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Posted by: News_Desk on 10/24/2020 10:04 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/24/2020 10:27 AM
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Calaveras Public Health Reports 1 Death and 3 New Cases of COVID-19 in Calaveras County

San Andreas... On Friday, October 23, 2020, Calaveras Public Health confirmed one additional death from COVID-19 in Calaveras County. The individual was a male over the age of 65 who resided in District 1. The individual tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to recover. The case is linked to an outbreak among residents of Avalon Health Care San Andreas. Avalon infection control staff continue to work closely with Calaveras Public Health to monitor and track any new cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. HIPAA privacy rules regulate the sharing of protected health information. No additional information will be reported about this individual.

Three additional cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Calaveras County. The three cases include one female between 18-49 years of age, and one female and one male over the age of 65. Two cases reside in District 1. One case resides in District 4. There are no new cases reported in the remaining Districts.

Everyone is at risk for COVID-19 and should take precautions to avoid getting exposed to the virus. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. This means that they may be hospitalized, require a ventilator to help them breathe, or may even be fatal. COVID-19
can be very serious and Calaveras Public Health asks that you follow the safety guidelines.

Calaveras Public Health urges those who would like to get tested for COVID-19 to please do so, especially:

People who have symptoms of COVID-19

People who have had close contact with someone that is confirmed to have

People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare

No-cost testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone 3 years of age and older. The OptumServe COVID-19 testing site located at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds is open Tuesday-Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Walk-ins are accepted. During the first week of November the COVID-19 testing site is moving to Tuolumne County. The state testing site, which is shared with Tuolumne County, will be located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. The hours of operation will remain the same with
appointments and testing starting on November 3rd. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19 please register online or call (888) 634-1123.

Calaveras Public Health urges people to take preventive actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering, get tested, wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick, and avoid any gatherings especially where physical distancing and masking is not being followed.

To date, Calaveras Public Health reports a total of 342 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 316 cases have since recovered while 8 cases remain active. There have been a total of 18 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Calaveras County.

Calaveras Public Health staff continues to investigate new cases to determine any possible persons who may have had close personal contact with the positive individuals. Close contacts may be contacted by the health department and monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness.

The best ways to avoid exposure to COVID-19 are to:

Stay home if you are sick

Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household

Wash your hands often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when around others

Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms of COVID19 include:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


A person who has tested positive with COVID-19 may not have all or any of these symptoms. A person who has tested positive but does not have any symptoms is considered asymptomatic and can still pass on the virus to others while they are infectious.

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing signs, seek emergency care immediately:

Trouble breathing

New confusion or weakness

Bluish lips or face

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

Inability to wake or stay awake

Calaveras County remains in the moderate county risk level (orange) on the state’s 4- tier COVID-19 system. Calaveras Public Health urges people to help the county lower its risk by taking necessary steps to prevent being exposed to the virus. Visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy to find specific business information and the county’s latest status.

Calaveras Public Health urges the public to be aware of scams. A contact tracer will never ask for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card information. Our contact tracers work for Calaveras Public Health. Contact tracers help contact people who have COVID-19 to track symptoms and make sure to keep our community safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It is likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter. Calaveras Public Health encourages that all people 6 months and older get their yearly flu vaccine. While getting the flu vaccine will not protect against COVID19, it is shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Please speak
with your local medical provider or pharmacist for flu vaccine.

To receive information and resources related to COVID-19 visit the Calaveras County COVID-19 website.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-24 12:42:58   By: Anonymous
It may be needed to wear masks around your own relatives . The next few months could be very different . Let’s be smart about the pandemic.

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    Re: /\/\ We need to wear masks around relatives...
    Posted on: 2020-10-24 13:18:24   By: Anonymous
    Ditto! Yep! I wear my mask diligently, observe social distancing, and always carry my hand sanitizer. Then when the powers that be give the "green light" then I don't have to worry about all that any more. thank you, SRS

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      Democrat Hoax
      Posted on: 2020-10-24 13:31:48   By: Anonymous
      Went to the San Andreas transfer station Friday. One unloading space was blocked off- Covid restriction the operator said. A lady came up and said "it is all a democrat hoax to rake our freedom away. I asked her what about the rest of the world, are they in on the hoax ? she did not answer. Neither wore a mask.

      Many in this county appear to believe the crap you hear on conservative outlets.

      Our Country health officer resigned because of his common sense regulations used around the world. The Magats sent him death threats, because of his medical oath to protect lives- how ignorant is that?

      Ignorance reigns in Calaveras County- Vote McClintock and keep the ignorance going...

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        Re: Democrat Hoax
        Posted on: 2020-10-24 15:12:15   By: Anonymous
        Who gives a sh*t about these cases. Stop talking about this virus. Nothing is going to change. People will not vaccinate when one is available. Open up these businesses and start acting like fearless people. It's these damn Democratic Governors who are to blame for the struggling economy because they do not know how to do their job. Wear your masks, keep your distance. If you are paranoid then stay home like a hermit and don't enjoy life just because you might contract a virus.

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          Re: Democrat Hoax
          Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:10:09   By: Anonymous
          I agree...protect the elderly, and let everyone else make their own decisions of what they are going to do for themselves and their children.

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      Re: /\/\ We need to wear masks around relatives...
      Posted on: 2020-10-24 15:50:36   By: Anonymous
      Only morons collect acorns!

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        Re: /\/\ Only morons collect acorns...
        Posted on: 2020-10-24 16:59:03   By: Anonymous
        I think this is really just a local issue regardless of what party is doing what and that is totally irrelevant. From what I understand California is doing great since the numbers have gone down and we could be seeing "the light at the end of the tunnel" soon. Now if everyone here locally could just "go with the program" and do what is suggested like wearing masks and social distancing etc., then maybe we'll get on the yellow tier and then ALL businesses and large venues etc. will be opening up. We are not out of this yet but getting close. By the way the suggestion of folks delivering candy out to cars is a great method along with families just celebrating Halloween at home with their own fun activities. Halloween can be just as fun that way too. Thank you, Stephen R Smith-a long time resident here and loyal to my country, president, state, and county.

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          Re: /\/\ Only morons collect acorns...
          Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:13:31   By: Anonymous
          You need to be in the elderly home, you are not quite right.

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            Re: /\/\You need to be in an elderly home...
            Posted on: 2020-10-24 20:51:30   By: Anonymous
            Sorry but I'm too young to be in an elderly home and for your info I am quite sane thank you. So you need not worry about my mental state of mind! Perhaps you're the one who has an issue? I feel so sorry for you!

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              Re: /\/\You need to be in an elderly home...
              Posted on: 2020-10-24 20:53:11   By: Anonymous

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        Re: /\/\ We need to wear masks around relatives...
        Posted on: 2020-10-25 08:45:05   By: Anonymous
        You must have truck loads then.

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    Re: best practices Covid 19
    Posted on: 2020-11-02 00:41:10   By: Anonymous
    Surely best practices minimise Covid-19 contaminations. This is the case of Turkey crisis management.
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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:05:38   By: Anonymous
As we learn that coronavirus is largely spread through tiny aerosols (airborne), it is important to avoid areas with poor ventilation, and crowds. The virus can stay suspended for longer in cold air as well.

This winter is going to be rough. Hospitals across the Midwest are at or over capacity. Cases are rising in 38 states. Other coronaviruses are seasonal and spread in winter.

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Disgusting and Unacceptable
Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:06:09   By: Anonymous
Isn't anyone else just lividly pissed off, besides me!, that the elderly are left in the rest homes to die from this? What in the freak are we housing all the homeless in hotels for when the elderly should have been moved to them? Maybe one or two elderly to a hotel room and a care worker for them...or something else???? Many more ideas I can think of besides what they are doing...where is the family and public outrage!

They are doing nothing but killing them! If that is the best we can do in this day and age we are all so screwed, and dead, might as well let loose the bomb on us all now.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:21:14   By: Anonymous
Scientific consensus on the COVID-19 pandemic: we need to act now

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 35 million people globally, with more than 1 million deaths recorded by WHO as of Oct 12, 2020. As a second wave of COVID-19 affects Europe, and with winter approaching, we need clear communication about the risks posed by COVID-19 and effective strategies to combat them. Here, we share our view of the current evidence-based consensus on COVID-19.

SARS-CoV-2 spreads through contact (via larger droplets and aerosols), and longer-range transmission via aerosols, especially in conditions where ventilation is poor. Its high infectivity,1 combined with the susceptibility of unexposed populations to a new virus, creates conditions for rapid community spread. The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 is several-fold higher than that of seasonal influenza,2 and infection can lead to persisting illness, including in young, previously healthy people (ie, long COVID).3 It is unclear how long protective immunity lasts,4 and, like other seasonal coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 is capable of re-infecting people who have already had the disease, but the frequency of re-infection is unknown.5 Transmission of the virus can be mitigated through physical distancing, use of face coverings, hand and respiratory hygiene, and by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Rapid testing, contact tracing, and isolation are also critical to controlling transmission. WHO has been advocating for these measures since early in the pandemic.

In the initial phase of the pandemic, many countries instituted lockdowns (general population restrictions, including orders to stay at home and work from home) to slow the rapid spread of the virus. This was essential to reduce mortality,6, 7 prevent health-care services from being overwhelmed, and buy time to set up pandemic response systems to suppress transmission following lockdown. Although lockdowns have been disruptive, substantially affecting mental and physical health, and harming the economy, these effects have often been worse in countries that were not able to use the time during and after lockdown to establish effective pandemic control systems. In the absence of adequate provisions to manage the pandemic and its societal impacts, these countries have faced continuing restrictions.

This has understandably led to widespread demoralisation and diminishing trust. The arrival of a second wave and the realisation of the challenges ahead has led to renewed interest in a so-called herd immunity approach, which suggests allowing a large uncontrolled outbreak in the low-risk population while protecting the vulnerable. Proponents suggest this would lead to the development of infection-acquired population immunity in the low-risk population, which will eventually protect the vulnerable.

This is a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.

Any pandemic management strategy relying upon immunity from natural infections for COVID-19 is flawed. Uncontrolled transmission in younger people risks significant morbidity3 and mortality across the whole population. In addition to the human cost, this would impact the workforce as a whole and overwhelm the ability of health-care systems to provide acute and routine care. Furthermore, there is no evidence for lasting protective immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following natural infection,4 and the endemic transmission that would be the consequence of waning immunity would present a risk to vulnerable populations for the indefinite future. Such a strategy would not end the COVID-19 pandemic but result in recurrent epidemics, as was the case with numerous infectious diseases before the advent of vaccination. It would also place an unacceptable burden on the economy and health-care workers, many of whom have died from COVID-19 or experienced trauma as a result of having to practise disaster medicine. Additionally, we still do not understand who might suffer from long COVID.3 Defining who is vulnerable is complex, but even if we consider those at risk of severe illness, the proportion of vulnerable people constitute as much as 30% of the population in some regions.8 Prolonged isolation of large swathes of the population is practically impossible and highly unethical. Empirical evidence from many countries shows that it is not feasible to restrict uncontrolled outbreaks to particular sections of society. Such an approach also risks further exacerbating the socioeconomic inequities and structural discriminations already laid bare by the pandemic. Special efforts to protect the most vulnerable are essential but must go hand-in-hand with multi-pronged population-level strategies.

Once again, we face rapidly accelerating increase in COVID-19 cases across much of Europe, the USA, and many other countries across the world. It is critical to act decisively and urgently. Effective measures that suppress and control transmission need to be implemented widely, and they must be supported by financial and social programmes that encourage community responses and address the inequities that have been amplified by the pandemic. Continuing restrictions will probably be required in the short term, to reduce transmission and fix ineffective pandemic response systems, in order to prevent future lockdowns. The purpose of these restrictions is to effectively suppress SARS-CoV-2 infections to low levels that allow rapid detection of localised outbreaks and rapid response through efficient and comprehensive find, test, trace, isolate, and support systems so life can return to near-normal without the need for generalised restrictions. Protecting our economies is inextricably tied to controlling COVID-19. We must protect our workforce and avoid long-term uncertainty.

Japan, Vietnam, and New Zealand, to name a few countries, have shown that robust public health responses can control transmission, allowing life to return to near-normal, and there are many such success stories. The evidence is very clear: controlling community spread of COVID-19 is the best way to protect our societies and economies until safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics arrive within the coming months.

We cannot afford distractions that undermine an effective response; it is essential that we act urgently based on the evidence.

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    Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:54:03   By: Anonymous
    Lock him up

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      Posted on: 2020-10-24 18:55:24   By: Anonymous
      The orange mentality ill president said ..

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    Posted on: 2020-10-25 05:42:21   By: Anonymous
    You can take all of your statistics and shove them up your ass!

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      Posted on: 2020-10-25 07:43:04   By: Anonymous
      Why do facts make you so angry?

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        Posted on: 2020-10-25 07:57:48   By: Anonymous
        Soon the non mask wearing criminal fake president will be a thing of the past ....

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          Posted on: 2020-10-25 07:59:35   By: Anonymous
          We prefer president’s that wear masks. Not the one that puts our family member’s in harms way ..

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            Re: bye bye Donald
            Posted on: 2020-10-25 08:07:37   By: Anonymous
            Let’s get this straight. Steve Bannon found the lap top with Hunter Biden at a repair shop . Rudy was in on it . The repair shop owner was blind . Does this in any sound like the complete bull s h i t from the republicans in 2016 . To attempt such a criminal effort shows us the level of criminality of Donald Trump and his republican lawmakers trolls ...

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              Re: /\/\ Lets get this straight...
              Posted on: 2020-10-25 08:43:12   By: Anonymous
              No lets get THIS straight: that's all bs and what you stated sir or ma'am you obtained from fake news!

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                No names of the non-elected
                Posted on: 2020-10-25 09:27:44   By: Anonymous
                No names of the non-elected

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                  Re: Murphys Hotel is a disgrace & the sheriff too..
                  Posted on: 2020-10-25 11:36:03   By: Anonymous

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                    Re: Murphys Hotel is a disgrace & the sheriff too..
                    Posted on: 2020-10-25 12:37:55   By: Anonymous
                    No names of the non-elected

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                      President Biden
                      Posted on: 2020-10-25 15:15:57   By: Anonymous
                      Trumps asked to lock up so many people we can’t even remember his ridiculous bull s h I t ...

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                        Re: President Biden
                        Posted on: 2020-10-25 15:18:28   By: Anonymous
                        Are we aloud to talk about the people in his camp that are convicted of crimes and did time in prison .

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                          Re: President Biden
                          Posted on: 2020-12-02 07:04:45   By: Anonymous
                          Ich hoffe, dass wir bis Anfang 2021 mit dem Covid fertig sein werden.Und ich werde endlich meine Operation Bauch Straffung Chirurgie Türkei durchführen können.

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