MADERA — County health officials on Tuesday reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The latest victims are both men, one in his 50s and another in his 70s. Both are currently in home isolation.
Tuesday’s new cases bring the total number of coronavirus cases in Madera County since the start of the pandemic to 23.
Across California as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 8,704 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, with the current state death toll now at 184.
Of the 21 active local cases, only two of the victims are hospitalized — a male and a female, both in their 70s.
The first person to contract the virus, a man in his 70s who got COVID-19 while traveling, has already fully recovered.
The other inactive case involved a 67-year-old Madera man who died last week, becoming the Valley’s first COVID-19 fatality. That man has since been identified as Jose Luis Sanchez Barriga. His cause of death was listed as “acute cardio pulmonary arrest, bilateral pneumonia and COVID-19.”
County health officials are now updating the count of coronavirus cases every 24 hours, posting the new tally around 4 p.m. The majority of cases contracted in the county so far have been through person-to-person transmission.
For an updated list on COVID-19 victims in Madera County, click here.
Sara Bosse, Madera County’s public health director, is encouraging county residents to remain vigilant and warned last week that “more positive cases are anticipated in the upcoming days and weeks.”
So far, Mariposa County is the only Valley county without a single confirmed case. That county’s health officer issued an order last week directing all county employers to check their employees’ temperatures daily before allowing the to start their shifts.
“All Mariposa County Residents should be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19 in themselves,” said Mariposa County Health Officer Eric Sergienko. “If any resident has COVID-19 symptoms they should isolate themselves for seven days after the start of symptoms, unless you should require further medical attention. ‘Isolation’ is defined as ‘separation of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.'”