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Sheriff Varney with some of the members of the County's "contact tracing" task force on March 21 (pre-social distancing)

County Departments Join Forces to Track COVID-19 Spread

MADERA — In times like these, teamwork is even more important — and can make a critical difference in how long the COVID-19 pandemic lasts.

As a week like no other ended, the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and Madera County Sheriff’s Office joined forces Friday to successfully track 70 percent of contacts from the two most recently confirmed COVID-19 cases in only 24 hours.

Those two individuals are members of the same family and are thought to have caught the virus through community spread. Both remain in isolation and are reported to be in “stable” condition.

“Special thanks to the Madera County Probation Officers and the Madera County District Attorney’s Office Investigators who worked along with us to get [the tracking] done,” said Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney. “This cut rate of spread significantly!”

As of Saturday morning, county officials are reporting two active cases of COVID-19 in Madera County, with the county’s first COVID-19 victim already “recovered and released from isolation.”

“The Madera County Department of Public Health has been closely tracking the progress of COVID-19 and has plans in place to protect residents and limit exposure in our community,” said MCDPH Director Sara Bosse.

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