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Fresno County Jumps to 13 COVID-19 Cases, Increasing by 5 on Monday



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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fresno County jumped to 13 on Monday as five additional people tested positive for the infection.
To date, six  Fresno County cases have been identified as being “travel-related,” two resulted from “person-to-person” transmission and five are currently “under investigation.”
“Although, there is no identified community spread in Fresno County, the risk to the general public is real,” Health Department officials said in a news release.
Meanwhile, Tulare County Public Health announced another confirmed case, bringing the total in that county to 17. 

“It’s important at this time that our community heed the governor’s order to shelter-at-home and ensure they’re only leaving their homes to access essential services. We are wishing all our positive cases a swift recovery.” — Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County health officer
Recent cases involved people from Dinuba, Porterville, Tulare, and Visalia. Public health staff is conducting contact tracing investigations.
“It’s important at this time that our community heed the governor’s order to shelter-at-home and ensure they’re only leaving their homes to access essential services,” said Dr. Karen Haught, the Tulare county health officer. “We are wishing all our positive cases a swift recovery.”
Twelve of the 17 cases involved people who had traveled. Two resulted from person-to-person contact. And, three cases remain under investigation, officials said.

135 Tulare County Residents Under Self-Quarantine

The county’s coronavirus website indicates that 135 people in Tulare County are under self-quarantine and being monitored by public health.
Public health officials in Tulare County continue to urge individuals to monitor their health closely and follow these tips:

  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings
  • If you are ill, stay home
  • If you are a member of a vulnerable population, stay home as much as possible
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice good hand and environment hygiene
  • If you are a person who has traveled outside the county or country, please call 2-1-1 to find about the potential need to self-quarantine
  • Call 2-1-1 if you have the symptoms of COVID-19, such as
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Inability to take in a deep breath
    • Other lower respiratory symptoms

Call 2-1-1 for Tulare County Hotline

Tulare County residents with urgent questions about or symptoms of COVID-19 can call 2-1-1, which is the information and resource hotline.
Although COVID-19 is occurring at the Tulare County Public Health Lab, results are only available through the testing physician, officials said.

Fresno County

Officials report 13 positive tests in Fresno County, six of which are travel-related.
You can find the latest Fresno County coronavirus information at this link.

Kern County

The most southern San Joaquin Valley county has 13 confirmed cases — 12 residents and one visitor.
Health officials said Tuesday that there have been 201 negative tests. Another 301 tests are pending. Eight returning travelers are being monitored.
The Kern County coronavirus page is at this link.

Kings County

There are no confirmed cases through Tuesday at noon. The public health department has collected 67 samples and received 62 negative COVID-19 results. There are no individuals currently being monitored in the county.
The county asks anyone with coronavirus questions to call 559 584-1401 and press 6.
Kings County’s coronavirus page is at this link.

Madera County

There are six confirmed cases, an increase of one since Monday. One person who tested positive has recovered is no longer in isolation.
Madera County coronavirus information is at this link.

Mariposa County

There are no confirmed cases in Mariposa County. Officials report 24 people tested with 14 negatives. The results of 11 people are pending.
The county’s latest coronavirus information is at this link.

Stanislaus County

The county reports ten cases as of Tuesday, an increase in two infections since Monday. Two of the cases are reported to be related to international travel, two infections came from close contact with another confirmed case and six resulted from community spread.
Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, the county’s Health Officer, noted in a Facebook video on Monday night that “community spread” does not necessarily mean an individual was infected with COVID-19 in the local area. An individual could have contracted the virus somewhere else in California or the U.S. before returning home to Stanislaus County, she said.
The county’s latest coronavirus information is at this link.

US Death, Case Totals Climb

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the United States had 51,825 confirmed coronavirus cases and 670 deaths.
There are 37,2757 cases worldwide and 16,231 deaths resulting from COVID-19, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email