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Coronavirus Stanislaus deaths at 295. Private schools edge toward reopening

The Modesto Bee logoThe Modesto Bee 9/9/2020 By John Holland, The Modesto Bee

Latest facts on COVID-19 testing in Modesto area

Stanislaus County reported five more deaths to the virus Tuesday and also had its highest daily infection rate in nearly two weeks.

A total of 295 residents have died, the Health Services Agency said. Details were not provided on the five most recent deaths.

The 355 new cases bring the total to 15,635. Another 77,533 residents have tested negative, and 14,587 are presumed recovered.

Tuesday’s positivity rate of 36.67% was triple Monday’s figure and the highest since the 65.77% on Aug. 26.

The seven-day infection rate was 28.42%. The 14-day rate of 23.77% remains more than five times the state rate.

Overall, since March, the positivity rate is 16.8%

The county’s five acute-care hospitals had 115 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 105 on Monday. There were nine intensive care beds available for adults, down from 11 the day before.

The county remained in the lowest purple tier, part of Gov. Newsom’s new grading system that will go toward measuring the ability to begin fully reopening businesses.

Stanislaus, along with the majority of the 58 California counties, is in the “purple tier,” with 14.1 positive cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 10.3%.

To move up into the “red tier,” which enables a softening of restrictions, the county needs to be both at seven positive cases per 100,000 or below and a positivity rate of 8% or below.

Of those who tested positive, 54% are female and 46% male. Seven percent are 14 or younger, 17% are 15 to 24, 21% are 25 to 34, 18% are 35 to 44, 15% are 45 to 54, 12% are 55 to 64, 6% are 65 to 74, 3% are 75 to 84, and 2% are 85 or older.

Though they make up 47 percent of the population, Latinos represented 63 percent of the positive cases.

Modesto has 5,593 positive cases, 2,034 are in Turlock, 1,912 are in Ceres, 766 are in Riverbank, 743 are in Patterson, 329 are in Oakdale, 311 are in Newman, 218 are in Waterford, and 138 are in Hughson. Of the cases in unincorporated areas, 963 are in supervisorial District 5, 860 are in District 3, which includes Salida, 689 are in District 2, 322 are in District 1, and 96 are in District 4.

In other nearby counties:

San Joaquin County has 377 COVID-19-related deaths among 18,204 cases.

Merced County has 123 deaths among 8,415 cases.

Tuolumne County has 188 cases and two deaths.

Mariposa County has 74 cases and two deaths.

Tuolumne has not updated its numbers since late last week.

As of Tuesday evening, there were 745.126 confirmed cases in California and 13,849 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were 6,328.099 U.S. cases and 189,699 deaths.

Here is the state tracker.

Hundreds have filed COVID-19 complaints against Stanislaus businesses

Modesto residents filed complaints of businesses violating coronavirus public health orders. Many mentioned masks compliance and indoor operations.

Eight private schools move toward opening

Eight private schools received approval Monday from Stanislaus County Public Health Services Agency to reopen in-person education for children in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.

Foster Farms in Livingston resumes

After being closed for about a week, Foster Farms is allowed to reopen its Livingston processing facility, the Merced County Department of Health announced Monday evening.

Telemedicine ICU helps Central Valley woman survive

No one was more surprised than Rebeca Calderon herself when she was able to go home after surviving COVID-19 and a seven-day ICU stay at Memorial Hospital Los Banos. Last spring, she was their first COVID-19 patient.

Vintage Faire interior is open again

Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall has opened for interior shopping again after being closed a second time due to rollbacks of coronavirus reopenings in mid-July.

Four groups of MCS staff quarantined

Since Modesto City Schools started its academic year Aug. 10, groups of staff at four facilities have been quarantined because of exposure to COVID-19, the district reported Tuesday.

From around the state, nation and world

After lawmakers reached a stalemate over coronavirus bill talks, Senate Republicans released a pared-down relief bill and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will force the Senate to vote as early as this week.

A new study on the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in August suggests that the event, deemed a “superspreader,” added an estimated 267,000 coronavirus cases nationwide and led to about $12.2 billion in health care costs.

In a “historic pledge,” nine biopharmaceutical companies vowed to ensure that the coronavirus vaccines they develop are safe and effective before submitting them for approval to federal health officials, according to a joint statement released Tuesday.


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