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Alpine tops for coronavirus testing in California

As of Monday, California’s smallest county is also No. 1 in community coronavirus testing per capita.

Johnson said none of the 400 tests of Alpine residents without symptoms came back positive.

“This is the best way to ensure that we can prevent any local spread of COVID-19 in our communities and stay open,” Johnson said. “Maintain your social distancing, and wear your face covering when around other people outside of your household, especially when indoors.”

While Alpine hovers around a single case since the outbreak began, Douglas County has seen an increase, according to Carson City Heath and Human Services.

Four Douglas residents including a woman in her 50s, a man in his 90s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 50s, who recently traveled, were reported to have the disease on Tuesday.

On Monday night, health officials reported a Douglas woman in her 50s had the virus. The woman didn’t have any contact with a known case.

A Douglas man and woman in their 20s were reported to have coronavirus on Friday after a trip to Texas.

Two more Douglas women were added to the list of active cases on Saturday, bringing the county to 25 active cases and 44 recoveries since the first report on March 18. One of the women was in her 40s with a connection to a previous case while the other was in her 60s with no known connection.

The number of active Douglas cases has more than tripled since the beginning of June when it was only seven.

Most of Douglas County’s cases, 36, are in the Minden-Johnson Lane and Indian Hills ZIP Codes. The county’s largest community, the Gardnerville Ranchos, has reported 11 cases and Gardnerville has seven cases.

No cases have been reported in Topaz Ranch Estates or Glenbrook.

Alpine is conducting community testing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Woodfords.

“Even if you were tested previously, you are encouraged to get tested again, as the test only shows what is in your body on that day,” Johnson said. “Testing is recommending as often as every two weeks.”

To register for testing in Alpine, visit http://www.projectbaseline.com/covid19 Those who register online will be able to stay in their cars for the test. Those who haven’t may register at the site.

“We need as many people to get tested to help us move as rapidly as possible toward complete reopening in Alpine County,” Johnson said.

Community testing will be conducted 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Carson High School. Community testing returns to Douglas High School on July 15.