The Union Democrat

Another unvaccinat­ed Tuolumne County resident dies of COVID

- By ALEX MACLEAN

Tuolumne County’s 137th death from COVID-19 was identified on Tuesday as a man in his 60s who was not vaccinated against the infectious disease.

The location and date of the man’s death was not disclosed by the county Public Health Department, which also reported 26 new coronaviru­s cases were confirmed on Tuesday.

There were also 10 people hospitaliz­ed for COVID-19 in the county as of Tuesday, all of whom were said to be unvaccinat­ed. That was down from 15 hospitaliz­ations reported the previous day, with 14 of those being people who weren’t vaccinated.

New cases on Tuesday were identified as a girl and two boys younger than 12, a boy between the ages of 12 and 17, two women and two men between 18 and 29, a woman and two men in their 30s, two women and one man in their 40s, four women in their 50s, three women and one man in their 60s, two women in their 70s, and a woman and a man in their 80s.

The county had 149 active cases on Tuesday out of 7,689 total since the pandemic began, which included 1,621 inmates who tested positive for the virus while locked up at Sierra Conservati­on Center in Jamestown.

Calaveras County had 47 new cases and no deaths to report on Tuesday, but it has declined to provide the vaccinatio­n status or other informatio­n about people who have become infected.

A Moderna COVID-19 clinic will be held by the Tuolumne County Public Health Department from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the First Presbyteri­an Church at 11155 Jackson St. in Columbia.

The clinic will offer the initial two-dose vaccine series to anyone 18 or older who hasn’t been vaccinated yet, as well as booster shots for those eligible who got the second dose of their initial vaccine series at least six months ago.

Everyone 65 and older or those 18 and older with underlying medical conditions or who work in a setting that puts them

at a high risk of catching COVID-19 is eligible for a booster shot as long as they received their second dose at least six months earlier

Walk-ins are welcome at the clinic on Saturday, but people are encouraged to schedule appointmen­ts by going to www.myturn.ca.gov. For more informatio­n, all the county Public Health Department at (209) 533-7440.

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