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Coronavirus update, Oct. 11: Stanislaus County surpasses 17,000 positive test results

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More than 17,000 Stanislaus County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new data released Saturday.

The county Health Services Agency reported 52 new cases of coronavirus, bringing to 17,002 the number of countywide positive cases since March.

It took 26 days to add 1,000 new cases to get to 17,000, more than doubling the time it took to add the previous 1,000 cases. However, the county’s release of testing results has slowed in that period.

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New Stanislaus cases at four-week high. Latest on TK-6

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Stanislaus County had 82 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, the most in four weeks, and its death toll rose by two to 381.

The data from the county Health Services Agency came just two days after Tuesday’s report of just eight new cases, the fewest since June 1. Thursday’s figure was the most since the 88 on Sept. 12.

Stanislaus now has 16,886 positive tests, 92,181 negative tests and 16,269 people who are presumed recovered.

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Coronavirus update, Oct. 8: Stanislaus caseload grows faster. Fitness chains struggle

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Stanislaus County added 37 cases of the virus Wednesday, a day after its best performance on this measure since early June.

The county Health Services Agency also announced two more deaths to COVID-19, bringing the total to 379.

Stanislaus now has 16,804 positive tests, 91,605 negative tests and 16,230 people who are presumed recovered.

Wednesday’s positive rate of 6.83% followed 1.73% on Tuesday, the lowest since the 1.21% on June 1.

The rolling seven-day average was 7.66% on Wednesday, up from 7.39% the day before. The 14-day average was 5.63%, up from 5.45%. The positive rate since data collection began in March was 15.5%.

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COVID-19 spread easing in Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County has met the two metrics needed to move down to the next tier in the state's COVID-19 blueprint, but will need to remain there for a week before more businesses can begin re-opening or expanding operations.

Stanislaus County is currently in the purple tier (widespread) in California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but if the new metrics hold for a week, the county will be able to move into the red tier, signifying COVID-19 spread is considered substantial.

As of Tuesday, Stanislaus County has a seven-day average number of new COVID-19 positive cases per day per 100,000 residents of 4.8%, and a positivity test rate of 3.5%, according to the California Department of Public Health. Under the red tier, daily new cases have to fall between four to seven per 100,000 residents and the positivity test rate has to be between five to eight percent.

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Stanislaus County’s infection rate tipping higher

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The COVID-19 infection rate is headed in the wrong direction in Stanislaus County, recent data shows.

On Saturday, 75 of the 633 test results published by the county translated to a positivity rate of 11.85%, the third straight day it’s been above 9%. The last single-day rate of more than 9% prior to Friday was Sept. 22.

As the county struggles to get out of the highest state purple tier, which keeps businesses under the most restrictive reopening standards, the number of daily test results also remains low.

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Fresno, Calif., Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foster Farms is committed to the health and welfare of its employees as it continues to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has completed extensive COVID-19 testing of workers at its turkey processing facilities in Stanislaus County and at its chicken processing facilities in Fresno County. A total of 6,314 COVID-19 tests were administered to 3,405 workers, the vast majority being tested twice within a seven-day time span, marking the continuation of one of the most comprehensive and rapid testing efforts undertaken in California. Previously, Foster Farms had conducted similar testing at its Livingston chicken processing plant. All major California processing facilities have now been tested, and in all instances the prevalence of COVID-19 has been found to be less than 1%. The few employees who did test positive have been advised to self-isolate and will receive all appropriate medical benefits; they have our hopes for a quick recovery.

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Foster Farms maintains two turkey processing plants and associated facilities in the city of Turlock, located in Stanislaus County. Between Sept 3 and Sept 11, the company conducted two rounds of COVID-19 testing among workers. A total of 2,134 tests were completed with an overall COVID-19 prevalence level of less than 1%. The Turlock facilities employ a total of 1,199 workers. The Turlock Turkey Distribution Center, a support facility with 30 employees, recorded a single positive, and therefore a slightly higher rate of 3.33%. Concurrent with the progressive lifting of COVID-19 restrictions following Memorial Day and July 4 in California and Stanislaus County, the Turlock facilities experienced an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic Foster Farms Turlock facilities have reported 75 COVID-19 positive cases, with 43 individuals having already returned to work.

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Stanislaus’ positive rate stays low. Two more deaths

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Stanislaus County announced two more deaths to the virus Monday, for a total of 337 since the pandemic started.

The county had 32 new positives tests, bringing the total to 16,351, the Health Services Agency reported. Another 84,588 residents have tested negative, and 15,589 are presumed recovered.

Monday’s positive rate of 6.75% was down from 7.13% the day before. The rolling seven-day average was 8.93% The 14-day average was 10.9% The positive rate since data collection began in March was 16.2%

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Coronavirus update, Sept. 20: Stanislaus County surpasses 100,000 test results

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Stanislaus County on Saturday surpassed the release of 100,000 test results since the start of the pandemic in March, according to newly released data.

The county has announced 100,044 results to date, although in September, they are coming at a slower rate. In July and August, the county was releasing more than 900 results a day. September’s daily average is 624. Of the total results, 16,289, or 16.3%, have come back positive.

While deaths rose by three on Saturday to 332, the 73 announced through the first 19 days of this month is down from 112 through the same period in August. A little more than 2% of those in the county who have tested positive have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The state rate is 1.93%.

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Stanislaus County remains under coronavirus restrictions. But ‘We are on the right path.’

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Stanislaus County remains in the coronavirus tier with the tightest restrictions while posting a lower number of cases this month.

The state reported Tuesday that Marin, Inyo and Tehama counties were allowed to move from “purple” to “red” in the color-tier system for reopening, leaving 30 of the state’s 58 counties in the category where COVID-19 disease is considered widespread.

With 28 new cases Tuesday, Stanislaus was under 100 cases for the seventh consecutive day, according to the county’s online dashboard. The county reported three additional deaths Monday and four deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 317.

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Coronavirus Stanislaus deaths at 295. Private schools edge toward reopening

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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.

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