COVID cases, hospitalizations rising in Yolo

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Of the 297 new cases reported by the county since last Thursday, Winters reported six. Other Yolo County cities have reported rising numbers. 

The City of Davis reported the highest of 118. The city of West Sacramento reported 71 new cases, Woodland reported 60 and Unincorporated communities reported 39.

Hospitalizations have jumped as well — a total of 10 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Yolo County’s two hospitals on Monday, up from just two at the end of last week. All but one are unvaccinated.

UC Davis also reported an increase in new cases and test positivity during the week of Dec. 19-25. The 22 positive cases detected on Dec. 22 are the second-most for a single day since testing began. The only day with more positive tests was Jan. 6, when 25 cases were detected. The UC Davis campus test positivity rate has also jumped to 1.34 percent, according to the campus dashboard. That’s the highest it has been during the pandemic.

What’s happening locally is likely what is happening elsewhere in the state and around the country — the Omicron variant is driving a surge in new cases.

And while breakthrough cases are occurring among the vaccinated and even among those who have received booster shots, it is the unvaccinated who are taking the biggest hit.

Yolo County’s overall case rate, for example, is 5.2 per 100,000 residents among the vaccinated but 40.6 among the unvaccinated.

“Real-world evidence continues to show that the vaccine is preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” the department noted in a press release Monday.

Vaccination appointments can be made by visiting or calling 1-833-422-4255.

The county is not holding vaccination clinics during the holidays though vaccines, including boosters, are available at pharmacies and through health systems. The county will host additional vaccine clinics after the new year.

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