LATEST UPDATE Inyo County (35) & Mono County (48) Positive COVID-19 Information

[Dear Reader, to avoid sensationalizing every uptick in positive coronavirus tests cases, we are going to provide you with “official information” in this posting only from our local authorities.

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7/07/2020 4:00 a.m.: 48 confirmed COVID-19 case | 1 death

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7/07/2020 4:00 p.m.: 35 confirmed COVID-19 cases  | 1 death | 24 recovered


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58 Responses to LATEST UPDATE Inyo County (35) & Mono County (48) Positive COVID-19 Information

  1. Bryan April 18, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

    Is this a joke? You don’t want to sensationalize 1 new case? The danger and tragedy we were warned of turned out to be wildly wrong! That’s sensational. The justification for all the restrictions DOES NOT EXIST.

  2. Russ Monroe April 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

    150,000 plus dead is a joke to you Bryan? You must be a real funny guy! Just what would justify the restrictions that saved hundreds of thousands more? What part of; we kept the “wildly wrong” predictions from coming true are you having trouble understanding? On second thought; please don’t tell me.

    • Bob June 3, 2020 at 10:42 am #

      Your numbers are inflated. Democrats hijacked the virus and turned it into a hoax.

      What until you see the details regarding your children going back to school. Many will find out they will be better off home schooling their little ones. Teachers are using four letter words to express their dismay of the coming school year.

      • Dee July 2, 2020 at 4:57 am #

        It’s not a hoax by any means whatsoever, you can’t highjack a virus Democrats don’t control the virus.
        More than 130,000 people have died, and you’re calling it a hoax?

    • Alopez June 9, 2020 at 11:54 am #

      Car accidents kill a lot of people, so do drugs, Other viruses kill as well. You don’t see The democratic ran city indoor states shutting down the economy. Your logic is deeply flawed. And to add, the deaths that have been recorded or not 100% accurate. Get informed and stay informed sir. Don’t believe everything the fake news tells you.

      • Inyo K July 4, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

        You’re right, the numbers aren’t 100% accurate. There’s proven instances in a number of red states of numbers being intentionally under-reported, or re-categorized into “unknown cause”

  3. R U Serious April 18, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

    The reasons the projections of dire consequences have not materialized are social distancing and quarantine. It’s really about math and science. Follow the numbers. Almost 40,000 Americans have died so far and we are by no means through this crisis. Watch the states that open up and in 3 to 4 weeks if their cases spike again it was too soon. In a small community with a few respirators we must be diligent and follow medical protocols so our hospital doesn’t get overwhelmed. No, this isn’t a joke.

    • Bryan April 19, 2020 at 11:35 am #

      Why do you believe social distancing is the reason this virus has not done the damage predicted? Could it be possible many more people have this than we ever thought, and it just isn’t that dangerous to most people? Look at other states that did not lock down. They do not have much higher death or hospitalization rates. I’m not suggesting we open up our small communities to mass tourism immediately because we are vulnerable. But we are not N.Y. and should not be treated the same. Please tell me, if this is not a joke, why can I go to the local weed store, buy a joint, then go to the liquor store and buy whisky, and take them both the open golf course for a nice morning golfing. At the same time the parks are closed and desert and forest access is blocked off. It is a joke to have weed stores and golf courses open while free access to public land is closed. The lock down and travel restrictions also have their own very serious consequenses that aren’t being taken into consideration. I AGREE with you that this is not a joke. But right now, in ca and locally, it looks to me that what is actually happening does not justify restrictions we have enacted.

    • Alopez June 9, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      Your statements are hyperbole. You consider yourself a fear monger?

  4. Chrissy April 19, 2020 at 12:22 am #

    If short term rentals & campgrounds are currently closed until 6/1, we don’t have to worry about tourists coming up here and exposing our residence to COVID-19. However, I live here, I have a fishing license and I want to fish. How about we keep opening day on it’s normal date but only for locals and push back the date to 6/1 for tourists. Seems like an easy fix to me!

    • Bob June 3, 2020 at 10:45 am #

      The World revolves around Chrissy

  5. Bryan April 19, 2020 at 12:26 am #

    Russ, that # is not here or in CA or even in the US. Here that number is exactly 1 and in US it’s about 31000. The flu has currently killed more than twice that this season and nobody was adjusting their schedule for that. If you think this response is appropriate for what is going on we aren’t gonna agree on much, but that’s ok. We should have difficult conversations about complex subjects. But… There is no problem in Inyo, mono, or the state of CA for that matter. You have no idea if these restrictions were a net benefit or not. The restrictions, to me, appear to be a very serious over reaction. The predictions about how the virus would affect us were way off even in NY. Parks, lakes, desert, and forest are closed. But I can buy whisky and a joint at the local store and take them golfing. If you can explain that, I would appreciate it.

    • David Dennison April 19, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

      You state “the predictions about how the virus would effect us were way off,even in N.Y.”
      Predictions by who ?
      That “task force” led by trump ?
      The only one in that group that speaks the truth is that one male doctor,and everytime he doesn’t agree with trump,he catches hell for it,disappears for a day or two,threatened to get “fired” on trump’s tweets.
      The others,THEY over-inflated the coming death toll early on,so they could point to trump’s “mitigation” as a great ,beautiful thing that saved,as he put it “millions of lives” and “I should be seen as a national hero,handling it so well”.
      Those high death toll predictions,THEY knew it wouldn’t be that high..
      Only said so they could point to trump and what a “great job” he did to combat and “control” the virus.
      Sure,Governor Newsom also made some high predictions here in California too with possible positive tests,IF people didn’t obey the distancing and semi-lockdown orders.And it seemed that maybe worked,California people doing the right thing and taking the advise.
      But that wasn’t looking for a pat on the back,and hoping for people to declare him a national hero and making a new yearly holiday in his honor.

      • Alopez July 2, 2020 at 11:35 am #

        You’re talking about a virus that you can’t see with the naked eye. You’re going to get it one way or the other. Like streptococcus or a common cold. All of you are acting ridiculous. You’re acting like you could live forever. If you have morbidities you take extra precaution. All of you are being fooled by this Democrat/Marxist movement Bunch of clowns.

        • defnose July 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

          ALopez, you act like all the other ‘gotta get mine for me’ rascals, yelling at people for infringing on your right to spread disease.

          Wearing a mask is about saving other people. It has an altruistic motive, something you obviously don’t understand.

        • Stop non-essential travel July 2, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

          Streptococcus is bacterial, genius.

    • JaneE April 20, 2020 at 10:57 pm #


      The 62,000 estimate for the flu was the high end of a preliminary estimate of 24 – 62 thousand for the entire year. As I write this Covid-19 had killed over 42 thousand in a hair over two months. We also have a vaccine for flu, and relatively effective treatments for flu if taken early enough. We have neither for Covid-19. Flu, like most contagious diseases, is only contagious when someone is showing symptoms of their illness. Covid-19 is contagious before the first symptoms appear. Comparing the risk between the two diseases is apples and oranges.

      Public health experts want to reduce the number of people who contract Covid-19. Whether or not we continue to do the things necessary to do that will depend on how many people agree with the experts who council one set of actions or those who council a different set of actions. As we have already seen, members of the public will only follow the rules if they want to.

      One group of people whom I do not see asking for a lifting of restrictions is medical personnel. Even those in California.

      • Alopez July 2, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

        Get over yourself. It’s a flu. You can’t see that this is over reacted.Protesting is OK, going to the liquor store is OK, going to the weed store is OK. But if it doesn’t fit the democratic narrative/agenda like not being able to go to church. You can’t see the hypocrisy.I challenge you to do research and find out the truth. Just don’t sit there on the couch and watch the fake media that’s owned by the Democratic Party. They’re just feeding you their agenda/narrative and turning you into a little lapdo I challenge you to do research and find out the truth. Just don’t sit there on the couch and watch the fake media that’s owned by the Democratic Party. They’re just feeding you their agenda/narrative and turning you into a little lapdog. There’s an agenda here and if you can’t see it you need to get your head examined. Period!

        • Stop non-essential travel July 2, 2020 at 6:52 pm #

          Coronavirus is not a flu virus, genius. They are different. that’s basic microbiology. do the research.

    • eric h. April 22, 2020 at 12:51 pm #

      Where exactly are you coming up with your numbers? The CDC is estimating under 35,000 flu deaths for this year and an average of 6,000/month during flu season ( that’s 6 months/year) over the last 9 years. Compare that to almost 20,000/month of coronavirus

  6. David Dennison April 19, 2020 at 7:22 am #

    Here’s my take on things,and why so fewer died,or maybe going to die as the stated 150,000 to 200,000 plus figures.
    Look who were saying those figures.
    What,at first seemed to be trump,pence and maybe a couple COVID-19 doctors and experts on that “task force”,the more we watched those daily “briefings”,the more it became apparent that it was and had become no more than a “reality show” setting,with trump as the host,not believable advise or figures coming from anyone.
    If one of the doctors stated advise or figures that trump didn’t agree with..wha-la !..he’d soon be getting insulted by trump on the trump website,or the next day not be at the briefing and possibly “fired”.
    And then what I and many others realized, the grim death toll figures ahead they and trump said were bound to happen,turns out it seems those figures will actually be what it seems to be much lower,which is a good thing.
    None the less,those first high figures were purposely inflated when first stated by trump and “trump T.V. doctors”.. now,we have trump boasting about how HIS actions and decisions saved “millions of lives” and saying how he is “a national hero”..HE is the reason the death toll might reach 60,000,which is still bad,but not the 200,000 plus before HIS mitigation.
    So now,with so many believing that and trump’s “tremendous and beautiful ” decisions,many think it’s O.K. and safe to “open up” America and the economy very soon,if not right away,since he’s saying it’s safe to do and what he wants,while the REAL experts and doctors are saying no,way, too soon.
    IMO,the restrictions should exist,and STILL should exist until more testing is available and done,and certainly not safe now,or soon return to normal activities simply because trump says it’s safe and what HE wants and demands.

  7. Bryan April 19, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    David, with all due respect sir, I think you, and many others are letting your trump hate get in the way of making reasonable decisions. I totally understand not liking the pres, about half of us always feel that way, but i am not looking for that argument here. I don’t understand why you think local communities are not safe. Please look at the condition of your hospital and check the numbers in your community. There just has not been a problem here. We are not N.Y. and should not be treated the same. Please consider your “real” experts have been very wrong very often, you can find an “expert” for every opinion, and the shut down has very serious consequences. This is a very complex and difficult issue with no good solution i see. We can and should have the difficult and uncomfortable conversation about this while trying to understand we all want a safe, open, and free society. I just can’t wrap my head around our reaction in ca, it just doesnt seem to be reasonable for what is actually happening. I totally understand wanting safety and security in our communities, but we need to consider what price we are willing to pay for it.

  8. sugarmags April 20, 2020 at 8:34 am #

    Inyo Co. and Bishop better step up their game. They are about to surpass Mammoth in cases. And they certainly have no justification for that other than carelessness by the people who live there. Mammoth reacted strongly and quickly to stop the spread, and I mean the people who live there, many Inyo residence seem oblivious to the fact that they are going to cause all of us to have to stay hunkered down longer because they are keeping the spread going.

    • deafnose April 24, 2020 at 11:14 am #

      I don’t know about you, but I live in Bishop and work in Mammoth, and I see a lot more people out and about in Mammoth than walking around in Bishop. I agree Mammoth reacted more strongly, but Bishop is also subject to more passers-through than Mammoth at this point. More available camping lands just outside of town, more travelers in the stores, people from Mammoth coming down to utilize businesses that are open. Get off your Mammoth high horse and take a sip of some humble tea.

      • sugarmags April 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

        funny, my experience was the opposite. Saw almost no-one out in Mammoth, came down to Bishop and saw tons out and about. Obviously the goal is to stop the spread….no competetion

        • deafnose May 1, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

          I guess we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. As of 4/30/2020, there are currently 19 cases in Inyo versus 26 cases in Mono.
          Please, stay home in Mono and let Inyo take care of themselves, they seem to be doing a better job than Mono, according to the numbers.

          • Stop non-essential travel May 2, 2020 at 8:53 am #

            Unfortunately, there are still 2nd homeowners in Mammoth showing up there and there are still short-term rentals being occupied and re-occupied. Likely less of this happening in Inyo-Bishop.

  9. Sal April 20, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

    I wonder when we will be able to get an antibody test in Inyo?

    • erik simpson April 21, 2020 at 10:04 am #

      Or in Mono. Without knowing how many have been infected, we’re flying blind with respect to quarantine effectiveness.

  10. Sasha April 21, 2020 at 6:36 pm #

    The CDC is predicting a return of Covid next winter. When will next years ski season be cancelled if that’s the case?

  11. Good bye April 27, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

    I hope so. Kinda nice without a bunch of rude la people racing through town

    • Alopez June 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

      You say that like you own the place. The high Sierras belongs to the American people.

      • your mind wouldn’t understand June 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

        Doesn’t sound like he thinks he owns the place sounds like he doesn’t like people hauling butt though town. You must not be from here alopez. You are the problem

  12. Coffee and donuts April 29, 2020 at 8:47 am #

    How dare you say bishop isn’t doing their part. Hings has been closed for months, I want a god damn donut.

    • Ok Boomer April 29, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

      Ok Boomer

      • Eastside Local May 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

        Ok millennial. Stop whining about your privilege

  13. PECOS May 2, 2020 at 10:31 am #


    • Charles James May 2, 2020 at 4:50 pm #

      Pecos, thank you for your comments.
      Could we ask that future COMMENTS NOT BE ALL IN CAPS? It is more difficult to read and in writing and texting is considered the equivalent of SHOUTING! Many people agree with you and would like to see our communities and residents back at work. Work is not just important for the money, it plays a significant role in how many people view themselves as productive members of society. Thanks again for your comments. Best wishes.

      • Blob May 3, 2020 at 10:34 am #

        Gosh, James, PECOS may have meant to SHOUT. Changed my name, there appears to be a few Bobs and don’t want to bring them down.

  14. David Dennison May 2, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

    I’m not “blaming trump” for the pandemic,just like he shouldn’t be “blaming” any one Country (to maybe shift blame for his slow response or taking it seriously back in early February ) or him foolishly trying to place some type of blame on the previous administration ( to maybe shift the blame for his slow response or taking it seriously back in early February ).
    I agree with you somewhat,that the U.S.of A.,State and County have got to SAFELY find a way to get the Country back up and running again,if anything is ever going to even be close to the same as it was before this all happened.
    I don’t know what the answer is at this time.You can’t put business above safety,and you can’t expect things to stay the way it’s been for the last 7 weeks or so for much longer.
    Don’t think we can “blame” Governor Newsom either.Even if he “opened” things up again,he can’t force people and companies back to work,if they deem it not safe to do,anymore than trump can.
    Lots is still going to be up to individual Counties,as well as the people themselves.Good example of that is the Eastern Sierra Trout season.Gov. Newsom didn’t shut that down,he more or less left it up to Inyo and Mono counties and the people living here,what THEY wanted done,and THEIR elected county officials took heed and made THEIR recommendations to CFW.
    Personally for me,it’s MY decision what I’m going to do,not someone.a politician,telling me. I’ve continued working through this going on,with my job I’ve been “social distancing” for most of my life,and certainly my last 20 years living in Inyo County.
    If one of my clients happen to have a bunch of people around while I’m there to work,I’d leave.
    If one of them are sick,I’d definatly leave and not come back anytime soon.
    If I happen to feel lousy or sick,I’d stay home and away from others.
    I’m close to your age myself.So we both know,being that age,life is usually sink or swim.Not just with this pandemic,but with just about everything else throughout our years.Our OWN decisions….with some common sense mixed in too.
    And I’m still paying my rent,not thinking of this as an excuse to maybe not to, able to avoid eviction,even though those choosing not to do it will STILL have to pay it ,isn’t it by May 31st ?
    I’m not a landlord,but I agree with you on that one for sure.

  15. Lori May 3, 2020 at 2:29 am #

    Lemme try to decipher the latest Inyo County data. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
    There are 19 confirmed Covid-19 cases. 15 recovered, and 1 fatality.
    So, that’s:
    19 active cases out of 35 total.
    And of the confirmed cases, it’s deadly at the rate of 1 out of 35. Right?
    These numbers seem odd. I guessing it’s from testing shortages.

    • Stop non-essential travel May 3, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

      Lori, no. 19 confirmed positive cases, of those, 1 has died. 15 of the 19 are “recovered” the remaining 3 of the 19 still under mandatory quarantine. So, deadly at the rate of 1 out of 19.

      • Lori May 3, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

        Sorry Stop non-essential travel, I didn’t see your comment earlier. That’s what I wanted clarified. Thanks.

    • Harold May 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

      Where did you get 35 cases?

      • Lori May 3, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

        Harold, 19 active cases+ 15 recovered + 1 death= 35 total cases. The data is all right there.

        • Charles James May 3, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

          Lori, the data can be confusing. “Stop non-essential travel” is correct. The 15 cases “recovered” are out of the 19 (Positive) cases. They’re the same cases, not in addition to, which is where the confusion lies. We were a little confused as well when they started listing “recovered” in the daily report. We hope this helps clarify the report. We’ll share the confusion with the terminology with the Inyo County EOC.

          • Lori May 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

            Thanks for the clarification Charles James, this is very confusing. I think active cases should be listed, then a list of recovered, and total cases. It would make it much clearer, at least to me. 😁

        • Harold May 4, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

          The data needs to be interpreted correctly.

  16. Mike Cataldo (@Cataldo69) May 4, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

    It’s sad to see all the hate against second home owners from so many locals. I am a Mammoth local and spend 9 months a yearn in my house every single year since 1979. I have stayed away for months due to the virus, but will return to my Mammoth HOME, which I pay $7288 in property taxes every year. I won’t go to Von’s or do anything except clean my house, tend to my daffodils and run/walk every day alone outside. And I’ll keep that up for 14 days out of respect to my community.

    But Mammoth doesn’t belong to just those who live there 365 days a year. Maybe “second home owners” spend 80%+ of their time in Mammoth. Just a gentle reminder to tone down the invective.

    • Stop non-essential travel May 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

      I appreciate your viewpoint Mike; but again, the issue up here is the lack of hospital / ICU beds / resources at both Mammoth and NIH. In the event of a surge, we are screwed; we still cannot say a surge won’t be forthcoming as more people are coming back up to Bishop and Mammoth. People have ignored the “shelter-in-place” request from the get-go because they own 2nd homes in Mammoth. My post was not intended as “hate against second homeowners” but was simply a known fact.

      • Bob June 3, 2020 at 10:49 am #

        Mike pays property taxes. Mike needs to enjoy his home. Mike has every right to hospital services as any full time resident.

    • sugarmags May 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

      nine months out of the year would make this your PRIMARY residence, not second home.
      but you are missing the point. Mammoth does belong to everybody, and believe me, locals are glad to have tourists…..but at this point in time, we need people who are not permanent residents to stay away. It’s very simple, we don’t have the resources to handle a lot of sick people.
      Hopefully we’re turning the corner and can get back to sharing this beautiful place with others shortly.

  17. Sasha May 5, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    Bishop, Lone Pine, and Independence will probably suffer the most. Small businesses are hard to sustain when no revenue is coming.
    Mammoth will fare better, a large portion of Mammoth’s revenue is in TOT taxes. Distressed properties for STRs will be plentiful. Those landlords who rent long term and aren’t getting rent right now will probably sell out or go STR too.
    A constant influx of new tourists every few days is best for Mammoth. It’s going to be a buyer’s market.
    Maybe Mammoth’s workers who rent can find a bargain in Bishop.

  18. JaneE May 7, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    Just be happy we haven’t had a new confirmed case in over a week. It isn’t a full incubation cycle yet, but it is better than new cases being found. Be happy that the number of cases we have found were low enough to do contact tracing on.

    Whether that will continue when tourist traffic starts to come through again remains to be seen.

    Telling someone to do something for their own good doesn’t work any better on adults than it does on children, especially when it is for the good of the community as a whole. I have seen this community rally around others when they were stricken by misfortune or disease, so I know that people here do really care about their neighbors, and work to help them. It isn’t quite the same when you don’t even know who you might have kept safe, but expressing your irritation at another human being won’t affect the virus at all.

    • Whatever May 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

      Don’t count on this being over and done with. I couldn’t even contact the health clinic for a friend with symptoms. They wouldn’t answer the phone. I mentioned that on here but it wasn’t posted. This doesn’t instill confidence. Makes me feel like whatever.

      • Charles James May 7, 2020 at 3:26 pm #

        We don’t have any record of your communication under “Whatever” or the other name you post under. Are you sure you sent it?

      • JaneE May 8, 2020 at 8:47 am #

        I expect “over and done” will look more like influenza than SARS, and that will be after another 2 to 5 years of people who have to work in close proximity occasionally having outbreaks, assuming that this virus doesn’t frustrate efforts to create a vaccine like HIV or dengue. The part I find most depressing is that we become inured to any number of deaths as normal so long as it is other people dying.

  19. Lydia May 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

    Prevention never gets the credit it deserves, whether it’s managing response to a pandemic, or maintaining the integrity of dams and bridges.
    Thank you to those behind the scenes who understand epidemiology, or engineering


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