Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Trinity County as of Monday reached 164, an increase of six over the weekend, but a tally of those infected over Thanksgiving has yet to be realized.
The Trinity County Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday morning, Nov. 27, that 19 additional active COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the county, bringing the total to 158. By Monday, it was 164.
In a video released before Thanksgiving, County Public Health Nursing Director Marci Jo Cudziol warned of how the virus spreads. As of Wednesday, Nov. 25, Trinity County had 40 active cases of COVID-19.
“Since we know that each one positive case can infect two others when protective measures are not followed, these 40 cases will grow to 80 cases in the next two to 14 days,” she said, noting that the active cases could double every couple weeks.
“The virus is spreading exponentially and rapidly and is causing more severe illness in Trinity County residents,” according to a TCHHS release. “The widespread infection rate in Trinity County and surrounding counties presents a significant threat to our county health care system and other health care systems outside the county that our residents depend on. As cases spread and hospitalization rates begin to exceed capacity, the delay in care due to COVID-19 will be profound and the indirect impact on all aspects of needed emergency care significant.”
The impact is also being felt by the public health department, which is asking the state Department of Health for more case investigators and contact tracers to keep up with the increased cases.
Where were you?
TCPHB identified the following sectors as sources of exposure:
► Kelly’s Fitness Plus & White Wolf Gym on Nov. 16 and Nov. 18 between the hours of 9 and 10 a.m.
► Burger King in Weaverville on Nov. 15 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
► Coast Central Credit Union in Weaverville on Nov. 18 between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon.
► Holiday Market, including Starbucks, on Nov. 20 between the hours of and 2 p.m. / Nov. 22 between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. / Nov. 25 between the hours of 3 and 4 p.m. / Nov. 26 between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m.
► CVS Pharmacy in Weaverville on Nov. 24, between 10 and 11 a.m.
► Any indoor gatherings without consistent masking and social distancing or more than three households between Nov. 15 and Nov. 26.
Trinity County’s infection rate pushed it into the most restrictive tier of state guidelines. Purple Tier Guidance for Trinity County can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
Testing, 1, 2, 3
Drive-through mobile testing can be done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, 101 Arbuckle Court, Weaverville. On Friday, Dec. 4, testing will be done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity County Fairgrounds, 6000 Highway 3, Hayfork.
The county’s COVID-19 Dashboard is regularly updated to reflect new cases. For local information and statistics or to find additional resources visit www.trinitycounty.org.
State may step in
Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared online Monday to talk about predictions about hospital occupancy and availability going into December.
“Look how quickly we go from 75 percent to 85 percent already in Northern California of [Intensive Care Unit] beds being occupied, to 134 percent just in early December,” he said. “That’s in a week or two. You can see in mid-December, ICU beds will be at 112 percent capacity, so you get a sense of where we may be.” Newsom said the trajectory is a red flag and may lead to further restrictions.
“If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action including taking a look at those purple-tiered counties, and they are now 51 of the 58 counties,” he said. “We had nine counties move backward over the weekend. Remember, we are not waiting for our weekly cadence to move.” He said that if trends continue, the potential for a stay-at-home order for those regions in purple, because of hospitalizations and ICUs, will increase.
For businesses, particularly smaller ones, his office says it will provide billions in immediate tax relief, automatic three-month extensions and interest-free payment agreements for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
“In partnership with the Legislature, California will provide $500 million in new COVID-19 Relief Grant funding for small businesses,” the Governor’s Office released Monday morning. “As the federal government fails to provide additional financial stimulus support to main street businesses, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that California will provide temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.”
Newsom will direct the Department of Tax and Fee Administration to provide the extensions and expand payment options.
“Funds would be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021,” the governor’s website states. “Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants.”
For more information, visit www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom/ online.
The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.
► California has 1,225,189 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
► There were 12,221 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior to yesterday.
► The 7-day positivity rate is 7.0 percent and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.5 percent.
► There have been 24,161,313 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 136,142 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.
► As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 19,211 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
County tier updates
CDPH updated the Blueprint for a Safer Economy county tiers based on data from Nov. 19-25 with a four-day lag. Fifty-two of California’s 58 counties are in the Purple Tier.
One county will move to a more restrictive tier, Red (substantial) to Purple (widespread) Tier: Mono
Testing turnaround time
The testing turnaround dashboard reports how long California patients are waiting for COVID-19 test results. California has worked to reduce testing turnaround times in recent weeks to help curb the spread of the virus. During the week of Nov. 15-21, the average time patients waited for test results was 1.4 days. During this same time period, 59 percent of patients received test results in 1 day and 86 percent received them within 2 days. The testing turnaround time dashboard is updated weekly. At this time, all four tiers in the Testing Prioritization Guidance have equal priority for testing.
Health care worker infection rates
As of Nov. 30, local health departments have reported 53,003 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 218 deaths statewide.
Your actions save lives
California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases it has seen yet – faster than what it experienced at the outset of the pandemic and this summer. If COVID-19 continues to spread at this rate, it could quickly overwhelm the health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes.
Protect yourself, family, friends and community by following these prevention measures:
► Staying home except for essential needs/activities and following local and state public health guidelines when visiting businesses that are open.
► Following the limited Stay at Home Order that requires all non-essential work and activities to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the purple tier. The order took effect at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Dec. 21.
► Staying close to home, avoiding non-essential travel, and practicing self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if you leave the state.
► Keeping gatherings small, short and outdoors and limiting them to those who live in your household.
► Wearing a cloth face mask when out in public.
► Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
► Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
► Covering a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
► Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
► Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
► Answer the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or your local health department tries to connect.