Plumas COVID cases 1 to 25; Health director addresses increase

After holding at just four confirmed COVID-19 cases for a couple of months, Plumas County has seen a steady increase in cases, particularly in the past couple of weeks.

Following is a rundown of the cases from No. 1 through No. 25 with the basic information that is known.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting July 21, Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff said that the median age of the individuals is 43.5 — ranging from a child to a person in their 70s. He also noted that there were a disproportionate number of health care workers —four.

He attributed the growing caseload to a higher degree of mixing, gatherings, tourism, imported cases from Reno and the prison.

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No. 1: March 31, Eastern Plumas resident who had been tested at St. Mary’s in Reno

No. 2: April 2, Eastern Plumas resident (close household contact of the first)

No. 3: April 4, Indian Valley resident

No. 4: April 10, Lake Almanor resident (rumored to be a false positive)

No. 5: June 15, Eastern Plumas resident

No. 6: June 18, Quincy resident (close contact with number 5; mild to no symptoms)

No. 7: June 24, Eastern Plumas resident, tested at PDH, mild symptoms

No. 8: June 29, Eastern Plumas resident, mass testing in Sierra County, symptoms

No. 9: June 30, Eastern Plumas resident, attributed to Lassen prison outbreak

No. 10: July 1, Eastern Plumas resident (close household contact of number 7)

No. 11: July 2, Quincy resident, mass testing event, no symptoms

No. 12: July 6, Eastern Plumas resident

No. 13: July 7, Western Plumas resident, attributed to Lassen prison outbreak

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Nos. 14 and 15: July 8, two Eastern Plumas Healthcare employees – one lives in Eastern Plumas, the other in South Plumas (one had close contact to the 12th case, an Eastern Plumas resident)

Nos. 16 and 17: July 10, two Eastern Plumas residents from the same household, likely acquired in Reno.

Nos. 18 and 19: July 13, two Western Plumas residents, acquired during a Fourth of July gathering that resulted in a number of confirmed cases in other counties as well.

No. 20: July 14, a Western Plumas resident, case is under investigation.

No. 21: July 15, a Western Plumas resident with ties to another confirmed case.

No. 22: July 16, an Eastern Plumas resident, works in the Portola skilled nursing facility and is a close contact to another confirmed case.

No. 23: July 17, a Western Plumas resident; investigation underway.

No. 24: July 18, a Western Plumas resident, with close ties to No. 23.

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No. 25: July 21, a Western Plumas resident, with close ties to another confirmed case.

Editor’s note: Plumas News would like to interview one or more of the confirmed cases so that they can share their experiences if they would be willing. We think it’s important information that could help others. Interviewees could remain anonymous.