In a series of press releases issued yesterday by Mendocino County Public Health, the public learned that two more County residents have succumbed to COVID-19. The County’s 70th death is a 94-year-old vaccinated woman from Mendocino County. The 71st death was an unvaccinated 78-year-old man from Ukiah.
These deaths were announced amongst the backdrop of Mendocino County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren’s presentation to the Board of Supervisors yesterday where he announced the latest COVID-19 surge is beginning to end. He characterized the surge as particularly affecting Mendocino County’s COVID-19 unvaccinated population.
Dr. Coren said as of yesterday, Mendocino County’s daily case rate is 39.25/100,000 compared to the daily case rate at the peak of the Delta Variant surge of 55.71/100,000. This downward trend is consistent with state-wide COVID-19.
Dr. Coren said there are currently 8 COVID patients in Mendocino County intensive care units and not enough staff to man more ICU needs in the county. Public Health has alerted state health officials to the state of the ICU beds and Dr. Coren said support would be coming soon.
Since the Federal Drug Administration has certified the Pfizer vaccine, Dr. Coren said. there has been a modest increase in vaccine demand. At this point, 78.1% of Mendocino County’s vaccine eligible population is partially and 65.5% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, exceeding the state average.
Mendocino County Public Health is asking Mendocino County residents to “exercise caution when placing themselves in situations that could expose them to COVID-19, especially considering the new more infectious Delta variant.”
Public Health continues to encourage residents to “follow all CDC and CDPH guidance’s at this time. Vaccination, masking, and social distancing remain the best options for combating the Covid-19 Virus.”