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Two coronavirus-related nursing-home deaths reported in latest Kings County update

Fresno Bee logoFresno Bee 6 days ago By Larry Valenzuela, The Fresno Bee

Two more residents of nursing homes have died of coronavirus-related complications in Kings County, the Department of Public Health in Hanford reported Sunday.

Deaths in skilled nursing facilities rose to 13, increasing total fatalities in the county to 24 when including the general population (eight) and Avenal State Prison (three).

The county added 32 positive test results in the community, increasing the caseload among the general population to 1,090, with 561 recovered.

Rising numbers of positive tests in the past two weeks prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday to include Kings County among those ordered to re-close bars to slow the spread of COVID-19.

There have been 1,132 cases among state inmates at the Avenal prison, Corcoran State Prison and the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran, with 820 recovered.

The third death at Avenal was reported Saturday.

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Among the 128 cases reported in skilled nursing facilities, 37 people have recovered.

Overall, Kings County checks in with total tests conducted and reported of 17,120, with 362 results pending. Another 680 individuals are being monitored for the coronavirus.

No other county in the central San Joaquin Valley had posted a caseload update as of early Sunday night.

Fresno County reported 4,474 total in its Saturday update, an increase of 100 over the previous day, with deaths remaining at 72 and people who have recovered at 1,138.

Tulare County had 3,705 total positive cases as of Friday, with 122 deaths and 2,812 recovered.

Of Madera County’s 415 positive cases through Friday, 269 were recovered and five people had died. Mariposa County, also through Friday, had 23 positive tests, with 17 recovered and one death.

Merced County reported 824 total cases through Friday, with 365 recovered and 11 deaths.

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