COVID on the rise in northern California coast county – fr

COVID on the rise in northern California coast county – fr

California coronavirus case rates are nearing all-time low, but in a north coast county, the numbers are moving in the wrong direction.

Humboldt County, whose largest city, Eureka, is 230 miles north of San Francisco, recorded 137 new cases last week. It was the most since early February. Over the weekend, the county health department reported 33 more infections, bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus to 3,885 since the start of the pandemic.

Humboldt’s seven-day average positivity rate of 3.1% is now more than three times the state average, according to data compiled by The Chronicle. County officials attribute the recent surge to the spread of the transmissible coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK, known as B.1.1.7.

The mutation is also behind the recent outbreaks in Oregon and Washington.

“Our recent increase in cases shows just how contagious this variant is,” said Dr Ian Hoffman, Humboldt County health official. “So far, older adults have experienced the most severe results from COVID, but now we are seeing younger people getting sicker and younger people being hospitalized.”

Health officials in the county of 135,558 said people between the ages of 20 and 29 accounted for 23.3% of new cases, more than any other age group. Nine of the 17 residents hospitalized with COVID-19 last week were under 30.


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