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Madera County Reports 20 New Cases, Fifth Death

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 334.

MCDPH also reported another COVID-19-related death, a man in his 80s who died Sunday night at Madera Community Hospital, the fifth death in Madera County since the pandemic began in March. That man originally tested positive for COVID-19 on June 8 and although his case remains “under investigation,” the source of transmission is listed as “community spread.”

Ten of the latest cases also were contracted via community spread, according to MCDPH. County health officials say they are finding it increasingly difficult to carry out contact tracing as case numbers grow and more victims become reluctant to cooperate fully with investigators.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, there were 142 active cases and 187 recoveries. Eleven of the active cases are serious enough to require hospitalization, according to MCDPH.

Monday’s report also includes case numbers from Saturday and Sunday since MCDPH switched their updates to a Monday-Friday reporting system several weeks ago.

According to MCDPH’s data dashboard, a total of 27 cases have now been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County foothills and mountain communities. That total represents one additional case added over the past 72 hours.

To check the latest MCDPH update, click here.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, there were 183,553 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 5,556.

Nationwide, there have now been more than 2.35 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Monday passing 122,000.

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