COVID-19

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Even as vaccinations will soon arrive in Del Norte County, COVID-19 cases are continuing to climb.

According to information from Del Norte County Public Health, cases are steadily climbing while hospitalizations and deaths remain relatively low.

As of Thursday, Del Norte County Public Health reported 118 active cases of COVID-19 in the community and 587 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Over the last two weeks, 121 cases have been confirmed, an average of just more than eight cases a day. On Thursday, five new cases were reported.

Three of infected were in the hospital as of Thursday, and COVID-related deaths remained steady at two.

While the spread in the community continued to climb, there was some good news as the outbreak at Pelican Bay State Prison seems to be contained. According to the health department, there are no new cases in the prison this week, with 99 total cases in the prison since the beginning of the pandemic.

The majority of those infected in Del Norte County are men, with 59 percent of the cases. Younger people continue to make up the vast majority of those infected, with 73 percent under the age of 50.

While cases continue to climb, Del Norte County is not in a mandatory stay-at-home order yet. Under the regional system in California, the Northern California region continues to have more than 15 percent of its ICU beds available.

Del Norte County continues to remain in the Purple Tier, the most restrictive in the state. Across California, only three counties are not in the Purple Tier.

Across California, more than 1.6 million people have been confirmed with COVID and more than 21,000 deaths are linked to the virus.

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