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Signs of Hope: No New Cases This Week, ‘Curve Flattening’

MADERA — The coronavirus “curve” flattened considerably this week, with the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Madera County holding at 33. According to the end-of-the-week update from the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), there has not been a new confirmed case in the county since Sunday (April 12).

Of the seven current active cases, two victims remain hospitalized, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s. Their condition remains unknown.

MCDPH reported Friday that 24 people around Madera County who contracted the virus are now fully recovered while two people have died.

Mariposa County remains one of the few counties in the state still without a single confirmed COVID-19 case.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, there have been 29,175 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the statewide death toll now at 1,041.

Nationally, there have now been 699,706 confirmed cases, with the pandemic claiming the lives of 36,773, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker.

President Trump on Thursday unveiled a three-phase plan to re-open the economy but said the decision to lift stay-at-home orders in states would be up to individual governors. At the same press conference in Washington, COVID-19 Task Force leader Vice President Mike Pence said there are encouraging signs COVID-19’s spread is slowing.

“We are making progress. We are flattening the curve,” Pence said.

States with fewer cases, including Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota, could be the first to qualify for entering phase one of re-opening their economies, the president said Thursday afternoon.

In their most recent update, Madera County health officials said they are currently  “monitoring” 62  individuals for signs of the coronavirus and have now monitored a total of 570 county residents for COVID-19.

The last confirmed victim, a man in his 30s, is thought to have contracted the virus through community spread.

The health department also reported two more local cases of COVID-19 on April 10, a man and a woman both in their 40s who are now in home isolation. Officials continue to investigate how those two individuals contracted the virus.

MCDPH Director Sara Bosse said this week that she was “hopeful” the curve will continue to remain flat but added: “With the Easter holiday happening last weekend, we are making plans for the potential of a surge” in new cases.

For the latest MCDPH update, click here.

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