COVID-19 Update from Calaveras

COVID-19 Update from Calaveras 

Calaveras County Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita reports, while it appears the spread of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Copperopolis has been stopped, the county is preparing for more cases in the week ahead.

Kelaita says the investigation into the two cases of COVID-19 in Copperopolis began on March 10th, when a parent and child tested positive. The parents works outside the county in the healthcare field and unknowing at the time, the child, who attends Copperopolis Elementary, was in class for several days while considered infectious to others. In response, over 60 people were interviewed, including parents of other students, teachers, school staff and other community contact. Thirteen of those people received Coronavirus Tests because of their close contact, and all of those came back negative.

Dr. Dean Kelaita, adds “No further cases of coronavirus in connection with these two confirmed cases have occurred.” Kelaita says he is aware of 60 tests that have occurred in the county and that the public health department is only required to hear about positive tests.

During this time of high stress, instead of fear, Dr. Kelaita asked that residents “Channel it into concern and vigilance,” in taking needed steps, and not anger and hostility towards others.

Governor Gavin Newsom is still directing all Californians to stay at home. 1,700 cases have been reported in California.  

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