Coronavirus Update: Fresno Cases Up to 19

The Fresno County Department of Public Health reported additional cases of COVID-19 March 26, bringing the total number of cases up to 19.

Six of the cases are travel related, two were transmitted person to person and the remaining 11 are still under investigation. FCDPH said there is “still no identified community spread” in Fresno, but that, “the risk to the general public is real.”

According to the Central California EMS Agency, there are a total of 44 presumptive cases in Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would allocate 250 beds to Fresno for an expected surge in cases in the coming weeks. Those beds will be housed at the Fresno Fair grounds, according to Action News.

The beds would only be used if local hospitals become overwhelmed and run out of their own beds.

The Roundup reached out to the Fresno County Department of Public Health for further comment.

The Governor said California needs additional 50,000 hospital beds to meet the incoming surge in patients.

The California Department of Public Health reported 2,535 COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths as of March 24. Those numbers are likely higher, as several media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times, have reported at least 3,200 cases in the state as of March 26.

Ron Camacho
Ron Camacho was born and raised in Clovis. He attended Clovis High School and graduated from CSU Fresno in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. Before joining the Roundup, Ron wrote for Pollstar Magazine and the Sanger Herald. He has a deep appreciation for the arts and is a lover of music, cinema and storytelling. When he’s not busy looking for his next story, Ron enjoys taking weekend expeditions to the beach or mountains to practice landscape photography.