Third and Fourth Positive COVID-19 Cases in Mono County

March 25, 2020 – A positive COVID-19 test result was received late March 24 from a Mammoth area resident who is critically ill in Reno hospital. We transferred this patient a few days ago. This patient, who cannot be interviewed because of his/her condition has no known links to other cases. This individual potentially exposed a number of people in different settings and the Health Department has contacted and evaluated as many of these as possible, recommending 14-day self-quarantine and monitoring.

Subsequently, we received results from a fourth case, also a Mammoth area resident. This patient was mildly ill and was only tested on March 21 because of a potential workplace contact with our first case. This individual has been self-isolating with a significant other who also recently had a mild illness. We transferred another suspected patient to Reno the evening of March 24, and yet another suspected patient is hospitalized locally in stable condition. In these suspect cases tests have been submitted and are pending. At this time, we have two critically ill Mono County residents, one with confirmed and the other with suspected COVID-19 infection.

The accelerating numbers of recognized and suspected infections demonstrates more clearly than ever that we have an epidemic in the Mammoth area. Remember that for every case we diagnose there are probably 10-20 others in the community, especially with the inadequate testing situation in the United States. We implore the community to continue, to double down on, practicing social, or as some are calling it, “physical distancing.”

Mono County Health Officer, Tom Boo, MD said, “This is an extremely serious situation and we fervently hope that all our efforts to promote distancing, from simple recommendations to the California “Stay At Home” Order to restrictions on hotels, motels, VRBOs and campgrounds, will reduce the impact on our community, especially elderly and medically vulnerable adults, who have higher rates of severe disease.

If social distancing does not work, if we continue to see accelerating COVID-19 numbers in coming weeks we anticipate potentially serious impacts on Mammoth Hospital, which has been working intensively for weeks to prepare for such possibility.”

Yesterday, March 24, in response to local reports of sick workers present in essential businesses serving the public , Dr. Tom Boo issued a  Public Health Order prohibiting the presence of persons with illness in workplaces, with possible penalties including fines, forced closure of workplaces with quarantine orders for co-workers, and even imprisonment. It is an effort to reinforce our messages to stay home when you are sick. He said that reports from the public about sick people in public-facing jobs or from concerned co-workers will be investigated.

The pandemic is here, representing an immediate threat to our community, especially vulnerable people and our hospital’s ability to keep up with increased demand for medical care. Together, with the Unified Command Team (County, Town, Hospital), we are urgently trying to avoid replicating in California the terrible scenes from Italy and Wuhan City of hospitals unable to provide care to those who need it, and many deaths. Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce the spread of this virus. Please comply with California’s “Stay At Home” Order except for essential activities.

Please be reminded that the number of positive tests in Mono County as in the rest of the country, poorly reflects the extent of the virus’ spread because of overwhelmed laboratories. For the time being testing will be largely limited to people requiring hospitalization.

Please utilize the resources below for local information about the coronavirus.

Call: 211 (English and Spanish)

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8 Responses to Third and Fourth Positive COVID-19 Cases in Mono County

  1. David Dennison March 28, 2020 at 11:10 am #

    Phillip…And it’s easy to see which one,and which guy people actually believe and listen to.I don’t even have to mention a name to which one is which.
    …Watch them both and just ask yourself.

  2. Philip Anaya March 28, 2020 at 9:01 am #

    There is a strong contrast between a Andrew Cumo news conference and the Donald Trump Task Force news conferences. Some leaders are just more capable than others.

  3. David Dennison March 26, 2020 at 10:49 am #

    Tinner…I don’t think it’s so much “listening” to trump or obeying with what he’s got to say.
    For me,and most others I know,it’s more the laughs we get with the stupid things he says and does,and the way he looks that leave us laughing and shaking our heads.
    So glad you have it all figured out…trump 2020-2024,then Ivanka 2024-2032.Then comes donnie jr. 2032-2040,and then by that time, up steps barron trump 2040-2048..LOL !!!…thanks for the laughs.

  4. Tinner March 25, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

    Haters gonna hate.
    If Trump were to cure cancer tomorrow, his haters would still hate him.
    Question for the haters, why are you listening to somebody who isn’t a specialist on the subject that they are speaking on? Could it be you only bring it up to justify your hate?
    If you have so little confidence in and such little respect for a person why would you believe anything they had to say and take them so seriously?
    If you’re believe somebody you think so little of maybe you deserve the misery you are living in.
    Dems had almost 30 candidates to choose from and the guy they’ve chosen is highly suspected of experiencing pre dementia. You had almost 30 candates to choose from and a pre dementia old man is the best you can do? 2020 is a wash, you’ve already, lost again. Put you’re efforts on 2024 but you better hope Ivanka Trump doesn’t decide to make a run at it or you’ll lose again.

    • dpblue March 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

      Tinner, that’s a strong word.
      I don’t hate trump, I try not to harbor hate for anyone, it’s unhealthfull.
      Those that wish to divide us would have us believe that there is no political middle in our country.
      It’s untrue, there is and calling all who disagree with Trump haters is divisive and not helpful.

  5. dpblue March 25, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

    Emoji for sadly rolling my eyes.
    Couldn’t agree more. Heaven help us indeed.

  6. David Dennison March 25, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

    M.Anderson…..We have nothing to worry about with Dr.Oz,trump,Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in charge..

  7. M. Anderson March 25, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    March 6, President Trump: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”

    Heaven help us.


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