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Madera County Reports 36 New Cases; Total Now 893

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The latest cases, which include those confirmed both Thursday and today, bring the countywide total to 893.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, MCDPH was reporting a total of 430 currently active cases — and 455 recoveries.

Twelve people with coronavirus are currently hospitalized and Madera County has registered  eight COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began in March.

According to MCDPH’s COVID-19 data dashboard, 12,195 county residents have been tested for COVID-19.

To check the latest update from MCDPH, click here.

No new cases were reported Friday in Mariposa County, which has seen 31 cases, 22 recoveries and one death from COVID-19.

Earlier this week (Tuesday), following directives from the governor’s office, Dr. Simon Paul, Madera County’s health officer, issued a formal health order closing “bars, pubs, breweries, brewpubs, dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms” in the county until at least July 28. 

These businesses represent “settings where groups convene and may mix with others for a prolonged period of time, increasing the risk of escalating the transmission rate of COVID-19,” Dr. Paul stated.

California set several single-day records for new COVID-19 cases this week as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing. The current surge in new cases “jeopardizes” the physical reopening of the state’s public schools next month, Governor Gavin Newsom said this week.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, there were 304,874 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 6,890.

Nationally, there have now been 3.23 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the U.S. death toll from the virus reaching 136,000 on Friday.

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