CDC Covid Community Level June 24
Tuolumne County Public Health There are 236 new laboratory-confirmed community-based cases and 18 Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) inmates, eight of whom were hospitalized between Saturday, June 25 and today, Friday, July 1. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reports 21 active cases at SCC. There were 212 active community cases, up from 260 last week, up 129.
Tuolumne Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Dori Beetz detailed that the Tuolumne epi team is coordinating multiple outbreaks, including assisted living and nursing homes. One challenge for teams is that the CDC has changed their definition of “close contact” from six feet to 15 minutes, more than 15 minutes in a shared airspace or room without protective equipment. This reflects a shift in understanding of how the virus is spread, not necessarily contagious.
Bietz says the current wave of Covid Variant Omicron BA.2 is waning, but Omicron Variant BA.4 and 5 are on the rise and now account for 50% of lab tests sampled. The overlapping of two waves of variants increases the number of current waves. “I don’t predict when we’re going to go up and down again,” Beetz says. He noted that nationally, BA.4/5 is more transmissible than BA.2, which doesn’t necessarily cause worse disease or hospitalizations, but hospitalizations increase as infections become more common. The impact on the local hospital is not so severe at the moment, “Most of the medical care comes in, they’re down, they’re not taking up as many ICU beds.” Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Kimberly Freeman noted that two of the three most recent Covid deaths were local hospitalizations and cases with co-morbidities, with the second death being a delayed notification of death in May. Dr. Freeman agrees that much of the impact on the hospital has had several employees at home due to illness, which has affected other businesses.
Flu Locally and throughout the region, Tuolumne County said, “We have had a high incidence of influenza, including 14 patients admitted to Adventist Sonora in the last 2 months.” The flu is a respiratory illness, and the way to avoid getting sick with the flu is the same as protecting yourself and those around you from COVID-19:
- getting vaccinated; Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacy about the flu vaccine
- Wear a mask in public, especially indoors
- Stay home when you are sick!
- Keep your distance as much as possible and avoid crowds
- Wash hands frequently and clean surfaces
It is known that there is an increase in Covid cases from sewage samples across California, but the exact percentage of people infected in a particular community is not known. Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Kimberly Freeman says: “It’s really impossible to count, no one knows how many people are sick and being tested at home and it’s not being reported.”
Newly reported community cases of Covid-19 this week include 12 cases of people aged 17 and under and 110 cases of people aged 60 and over. New Covid demographics: 5 girls and 5 boys 0 to 11, 1 girl and 1 boy 12 to 17, 21 women and 8 men 18 to 29, 20 women and 11 men in their 30s, 15 women and 11 men 40 years old, 15 women, 11 men and another 50 years old, 17 women and 25 men 60 years old, 19 women and 12 men 70 years old, 14 women and 8 men 80 years old, 11 women and 4 men 90 or older.
The total current case rate, the Tuolumne County 14-day average, increased from 38.5 to 38.5 per 100,000 population. Another 74 people are believed to have been released from isolation, bringing the total to 11,538. The positive rate of the 7-day test is 24.2% of 24.2%.
monkey pox Tuolumne Public Health says, “We will continue to monitor and coordinate the monkeypox situation.” California currently has 89 probable and confirmed cases (up from 39 last week), with none in Tuolumne County yet. The risk to the general public is currently considered low and we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves. Click here for information on monkeypox, including prevention.
Calaveras Public Health Weekly updates on Tuesdays. They report 83 new laboratory-confirmed cases from June 22 to June 28. The number of cases is higher than the 77 new laboratory-confirmed cases among residents a week ago. They reported 38 active cases, compared to 22 active cases last week. There is one active Covid hospitalization to report.
COVID-19 test If you test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 – Isolation Instructions (click here) To make an appointment for testing at the testing site: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
Mother Lode Proving Ground Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The State Proving Ground at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds has begun testing to treat minor operations here.
The site will be closed from Wednesday, June 29th for Mother’s Day and Independence Day.th through Monday, July 4th. They will open on Tuesday, July 5th and will be open on Wednesday, July 6th for an additional working day.
- Home test kits can be ordered for free at https://www.covid.gov/tests.
- Families with school-age children can apply for free kits by contacting the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools.
- The Department of Public Health has a limited number of free home kits (note, as a medical facility, masks are always required in our lobby).
- Home test kits can be purchased at pharmacies.
- Other testing sites near the area can be found at: https://myturn.ca.gov/testing.html
A vaccine against the COVID-19 virus Children 6 months to 5 years old are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. The Tuolumne Public Health team has added immunizations to our clinic schedule starting next week, or families can contact their child’s health care provider. Appointments are available at myturn.ca.gov for June 27, June 29 or July 1 at the health department on Cedar Road in Sonora. For more information, click here: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-moderna-and-pfizer-biontech-covid-19- vaccines – children
More information on covid vaccine booster names can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html. Appointments in Tuolumne and Calaveras can be made through myturn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255 or through local pharmacies, more details here.
||EST. 2022 in total||All cases (all deaths)|
6/20 to 6/27
|Calaveras 6/22 through 6/28||83||38 (1)||3.013||7,770
|Butterfly 6/24 – 6/30||81||29 (3)||1,830||3,696
6/24 – 7/1
|Tuolumne 6/25 through 7/1||254||212 (8)||6,657||14,940 (185)|
|Colors indicate CDC Community Level: green-low, yellow-medium, orange-high|