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)

Calaveras County set a record for the largest number of cases in a single day with 13 people testing positive for COVID-19.

Public Health described it as “alarming and accelerating.”

“As we enter the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it is important for the public to refrain from group activities and large scale gatherings that have been shown to spread COVID-19 infection,” Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer, said in a news release. “What we are seeing in Calaveras County continues to be a significant outbreak of COVID-19 in several regions of our community. Widespread community transmission is now taking place throughout Calaveras.”

Precautions are critical, he said.

“Act as if everyone you come in contact with has COVID,” Kelaita said. “If things continue at this rate, we are in very serious risk of overwhelming our local hospital and limited ICU capacity. If this trajectory of disease continues, the virus is on the cusp of spiraling completely out of control in the Foothills.” 

He said if the spread continues he will announce the closing of businesses, restaurants, wineries and other group gatherings.


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