The Union Democrat

Tuolumne County’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 145

- By GUY MCCARTHY The Union Democrat

An unvaccinat­ed man in his 70s was the latest Tuolumne County resident to die from COVID-19, local public health officials confirmed on Wednesday.

The county Public Health Department did not disclose any additional informatio­n about the man’s death, including when and where he died.

Since the pandemic began early last year, COVID-19 has killed 145 Tuolumne County residents, including 72 since Aug. 1. There have been 91 deaths in Calaveras County attributed to the disease.

Tuolumne County added eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which included seven unvaccinat­ed individual­s.

There were 80 active cases in Tuolumne County on Wednesday, including eight people hospitaliz­ed with COVID-19.

Seven of those hospitaliz­ed patients were unvaccinat­ed.

The daily case rate in Tuolumne County decreased Wednesday to 19.4 per 100,000 residents averaged over the previous two weeks, down from 20.7 per 100,000 on Tuesday.

New cases in Tuolumne County on Wednesday were identified as a girl under age 12; three men in their 30s; one man in his 40s; a woman and a man in their 50s; and one woman in her 60s.

Calaveras County added 11 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Its public health

division does not publicly disclose vaccinatio­n status of new cases or deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The Tuolumne County Public Health Department is urging people to “Spread Joy, Not COVID” during the winter holidays.

There are positive actions everyone can take to protect themselves and others from illness, hospitaliz­ation, and death from COVID-19, the department said.

Vaccinatio­n, including boosters when eligible, remain the most important step individual­s can take to reduce the spread of disease, and reduce impacts at local health care facilities, the department said.

Continuing with basic preventive actions like wearing masks in public, keeping social distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when sick will also help slow the spread of the virus, the department said.

“These actions remain the same in light of the omicron variant,” the department said.

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