Update: Positive COVID-19 Cases Take Troublesome Upturn in Inyo & Mono Counties

Looks like it’s staying around for a while.

Our public health authorities have been warning residents of Inyo and Mono counties for months that the Eastern Sierra would eventually experience a sharp increase in the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases. The new number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in Mono County as of late Sunday afternoon, July 19th, sits at 79!

With the notable increase of positive cases in Mono County coming on the heels of another sharp increase just a day or so before, it may be that the warnings are finally “coming home to roost.” It has been well-reported that COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in California, as well as across the country in over 30 states in just the past few weeks. And at least 30 states are now requiring and enforcing wearing of face masks/coverings in public, and in some cases fining those not wearing face coverings.

To date, according to Worldometer, which tracks the coronavirus statistics from around the world, here in the United States we have 3,898,550 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 143,289 deaths, and 1,802,338 recovered nationally reported for July 18. Every day recently, there is a report of yet another record being broken somewhere in the U.S. And so far, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight or any indication that the pandemic it is going away anytime soon.

Mono County positive cases of COVID-19 cases, which had been steadily increasing by one almost every day, suddenly jumped from 40 a little over two weeks ago, to a surprising 79 cases as of this Sunday evening, July 19. The last four days have seen an increase of twenty-five new cases jumping from 54 to 79.

While Inyo County supervisors recently expressed frustration with the state’s latest rollback order re-instituting restrictions on many indoor activities, they recognized that local enforcement of health orders needed to be clarified, reinforced and also, better enforced. Many cities and communities across the country are now fining people who refuse to wear a mask as mandated. Whether Inyo and Mono counties will do so is uncertain. The preferred method so far seems to be to used persuasion to ensure compliance.

Call…who?

Inyo County, which has had a remarkable level of compliance to its health orders and in its efforts at containment of the virus, is responding to the threat of increased COVID-19 Cases with a sterner approach.

On Monday, July 13, the county issued its Revised Masking Order mandating stricter compliance and enforcement. One reason for the action is that many residents have complained, especially on social media platforms, that certain businesses and their customers, along with tourists and visitors, appear to be ignoring the health orders on wearing face coverings and maintaining social/physical distancing. The other reason is that, if they don’t start doing something, the county potentially faces a county-wide shut-down again by the state.

While there appears to be no “official” county or state “Tip” or “Complaint” lines to report businesses or groups not compliant with county public health orders, Inyo County Assistant County Administrative Officer, Leslie Chapman, said at last Tuesday’s County Board of Supervisors meeting that the county’s COVID-19 Business Help Line at (760) 878-8241 has turned into a complaint line “because people are very concerned about the lack of masking.” The public has apparently, also been registering their complaints as well through email at: [email protected].

Chapman said the county is keeping a log of calls and complaints, and county staff have been following up with businesses and trying to do some education, coaching and applying pressure to bring the offenders into compliance.

To date there have been no formal actions taken by the county to enforce compliance, which doesn’t mean there haven’t been any. If there are, it should be a matter of public record. For their own health and safety, the public has a right to know which businesses or groups are not following the rules which, under attestation, they agreed to follow in order to reopen.

Inyo County’s COVID-19 Update website recently posted that it had 38 Positive COVID-19 Cases as of yesterday, Friday, July 17. Mono County’s COVID-19 website gives the public the Current Status of cases using real-time, up-to-date information. Again, Mono County has 79 positive COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening, July 19.

The upward trend in positive cases is likely to continue according to health officials. So, batten down the hatches. Please wear a mask. It is the law. And notify the county of any businesses or situations not in compliance with public health orders.

 

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johndoeml
johndoeml
2 years ago

https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/ Scroll partway down to a blue map and hover over respective counties to get data for past 14 days. Scroll a little further to see which counties are passing or failing case rates over past 14 days. The positives are assigned to county of residence, so they don’t reflect… Read more »

The Masked Locals
The Masked Locals
2 years ago

The current positive case numbers are the total number of cases from the beginning of the year. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could fix or clarify that? By the way, most local governments, (our biggest employers), as well as the Fed, are already as broke as the general population,… Read more »

IP
IP
2 years ago

This is a tough situation for all, but ultimately, the public health folks are trying to help. This virus is largely unknown, but it seems to kill a lot of people both directly (clots, respiratory failure etc.) and indirectly (diverting medical resources that would have been otherwise available to help… Read more »

tj
tj
2 years ago

SoCal mountain resort resident here. You guys are going through what we’re dealing with. Looks like Mammoth is the hot spot? Yeah. We’ve got one of those too. PACKED with visitors. More than any 4th of July weekend I can remember. Not much break during the week either. So here’s… Read more »

Casey
Casey
2 years ago

Where can we find information from the Verily (drive through in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth) test sites? Inyo County does not show this information on their website nor do they report to CDC with Verily info. Mono County does. Does Inyo have more cases than the reported 38? If we… Read more »

GC
GC
2 years ago

Ignorance leads to fear. Fear feeds ignorance.

Inyo K
Inyo K
2 years ago

Local businesses posting signs about “all accommodations” encouraging people not to wear masks. I know what places I won’t be returning to even after the pandemic.

masked local
masked local
2 years ago

Yeah, revenue is real important when you gotta eat and pay rent. How much more is the small business man and single mother supposed to take to keep everyone safe? Cuts to entitlements are likely next. I don’t think most people care about politics anymore when survival is at stake.… Read more »

the masked locals
the masked locals
2 years ago

So…now we are all supposed to believe Mono County has 76 total active cases??? I guess nobody ever recovers from this sickness – they remain perpetually ill. In a county of around 14,000 there are about 35 new known cases, since the end of May. Now that’s a sky high… Read more »

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago

Good thing supervisors opened everything. After all revenue is more important than health

Tj
Tj
2 years ago
Reply to  Good bye

You’re probably a government employee?

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago
Reply to  Tj

Wrong. Nice try troll.

Good bye
Good bye
2 years ago
Reply to  Good bye

Just a local that would like to stay healthy.

BobK
BobK
2 years ago

So David, are you blaming Trump for the Covid spike in Calif., and not our state leadership? Please explain.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
2 years ago
Reply to  BobK

Many of all political persuasions are well aware of the deficiencies of the Trump/Pence plan to manage the response to the covid pandemic, now most notably the current numbers. It is not about blame so much as it is about solutions and getting things back on track . Other Countries… Read more »

Marion Saulque
Marion Saulque
2 years ago
Reply to  BobK

Those who are blaming Trump for the state this country is in are absolutely justified in doing so. Those who follow him are just as ignorant as he is. Every time he opens his mouth he confirms he is ignorant it is embarrassing.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Mitch Read about or listen to what “recovery” is all about. In some cases,months later ,still feeling effects from a positive case,as well as dealing with fear of effecting family members,friends and loved ones. With your thinking,do you have to be hospitalized and on a ventilator in the ER and… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
2 years ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Quit putting “Mono County” cases all together- it is Mammoth cases! The rest of Mono has had 2, and they are quite questioning…

Mitch
Mitch
2 years ago

These reports create fear among the gullible. “Suddenly jumped from 40—just a little over two weeks ago—to 74 cases.” How come these “cases” are not removed after recovery is made? Why not report how many people in Inyo and Mono are currently hospitalized, let alone on ventilators due to Covid?… Read more »

Low
Low
2 years ago
Reply to  Mitch

Because recovery doesn’t negate confirmed cases. Here’s a number for you – 143,000 dead Americans from COVID. The only gullible people are the ones who are downplaying this virus.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Mitch

It’s been less than five months since the first confirmed death from the virus hit this country. As of this moment there have been 140,131 deaths in the USA from COVD-19.

Election year flu? What an absurd comment.