MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed 25 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 275.
Wednesday’s report saw the highest number of confirmed new cases for a single day for Madera County for the second day in a row. On Tuesday, county health officials reported 24 new cases –and the fourth coronavirus-related death since the pandemic began.
Two of the cases reported Wednesday — a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s — are hospitalized. The rest of the individuals are in home isolation.
Over the past two weeks, the county has seen a surge in new cases. “The upward trend represents an increase in testing along with individuals going out more and attending social gatherings with those outside of their household,” said Sara Bosse, MCDPH director.
The county is currently reporting 106 active cases and 165 recoveries. To check the most recent update from MCDPH, click here.
According to MCDPH’s new data dashboard, 25 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County foothills and mountain communities. The total number of cases in Reporting Area D increased by one over the past 24 hours.
“It is imperative that individuals continue to social distance when they are out and avoid gathering with those who are not in their immediate household,” Bosse said, adding that it is becoming increasingly difficult for county health officials to identify and isolate close contacts with confirmed virus victims — a key tactic to now in successfully minimizing community spread in Madera County.
“Individuals are becoming more hesitant to providing information; however concealing information may put friends, family and co-workers at risk,” Bosse said on Tuesday.
MCDPH is reminding those who are vulnerable to stay home and everyone to practice good hygiene by washing their hands and avoiding touching their face. “When you are out in public, continue to social distance and wear a mask.”
At Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, who participated via teleconferencing, expressed concern about the number of individuals in the board chambers not wearing masks. “Our case numbers in the county have really been going up lately and I can’t believe I see so many folks there without masks on,” Wheeler said. “This virus is serious and still killing people.”
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, there were 162,078 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 5,255.
Nationwide, there have now been more than 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Wednesday at more than 119,000.