Newman, Gustine COVID case counts

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newman and the Gustine community climbed by 79 and 75, respectively, during the week ending Monday, Jan. 11.

As of Monday, the confirmed case count in Newman since the start of the pandemic stood at 854, up from 775 a week earlier. Newman has also had 51 probable cases, up from 37 the previous week.

As of Monday, Newman had had 16 deaths related to COVID-19, an increase of two over the prior Monday.

According to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency dashboard, Newman recorded 319 confirmed cases and 31 probable cases in the 30-day period ending Jan. 11.

The Gustine community (which includes all who list a Gustine address, not just those in the city limits), case count stood at 634 as of Monday afternoon, according to the Merced County Public Health dashboard. That is up from 559 cases a week earlier, and reflects an increase of 240 cases since Dec. 11, when the count stood at 394.

Five injured in collision

Five people were transported with minor to moderate injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision Friday morning, Jan. 8, on Highway 33 south of Cottonwood Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to the CHP, the collision occurred when Diego Coi, 21, of Stockton, who was driving a Chevrolet Malibu southbound on Highway 33, attempted to make a u-turn by moving onto the shoulder and then coming back across the southbound lane but pulled into the path of a Dodge Ram 3500 driven by Roberto Guerrero, 29, of Anaheim, who was southbound behind the Malibu. The Ram struck the driver’s side of the Malibu.

The CHP said all five occupants of the Malibu were transported by West Side Community Ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Los Banos with minor to moderate injuries. They included Coi and passengers Manuel Bawx, 25, Julio Aja, 33, Santos Cotey, 41, and Ramon Tahay, 44, all of Stockton, according to the CHP.

The accident occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m.

West Side weather

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

Monday, Jan. 4: 63/35

Tuesday, Jan. 5: 60/36

Wednesday, Jan. 6: 61/31

Thursday, Jan. 7: 59/32

Friday, Jan. 8: 53/33

Saturday, Jan. 9: 63/32

Sunday, Jan. 10: 60/31