MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the total of cases countywide to 198.
Friday’s report confirmed that the recent spike in new cases continues. Since May 26, the number of cases in Madera County has more than doubled — with this week ending with back-to-back reports of 10 new cases Thursday and today. Up until mid-May, the county had been averaging just one to two new COVID-19 cases per day.
All but one of the cases reported Friday were contracted via person-to-person transmission, according to MCDPH. The lone case not transmitted by a known source is being attributed to “community spread.”
MCDPH also announced Friday that County officials will begin reporting new cases on a Monday-through-Friday basis. Cases confirmed over the weekend will be reported out in the Monday update.
According to MCDPH’s latest report, the county currently has 61 active COVID-19 cases, with the majority of those victims in home isolation.
Four of the active cases currently are being treated in the hospital, 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 a woman in her 80s who died last week (June 1) at Saint Agnes Hospital.
To date, 134 local virus victims have made full recoveries.
To check the most recent update from MCDPH, click here.
Earlier this week, MCDPH unveiled a new data dashboard on its website that details additional information about virus victims.
According to the dashboard, 23 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County communities. (The total number of cases for Reporting Area D did not increase from Thursday to Friday.)
As of 4 p.m. Friday, there were 144,339 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 4,952.
Nationwide, there have now been more than 2.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Friday increasing to 116,000.