Two more Stanislaus County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 30 deaths, according to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.
The number of positive cases grew to 767, with 136 presumed active as of Tuesday. On Friday, the number of positive cases was at 699 with 104 presumed active.
Within the last 24 hours there have been 17 new cases and one death.
Of the 30 deaths, 18 have been among former and current residents at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The same company that owns the Turlock facility — Covenant Care — also owns the Vintage Faire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Modesto, which recently reported a small cluster of cases. The company said on their website that six residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and that one of those residents has died from the virus. All other residents and staff at the Modesto facility have been tested and none of those results came back positive.
The two facilities have instituted additional measures to protect staff and residents. The measures include: Actively monitoring our residents for any signs or symptoms associated with the coronavirus, including checking their temperatures daily; screening staff and essential medical personnel prior to entry and fully outfitting them with personal protective equipment as appropriate to their respective roles and duties; creating a separate, specifically designated area for the admission of new residents, where they can be closely monitored for any signs or symptoms associated with the virus prior to being assigned to their room; and conducting a rigorous cleaning and sanitation regimen that follows and, in some situations, exceeds state and federal guidance.
Cluster outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities account for 19 percent of the cases in Stanislaus County, according to SCHSA.
There are 33 residents hospitalized with COVID-19, with eight in ICU. SCHSA reported hospital bed availability at 51 percent, ICU beds at 46 percent and ventilators at 84 percent.
Most of the COVID-19 cases in Stanislaus County have been transmitted through person to person contact, accounting for 67.62 percent of the cases. Community transmission is responsible for 29.9 percent of the cases and travel was at 2.48 percent.
For the first time in quite a few weeks, Turlock no longer has the most cases in Stanislaus County. Modesto now holds that position with 214, followed by Turlock at 207. Ceres has 94 cases and there are 52 in Patterson. Stanislaus County District 5 has 47 cases, District 3 has 39 cases and District 2 has 27 cases. Riverbank has 23 cases, Oakdale has 15 and Waterford and Newman each have 14 cases. District 1 has 10 cases and Hughson has eight. Any area with less than five cases is not reported by the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.
Stanislaus County has tested 14,271 people. The testing positive rate is 5.4 percent.