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Mariposa County Issues COVID-19 Update

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County officials issued this update late Thursday afternoon following their report earlier in the day of two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mariposa County:

As Mariposa County continues to follow the State Health Officer Order, our Department, other County Offices and the Board of Supervisors, continue to advocate to the State to allow a regional approach in flexibility. The statewide “Stay at Home” order is still in effect until further notice, however we expect that the order may be modified in a matter of “weeks”.

When the Governor issued the “Stay at Home” order, our Department Operations Center and Emergency Operations Center began working on a plan to re-open. Our local Advance Planning Roadmap Team continues to coordinate with County Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau, School District and varying community agencies to plan for safe ways to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to both employees and customers in the business setting.

We encourage businesses, organizations and community members to follow Mariposa County Doing Business page at www.mariposacounty.org to view planning documents and information. Facebook live events are scheduled each week, allowing business owners and community members to ask questions directly to Mariposa County Health and Human Services, Public Health and the Advanced Planning Team. The dates and times for these meetings will be released via the COVID-19 Text and Email system. To register for the alert system please text MCCOVID to 888-777 or visit the COVID-19 information page at www.mariposacounty.org.

With the help of our County partners we have been able to open a few areas for recreation. Just today, Merced Irrigation District announced the reopening of Lakes McClure and McSwain providing local access to boating and recreation beginning on Saturday, May 2nd. For the time being, the opening will be strictly limited to those considered to be local nearby residents, as defined in the MID Press Release, for boating, shore fishing, biking and hiking.

As a reminder Mariposa County has recently seen our first cases of COVID-19. Our Contact Tracing Team is diligently working to maintain containment to help keep the potential for community spread out of Mariposa County. We want to thank the public for doing their part. We understand the challenges that the “Stay at Home” has caused. We are planning for, and look forward to moving into Stage 2 safely, as more information comes to us from the State.

The Governor’s most recent update on the State plan can be viewed at: https://www.gov.ca.gov

We encourage the public to stay tuned to the Public Health Department’s Facebook page and County website, where we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

Please remember to wash your hands, cover your cough and use social distancing when out in public.

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