Coronavirus

There were still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tuolumne County as of Wednesday afternoon as the number of negative tests grew to 23.

The county Public Health Department released updated numbers that included nearly double the number of tests from the previous day, with the total taken now at 46. They were still awaiting the results from 23 tests.

Michelle Jachetta, the department’s emergency preparedness coordinator, said the increase was due to a combination of the inclusion of data from the state’s infectious disease reporting system and more testing being done in general.

Testing numbers also include all of those routed through the department to a public health laboratory, but do not necessarily include all that may have gone through a commercial laboratory because they are only required to report positive results.

A total of 598 people have tested positive for the virus throughout California as of Wednesday afternoon, with 14 deaths. There were still 1,045 pending tests statewide, according to the updated numbers, but the total number of tests was not known.

The department also included an updated list of closures as a result of the pandemic, which now includes the David Lambert Community Drop-In Center in Sonora, the Area 12 Agency on Agency’s office on Standard Road for in-person services, and the county libraries in Groveland and Twain Harte. 

Both the libraries were closed due to staff choosing to self-isolate during the public health emergency.

 

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.

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