Saturday, November 26, 2022

COVID-19 Takes the Lives of a 70th and 71st Mendocino County Resident as the Delta Surge Wanes


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.

A graph showing the Daily Positivity Rate in Mendocino County Dr. Coren presented to the Board of Supervisors yesterday

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.”



  1. Details please. Why were these two individuals hospitalized? Did they have comorbidities. If so we’re they terminal? It’s one thing to die of the flu. It’s another to die with the flu. The so-called pandemic is of no real threat to the population. What test was performed, PCR? It’s utterly useless. Pumps out false positives. As with the flu, Covid can be of concern for the elderly. It’s odd how the flu season count disappeared. I guess it was needed elsewhere.

    • I agree, I knew one of the people. Cancer was in play. General health and habits were also in place not to mention age was also in place. I am greatly saddened about it. They were a special kind person to me for half my life.

      • I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing. It’s important to recognize the difference between passing away from Covid to passing away with covid. Further, if the PCR test was utilized it is questionable the person was of either category.

  2. my relative was one of those deaths and they were moved out of the covid ward and were able to have visitors so how is that a covid death? the way they count these deaths is clearly flawed to pump up the numbers

    • I’m glad you were able to see your relative. A friend of mine in Michigan recently passed away from cancer, and having tested positive for covid, she was not allowed to have visitors, so she was alone the last week of her life. I don’t think having covid impacted or hastened her death, but it was really sad that no one could be there with her to comfort and distract her during her final days.

  3. one of those deaths was my relative and that person was moved out of the covid ward and was able to have visitors so how is that a covid death?

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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