Covid-19 transmission remains high in Yolo County
Yolo County continues to show significant transmission of COVID-19, with more than 215 new cases reported each of the past three weeks.
The 232 cases reported by the county in the past seven days have surpassed the 218 cases reported the week before and 221 cases the week before. New cases since Oct. 13 have also put the county back into the highest transmission category on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s community transmission chart, with more than 100 cases per week per 100,000 population.
The city of Davis has seen 93 new cases reported since October 1, including 19 in children under the age of 18. Woodland accounted for the most new cases countywide since the start of the month – a total of 213 according to the county. COVID-19 dashboard online – and this city continues to account for about 40% of all cases countywide since the start of the pandemic.
Data from Healthy Davis Together also shows an increase in the number of new cases over the past two weeks.
After reporting 113 positive tests the week of October 3-9, HDT reported 137 positive cases for the week of October 10-16. The rate of new cases has increased since the week of September 19 to 25, when Healthy Davis Together collected 100 positive samples.
The test positivity rate is also on the rise, from 0.66% the week of October 3-9 to 0.79% last week.
The county-wide test positivity rate is almost the same at 0.8%.
The Davis Joint Unified School District also continues to report new cases.
Since early August, 112 students and 20 DJUSD staff have tested positive for the virus. As of Tuesday, there were active cases at Birch Lane, North Davis and Willett elementary schools and Da Vinci / Emerson high schools.
There were 32 students in quarantine, including 20 in North Davis.
The Woodland Joint Unified School District has reported 35 new cases so far in October, after reporting 37 in September. A total of 118 cases have been identified in this district since the start of the school year.
In West Sacramento, the Washington Unified School District has reported 140 cases since August 5.
Yolo County continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the homes of all residents aged 12 and over.
The call-to-order program also provides reminders from Pfizer. Currently, boosters are not allowed for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, but that is expected to change as early as this week, based on guidance from federal health authorities.
To schedule an immunization at home or at work, call 530-902-3230 (English), 530-379-3465 (Spanish) or 530-908-0721 (Russian).
Appointments are available every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Earlier this month, Yolo County health worker Dr Aimee Sisson amended the county’s face mask ordinance to allow some performers on stage to dispense with masks under certain circumstances.
Under the current ordinance, face coverings are required in Yolo County, regardless of immunization status, in all indoor public places, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, including offices, health stores. retail, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers and state and local government offices.
All non-residential environments are considered public, and common areas in apartments and other multi-unit residential environments – such as common patios, laundry rooms, and lobbies – are also considered public, which means masks are mandatory.
Exemptions exist for people working alone in an office or a closed room; those who actively eat or drink; anyone swimming or showering in a fitness center; and when obtaining medical or cosmetic services involving the face or nose.
The additional exemption added on October 11 concerns performers.
They can skip the mask on stage if they are either fully vaccinated and tested negative for the virus (using a PCR test or antigen test) within 72 hours of performance or, if they are they are not vaccinated, test negative using an FDA cleared antigen test on the day of the performance, and stay at least 12 feet from the public at all times.
The exemption does not apply to performers on K-12 school campuses who must continue to wear face coverings.
Sisson said the mask’s mandate in Yolo County would remain in effect until the county’s daily case rate falls below 2 cases per 100,000 for seven consecutive days. The county’s daily case rate over the past seven days has averaged over 15.
– Contact Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy.