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Madera County Reports 1 New Case Saturday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health reported a single new case of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases so far countywide to 67.

Officials said the latest case involves a male “under 20” now in home isolation. Saturday’s report from MCDPH say the manner of transmission in the latest case is “under investigation.”

Health officials are reporting that 25 of the 67 total cases remain “active” while 40 people who were confirmed with the virus have recovered.

Two county residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s, have died. Both of those victims reportedly had underlying health conditions.

County health officials have monitored nearly 1,015 people so far for COVID-19.

While only a handful of local coronavirus victims have had to be hospitalized, cases of potential person-to-person transmission appear to be on the rise. In Saturday’s update, MCDPH officials said they are now “monitoring” 102 additional individuals for COVID-19 — and that a total of 1,320 county residents have been tested since the pandemic began two months ago.

For the latest update from MCDPH, click here.

Mariposa County, which has reported a total of 15 COVID-19 cases to date, has not reported a new case for almost a week.

Other neighboring counties have been much harder hit by the pandemic. Tulare County has reported more than 1,000 cases to date — and  44 deaths — while Fresno County has seen 840 cases and nine deaths.

Earlier this week, the Madera County Board of Supervisors authorized Sheriff Jay Varney to send a letter to the governor asking that Madera County be allowed to move more quickly into the next phase of business openings.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, there have been 66,164 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the statewide death toll now at 2,687.

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