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Posted by: News_Desk on 01/12/2021 06:34 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 01/12/2021 06:34 PM
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Calaveras Public Health Reports 23 New Cases of COVID-19 in Calaveras County - Community-Based Testing Sites Offer No-Cost Testing, Vaccine Rollout Continues to Move Forward

San Andreas, CA... On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Calaveras Public Health confirmed 23 additional cases of COVID-19 in Calaveras County. To date, Calaveras Public Health reports a total of 945 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 879 cases have since recovered while 44 cases remain active. There have been a total of 22 confirmed deaths related to
COVID-19 reported in Calaveras County.

January 13 and February 10
Jenny Lind Fire Department
6501 Jenny Lind Road
9:30AM - 1:30PM

January 27 and February 24
The Armory
695 Main Street
9:30AM - 1:30PM

January 20 and February 17
West Point Community Hall
22283 Highway 26
10:00AM - 1:00PM

No appointment is needed to get tested at either event. Register ahead and show up anytime during testing hours. People can register using a QR code or by visiting Masks covering your nose and mouth are required. Other dates and locations will be announced.

No appointment is needed at these testing sites. Register ahead and show up anytime during testing hours. People can register using a QR code or by visiting If you are unable to register online, you will be able to register at the site. Masks covering your nose and mouth are required. Other dates and locations will be announced.

The test is a self-administered nasal swab. It only goes into the nostril a little bit to gather a sample. Results typically take 1-3 days, though the actual time may vary. You will receive your results online. A text and email notification will be sent when results are ready.

The goal of these testing clinics is to quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not know they are infected. Identifying people
who are infected will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. People should take these steps while waiting for test results:
 If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others
 Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
 Think about the people you have recently been around. This will be important information to give health workers if your test is positive.
 Answer the phone call from Calaveras Public Health or call 754-6460 if your test is positive.

People should self-quarantine as much as possible while awaiting the results. Without self-quarantine during that time, you may be exposing others to the virus if you have it. If you get a negative result on your test, continue to physically distance yourself and monitor for symptoms. If you get a positive result on your test, you should isolate yourself as much as possible. Work with family and friends ahead of time to make a shared plan for how to help someone with COVID-19 receive care, isolate, and go to the hospital if symptoms are severe. 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.

Calaveras Public Health continues to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to move through Phase 1a of its vaccine rollout plan. This week additional community partnerships will be announced to ensure efficient, effective, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccination efforts will continue to focus on priority groups according to the CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine. Vaccine allocation is administered in phases by prioritizing groups by risk and level of exposure. Calaveras Public Health is currently evaluating the state guidelines which are subject to change.
The best thing everyone can do right now while they wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. Stay home as much as possible and only go out for work, exercise, or essential services.

The Regional Stay at Home Order remains in effect. Calaveras County is grouped with 11 other counties which include: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne. Calaveras is currently subject to the requirements of the Regional Stay at Home Order given that the regional ICU bed capacity remains below 15%.

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

Because COVID-19 is highly infectious, one infection can quickly grow into an outbreak. The safest way to gather is to spend time with people in the same household and gather
virtually with family and friends who aren’t from your household. Traveling to see friends and family could increase your risk of infection and further the spread of COVID-19 in
your community. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly recommends:
 Californians stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel
 Anyone arriving into California should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

For complete details and requirements, read CDPH’s Travel Advisory.

OptumServe continues to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing at the Sonora location. Register online at or call (888) 634-1123. The testing site is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Blake Elliot Building (Creekside), 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA 95370. Additional COVID-19 test sites can be found on the Calaveras County COVID-19 website. Starting on January 19, OptumServe will be providing no-cost COVID-19 testing in Murphys. It will be open every Tuesday after that from 7AM-7PM.It will be located at Ironstone, Heritage Room, located at 1894 6 Mile Road, Murphys. People can register using the same OptumServe website and phone number.

Testing for COVID-19 is advised, especially:
 People who have symptoms of COVID-19
 People who have had close contact with someone that is confirmed to have COVID-19
 People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider

Public Health staff continue 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.

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

 Fever or chills
 Cough
 Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
 Fatigue
 Muscle or body aches
 Headache
 New loss of taste or smell
 Sore throat
 Congestion or runny nose
 Nausea or vomiting
 Diarrhea

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
 Inability to wake or stay awake

Calaveras Public Health asks 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.

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

Please see additional COVID-19 information below:
Zip Code* Case Count
95221, 95222
95232, 95245
95246, 95250
95224, 95247, 95251, 95229
95226, 95252
95255, 95257, 95248
* Zip codes with less than 2% of the county population are combined with neighboring zip codes.

Case Count
0-17 63
18-49 431
50-64 213
65+ 238

Case Count
Male 420
Female 523
Undetermined/other 2

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Posted on: 2021-01-13 11:19:00   By: Anonymous
Fear it what is Widespread! in a county of 50,000 residents 945 have contracted the virus in the last year, less than 2%! Of the >2%, we have lost 22 people or 2.3% of those 945 infected. Did they die "With Covid" or "Of Covid" that is the real question. FEAR is the REAL Virus and its slowing killing those of you who live with it!

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    Posted on: 2021-01-13 11:40:37   By: Anonymous
    If you think about this on a common sense level, a fourth of our population hasn't even been tested. Calaveras has failed in available testing sites, protecting each other, believing in science, greed and lies. The community has even managed to push out health officials and even insult a fire chief for telling people to be safe. Complete and utter failure.

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    Posted on: 2021-01-13 16:19:37   By: Anonymous
    945 are *known to have contracted the virus.

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      Posted on: 2021-01-13 20:23:21   By: Anonymous
      Yes and 22 people died * with COVID!

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        Re: /\/\ Yes and...
        Posted on: 2021-01-14 15:03:24   By: Anonymous
        After seeing the previous Valentines Day ad I can imagine there will be another surge of Covid with all these folks going to these places to eat and lodge at etc.!

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