The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County reached 5,693 as of Thursday morning. There are 369 new cases since July 30, indicating a 7% increase from last week.
Of the total 5,693 cases, 5,260 have been released from isolation and 358 are currently active. Although the number of cases has increased in recent weeks, Nevada County still has 75 deaths from the coronavirus, with no deaths in more than 17 weeks.
The highest number new cases per day this year – 140 – were recorded on Tuesday.
“The Nevada County daily case rate and case positivity rate have increased dramatically in less than a month,” said a press release issued last week by the county public health department. “The Delta variant in California now accounts for more than 80% of sequenced cases, leading to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, especially among those who are not vaccinated.”
As of Thursday, 104,111 doses of the vaccine were given to residents of Nevada County, according to the county’s website. The county has fully vaccinated 49,341 people, or about 50% of the population.
Nevada County public health officials have pointed out the difference between recommendations and requirements for proper and safe masking given the recent increase in cases.
Face masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status in health facilities, prisons, public transport and schools. Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks in all indoor environments.
Further south, Los Angeles County supervisor Hilda Solis issued an executive order requiring all public employees to be vaccinated. Governor Gavin Newsom called the action a “good decision” on Twitter.
As of Thursday morning, Placer County reported 25,559 cases of COVID-19, indicating a 2% increase in cases over the past week. The county’s COVID-19 dashboard says there were 604 new cases in the past week.
There were no recorded deaths caused by COVID-19 in Placer County last week, leaving the death toll at 307 people.
Placer County has distributed 422,973 vaccines since their introduction. The total number of fully vaccinated people in the county is 204,935.
Placer County data may reflect inaccuracies.
According to the health system’s website, anyone 12 years of age and older can book an appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov.
Rebecca O’Neil is a writer for Sierra Sun and The Union, a sister publication of The Sun