1 Death 117 new cases of Covid in Tuolumne, 54 cases in Calaveras

Tuolumne County Public Health reports that a man in his 80s has died from Covid-19. There are 117 new Covid-19 positive cases identified since yesterday, 112 are community cases and 5 are Sierra Conservation Center inmate cases. Newly reported community cases include 30 cases aged 17 or younger and 16 cases aged 60 or older. Tuolumne County’s active community cases have increased from 85 to 586, including 6 people hospitalized.

Tuolumne public health officials say, “We are aware that test results from the [state Covid testing] site have been delayed due to high usage across the state. Currently we are seeing results take up to 4-5 days.

Tuolumne health officials also say, “While our COVID response team is continuing case investigation and contact tracing efforts, due to the sharp increase in cases we are experiencing, we will only be reaching not everyone with a personal phone call. Vaccination and other COVID-related data can be found on the state’s website. Tuolumne residents who receive a positive test result will likely receive a text or email from a “virtual agent” who will provide them with information on what to do next. Health officials say, “You can help slow the spread of Covid-19 by responding to texts, calls or emails and isolating yourself when you have symptoms or a positive test result. Also tell any close contacts you had for 2 days before you got sick or were tested. All close contacts should follow current quarantine guidelines and get tested 3-5 days after exposure. If you are at high risk of serious illness or hospitalization, you can contact your doctor to discuss potential treatment options. If you are not symptomatic, have not tested positive for COVID-19 recently, and are not in quarantine, get vaccinated or boosted. Updated to the most recent isolation and quarantine guidelines, Tuolumne’s health order is here.

The state reports the 14-day average of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 is 9 down 35.7% from the 14-day average the previous day. The state reports no critical care beds available in Tuolumne County out of six.

New Covid cases by sex and age: six girls and five boys aged 11 or under, nine girls and 10 boys aged 12 to 17, 10 women and seven men aged 18 to 29, 11 women and nine men in 30s, 8 women and 6 men in their 40s, 10 women and 5 men in their 50s, 5 women and 4 men in their 60s, 3 women and 2 men in their 60s and 2 men in their 40s.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports 94 cases of currently active inmates. There have been 1,693 inmate cases at the Sierra Conservation Center, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports CSC is managing 3,194 inmates with 82% vaccinated, including all Southern Fire Conservation Camps and has tested 52% of the prison population in the last 14 days. There are 73 staff who report having Covid, an increase of 3 out of 1,160. A total of 506 staff report being or having been Covid positive with a 56% vaccination rate reported among staff.

The total current case rate, a 14-day average for Tuolumne County, has risen from 104.9 to 113.7 per 100,000 population. The case rate hit a low of 15.1 on December 17. A total of 24 people were released from solitary confinement, in total 6,835 were released from solitary confinement. The lowest number of active cases since July was 62 on November 29. The county sends samples from residents for sequencing which takes time, so far the Omicron Covid-19 variant has yet to be detected. In total, 59% of the population eligible for vaccination was vaccinated.

Calaveras County Public Health reports 54 new cases since yesterday. There are 22 more active cases for a total of 112 active cases including two Covid hospitalizations. Ten of the new cases are 17 or younger and nine are 65 and older, in total 884 under 17 and 834 over 65 have been identified with Covid. There are 34 others counted as recovered for a total of 4,743 cases and 55.99% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in the county. According to the state, Calaveras’ 14-day average for Covid hospitalizations remains at two with no increase or decrease and there remain five critical care beds available.

Mariposa Health Officials report that they may not be contacting all cases due to the large number of people testing positive. They are asking those who show symptoms or test positive to stay home to reduce the spread. Mariposa shares that people with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can appear from 2 to 14 days, and with the Omicron variant seem to appear most often from 2 to 4 days. Here’s what they recommend doing if you have symptoms or feel sick:

  • Stay at home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home except to seek treatment.
  • Do not visit public places.
  • Take care. Rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in contact with your doctor. Call before receiving medical attention. Be sure to get medical attention if you have trouble breathing, or have other emergency warning signs, or think it may be an emergency. Details are on cdc.gov.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people against fraudulent coronavirus home testing/rapid testing, as noted here.

COVID-19 testing Public Health recommends making an appointment to get tested 5 days after possible exposure and if you have symptoms, get tested immediately. The Tuolumne County State Testing Site hours are 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds and will be open on the Martin Luther King, Jr. January. Appointments can be made at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. Tests are also available at pharmacies, Rapid Care and hospital emergency departments if you have symptoms, or contact your health care provider. More details are here.

Covid-19 vaccine appointments and booster injections are recommended. The CDC recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised children ages 5 to 11 receive a booster shot of the Covid vaccine 28 days after their second injection. The CDC also now recommends people get a booster shot if they completed a Pfizer series at least five months ago, or the Moderna series at least six months ago, or a J&J vaccine at least two months ago. month. Vaccination appointments for children ages 5-11 can be made through myturn.ca.gov, or by calling 833-422-4255, or through local pharmacies, details are here. To learn how to deal with a fear of needles or phobia and help others, see the CDC’s information guide here. Learn more about self-care strategies by visiting namica.org

Active (Hospital)
Total 2022 All cases (all deaths)
love 1/11 66 278 (9) 196 4,170
Calaveras 1/12 54 112 (2) 314 4,949
Mariposa 1/12 39 68 (12) 237 2,039
Mono 1/12 56 195 285 2,260
Stanislas 1/12 802 7,342 (161) 7,486 92,459
Tuolumne 1/12 117 586 (6) 982 9,266 (152)
Cases declared at the end of 2021 and 2020

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