Sheyanne N Romero, Visalia Times-Delta
Published 1:50 p.m. PT April 11, 2020 | Updated 9:19 p.m. PT April 11, 2020
The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Tulare County continues to climb and surpassed 200 cases.
Tulare County Public Health Branch, on Saturday, announced 227 people in the county tested positive for the new coronavirus — a 24 patient increase from Friday.
There are now 389 people under self-quarantine being monitored by public health officials. That number will fluctuate daily, health officials said.
Here’s a break down of cases:
- 26 – Travelers
- 141 – Person to person contacts
- 60 – Under investigation
As of Saturday, 11 patients have died and 11 have recovered, according to county health officials. Visalia remains the hotbed for cases, accounting for 134. The foothills area now has 35 cases.
The Public Health Branch asks community members to follow the governor’s stay-at-home order to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, county and city parks are closed Easter weekend to help slow the spread of the virus. Public health officials also discouraged large gatherings for the holiday weekend.
Tulare County residents must follow these guidelines:
- Stay at home
- Go out only for essential items such as groceries and medical needs/prescriptions
- Limit outings to no more than two people
- Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently
Remember to practice social distancing, which is the best way to avoid COVID-19, when you must go out for essential services such as grocery shopping.
Cloth or other face masks and coverings may help to reduce COVID-19 transmission by asymptomatic people or those who may not be showing symptoms yet. However, even with the addition of a face mask, community members need to remain 6 feet or more away from others when out for essential services.
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The U.S. surpassed Italy for the most fatalities worldwide Saturday.
Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. topped 20,000 after a record-high death count Friday of more than 2,100 fatalities. But the U.S. has not yet “reached the peak” of the pandemic, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force.
Worldwide, there are 1.7 million cases and at least 107,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Almost 400,000 people have recovered worldwide.
Sheyanne Romero covers Tulare County public safety, local government and business for the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register newspapers. Follow her on Twitter @sheyanne_VTD. Get alerts and keep up on all things Tulare County for as little as $1 a month. Subscribe today.
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