Stanislaus soars past 20,000 positive tests

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Stanislaus County on Saturday surpassed 20,000 positive case results, reporting 180 new cases for a cumulative total of 20,144 since the pandemic began. The death toll remained at 416. A total of 18,471 people are presumed to have recovered.

The state, whose numbers are roughly a day behind the county’s, reported 153 positive tests in Stanislaus, up from 127 the previous day. The numbers should average 40 or less to make progress on reopening the local economy.

The county’s five hospitals had 133 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, up from 124 on Thursday. The figure had spiked to about 220 in summer but hovered around 40 in early fall. Seven intensive care beds for adults were available Saturday, down from eight.

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