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Madera County Adds 28 New Cases; Mariposa County Sees First New Case in Weeks

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 226. Also on Monday, Mariposa County reported its first new confirmed case of COVID-19 since May 26.

While Mariposa County has seen just 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases — and one fatality — since the pandemic began almost three months ago, Monday’s report from MCDPH provided further evidence of the recent spike in new cases since June 1. During the past two weeks, COVID-19 in Madera County have more than doubled. (The county had a total of 107 confirmed cases on June 1.)

The latest cases reported today by MCDPH were actually a total of cases confirmed over the past three days because beginning last week, county health officials switched to a Monday-Friday reporting system. All cases confirmed over the weekend are now being included in the Monday report.

The means of transmission of nine of the 26 newest cases is “under investigation,” according to the health department. Four of the latest cases were contracted via “community spread” and the remaining cases were transmitted via “person-to-person” contact with a known virus victim.

According to MCDPH’s latest report, the county currently has 78 active COVID-19 cases, with the majority of those victims in home isolation. Six of the active cases currently require hospitalization, with one man in his 70s hospitalized while battling COVID-19 since late March.

So far, Madera County has recorded three COVID-19-related fatalities, including the most recent, a woman in her 80s who died June 1 at Saint Agnes Hospital.

To date, 145 local virus victims have made full recoveries.

To check the most recent update from MCDPH, click here.

According to MCDPH’s new data dashboard, 23 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County foothills and mountain communities. The total number of cases for Reporting Area D has not increased since June 11.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, there were 153,405 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 5,087.

Nationwide, there have now been more than 2.15 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Monday hitting 118,000.

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