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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. (NIAID/TNS)

A Tuolumne County man in his 70s who was hospitalized with COVID-19 complications has died, the county public health director said Tuesday afternoon.

The man’s name was not released. County public health staff said he had no apparent contributing underlying health conditions.

He is the third coronavirus-related fatality in the county after two other men died from the disease over the same weekend in late July.

In addition, nine more individuals in the county have tested positive for coronavirus since last Friday. Three of them were isolating, one was hospitalized, and five who were previously in isolation are now recovered.

County public health staff have counted nearly 200 total cases of coronavirus since March. More than 180 of those individuals have recovered. 

A county data website was down Tuesday due to electricity blackouts imposed by Pacific Gas and Electric. County public health staff did not immediately respond to a request for up-to-date case totals Tuesday.

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

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