Tuolumne County Public Health recommends limiting gatherings

Sonora, California – Tuolumne County Public Health is today reporting 24 cases in the community and 16 inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center for a total of 40 new cases of COVID-19 in the county. There are 285 active cases including 18 hospitalized. Public health states that “All gatherings during this time of increased COVID transmission carry the risk of causing a cluster of cases. Public Health recommends postponing any gathering for the time being. We strongly recommend that gatherings of more than fifty people be postponed. The larger the gathering, the greater the risk that a member of the group will transmit the virus. If it is not possible to defer, consider measures to mitigate the risk. Vaccination, testing, wearing masks, group size reduction, and outdoor events all help reduce risk. “

Public health further emphasizes: “If you receive a positive test result, please isolate yourself at home and our public health team will contact you as soon as possible.” For information and advice on isolation and quarantine, they recommend the guide at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Guidance-on -Isolation-and-Quarantine-for- The COVID-19-Contact-Tracing.aspx guidelines for personal care and other advice from the CDC are here.

The breakdown by sex and age for the 24 community cases is as follows: 2 women aged 0-11, 1 woman aged 12-17, 5 women aged 18-29, 2 women and 5 men aged 30-39 , 3 women and 1 man aged 40-49, 1 woman and 1 man aged 50-59, 2 women and 1 man aged 60 to 69.

A total of 4 of the 24 new cases were vaccinated, 3 with Moderna, 1 with Pfizer. Out of 577 cases since June 15, when the first vaccinated individual was reported to have a Covid infection, 59 in total have been identified; 30 Moderna, 18 Pfizer, 5 J&J, 2 unidentified and 2 others partially vaccinated. Public health notes that 72% of vaccine doses administered by public health were Moderna vaccine. They state that “the small number of cases among vaccinated individuals does not necessarily demonstrate a lower level of protection from one vaccine over another.”

A total of 21,987 inhabitants of Tuolumne are fully vaccinated and 3,573 are partially vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 52% of people eligible for Tuolumne (12 years and over).

The California Department of Corrections reports 112 active cases to the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC). A total of 68% of the 3,310 inmates managed by the prison, which includes all of the southern fire camps, are fully vaccinated and 1,441 inmate cases have been resolved. The associated staff of 1,178 and 39% are fully immunized.

There are two new national public health guidelines that impact healthcare workers and visitors, as detailed here.

The state testing site at Tuolumne Memorial Hall is open Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Extended operating days are expected to be implemented next week and will include testing from Friday to Tuesday. 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The site is being moved to Sonora, Tuolumne Public Health says they will release more information as details are confirmed. Appointments are recommended, but appointments are accepted. Please note that the site may close briefly for meal breaks. Appointments can be made at www.lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. The test is also available through Rapid Care or the hospital emergency department if you have symptoms or if you contact your healthcare provider.

Appointments for vaccines can be made at local pharmacies and at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255. Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine, Pfizer is approved for children 12 to 17 years old. If you have any questions about MyTurn and the registration process, call Tuolumne Public Health at 533-7440 or email [email protected]

Public Health continues to strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, as it is the most important step we can take to reduce the spread of disease and prevent serious illness and death. In addition, the continued practice of other preventive actions such as wearing a mask in public, keeping your distance, avoiding crowds, washing your hands and staying sick will help slow the spread of the virus. The California Department of Public Health and the local county health department have released statewide masking guidelines for universal indoor masking, as detailed here. Adventist Health has detailed its response to the situation here. Tuolumne County has reinstated the mask mandate for those entering county government buildings detailed here.

Calaveras reports 17 new cases, 86 active cases and one hospitalization. Two of today’s cases are between the ages of 0 and 17, and there are no new cases of individuals aged 65 and over. Since the start of the pandemic, they have had 258 Covid-19 positive people aged 17 and under and 478 Covid-19 positive people aged 65 and over. Their highest active cases peaked at 123. Mariposa has 7 new cases, 46 active cases and two residents hospitalized with COVID-19. Mariposa’s highest number of active cases was 54 on January 4.

County / Date
Level color
New cases
Total number of cases COVID
Amador 8/5 118 24 2,063 39
Calaveras 8/6 86 17 2389 58
Mariposa 8/5 38 7 537 7
Mono 8/5 34 0 1,088 5
Stanislas 8/6 1,296 159 60 321 1,099
Tuolumne 8/6 285 40 4 817 73
For other county-level statistics, see our page here.

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