CORONAVIRUS

Nurses from the Bristol-Burlington Health District collects a patient's nasal swab at Bristol Hospital's drive-through coronavirus specimen collection station. The station has collected over 120 samples on previous days but, due to a scarcity of specimen collection kits, the hospital collects 40 tests a day. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant/TNS)

A person who came to Tuolumne County to attend a large multi-day gathering has tested positive for the coronavirus, Public Health announced Saturday.

No other information on the person or the event was released.

The news release also said people who are not following public health instruction to quarantine, wear face masks and are attending events have led to multiple clusters of positive cases. 

“While many businesses and activities are permitted, this does not mean that they are risk-free. In fact, many otherwise healthy individuals have contracted and spread the disease through these activities. Individuals should limit outings, avoid traveling outside their own community, and avoid gathering with those outside of their own household,” said Dr. Liza Ortiz, the interim health officer.

The release said, “To maintain our county’s response capacity, it is vital that the public follow all guidance to help protect themselves, our essential critical infrastructure workers, and our community. We are approaching the threshold for local testing capacity due to the extraordinarily large amount of contacts involved in the cases identified in the last two weeks.”

On Thursday, test results for seven positive cases were announced, the highest number in a single day since the virus appeared here in March. In all, 22 people have been diagnosed with the virus, 12 remain in isolation and one is in the hospital. In all, 2,915 tests have been given. 

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