Coronavirus

Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. (Elizabeth Fischer/KHN/TNS)

Six new cases of coronavirus were counted Monday by Tuolumne County public health staff, bringing the number of active cases to 16.

Four new positive cases of COVID-19 were identified over the weekend and two were identified Monday. All six new cases were isolated, Tuolumne County public health staff said.

As of Monday, 255 cases of COVID-19 had been counted in Tuolumne County since March, with 221 individuals recovered, 16 cases that remained active, zero individuals hospitalized, and four deaths.

Tuolumne County remains in a moderate risk level category on a statewide Blueprint for a Safer Economy scale.

No-cost COVID-19 testing is available at Frogtown outside Angels Camp five days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The test site at Calaveras County Fairgrounds offers testing for anyone age 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Walk-in opportunities for testing are limited. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time at www.lhicare.com/covidtesting online.

The Frogtown testing site will be moving to Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora in early November. The move is expected to happen Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, with a start date for appointments and testing on Nov. 3. Hours of operation are expected to remain 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19 can register online or call (888) 634-1123.

Local, state and federal public health authorities have warned this flu season could strain healthcare resources in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which nationwide has resulted in more than 8.2 million confirmed cases and contributed to more than 220,000 deaths since early this year.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, scientists say they can reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

Free flu shots are available at the Tuolumne County Health Department building at 20111 Cedar Road North, Sonora, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays for anyone 2 and older. Face coverings are required, social distancing guidelines must be followed, and all visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. Public health staff urge anyone with questions to call (209) 533-7401.

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

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