Last night, Mendocino County Public Health announced another County resident has succumbed to COVID-19. This makes for a total of 52 Mendocino County residents that have died from the virus and the second death in under a week. It is worth noting the 50th death occurred nearly two months ago on June 5.
A press release from MCPH disclosed that the 51st death in the county was a 73-year-old man from Willits. We expect a similar disclosure of information shortly for the 52nd death.
During last week’s COVID-19 media update Deputy Public Health Officer Noemi Doohan announced that five cases of COVID-19 in the County were attributed to the Delta variant.
In a statement to the Mendocino County public, Dr. Coren said over the last month the county has seen “the average new COVID cases triple from 3.7 to 11 per day and the number of people hospitalized has almost tripled from 5 to 14.” He characterized this rise as “numbers we have not seen since the terrible surge last winter.”
As to the Delta variant’s role in this rise of cases, Dr. Coren stated that the strain “is twice as contagious, spreading to more people faster than we’ve seen before.” He said the variant, “mostly targets the unvaccinated people but even vaccinated people who are immune-compromised (advanced age, some illnesses or medications) are at risk.”
During an update to the Board of Supervisors on July 14, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said recent cases of COVID-19 in Mendocino County are occurring within the unvaccinated population. He added that many cases are “asymptomatic.”
According to the latest COVID-19 Dashboard, 141 Mendocino County residents are in isolation after testing positive for the virus, six are hospitalized, and five are in the intensive care unit. The dashboard is still utilizing the California Department of Public Health’s colored tier system to give residents a metric as to how the county is doing and based on the most current numbers, Mendocino County is in the “purple tier,” which would have been the most restrictive tier before the state’s reopening.