On the same day that Mendocino County received its first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the county’s 25th resident succumbed to the virus. According to Sarah Dukett, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mendocino County, the decedent was a 67-year-old Hispanic male who passed away at a Ukiah Valley hospital.
Mendocino County County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren will hold a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. where Dukett said more information could be provided about the individual who passed away yesterday of COVID-19.
The announcement of yesterday’s death comes one day after Mendocino County Public Health posted on their Facebook page that the county is experiencing an “unprecedented surge” of positive cases. In a call to action, Public Health said, “The way we exercise our personal responsibility in the coming weeks has the potential of making or breaking our local healthcare system.”
Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Health in Mendocino County Dr. Bassant Parker said yesterday that AH Hospitals “have taken care of over 200 patients with COVID. We currently have 13 COVID patients in our hospital and about 30% ICU capacity.”