WILLITS, 8/4/20 — The number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 continues to rise, though no longer at an accelerating rate. Since the major spike in cases in mid-July, the number of new cases per day has stabilized to an average of around eight per day, indicating that the mid-July spike was likely connected to festivities around the Fourth of July. Officials have said that the slower growth rate, or flattening curve, are at least partially attributable to the new restrictions and service closures, that are slowing the spread.
However, in a worrisome development, the total number of people hospitalized for the virus hit a high of 12 today, and the average age of a patient has climbed somewhat.
Also concerning, more cases have been confirmed among retail workers at local businesses, including more than one case (likely two) at Walmart. Asked about the specifics of the Walmart infections Mendocino County Spokesperson Sarah Dukett said that the county didn’t have a specific comment, except that there was currently no “outbreak” at Walmart. However, she clarified that the definition of an outbreak at a big box retail store differs from that of smaller or more sensitive businesses, per CDC guidelines. She gave the example that a single confirmed cases of COVID among residents of a nursing home is defined as an “outbreak” by the CDC, noting that that is not the definition for a big box store which can of course employ many dozens of workers.
A source close to the situation confirm that workers at Walmart had tested positive.
WILLITS, 7/31/20 — An additional 13 cases of COVID were confirmed today, and one more person was hospitalized, bringing the total hospitalized to 8. The total case count is at 312, with nine dead, mostly elderly people from outbreaks at nursing homes.
Here’s the Friday press conference from Mendocino Public Health, this time with a strong focus on the mechanics of enforcement. Present were code enforcement, the sheriff, CEO Angelo, Dr. Doohan, and various other people.
WILLITS, 7/30/20 — Three more people have died in COVID in Mendocino County. Here are the details: