Coronavirus

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An older woman who lives in the upper Highway 4 corridor has tested positive for the coronavirus.

This is the fifth reported case in Calaveras County.

Dr. Dean Kelaita, the Calaveras County health officer, said in an announcement Monday morning that the woman’s exposure to COVID-19 occurred outside of Calaveras County, Kelaita said.

County public health staff were doing contact tracing to try to identify people who may have had close personal contact with the woman, including friends, family members, and health care professionals, to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness, Kelaita said. Close personal contacts identified during the investigation will be placed under strict quarantine.

Two of the five total confirmed cases in Calaveras County have recovered, Kelaita said.

Tuolumne County had two confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday. Asked for an update Monday morning, Michelle Jachetta, the Tuolumne County health program supervisor and emergency preparedness coordinator, said, “We do not have updated data yet. Will report as soon as possible.”

In San Joaquin County, which borders Calaveras County on the west, there were 206 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths as of Monday morning. There were no deaths associated with COVID-19 reported in Calaveras County as of Monday morning.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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