Over the last two days Mendocino County Public Health announced startling details regarding COVID-19’s unrelenting grip on the medically vulnerable in the county. Yesterday, the Public Health issued a series of press releases describing the nine most recent deaths attributed to COVID-19 and on Tuesday Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren said a Mendocino County child was being treated in a local hospital, the first minor hospitalized in the County ill with COVID-19 .
Before providing the age and location of those who succumbed to the virus, it is worth noting Dr. Coren said in his COVID-19 update to Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that recent deaths are most often unvaccinated individuals. As a point of comparison, Dr. Coren said the average age of vaccinated individuals who have passed away in the County from the virus is 95 while the average age of the unvaccinated is 68.
Dr. Coren added, “While some vaccinated people have caught COVID and some have passed away, the vast majority of overall of severe cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among those who have not been vaccinated.”
As to the recent spike in Mendocino County deaths, Dr. Coren said the last two weeks have seen 13 deaths and eight of those are attributed to outbreaks at two local nursing homes.
The press releases issued by Public Health provided the most information yet regarding these recent deaths:
- Mendocino County’s 76th death was a 98-year-old fully vaccinated, Fort Bragg man.
- The 77th death was another 96-year-old man from the Fort Bragg area who was fully vaccinated.
- The 78th death was an unvaccinated 66-year-old Ukiah man.
- The 79th death was an unvaccinated 70-year-old woman from the Covelo area.
- The county’s 80th death was a Ukiah woman, 79-years of age, who was fully vaccinated.
- A 82-year-old fully vaccinated, Fort Bragg woman was the county’s 81st death.
- The 82nd death was an 84-year-old Fort Bragg woman who was fully vaccinated.
- The county’s 83rd death was a 68-year-old man, unvaccinated from the Willits area.
- The 84th death was an 86-year-old fully vaccinated man from the Fort Bragg area.
Reviewing this data, it is clear Dr. Coren’s observation holds true for this small sample: the age of those that die of COVID who are vaccinated skews significantly higher than those that are unvaccinated.
Dr. Coren revealed during his presentation to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors that unvaccinated staff of the nursing facilities facing COVID-19 outbreaks were testing positive “having fatal consequences on those who are vaccinated and vulnerable.”
According to yesterday’s Mendocino County COVID-19 dashboard update, there are currently 12 residents hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 and 4 in local intensive care units. 304 residents are currently in isolation to protect others from being exposed to the virus and the most recent deluge of deaths marks 84 total deaths due to COVID-19 in Mendocino County.
Mendocino County Public Health is encouraging residents fully vaccinated with Pfizer and over the age of 65 (or over age 50 with specific health conditions) to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccine to “improve immunity.” Public Health suggests these booster shots “should be given at least 6 months after completion of the initial Pfizer series.” If residents have questions about boosters, Public Health encourages them to speak with their “doctor, or call Public Health at 707-472-2759.” Residents can get more information on upcoming vaccine clinics in their area by visiting the Public Health website.