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 new case of COVID-19 was identified in Tuolumne County late Friday afternoon as California continues to reopen from a more than two-month shut down due to the pandemic.

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department issued a press release after 8 p.m Friday stating it was informed late that afternoon of a county resident who tested positive for the virus at Adventist Health Sonora and was isolated at home.

“We are awaiting confirmatory lab results from the San Joaquin Public Health Lab and the case is currently under investigation,” the release stated.

The department said more information would be released as it becomes available.

A daily update was published by the department after 3 p.m. Friday showing the county at the time with the same amount of cases as it had for weeks -- two, both of whom have since recovered.

According to Friday’s daily update, 889 tests had been conducted in the county and 887 had come back negative.

The new case comes just over a week after the county was granted a variance to advance into “late Stage 2” of the state’s reopening process, allowing restaurants to have seated dining and other types of nonessential business to reopen. 

One of the requirements to advance into “late Stage 2” was to have no new positive cases or deaths for 14 days, though Gov. Gavin Newsom revised those rules this week to fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 people over the same time period.

 

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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