COVID-19 case count

One additional case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Newman in the past week, while Gustine’s case count remained unchanged.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 12 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in Newman, up one from 11 on Monday,  May 4.

Gustine’s case count remained at eight as of Tuesday afternoon, reflecting no change from a week earlier.

Twenty-five confirmed cases had been reported in the unincorporated area of the Stanislaus County’s supervisorial District 5 as of Tuesday, up from 23 last Monday, May 4.

In neighboring cities, Patterson as of Tuesday had 45 confirmed cases (an increase of four over Monday of last week) and the case count in Los Banos stood at 41 (an increase of three).

Stanislaus County had 517 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, up from 428 last Monday. Twenty-two deaths related to COVID-19 had been reported in Stanislaus County as of Tuesday.

Merced County’s case count stood at 177 Tuesday, up from 146 Monday, May 4. Four deaths related to COVID-19 had been reported in Merced County as of Tuesday.

Fire shuts down I-5, knocks out Santa Nella area power

A flat tire on a travel trailer being pulled northbound on Interstate 5 in the Santa Nella area sparked several vegetation fires, forcing the closure of the interstate and causing a power outage.

The California Highway Patrol reported that the flat tire threw sparks along she shoulder of the freeway for several miles, starting a number of fires along the roadway. The vehicle eventually pulled over and the trailer burned completely, the CHP said.

The incident, which started about 2:30 p.m., disrupted traffic for several hours.

A spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said one of the fires damaged utility infrastructure, causing a power outage in the Santa Nella area. Power to 1,230 customers was out starting at about 4:36, the spokesperson reported, and was restored about two hours later.

Fire damages fence

A fence fire on Upper Road at the southern city limits of Newman Friday afternoon, May 8, resulted in damage estimated at $1,000.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said crews responding found overgrown vegetation and the fence burning. The fire was quickly extinguished, he reported.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m.

Newman Fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 23 calls for service from May 1-7. Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the responses included 15 medical aid calls, three motor vehicle accidents, one hay fire and four vegetation fires.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, May 4: 83/53

Tuesday, May 5: 92/56

Wednesday, May 6: 89/55

Thursday, May 7: 94/57

Friday, May 8: 101/59

Saturday, May 9: 101/61

Sunday, May 10: 98/58