The following press release was issued by Calaveras County Public Health. 

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Calaveras Public Health reported 11 new cases of COVID- 19 in Calaveras County. The additional cases include two females and one male between the 0 to 17 years of age, two females and one male between 18 to 49 years of age, and two females and three males between 50-64 years of age. Five cases were reported in District 1, District 3 had one case, District 4 had three cases, and District 5 had two cases. There were no cases reported in District 2.

“Folks should continue basic actions to slow the spread of the virus in Calaveras County - wear a face covering, get tested, wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick, and practice physical distancing,” said Dr. Dean Kelaita, Calaveras County Health Officer. “We have to remain vigilant against this virus. Gatherings of any size carries a risk of getting infected with COVID-19, especially when physical distancing cannot be guaranteed. For this reason, people should wear a face mask when are around other people.” said Dr. Kelaita.

To date, Calaveras Public Health has reported 136 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 106 cases have since recovered while 29 cases remain active. There has been one reported death related to COVID-19 in Calaveras County.

The best ways to avoid exposure to the virus are to:

• Stay home if you are sick

• Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

• Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when around others

Calaveras Public Health staff continues 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, assessed and monitored for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 illness.

Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: 

• 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 

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing signs, seek emergency care immediately: 

No-cost testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone who would like to get tested. The OptumServe COVID-19 testing site located at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds is open Tuesday-Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Testing is now available to those age 3 and older. People are highly encouraged to register online. People without Internet access should call (888) 634-1123. To receive information and resources related to COVID-19 visit the Calaveras County COVID-19 website

• Diarrhea 

• Trouble breathing 

• New confusion or weakness 

• Bluish lips or face 

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 

• Inability to wake or stay awake 


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