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Tuolumne and Calaveras counties remained in the orange tier for moderate risk of exposure to COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the former added three new cases that were all identified as people who had yet to be vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Unvaccinated individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in Tuolumne County were identified Tuesday as a woman between 18 and 29 years old; a woman in her 40s; and a man in his 60s. Five new cases that the county reported from Saturday through Monday were also said to be people who have not been vaccinated.

Calaveras County added two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, though no information on the demographics or vaccination status was provided.

A California Department of Public Health update on its Blueprint for a Safer Economy came out Tuesday with 10-day-old data for the week ending May 15. Tuolumne County Public Health said the Tuolumne County case rate decreased slightly to 3.0, and the test-positive rate decreased to 1.6. Those decreases were not enough to move Tuolumne County from the orange tier to the least restrictive yellow tier.

Continuing to practice preventive measures will help Tuolumne County on the path to the yellow tier and prevent spread of disease in the county, Tuolumne County Public Health said.

Get vaccinated, wear a face covering in public, keep your distance, wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, limit exposure outside of your bubble, and get tested, Tuolumne County Public Health said.

More information on the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/#county-status online.

Tuolumne County Public Health said Tuesday that “testing data has been updated to reflect tests conducted among prison inmates rather than community members, and a duplicate case has been removed from our total case count.”

Tuolumne County residents are free to get vaccinated at clinics in other counties, including 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at San Andreas Library for Pfizer vaccines; and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at El Portal Community Hall for Moderna vaccines.

Everyone 12 and older is eligible for COVID vaccinations in Tuolumne County. People 12 to 17 are currently authorized to receive Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations.

Individuals can register for notification of upcoming clinics and schedule appointments on MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a state vaccine dashboard showed 34,092 vaccine doses administered in Calaveras County. The county’s estimated population is 46,300. The same dashboard showed 41,789 vaccine doses administered in Tuolumne County, where the estimated population is 54,660.

Also as of Tuesday, California had counted more than 3.67 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a total of 61,770 coronavirus deaths. Nationally, the pandemic had resulted in more than 33.16 million confirmed cases and contributed to the deaths of more than 590,890 Americans.

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