Santa Cruz County’s active COVID case count at all-time high

SANTA CRUZ — Even without the majority of positive results coming from at-home, rapid COVID-19 testing, Santa Cruz County broke its own record for active known cases Monday.

According to the county’s data dashboard, there are at least 3,324 active known cases. This brings the total number of known cases since March 2020 to more than 25,000 infections.

The last comparable figure to today’s active known case count occurred Jan. 15, 2021, when the county marked 3,017 active known cases according to Sentinel records. After that date in the original winter surge of the pandemic, cases started a downward turn.

“Omicron is highly infectious. It is important that we continue to use all prevention measures to stop the spread. Wear a medical/surgical mask instead of a cloth mask if possible. Get vaccinated/boosted. Stay home if you’re sick and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or are exposed to someone positive with COVID-19,” said County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Spokesperson (HSA) Corinne Hyland in an email when asked about the record.

Recently, Deputy Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci has stated that the most trustworthy COVID-19 metrics to study and determine the status of community transmission are hospitalizations and deaths. Both circumstances changed for the worse Monday, with five new COVID-19-positive patients marked in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hospital database and two new deaths recorded by the county.

Hyland said that the 231st COVID-19-related fatality was a white man in his early 70s. A resident of north county, the man was unvaccinated.

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The 232nd fatality was a white woman in her early 80s. Also a resident of north county, the woman had one Johnson & Johnson shot and had secured a booster shot.

In both cases, COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death with significant contributing factors, Hyland said.

Though individuals are still becoming sick and dying from COVID-19, it is happening at a lesser rate because of the sheer number of individuals in Santa Cruz County who have chosen to get vaccinated, Hyland said.

“Our healthcare system is still being impacted because of staffing shortages as a result of the increasing COVID cases, so we must all do our part to stop the spread,” Hyland said.

On Monday morning, CalMatters out of Sacramento reported that the CDPH is weighing cancelling elective surgeries, a thought that echoes a reality which took place almost exactly one year ago.

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