The total number of infections in Sacramento County exceeded 10,000 on Saturday, as California also marked an important milestone with over half a million total cases.
Public health officials in Sacramento County reported 196 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing its total to 10,016. On the same day, nine new deaths were reported, six of them according to the California Department of Public Health, on Friday, which marked 142 total deaths from COVID-19 in the capital’s largest county. The victims represent a 21
According to data from state health officials updated on Saturday, 500,130 people were infected across the state, an increase of 33% over the 14-day average. Data from Johns Hopkins University, which differs slightly, indicates that over 501,000 Californians have been infected.
California is one of the main infection sites in the world. Last week, the state overtook epicenters of the East Coast such as New York and Florida, which have long been the main carriers of infection.
Florida currently has seen nearly 480,000 infections and just over 7,000 deaths, while New York state has seen 415,000 infections and 32,000 deaths.
State health officials reported the single deadliest day of death since the start of the pandemic on Friday with 219 people who succumbed to complications of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,224, according to the CDPH.
Over the past week, deaths across the state have increased by 22%, still rising predictably after several weeks of rapid infection. The infection rate, however, appears to have slowed in the past few days.
The average number of infections reported per day has increased by 12% in the past week, according to the CDPH, although the infection rate remains even higher than in May or June. The positivity rate, simply the fraction of the tests that prove positive, was 6.5% in the last seven days, down from 7.3% in the 14-day period.
Locally, the trends appear to be generally in line with those at the state level. Sacramento County, like California, has started to stabilize after spikes in infections and hospitalizations.
CDPH data show that the total number of infections in Sacramento County has increased by 50% in the past two weeks and that deaths have increased by 40% at the same time. However, the average number of infections reported daily has decreased by 35% in the past week. However, daily infections commonly hit triple digits, significantly higher than those in May and early June.
State data show that 265 Sacramento County residents are currently hospitalized and 90 are in intensive care units. In the past two weeks, hospitalizations in the county have increased by 35%. There are 79 ICU beds still available for approximately 1.5 million county residents.
Across the state, 6,459 people with laboratory-tested coronavirus cases are currently hospitalized. Of these, 1,966 patients are undergoing intensive care. In the past two weeks, hospitalizations in California have fallen by 6%.
Health officials from Yolo County reported a total of 1,510 cases and 41 deaths. On Friday, 16 new coronavirus cases were added to the count by county health officials and no new deaths were reported. There are currently six patients in county hospitals, all in intensive care. The county has five remaining ICU beds, according to state data. The county has seen outbreaks in several long-term care facilities, accounting for 118 of the total number of cases and 21 deaths.
Woodland’s Stollwood Convalescent Hospital reported an outbreak in April and is still the most serious epidemic in the county. There, 66 people connected to the facility were infected with the coronavirus and 17 died.
At the Alvalon Convalescent hospital, also in Woodland, 11 residents and nine staff members were infected. Davis’ Courtyard Healthcare Center reported infections in seven residents and four staff members.
Placer County reported 1,912 cases and 15 deaths. On Saturday, 36 new cases were reported and on Friday, another 54 people were confirmed with coronavirus. County officials reported a record day of infections on July 19, when 83 new cases were added, beating the county’s previous record for the highest daily infections since July 5, when 49 people had coronavirus. There are 60 people hospitalized in the county and 14 are being treated in intensive care. The county has 31 ICU beds available.
El Dorado County reported a total of 637 cases and one death from COVID-19. On Friday, 24 new cases were reported by county health officials. There are currently two people in the county hospitals and one person in intensive care. The county has 14 ICU beds available. Despite having reported its first death last month, El Dorado County remains the only county in the greater Sacramento area that has not been included in the state’s regional coronavirus checklist, reflecting its relatively low number of cases.
Sutter County reported a total of 768 cases and six deaths. Health officials added 13 new coronavirus cases on Friday and added two more deaths earlier this week. Ten people are currently hospitalized. County health officials reported one of the highest one-day infections on Tuesday, adding 34 confirmed cases to the total. The latest record was set on July 23, when 35 infections were reported.
In neighboring Yuba County, 471 people were infected and four died. Six new cases were added on Friday. On Wednesday 26 people tested positive for coronavirus, which set a daily record of infection, and death was reported. Eight people in Yuba County are currently hospitalized.
Worldwide, more than 17.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus and over 680,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for the largest percentage of infections for each individual country, with 4.5 million cases and 153,000 deaths. Brazil is the next leading nation, with just over 2.6 million infections and 92,000 deaths. India has reported nearly 1.7 million total infections and 36,000 deaths.
California’s deadline for the eviction ban is approaching
Housing evictions have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and the difficult economic landscape that has resulted, as thousands of Californians have lost their jobs and are increasingly demanding unemployment benefits every day.
But this month could change. The California Judicial Council is considering putting an end to its emergency protections previously set up for renters, a change that could take effect on August 14.
In response, California Governor Gavin Newsom allowed local jurisdictions to ban evictions until September 30, and the state legislature is considering several bills that include provisions for an extended eviction moratorium.
About 7% of California tenants could not pay the rent in full in July, according to a survey by the United States Census Bureau, and 3.8 million tenants said they had little or no confidence in their ability to carry out next month’s payments.
A national eviction moratorium on properties with federal guaranteed mortgages expired on July 24, leaving individual states to act alone.
What is COVID-19? How does coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus spreads through contact between people within 6 feet of each other, especially through coughing and sneezing which expels the respiratory droplets that land in the mouth or nose of nearby people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that it is possible to catch COVID-19 disease by touching something that has the virus and then touching your face, “but this is not meant to be the primary way the virus spreads “.
Symptoms of the virus causing COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath, which can occur from two days to two weeks after exposure.
Most people develop only mild symptoms, but some people develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal. The disease is especially dangerous for the elderly and others with weaker immune systems.
Bee Malaika Kanaaneh Tapper contributed to this report.