A medical worker prepares to collect samples from individuals who signed up for "drive-through testing" for the coronavirus at a Penn Medicine site in West Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Penn, Jefferson and other area hospital systems have set up drive-through stations to swab for samples that can be tested for the coronavirus. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)


A fifth case of COVID-19 in Tuolumne County was reported by the Public Health Department Wednesday.

A 76-year-old woman identified only as a Tuolumne County resident has been hospitzlized.

Adventist Health Sonora reported positive results for her test, which will also be checked by a public health laboratory. 

The health department didn’t say how the woman contracted the virus. The news release said an investigation has begun, which would include contract tracing to see how many other people were exposed.

The other four Tuolumne County residents who tested positive for the coronavirus have recovered, the Health Department release said.

One person who tested positive for the coronavirus is an inmate at Sierra Correctional Center. Another is Linda Jensen, a 56-year-old East Sonora woman, who told The Union Democrat she never had any symptoms — fever, dry cough, fatigue.

She was isolated at home for about a week before the Health Department told her last week she was free to go out, but she decided to stay in with her roommate who was supposed to be in quarantine until Friday. 

In all, 1,276 people in Tuolumne County have been tested. Across the county, 1.89 million people have been diagnosed with the virus, 426,000 have recovered and 109,000 have died.

The Health Department has scheduled a virtual town hall for 4 p.m. Friday on its Facebook page they’re calling “The New Normal: Staying Connected.”

An assortment of public health and social service officials will talk about how children, families, seniors and vulnerable people can manage the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic as businesses reopen.

Questions can be submitted in advance via:

To attend the meeting: or call 1-669-900-9128 with access code 980-4877-8492.


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