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California closes in on 4 million vaccine doses distributed, less than half have been administered
The state also said that it has 3,062,068 confirmed cases to date. There were 23,024 newly recorded confirmed cases on Thursday, with a 7-day positivity rate at 8.9% and the 14-day positivity rate at 10.5%. In a more sobering statistic, 35,768 COVID-19 deaths have been reported for the state in total since the start of the pandemic.
El Dorado County updates latest COVID-19 numbers
The county currently stands at a 10.0% positivity rate as of January 22. The new coronavirus numbers will be reflected on the county's dashboard by 5 p.m. tonight.
El Dorado County is reporting:
- 53 new cases (8,002 in total)
- 502 additional negative test results
- 92 assumed recoveries (6,549 estimated in total)
- 24 new hospitalizations
- 8 new ICU hospitalizations
- Six deaths (59 in total)
University of the Pacific to distribute 300 doses of vaccine
According to a news release, 300 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to those eligible in the university community and based on the county's criteria, which includes: Pacific faculty over 65 years of age, Pacific medical staff working in health centers, Pacific faculty, staff and students from programs related to healthcare and Pacific campus law enforcement.
Demand still high for intensive care services in San Joaquin County
The county is operating at 153% of ICU capacity, with 50% of adult ICU beds occupied by patients who tested positive for coronavirus. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital has reached 190% ICU capacity, with other hospitals also reporting high percentages.
San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency said in a press release that there were 296 new hospitalizations and 6 deaths due to COVID-19 in the county in the last day. Though there has been a modest decline in hospitalization numbers, the agency is urging people to continue to use best practices to help stop the spread.
New record death toll set
California is reporting a one-day record of 764 COVID-19 deaths, but the rate of new infections is falling.
The deaths reported Friday by the California Department of Public Health top the previous mark of 708 set on Jan. 8. In the last two days, California has recorded 1,335 deaths. Hospitalizations and newly confirmed cases have been falling, however, and health officials are growing more optimistic that the worst of the surge is over.
The 23,024 new cases reported Friday are less than half the mid-December peak of nearly 54,000. Hospitalizations have fallen below 20,000, a drop of more than 10% in two weeks.
California National Guard in Sacramento getting vaccinated
Vaccinations are underway for some members of the California National Guard in Sacramento. Major General David Baldwin, California National Guard Adjutant General, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this morning.
“The only way to kill this virus is with the vaccine,” Baldwin said after receiving his shot.
Where is the state data?
On Jan. 12, California's public health agency surprised local officials by lifting a stay-at-home order in the 13-county Greater Sacramento region. With the news, outdoor dining and worship services were OK again, hair and nail salons and other businesses could reopen, and retailers could allow more shoppers inside.
It’s a mystery how the state decided to lift regional restrictions because officials won’t share their data despite repeated pledges of transparency. State officials projected intensive care unit capacity and virus spread four weeks into the future to make the determination.
State health department spokeswoman Ali Bay said “at the moment the projections are not being shared publicly,” because officials say they could cause more confusion. San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said officials there aren’t aware of the secret models but would welcome being able to see the data.
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