Tuolumne County public health staff counted seven new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and warned a rapid rise in coronavirus cases noted last week appears to be continuing.
There were 21 new cases counted in Tuolumne County last week, and a second consecutive week with this number or more cases will push Tuolumne County into a substantial risk, more restrictive category on a statewide Blueprint for a Safer Economy scale, county public health staff said Saturday.
The seven new cases counted Monday included three from Saturday and four from Monday. No cases were counted on Sunday. All seven individuals were in isolation.
The new cases represent both person-to-person spread, where the source of infection is known, and community spread, where it is not, county public health staff said. Some of the new cases counted in the past week have included individuals connected with two known clusters at unidentified businesses in Tuolumne County.
As of Monday, 275 cases of COVID-19 had been counted in Tuolumne County since March, with 239 individuals recovered, two individuals hospitalized, 18 active cases, and four deaths.
“The rise in cases we have seen in the past week have involved some who are part of two known clusters associated with workplaces, as well as those who are not part of any known cluster and indicate community transmission,” Michelle Jachetta, the county public health director, said in a Monday update.
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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 next week. The move is expected to happen Sunday, Nov. 1 to Monday, Nov. 2 with a start date for appointments and testing on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Testing site hours of operation in Sonora 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. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect anyone against COVID-19, but it can reduce an individual’s 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.