID-19, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

There were 45 active cases of coronavirus in Tuolumne County and two COVID-positive individuals were hospitalized as of Wednesday.

Tuolumne County’s daily case rate of 13.1 per 100,000 people and testing positive rate of 4% were down slightly from the previous week. Nevertheless the county remained in the state’s purple tier for widespread risk of coronavirus infection.

 The county Public Health Department continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to people in Phase 1A and Phase 1B-Tier 1 of a state vaccine distribution plan, for individuals age 70 and older as well as education workers, childcare workers, and emergency services workers. Visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine online for more information.

A state vaccine dashboard updated Wednesday showed 9,792 vaccine doses had been administered in Tuolumne County. The county’s estimated population is 54,660.

As of Wednesday afternoon, California had counted more than 3.41 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 47,500 coronavirus deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 27.8 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 489,940 Americans.

The COVID-19 testing site at Mother Lode Fairgrounds, set up by the state and run by Optum Serve-LHI, is supposed to be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Once-a-week testing sites are being staged at Groveland Community Hall, 18720 Main Street in Groveland, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays; and at Tuolumne Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave. in the town of Tuolumne, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Appointments can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

People with concerns about new or worsening symptoms can call Adventist Health Sonora’s COVID-19 Triage Line at (209) 536-5166.

The county COVID-19 call center is open during normal office hours. People who have questions or concerns can call (209) 533-7440.

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

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