Yesterday, Mendocino County Public Health announced three more county residents have succumbed to COVID-19 marking a total of 67 who have lost their lives to the virus.
The 65th death was a 36-year-old unvaccinated Ukiah woman, according to Public Health, and is the youngest resident whose death is attributed to COVID-19. The 66th death was an unvaccinated 47-year-old man from Ukiah. A 43-year-old unvaccinated Covelo man is considered the county’s 67th death.
These deaths are occurring amidst the backdrop of the Delta variant surging, considered highly transmissible especially in unvaccinated populations, as Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren has expressed on multiple occasions.
In light of the rise in deaths and the Delta Variant, Mendocino County Public Health asks the public “to exercise caution when placing themselves in situations that could expose them to COVID-19, especially considering the new more infectious Delta variant.” In terms of protecting oneself from the virus, Public Health suggests “Vaccination, masking and social distancing remain the best options for combating the Covid-19 Virus.”
As per the latest information offered by Mendocino County Public Health, the county’s Daily Positive Cases is 41.03 which would be considered in the “Purple Tier,” a reference to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Purple Tier was the designation for counties with the highest number of cases and as a result would face the most stringent COVID lockdowns (closing schools, gyms, etc.)
There are currently 16 Mendocino County residents hospitalized and 8 in local intensive care units after coming down with COVID-19.
As to Mendocino County residents’ vaccination rates, currently 49,806 residents are considered “fully vaccinated” averaging a vaccine efficacy of 99.508%. Mendocino County Public Health is reporting a total of 245 post-vaccinated infections.