The Trinity County Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday morning that 19 new active COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county.

“The virus is spreading exponentially and rapidly and is causing more severe illness in Trinity County residents,” according to a TCHHS release. “The widespread infection rate in Trinity County and surrounding counties presents a significant threat to our county health care system and other health care systems outside the county that our residents depend on. As cases spread and hospitalization rates begin to exceed capacity, the delay in care due to COVID-19 will be profound and the indirect impact on all aspects of needed emergency care significant.”

The impact is also being felt by the public health department, which is asking the state department of health for more case investigators and contact tracers to keep up with the increased cases.

Where were you

TCPHB has identified the following sectors as sources of exposure:

• Kelly’s Fitness Plus & White Wolf Gym on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

• Burger King in Weaverville on Nov. 15 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

• Coast Central Credit Union in Weaverville on Nov. 18 between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon

• Holiday Market, including Starbucks, on Nov. 20 between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m. / Nov. 22 between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. / Nov. 25 between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. / Nov. 26 between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m.

• CVS Pharmacy in Weaverville on Nov. 24, between 10 and 11 a.m.

• Any indoor gatherings without consistent masking and social distancing or more than three households between Nov. 15 and Nov. 26

Trinity County’s infection rate pushed it into the most restrictive tier of state guidelines. Purple Tier Guidance for Trinity County https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Testing, 1, 2, 3

Drive through mobile testing can be done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, 101 Arbuckle Court, Weaverville. On Friday, Dec. 4, testing will be done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity County Fairgrounds, 6000 Highway 3, Hayfork.

The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated to reflect the new cases. For local information and statistics or to find additional resources visit www.trinitycounty.org.

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