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Madera County Reports 9 More Cases Monday; Total Now 172

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.The latest virus victims, six men and three women, range in age from a male under 20 to another male in his 80s, according to MCDPH.Six of the new cases were contracted via person-to-person transmission, one via community spread and two other cases remain ...

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Yosemite’s Phased Reopening to Include ‘All Primary Attractions’

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, Yosemite National Park will “continue to incrementally increase recreational access,” stated a press release issued by park officials Monday.“Beginning June 11, the park will open all the primary attractions to some extent and visitors will ...

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Music on Screen: Next Up, Singer/Songwriter Nicholas Lefler

MARIPOSA — In the next installment of the Music on the Screen Virtual Concert Series — a pandemic alternative to Music on the Green — the Mariposa County Arts Council and its sponsors present multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Nicholas Lefler from Murphys, California. Lefler will live stream from the Mariposa Arts Council Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 13). A ...

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‘Hunters Fire’ Forces Evacuations in Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A fast-moving brush fire near Lake McClure has prompted emergency evacuation orders for residents near Hunters Valley and Detwiler Roads in Mariposa County, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.Six residences were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday morning, with the fire reportedly just 15 percent contained as of 7 a.m. The blaze, which so far has burned ...

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Madera County Reports 8 New Cases Saturday; Total Rises to 163

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.The latest virus victims, four men and four women, range in age from 20s to 40s. Seven of the new cases were contracted via person-to-person transmission and the source of the eighth case is “under investigation,” according to MCDPH.With Saturday’s newest cases, Madera County ...

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Yosemite National Park Officials Declare ‘Stage 2’ Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE — Citing “high fire danger” and “enhanced risk to the public, employees and first responders” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Yosemite National Park is enacting park-wide fire restrictions “to reduce the threat of human-caused wildfires,” stated a press release issued late this week by park officials.Yosemite begins its “phased” reopening today (June 5), allowing access to the Yosemite Wilderness to ...

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Capping Worst Week So Far, County Reports 14 New Cases Friday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, capping the single-worst week for new cases since the pandemic began. Since Monday, county officials have confirmed 49 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 155.Testing of county residents for coronavirus has increased substantially in the past two weeks, ...

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Beasore Rd Work Set to Begin; Chiquito Bridge to be Replaced

MOUNTAIN AREA — Construction work on Beasore Road above Bass Lake will begin on Wednesday (June 10), with paving planned to take place on the road beginning approximately one mile past the Upper Chiquito Bridge. Motorists can expect up to two-hour traffic delays during the project — “and a lot of construction equipment traffic traveling along Beasore Road,” said a ...

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YHS Student to be Recognized for COVID-19 Fundraising Efforts

AHWAHNEE — Avery Bunnell, a 16-year-old sophomore at Yosemite High School, is doing his part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the crisis began, Bunnell, who lives in Ahwahnee, has raised $41,000 for the Madera County Food Bank and $7,000 for Manna House of Oakhurst. He has also collected some 3,000 KN95 surgical masks for area health care workers and ...

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Spike: Madera County Reports 24 New Cases in Past 48 Hours

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed 12 more new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, adding to the dozen cases reported Wednesday — with the past 48 hours seeing the single-largest two-day spike of new cases since the pandemic began in March.The county has now reported a total of 141 cases, with 49 of those cases currently ...

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