MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 359. Tuesday’s latest numbers represented Madera County’s highest single-day total of new cases since the pandemic began.
The spike in new cases around the county came the same day California reported its single-biggest jump in new cases. On Tuesday, the state also hit a record 3,700 hospitalizations.
Two of the latest local victims are hospitalized. MCDPH also reported that more than half of Tuesday’s cases were transmitted via community spread. County health officials said late last week that they are finding it increasingly difficult to carry out contact tracing as case numbers grow and more victims become reluctant to cooperate with investigators.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, county heath officials were reporting 152 active cases — and 202 recoveries. Eleven of the active cases require hospitalization and MCDPH is currently “monitoring” 336 other people for COVID-19– and has tested more than 7,000 county residents since the pandemic began.
Madera County registered another COVID-19-related death this week, a man in his 80s who died Sunday night at Madera Community Hospital. It was the fifth death in Madera County since the coronavirus outbreak began in early March. 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 27 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.
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Also on Tuesday, Mariposa County reported three new cases, raising its total number of cases to 21 — with 17 recoveries.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 187,349 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 5,577.
Nationwide, there have now been more than 2.38 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Tuesday passing 123,000.