Three New Confirmed Cases In Tuolumne County
Sonora, CA — Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported to Toulumne County Public Health. These latest cases bring the total number for the county to 76 with 26 active cases. One of the new cases is hospitalized for COVID-19 and one of the cases previously reported as isolating at home has been hospitalized for COVID-19. Tuolumne, Calaveras and the City of Sonora all responded to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s newest closure order here. Yesterday all California counties were required to close the following business sectors: Indoor Dining, Bars, Breweries & Pubs (indoor and outdoor), Wineries & Tasting Rooms, Indoor Movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos & Indoor Museums, and Cardrooms. Dr. Ortiz, Interim County Health Officer has issued an updated Local Health Officer Order in alignment with today’s directive from the state. The local health order can be viewed here.
Tuolumne residents tested 6,822*, positive 76, hospitalized 2, in isolation 24, total recovered 50 (no change.)
The new cases involve 3 males one in their 30s, one in their 40s, and one in their 60s.
**Active cases as reported by the county or recovered and deceased known positive cases minus total known cases or for Merced, Mono and San Joaquin Counties a rolling 14-day total.
* Tuolumne County testing numbers include those routed through Public Health to a Public Health Laboratory and those reported through the State infectious disease reporting system. All positive cases of Tuolumne County residents must be reported to Public Health. State data is here.
Tuolumne County Public Health Updates
- 3 new cases are being reported. 2 of the new cases are isolating at home. 1 of the new cases is hospitalized for COVID-19. 1 of the cases previously reported as isolating at home has been hospitalized for COVID-19.
- Governor Newsom announced yesterday that all counties are required to close the following business sectors: Indoor Dining, Bars, Breweries & Pubs (indoor and outdoor), Wineries & Tasting Rooms, Indoor Movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos & Indoor Museums, and Cardrooms. Dr. Ortiz, Interim County Health Officer has issued an updated Local Health Officer Order in alignment with today’s directive from the state. The local health order can be viewed here.
- At this time, Tuolumne County is not on the county monitoring list. Details on what’s now open and closed can be viewed here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
- *In regard to whether or not individuals have been symptomatic: Cases in Tuolumne County have presented with a full range of symptoms, from being asymptomatic (having no symptoms), experiencing mild symptoms, those who have had more severe symptoms, including those who needed to seek medical attention, and those who have been hospitalized for COVID-related issues. An individual’s symptoms frequently change throughout the progression of the disease, so reporting how ill they are at the time of our report, does not necessarily indicate the severity of their illness throughout their infection with COVID-19.
- *Regarding specific locations of cases: As is standard practice for a county of our size with the number of cases we have, the health department does not release information that could compromise protected health information. As we begin to experience larger numbers of cases and “hot spots” may become evident, it may become useful to the public to know where those areas are. Every supervisorial district has had multiple cases. There is no part of the county that does not have community transmission. Additionally, Tuolumne County residents regularly travel throughout the county and regularly travel across county lines, so where they reside is not necessarily where the highest risk is. No matter the specific geographic location, everyone remains vulnerable to the disease and should take the recommended precautions to help protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community.
- *Data from the surrounding region and the state are evaluated by public health every day. Data and information regarding COVID-19 activity in our neighboring counties is presented at the twice-monthly Board of Supervisors meetings, is publicly shared on each county’s website, and can be viewed on the statewide data dashboard. And also for
- The no-cost state testing site is open at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds Tuesday – Saturday 7am to 7pm. Appointments can be scheduled ahead of time at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
- In regard to antibody testing, Public Health cannot speak to the accuracy of the tests being offered by commercial laboratories and we are not currently making a recommendation for the testing. Individuals should contact their healthcare provider to determine if testing is recommended. It is important to note that the relationship between antibody presence and immunity is not currently known. This means that if a person tests positive for antibodies, it does not necessarily mean that the person is immune to COVID-19. It is unknown if people who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies are at risk of infection. Also, antibody tests have not been shown to definitively diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection.
It is important that people continue to follow prevention guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Practice physical distancing at all times. Keep 6 feet space between yourself and others who are not part of your household. Stay in your household bubble!
- Wear a face mask if you aren’t sure you can maintain physical distancing while in public.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid unnecessary travel, and limit your outings to essential tasks.
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION & RESOURCES
Community Resources Portal: https://bit.ly/TCcovidPortal
Tuolumne County Public Health Website: www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/publichealth
Public Health COVID-19 Call Center: (209) 533-7440
California COVID-19 website: www.covid19.ca.gov
State Testing Site info and Appointments: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
Tuolumne County Business: www.tcdisasterassistance.com
CDC COVID-19 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Thank you for your support and efforts to protect the safety and health of our community