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Madera County Reports 12 Cases Friday; Total Rises to 578

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 578.

As of 4 p.m., MCDPH was reporting a total of 238 currently active cases — and 335 recoveries. Thirteen of the active cases are serious enough to require hospitalization.

Health officials also are currently “monitoring” 435 other people for COVID-19 — and have now tested nearly 9,200 county residents since the pandemic began.

With big crowds expected at Bass Lake over the Independence Day holiday, Oakhurst businesses are preparing for an influx of visitors. 

Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that bars be closed and restaurants curtail indoor dining in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties because of the rising number of cases locally — a situation that so far, both Madera and Mariposa counties have been able to avoid. 

Madera County did register its fifth COVID-19 related death last week, a man in his 80s who died Sunday night (June 21) at Madera Community Hospital. The victim, who had underlying health conditions, originally tested positive for COVID-19 on June 8.

According to MCDPH’s data dashboard, a total of 36 cases have now been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County foothills and mountain communities. No new cases were confirmed in Reporting Area D over the past 24 hours, according to health department officials.

To check the latest MCDPH update, click here.

Mariposa County reported no new cases on Friday. The county’s total of 27 cases so far includes one fatality — and 18 recoveries.

On the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, California recorded a grim milestone — passing a quarter million confirmed cases since the pandemic began. The number of new cases continues to surge — both across the state and country — with new cases on the rise in 40 of 50 states. But at least in California, the daily death toll appears to have leveled off and started to decline, even though in some parts of the state, hospitals report ICU beds are increasingly at a premium.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, there were 250,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 6,314.

Nationally, there have been 2.84 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, with the U.S. death toll from the virus at 131,000.

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