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11 new cases of COVID-19 in Manteca; testing limited
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Eleven more Manteca residents have the COVID-19 virus.

The additional cases in the seven days ending at 5 p.m. Friday means there are now 53 confirmed cases in Manteca with at least one death,

There were 63 more cases in Stockton — the biggest jump for a week — to bring the total in that city to 193. Tracy has eclipsed Manteca as 25 new cases put that city’s count at 61. Lathrop added eight new cases to reach 21 while Lodi is up three to 24. Escalon went from none a week ago to five confirmed cases.

Ripon is highly likely to have cases as well as additional numbers for other cities but limited testing is making it difficult to determine who has the coronavirus.

The numbers reflect where those who have the virus reside and not where they contracted it.

For the first time county statistics reflect the ethnicity of those with the virus. Hispanics represented 37.6 percent of the overall total of 115 cases. Next are whites at 26.8 percent or 82 cases. After that 20.3 percent or 62 are Asian. Twenty-four or 7.8 percent are blacks. After that eight are Pacific islanders or native Hawaiians, 14 other or multiracial, and one Native American.

As of Friday at 5 p.m. there were 398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County and 17 deaths attributed to the virus.

While it has been almost a month since San Joaquin County Public Health Services issued a stay-at-home order for all residents except those with essential jobs or performing essential tasks, finding out exactly who has the COVID-19 virus hasn’t been an easy task.

In a video that was released to the public on Thursday, Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park said that testing capacity in the county is “limited” – an indication the number of diagnosed cases in the county may be lower than the number of people that are actually infected.

“Testing capacity is still limited, so healthcare providers continue to prioritize people who have symptoms,” Park said. “Remember that there is no treatment for COVID-19 – most people will have mild symptoms and can recover at home without needing medical care.”

While testing is not yet available to everybody who feels that they need one or would like to have one because they were either exposed or exhibiting symptoms, there has been progress made in testing throughout the county.

Last week Golden Valley Health Services began testing members of that healthcare plan at a mobile site near their clinic on Northgate Drive. That testing is only available to members and with a recommendation and appointment – drop-in, drive-up testing is not currently being conducted at that site.

And Verily – a healthcare subsidiary of the company that owns Google – is now operating a testing site near the San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp where people can apply online to see if they meet the threshold to qualify for testing. Those interested in going through the screening process can visit Verily’s Project Baseline website at www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19.

Park recommended that anybody who feels that they need a test contact their primary care physician for further guidance – reiterating that tests require the recommendation of a physician. With the exception of people that are exhibiting life-threatening symptoms like shortness of breath, individuals are not recommended to go to local emergency rooms or doctors’ offices without contacting the facilities first so that precautions can be taken.

For people without medical coverage, information about resources can be found by calling 211 or visiting www.211sj.org.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.