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Last New Case Reported Sunday; Total Active Cases Now 20

MADERA — The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases so far in Madera County still stands at 33. No new cases were reported on Monday or today.

In their Tuesday update, county health officials said they are currently still monitoring 20 active COVID-19 cases — and an additional 63 home-isolating individuals for signs of the coronavirus.

Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials on Sunday reported one new confirmed coronavirus case, a man in his 30s thought to have contracted the virus through community spread. MCDPH confirmed two more local cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a man and a woman both in their 40s who are now in home isolation.

MCDPH Director Sara Bosse, who continues to encourage county residents to “stay the course” in terms of social distancing, said late last week that she does not believe the county has seen the “peak” of cases yet.

As of Tuesday according to county officials, two of the local coronavirus victims are hospitalized, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s.

Eleven people around the county who contracted the virus are now fully recovered and two people have died.

In advance of the Easter/Passover holiday, Bosse issued a statement regarding public events. In her directive, the health director emphasized that so-called “drive-through and drive-in” events do not qualify for an exception to the current ban on mass gatherings put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom last month to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

“The purpose of the current public health stay at home orders in place in California are to prevent the spread of COVID‐19 within our community. While asking people to stay in their cars while attending events may seem like a way to gather without a risk of exposure, there remain significant problems with this plan,” Bosse said. Read her full statement here.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, there were 24,371 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California, with the statewide death toll now standing at 731.

According to its latest report, MCDPH has now monitored a total of 537 county residents for signs of coronavirus.

For the latest MCDPH update, click here.

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