Two more coronavirus cases confirmed in Three Rivers: Positives now at 44

 

As of Thursday, January 21, there have been been less than 10,000 Tulare County residents who have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The HHSA is requesting that all residents complete a COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form to request a vaccination. Patients of Family HealthCare Network may request a vaccination by calling 877-960-3426.

In the past 30 days the average of new cases in Three Rivers is a new case every other day

Since Friday, January 15 until Thursday, January 21, two more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among residents of Three Rivers bringing the county HHSA confirmed total of positive cases to 44. That number is expected to rise with an increase in visitor numbers and holiday gatherings over the three-day MLK weekend.

On January 17, the Sunday of the three-day MLK weekend, Three Rivers experienced a peak traffic flow of the three day holiday weekend. On Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Day, the nearby national parks celebrated the holiday with a fee free day.

On Saturday or Sunday, park visitors are expected to surpass the 2,184 vehicles that entered the Ash Mountain Entrance Station on Saturday January 2; that was the peak of the New Years weekend holiday park traffic.  Two more coronavirus cases

Even with the area hotels and short term rentals on a directive to house only essential personnel and in-state leisure travelers, the more than 200 local vacation rentals have been at or near capacity throughout the the entire month of January. If all recommended safety measures are implemented by the hosts, the short term rentals offer a degree of safety for the visitor than do the local hotels. But all these guests still mix with locals at businesses that are offering groceries, gas,  take-out food and other visitor services. Two more coronavirus cases

It is imperative that every business offering services protect all employees by requiring mask wearing and maintaining social distance and facial coverings from all patrons. The local spread of the coronavirus can be slowed by following these basic, commonsense measures. 

Indoor dining and consuming alcohol at bars or indoors at breweries is currently prohibited. new

Click here to access the Tulare County website for an interactive map showing Three Rivers cases. It is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. Two more coronavirus cases

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