COVID-19 Friday Update: 37 New Cases in Calaveras County, 13 in Tuolumne County | New

There were 37 more new cases of COVID-19 on Friday in Calaveras County and 13 new cases in Tuolumne County, and Tuolumne County public health said rates of daily cases were starting to decline.

Calaveras Public Health does not disclose the age, sex, or immunization status of new cases or deaths. Out of 13 new cases in Tuolumne County, one individual has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

There were 61 active cases in Calaveras, including one person hospitalized with COVID-19. In Tuolumne County, there were 169 active cases, with six COVID-positive patients hospitalized.

Immunization data compiled by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 57.9% of the population of Calaveras County was fully vaccinated by Friday afternoon and 57.4% of the population of Tuolumne County fully. vaccinated.

Calaveras County’s case rate was 43 per 100,000. The running average of Tuolumne County cases over the previous two weeks fell to 39.2 per 100,000 on Friday, from 41.9 on Thursday.

“We are seeing our case rate slowly declining,” Tuolumne County Public Health said Friday. “Thank you for continuing to take these positive steps to protect ourselves and those around us from illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Immunization is the single most important step we can take to reduce the spread of disease and reduce the impact on our health system.

On Friday, new cases in Tuolumne County were identified as two girls and a boy under 12; two boys between 12 and 17 years old; a woman and a man between 18 and 29 years old; a man in his thirties; two men in their forties; a woman and a man in their fifties; and a man in his sixties.

Earlier this week, new cases were reported resulting from delayed COVID-19 test results in Sonora last week, Tuolumne County Public Health said on Monday.

The agency was referring to the largest testing site in Tuolumne County, at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. The test site is operated by Logistics Health Incorporated, a subsidiary of OptumServe, which is a federal health services contractor paid by the State of California.

LHI OptumServe contractors sometimes provide test results to people who get tested at Mother Lode Fairgrounds within 48 hours. Sometimes it can take a full week or more to get test results. Some people tested on Tuesday morning last week received test results Tuesday evening this week.

Tuolumne County Public Health had counted 103 coronavirus deaths as of Friday since the pandemic began early last year. At least 30 of those deaths had occurred since August 1, when cases of the delta variant began to increase in Mother Lode. Two of the 103 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the county were people who had been fully vaccinated when they died, while the rest were not vaccinated.

Deaths of unvaccinated people in Tuolumne County in the past two months have included people in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The two fully vaccinated people who died were between 80 and 90 years old. Calaveras County had counted 74 coronavirus deaths since the start of last year.

“There are positive steps we can take to protect ourselves and those around us from illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” Tuolumne County Public Health said this week. “Vaccination is the single most important step we can take to reduce the spread of disease and reduce the impact on our health system. “

Additionally, wearing masks in public, keeping your distance from others, avoiding crowds, washing hands, cleaning surfaces and staying home when sick will help slow the spread of COVID-19, said Wednesday. the agency.

Booster injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been approved for certain populations, primarily those 65 years of age and older and those at higher risk.

Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for booster injections at this time. They are intended only for those who have completed their Pfizer vaccination series at least six months earlier, Tuolumne County Public Health said Friday.

Local health officials share the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech booster injections:

• People 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions should receive a booster of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions may be boosted with Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, depending on their individual benefits and risks. .

• People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional environment may receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech at least six months afterwards. their primary Pfizer-BioNTech series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

The county public health department says clinics and upcoming appointments can be accessed on MyTurn: https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255. Some pharmacies and health care providers also offer vaccines.

“Being fully vaccinated lowers your risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” Calaveras Public Health said last week. “People should be vaccinated whether or not you have ever had COVID. It has not yet been shown how long you are protected from the new COVID after your recovery. Vaccination helps protect you even if you have had COVID in the past. “

A Calaveras public health mobile vaccination van now offers free COVID-19 testing. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Please provide information on health insurance if available,” the agency said. “If you are not insured, the government pays for your test.”

Register to reduce wait times at https://bit.ly/3wpNEUU in line. People without Internet access can register on the site.

Tuolumne County’s largest testing site, at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, is supposed to be open seven days a week. Testing is no longer available at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.

Test appointments can be made online at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123. Tests are also available through Adventist Health Rapid Care and the hospital emergency department if you have symptoms.

Flu vaccination clinics hosted by the Tuolumne County Public Health Department are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on October 6 at Sierra Bible Church near Tuolumne Road, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 6. October 13 at 1890 Main Street in Groveland. Tuolumne County Public Health will also be offering flu shots from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Call (209) 533-7401 to make an appointment.

Anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine. Individuals can register to be notified of upcoming clinics and make an appointment on MyTurn at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or by calling (833) 422-4255. For more information on the different avenues to get a vaccination in Tuolumne County, visit www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/1317/COVID-Vaccine in line.

When should you get tested: five days after travel or close contact with other people outside your home; as soon as possible in case of symptoms; and / or every 14-28 days if you work regularly with the public.

Tests are available from:

• Adventist Health Sonora, call first: (209) 536-5166;

• Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora – 7 am-7pm seven days a week. Appointments are recommended and can be scheduled at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.

• Twain Harte Pharmacy: dial (209) 586-3225 for information and appointments.

• Groveland Pharmacy: Call (209) 962-5211 for information and appointments.

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