Tuolumne County Public Health Update

Update November 3, 2:20 p.m.: The CDC updated its data and Tuolumne County was moved down to a moderate transmission level, while Stanislaus moved from a moderate level up to a significant level. The transmission level is a four-tiered level, with Significant being a step below High. The level of significant transmission shows 50-99 new cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, with the rate of positive tests in the last 7 days between 8-9%. It is moderate from 10-49 new cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days, with the rate of positive tests in the last 7 days between 5-7%. The CDC’s current data represents out-of-home testing as of Thursday. October 27 to Wednesday November 02. for percentage of cases and from Tue. October 25 to Monday October 31, 2022 for percent positivity. Tuolumne Public Health’s comments below are based on CDC data from previous weeks. All California counties remain in the low green community level of the three-tiered system, which the CDC determines with a formula that takes into account the seven-day case rate and the total number of local hospitalizations with COVID, as charted here and detailed here.

Original post November 3, 12:41 p.m.: Tuolumne County Public Health reports that there have been 127 known cases of Covid in the past month. This is down 81 from the 208 Covid cases last month as reported here. Tuolumne Public Health says, “We continue to see a mostly stable rate of new cases identified and remain at the low CDC community level for the past several weeks and are still at the level of significant transmission.”

There are 44 known active cases in the community and 27 new cases from Friday to Friday last week. New numbers are expected tomorrow and will be posted on our Covid page here. Positive home tests do not count. There are three cases of Covid in inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) reported by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The overall current case rate, a 14-day average for Tuolumne County, fell to 6.8 this week from 11.6 per 100,000 population in late September. The positivity rate of the 7-day test was 7.1%, down from 8.5%.

The LHI testing site at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds is open from 10am to 6pm Sunday through Thursday and will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.

The guidelines for masking the condition have been updated and recommendations are now based on the CDC community level in your area. As reported here, Tuolumne went green last week.

Covid-19 vaccine The updated formulation of the bivalent vaccine is now recommended for people age 5 and older. The booster is available two months after completing the initial series of vaccinations or your last booster. Make an appointment for your COVID vaccination at myturn.ca.gov or at your local pharmacy.

Monkey pox Public health says the risk to the general public remains low at this time and says “cases are declining across the country.” Tuolumne County has limited Jynneos vaccine available for those at highest risk as described here. For more information, including monkeypox prevention information, go here.

Flu season November is the typical start of cold and flu season. Get your annual flu shot and remember to follow preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and surface cleaning, proper nutrition and exercise, good rest, avoiding contact with others who are sick and staying home when you are unwell. These tips also help prevent other infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and RSV. Increased levels of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) found in the U.S. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for babies, young children, and the elderly. Prevention measures are similar to those used to prevent influenza and COVID-19. Learn more about prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/about/prevention.html or talk to your healthcare provider.

Flu shots are available at pharmacies, health care providers or the Department of Public Health on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. Call 533-7401 to schedule an appointment. Please bring the completed registration form with you. Flu shots, TB tests and more vaccine information can be found here.

Diabetes November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Today’s Diabetes Strikes Differently” and there are new ways to fight back. 1 in 3 adults in the United States has prediabetes, and only 10% know they have it. Talk to your healthcare provider about your diabetes risk or any questions you may have. Check out the Adventist Sonora Diabetes Resource Center here. Many resources on risk factors and assessment, prevention, treatment and more can be found at the links above and here: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/index.html

Give up tobacco Plan to quit smoking on November 17th during the Great American Smokeout. Join others across the country who are reclaiming their health, money and freedom from addiction. Public Health is coordinating with the Tuolumne County Blue Zones Project this year for an exciting local event featuring a $10 to $20 gift card and an oral hygiene kit to give away. For more information, call Tuolumne Public Health at (209) 533-7401.

Calaveras Public Health updates covid numbers every week on tuesday. They reported 22 new laboratory-confirmed cases since October 26th until November 1St. Calaveras reported 16 active cases, down from 17 in the last reporting period. There is one active Covid hospitalization. In the month of October, Calaveras reported one death from Covid.

Known Active (Hospital)
East. Total 2022 All cases (all deaths)
25/10 to 31/10
12 15 (0) 2,905 7,070
Calaveras 10/26 to 11/1 22 16 (1) 4001 8,636
Mariposa 22/10 to 28/10 18 N/A (3) 2,427 4,222
10/28 to 11/2
1 N/A 1270 3,216
Tuolumne 21/10 to 28/10 27 44 (1) 8,496 16,872 (198)
Colors indicate CDC community level: green-low, yellow-medium, orange-high Stanislaus: medium level of Covid (includes Modesto)

  • CDC Covid Community Level November 3

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