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MENDOCINO Co., 6/5/21 — We have entered a more complicated phase of the pandemic, while a majority of Mendocino County residents have been vaccinated, new more contagious variants, balmy weather, and a relaxation of public health rules are resulting in a significant new surge among the remaining unvaccinated portion of the population. As Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren has said repeatedly, there are now two different worlds: an vaccinated group who have almost no risk of serious illness, and an unvaccinated group who are still contending with the virus now in a more virulent form.
Yesterday it was announced that one of the latter succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll in Mendocino County to 50 for about 1.2% death rate among confirmed cases. The public health department also announced that two bars in Ukiah, the Office and the Pub, are “confirmed to have three COVID-19 positive cases among customers,” and are urging anyone who visited these bars on May 22 or 23 to get tested for COVID and to watch for symptoms.
It is important that such testing occur so that possible new outbreaks can be staunched.
Here is a press release from Public Health:
Mendocino County Experiencing Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Multiple COVID-19 Positive Cases Identified at Local Bars, and Additional COVID-19 Death
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Mendocino County. Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren stated: “We are in a surge in Mendocino County. We have seen daily average case rates over 8 per day per 100,000 residents, and we see a concentration of positive cases in Ukiah, Redwood Valley, and Willits.”
The Office Bar & Bistro (131 E. Mill St) and The Pub (585 N. State St) have been confirmed to have three COVID-19 positive cases among customers who visited these establishments on May 22-23, 2021. Therefore, for anyone who has visited these businesses on these dates, it is recommended you get tested and closely monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Mendocino County Health Officer Dr. Coren urges people to get tested if they show even mild symptoms, including allergy symptoms, to help us control the spread of COVID-19. In addition, he encourages frequent testing for those who are NOT vaccinated. Testing allows us to protect our loved ones and better understand how the virus is circulating in our communities.
What can Mendocino County residents and workers do to support our communities at this time? Dr. Coren continues to emphasize that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect ourselves against the virus and help our county stop the spread of the virus.
Along with the increase in cases came the very unfortunate news of an additional death from COVID-19 in Mendocino County on June 4, 2021 (not related to the bar cases). It is a sobering reminder that families and communities across the county need our support to stop COVID-19 and to begin to heal from the pandemic.
We ask that the community stay vigilant and follow the guidance outlined by the California Department of Public Health and Mendocino County Public Health. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, testing, masking, and gatherings, contact the Mendocino County Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at (707) 472-2759 or visit our website at: mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus.