Public health officials report two virus deaths, 02/09

Confirmed cases now at 5,501 in San Benito County

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San Benito County Public Health officials report the number of new Covid-19 cases continue to decline but two new deaths were reported in their latest newsletter.   

On Feb. 9, the county reported its 56th and 57th death of the novel coronavirus in San Benito County. This is the first death reported since Feb. 4. 

The county’s Covid-19 dashboard shows that there have been 5,501 confirmed cases and currently 151 active cases, and 31 new cases recorded as of Tuesday afternoon. It also shows that 12 people are hospitalized within the county, with three of those in the intensive care unit.  

Confirmed cases include patients who have since recovered and those who are deceased. There’s been 31,717 tested for the novel coronavirus locally. Of these, 26,188 have tested negative and 5,293 patients have recovered.

The data from the Public Health Services’ latest community newsletter shows that of the 5,501 positive cases of Covid-19, 171 patients are in the 0-4 age group; 1,449 are in the 5-24 age group; 2,401 are in the 25-49; 1,040 patients are in the 50-64 age group; and 439 are age 64 or older.

The newsletter also shows that San Benito County remains in the most restricted purple “widespread” risk level as of Feb. 9. The county, according to state data, had a case rate of 36.1 daily new cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 9 percent for the week of Jan. 24-30. 

These numbers are beyond the “widespread” risk level factors for each county, which is more than seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents, and a positivity rate of more than 8 percent. 

The statewide data shows 33.1 daily new cases per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 8.5 percent for the week of Jan. 24-30.

The limits for the “substantial” tier are no more than 4 to 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents, and a positivity rate between 5-8 percent.

At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward from the purple “widespread” tier to the red “substantial” tier after meeting the criteria of the less restrictive level for 14 consecutive days.