(August 12th) Inyo County: 115 (+2) Positive | 5 Deaths | & Mono County: 160 (+2) Positive | 1 Death | COVID-19 Reports

Number of positive COVID-19 cases keep rising in Inyo and Mono counties.


MONO COUNTY posts daily and in real time( current) throughout the day on their website Mono County COVID-19 Response page.

*8/12/2020 11:30 p.m.:  4,031* Total Tests Administered | 160 Positive test results | 3,816 Negative |  54 Pending Results | 1 death |
[NOTE: Mono County does not share number of “Recovered”]
*Numbers above reflect cumulative totals since March 16, 2020: Data sources include Mammoth Hospital, 211 nurse hotline referrals for testing (including surrounding areas), Public Health field testing, Verily testing, pending results from a state lab, and positive cases for Mono County residents. Positives Cases for those who are not full time residents in Mono County are not included in the Positive Case count. Total, pending, and negative test numbers include individuals tested more than once.
INYO COUNTY releases information online at its COVID-19 Response Update webpageonly on Monday through Friday, after 4:00 p.m. Any developments that emerge on Saturday and Sunday will be published as Press Releases.

8/12/2020 5:00 p.m.:  3,536* Total Tests Administered |  115 (+2) Positive Test Results | 2,819 Negative Test Results | 655 Pending Results** | 54 Recovered | 56 Pending | 5 Deaths

*Data sources include NIHD, SIHD, Toiyabe and Verily testing sites. Positives tests for those who are not full time residents in Inyo County are not included in the Positive Case count.  Total, pending, and negative test numbers include individuals tested more than once.

**Cases with pending results are monitored by medical staff ordering test; Inyo County Public Health monitors pending results identified as high probability individuals


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24 Responses to (August 12th) Inyo County: 115 (+2) Positive | 5 Deaths | & Mono County: 160 (+2) Positive | 1 Death | COVID-19 Reports

  1. Scott July 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

    Are numbers from Verily/pop-up testing counted in with Inyo’s numbers? What about people who are tested out of county, are they counted in?

    • Charles James July 25, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

      From the Inyo County COVID-19 website:
      *Data sources include NIHD, SIHD, Toiyabe and Verily testing sites. Positives tests for those who are not full time residents in Inyo County are not included in the Positive Case count. Total, pending, and negative test numbers include individuals tested more than once.

  2. Scott July 25, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

    Thank you, Charles James. I appreciate you clearing that up.

    It’s still a bit unclear if a full-time resident is tested out of county whether the results (I suppose, if positive) are communicated to the local county health officials and/or added to the count.

    • Charles James July 25, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

      We have requested clarification from Inyo County Health & Human Services. Might as well have an unambiguous answer for the sake of “future generations!”

    • Charles James July 26, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

      This is the reply we received from Inyo County Health and Human Services Director, Marilyn Mann:
      “Residents from other counties or states who happen to be tested in Inyo county may have their results initially forwarded to our local public health but we would coordinate with the county/state of residence around any contact tracing and those positive numbers would be reported in their county/state…Hope that provides clarification. Thank you.”
      [Our thanks to Marilyn for responding to the question over the weekend.]

  3. Philip Anaya July 27, 2020 at 9:18 am #

    It would be beneficial to the public to know those numbers being reported to other counties and states. Then we would know the actual covid numbers both residents and visitors in Inyo County

    • Charles O. Jones July 28, 2020 at 10:59 am #


  4. Tourbillon July 30, 2020 at 8:46 am #

    Is there any way to provide a little more context to fill out the single, narrow positive/negative metric to better inform the public as to the nature of this recent case spike? How serious are the positive cases in the last two months, i.e., how many were asymptomatic? How many presented symptoms but not severe enough for hospitalization? And how many required hospitalization/critical care? Has Sierra Wave asked for this information, or is it being suppressed by the Counties?

    • Charles James July 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

      Tourbillon, I’ll share your questions with the local health authorities in Inyo and Mono counties for a response. We don’t think the information is being suppressed. The doctors I’ve dealt with have been pretty candid in their comments with the press in our weekly conference calls. But we agree there is a lot of confusion with the numbers. Like you, we wonder, if someone is sick with the virus, just “how sick are they?” Mild, moderate, severe? Did those infected even know they had it! And how many of each in each category are there? Just seems a reasonable question to ask.

      The cumulative numbers are also a bit misleading, alth0ugh here at Sierra Wave, we have tried to remind people that these numbers go back several months. Because we haven’t had a lot of hospitalizations or deaths here as in other parts of the country, it makes it harder for us to take this as serious as others do where the hospitals are full or over-capacity. It also probably changes your perspective if you are actually having many people die every day. Because the pandemic hasn’t been overwhelming here, we don’t react to it as the existential threat it could be and is in other places. Let’s see if we get a response.

    • erik simpson July 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

      This website gives hospital stats for each county. They typically are a day or more behind.


      According to this, Mammoth Hospital currently has only one patient, but in the ICU.

  5. Trouble August 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm #

    We are lucky here. It’s easier to stay away from people. But I wish some people around here would wear their mask when they are out in public or at work. I don’t want it!
    And our health board should start enforcing the rules.

  6. JaneE August 4, 2020 at 7:30 am #

    Right now Inyo County’s web page is showing 482 pending tests. Mono County’s web page shows zero pending.

    Do we have any reason for why Mono seems to get their tests processed so much more quickly than Inyo?

    • Concerned August 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

      Mammoth stopped testing several days ago. Reallocated resources to contact tracing which, in my opinion, doesn’t make sense. Why can’t both be undertaken don’t know if the same professionals perform both functions. I know of two retired nurses who went through the contact tracing meetings And they have not been utilized yet

  7. Hmmm August 4, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

    Well, if enough days go by without any positive results due to not testing then the county will be off the state’s watch list. Seems reasonable?

  8. art la cues August 4, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

    Charles,[ can you find out the number of positives by community in Inyo county?

  9. MTNBOY August 4, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

    I think it would be very useful to know how many people are currently hospitalized in Mammoth Lakes and in Bishop from COVID-19.

    I recently heard that there are three COVID patients that have admitted to NIH. The public should have official confirmation of the number of admitted persons.

    • See Above August 4, 2020 at 10:07 pm #

      MTNBOY, follow the link Erik Simpson posted above (Thanks Erik!). You can click on the county to find more statistical information than Inyo County is listing on their website. As of Tuesday night it’s showing 2 patients hospitalized within the past 14 days, 3 total hospitalizations for Inyo County since the pandemic started.

      • Charles James August 5, 2020 at 2:04 am #

        MTNBOY and See Above, thank you both for posting…and caring enough to ask for and pass on information to our readers.–SWM

        • MTNBOY August 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

          Thanks Charles, Erik and SeeAbove, The number of hospital admissions compared to the number of Covid positives, seems to show the the vast majority of patients are able to recover at home and not have to be admitted to the hospital.

          This is important information for the public to see and should be included on the Inyo website.

  10. Very concerned August 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    Good grief. 20 positive cases in 2 days. What an alarming increase. Practice CDC guidelines and be aware of your surroundings. We have to stop the spread or we will go back to being shut down. Be smart and safe!

  11. Very concerned August 6, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    According to the county website we now have 3 deaths. Increase of 2 since the care facility spike. Terrible news. Prayers for those affected.

  12. Trouble August 9, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

    I sure hope your all reading all this. No ones even talking about solving this madness. We need a cure and people are losing everything if they get this crap. I’ll probably die if I get it. So please wear a mask, I gotta work to keep my insurance and help my family. If I get sick I lose everything. If I lock down, I lose everything. Hell , I can’t even get a real doctor to treat me for the other stuff I suffer from. I don’t want your help or advice, but our government ain’t even trying to slow this down, and we all are going to need to be able to afford the vaccine . Hell Im one of the lucky ones.

    How’s our county preparing to get us the vaccine we all are about to need?

  13. phil chapman August 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    This will get a lot worse before it gets better. The tourists keep coming in droves and outdoor dining is not going to do anything for safety. No one wears a mask and they ALL cough and touch everything. I will not dine with ANY tourist this year. What about gas pumps? Cooler doors in stores? Nobody is waiting for their takeout or fast food while staying 6 ft apart either. All it takes is for those care center people and others (who have it now) is for them to have been around town before they were told they were infected. You think they were not? Long fall season ahead for all of us here, and that is too bad.

  14. Inquiring Mind August 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    Might we have active case information by zip code? It’s kind of relevant. This is how the information is promulgated nationally. Take a look at the NY Times corona virus data’s map of CA. Zoom into Inyo County. The areas that colored orange are defined by zip codes. Mono is providing this information. So are most other counties in the state.


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