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Worst Week Yet: Madera County Confirms 32 New Cases Friday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 415. Friday’s latest cases represented the highest single-day total for Madera County since the pandemic began. The past week was also the single-worst week for new cases, with the county adding 100 new entries to its list of confirmed COVID-19 victims.

The majority of Friday’s cases were transmitted via community spread, according to county health officials. All of the latest coronavirus victims are in home isolation.

Ten other active cases are serious enough to require hospitalization.

As of 4 p.m. today, MCDPH was reporting a total of 141 active cases — and 269 recoveries. Health officials are currently “monitoring” 431 other people for COVID-19 — and have tested more than 7,600 county residents since the pandemic began.

Mariposa County reported one new coronavirus case Friday. The county’s total of 23 cases so far includes one fatality — and 17 recoveries. This week (Thursday), a staff member at Mariposa County’s only hospital, John C. Fremont Healthcare District, tested positive for COVID-19.

Madera County registered its fifth COVID-19 related death last week, a man in his 80s who died Sunday night at Madera Community Hospital. 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 28 cases have now been confirmed in Reporting Area D — which includes the eastern Madera County foothills and mountain communities. No new cases were added over the past 24 hours to Reporting Area D, according to MCDPH.

To check the latest MCDPH update, click here.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, there were 202,070 confirmed COVID-19 cases across California, with the total number of deaths statewide now at 5,815, including 122 deaths in Tulare County and 71 deaths in Fresno County.

Nationwide, there have now been 2.51 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with the U.S. death toll on Friday passing 127,000.

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