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One week after Del Norte County dropped to the Red Tier, allowing restaurants and other businesses to open for indoor services, case numbers have inched upward.

On Tuesday, two new COVID-19 cases were reported, giving the county 41 new cases in the last two weeks. For the two-week period ending Feb. 6, there were 24 cases confirmed.

While the increase has not impacted the county’s tier status yet, it could if cases don’t slow down quickly.

As of Tuesday, there were 39 active cases in Del Norte County with four people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, 931 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 24 total hospitalizations. Four people with COVID have died.

The majority of cases, 59 percent, have been in men, with 59 percent of those who tested positive in the 19-49 age range.

After seeing COVID cases climb in December and early into 2021, cases have steadily fallen. The first week of the new year, saw 43 cases while the last week of January saw just eight.

In the last week cases have again climbed, with six cases Feb. 10, five the next day, three more Feb. 12 and six on Feb. 13. There were no stats released on Valentine’s Day and two cases were reported Monday.

While cases are climbing, so too are the number of people vaccinated. Dr. Warren Rehwaldt, the county public health authority, said most of the people in Tier 1 have been vaccinated. The county is currently offering vaccines to people in Tier 2 and Tier 3. Those include community healthcare workers, home health workers and other medical workers. Phase 1b, which is the next in line include seniors over the age of 65. If you are a senior and have not been added to a COVID vaccination waiting list, you are encouraged to contact your medical provider to be added to the list.

Once on the list, people will be contacted when vaccines are available.

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