Winters reports 93 COVID-19 cases as of Monday

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Yolo County topped 2,000 COVID-19 cases over the weekend and with 30 new cases reported on Monday now has a cumulative total of 2,076 since the pandemic began.

Ninety three of those cases have been in the city of Winters, including one new case reported on Monday in an individual between the ages of 55 and 64.

The 25-to-34 age group continues to account for the most cases in Winters — 24 of the city’s total.

The city of Davis, meanwhile, has reported 226 cases with the 18-24 age group the most impacted.

But it is Woodland and West Sacramento that combined have accounted for more than 72 percent of all of Yolo County’s cases. With 11 new cases reported on Monday, Woodland has now had 899 residents test positive for COVID-19. Woodland also has the most deaths — 25 of the county’s 46 total. All but three of Woodland’s deaths occurred in congregate care facilities.

West Sacramento had 607 cases as of Monday and has reported 13 deaths.

In the last week, the county has reported a total of 178 new coronavirus cases, five new hospitalizations and one death.

As of Monday, 18 county residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to Dr. Larissa May, the county’s interim public health officer, including six at Woodland Memorial Hospital and two at Sutter Davis. The remaining 10 patients are hospitalized outside the county.

Meanwhile, 67 county residents are currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and 92 are quarantined after coming into contact with a positive patient.

May said Tuesday that infections continue to be widespread throughout the county and hospitalizations have remained steady.

Yolo County, she noted, remains on the state’s monitoring list — alongside 41 other counties — and how long the county will remain there is unclear.

Santa Cruz County came off the list Monday and Gov. Gavin Newsom said he expected San Diego County would follow.

“It’s possible that we may fall off the monitoring list,” May said, if hospitalizations remain stable or decline and the test positivity rate continues to decline.

However, she said, coming off the monitoring list does not mean all the businesses that were required to close when the county went on the list would be able to immediately reopen.

Rather, May said, the state health officer would have to give the OK for re-openings and those may come in a more phased approach than the last time, earlier this summer, when many sectors re-opened at once.

Supervisor Gary Sandy of Woodland pointed to hair salons, in particular, as an industry that should be able to reopen sooner rather than later.

“The fact that we are keeping hair salons closed is inexplicable to me,” he said.

There needs to be a strategy utilized that enables businesses to reopen if there is no evidence those businesses are contributing to the spread of the coronavirus, he said.

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