Yolo County reports nearly 500 new COVID cases in the last week

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Yolo County reported nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases over the last seven days as the Delta-fueled surge shows little sign of abating locally. The average of more than 70 cases per day during the week of Aug. 17-23 exceeded the daily average of about 64 the week before. As of Monday, 15 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Yolo County and one new death was reported — a Woodland resident between the ages of 65 and 74. Since the the state fully reopened on June 15 and dropped its mask mandate, Yolo County has reported more than 2,300 new cases and 15 deaths. Since reinstating a local indoor mask mandate on July 30, the county has reported 1,505 new cases and 11 deaths. Meanwhile, of the 208 new cases reported on Monday (covering Saturday, Sunday and Monday), 57 were in children. No other age group had more. The 25-34 age group had the next highest number with 52. The county’s dashboard does not indicate the vaccination status of new cases, hospitalizations or deaths. West Sacramento, which has struggled the most with getting residents vaccinated, has been the hardest hit city so far in the month of August, with 427 new cases and five deaths reported. Woodland has reported 384 cases and two deaths while the city of Davis has reported 263 new cases and three deaths during August. Winters has reported 32 new cases since the beginning of the month and unincorporated areas have seen 223 new cases and one death. Healthy Davis Together’s latest data largely mirrors what’s being reported countywide. HDT, which offers free saliva testing to anyone who lives or works in Davis (and has more recently expanded testing countywide), reported more positive tests in the last week than during any other week of the pandemic. A total of 394 positive tests were reported between Aug. 15-21, up from 275 the week before. The test positivity rate of 2.70 percent last week also represented an increase over the week before when the rate was 2.42 percent.

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