CORONAVIRUS

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)

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the Mother Lode continued a daily upward trend on Tuesday, with seven new cases in Calaveras County and three in Tuolumne County.

There were two people hospitalized for the virus in Calaveras County and six in Tuolumne County. Both were an increase from previous reports.

One of the previous active cases in Tuolumne County was also moved from isolation to the hospital.

There have now been a total of 104 cases in Tuolumne County since the pandemic began, with 31 active and 73 recovered. The total in Calaveras County was 94 as of Tuesday, with 49 active and 44 recovered.

Calaveras County reported its first death from the virus on Monday, though no one has died in Tuolumne County.

All seven of the new cases in Calaveras County were people 49 and younger.

“No matter how old or young you are, you can get sick and potentially be at risk for serious illness if exposed to the virus,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County health officer. “To keep you, your family, and community safe and save lives, consider getting tested.”

None of the newly reported cases in Tuolumne County on Tuesday were associated with the jail, the public health department stated, which has reported four new cases in the past week.

Dr. Liza Ortiz, interim Tuolumne County health officer, gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and discussed how close the county has gotten to being placed on California’s ‘monitoring list,” which would require it to shut down individual business sectors.

The county would be placed on the list if it has 53 or more new cases over a two-week period and would have to close down additional businesses if it stayed at that rate for three consecutive days.

There were 47 new cases identified in the two-week period between July 7 and Tuesday, though the county has gotten to as high as 51 in the past.

Children 3 or older accompanied by a parent or guardian can now get tested at the state’s free testing site at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, the public health department announced Tuesday.

The site is open mostly by appointment from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Appointments can be made at www.lhicare.com/covidtesting and are strongly recommended because walk-ins are “extremely limited.”

Ortiz said to the board on Tuesday that anyone experiencing symptoms should self isolate and contact their health care provider about getting tested, because the results can be faster than the state testing site.

Anyone experiencing symptoms who doesn’t have a health care provider can contact Adventist Health Sonora’s COVID-19 hotline at (209) 536-5166, or get more information at https://valleycovidhelp.com

 

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