Plumas reports 7 new confirmed coronavirus cases Oct. 20 UPDATED

UPDATE Tuesday 9:20 p.m.: As more information has become available from those impacted in Indian Valley, it would be more accurate to describe the four related cases (NOs. 55,56,57 and 58) as a family situation where a granddaughter came to assist her grandparents; not a social gathering.
Plumas County Public Health reported late this afternoon, Oct. 20, that there are seven new positive COVID-19 cases in the county, four of which are related. This is the most number of cases reported in a single day in Plumas County since the start of the pandemic. That brings the total number of cases to 61; eight are active.
Four cases Nos. 55, 56, 57 and 58 are part of a cluster of cases in the Northern Region (Indian Valley). As a result of the contact tracing investigation, it appears the positive Plumas County individuals were exposed to COVID-19 during a multi-generational social gathering with a positive COVID-19 individual from outside the county.  The investigation is still ongoing with more individuals currently being tested.
If additional exposed residents are identified during the investigation, they will be contacted by a member of the Public Health COVID-19 Response Team for further screening.
Positive case No.59 is from the Southern Region (American Valley); positive case No. 60 is from the Eastern Region (Portola/Graeagle); and positive case No. 61 is from the Northern Region (Indian Valley). Contact tracing and case investigation has started, but there is nothing at this point to indicate there is any connection to the cluster of cases in Indian Valley.
Again, If additional exposed residents are identified during the investigation, they will be contacted by a member of the Public Health COVID-19 Response Team for further screening.
The seven new positive cases may affect the county’s yellow tier status. The data that determines which tier a county falls in is based on two health metrics: a case rate per 100,000 residents and the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive. Plumas County may move to a more restrictive tier if Plumas County is unable to meet the criteria for the yellow tier for two consecutive weeks. The state calculates the positive cases by the date the individual was tested; not when Plumas County received notification of the positive test. Therefore, at this time it is unknown how the seven new positive cases will impact the county’s tier status.

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