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Counties across Sacramento region see surge in COVID-19 cases

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —With coronavirus on the rise in California, counties are becoming increasingly concerned about the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Here's a look at some of the counties in our region:


COVID is also surging in Stanislaus County, according to public health information officer Kamlesh Kaur.

"Our case rate as of this morning actually is 24.4 per 100,000 residents and that is the adjusted case rate," Kaur told KCRA 3. "And our positivity rate is 10.7%."

The key factor in the growing number of cases according to Kaur, is small and large family gatherings. "Family parties," Kaur said. "There has been household spread so at this time we ask our community members to avoid gatherings of any size."

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Stanislaus has 343 new cases, 167 patients in hospitals

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New cases of the virus hit another three-month high in Stanislaus County, as hospital counts continue to rise, too.

The state reported 343 positive tests in the county Tuesday, the most since the 365 on Aug. 26. The number needs to average 40 or fewer to start reversing the limits on gatherings that tightened earlier this month.

The county’s positivity shot up to 23.65% on Tuesday, based on 1,450 tests. The rolling seven-day average was 12.62%. The 14-day average was 11.96%.

The state requires a positivity rate of under 8 percent to advance to the next less restrictive tier in its system.

Two more residents have died of COVID-19, for a total of 422 as of Wednesday, the county Health Services Agency announced.

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Stanislaus County sees another big jump in positive cases

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Stanislaus County reported 226 new positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday, the largest single-day number in months.

The state reported 222 positive tests in the county Saturday, up sharply from 127 the previous day. The numbers should average 40 or less to make progress on reopening the local economy.

On Saturday, the county’s positivity rate was 12.24 percent. The seven-day rolling positivity rate was 11.15 percent, up from 10.87 percent the day before. The 14-day rolling rate was 10.44, up from 10.13 the previous day. The state requires a positivity rate of under 8 percent to advance to the next less restrictive tier in its system.

A total of 147 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of the virus in Stanislaus County, up from 133 the day before. Thirteen intensive care beds were available at the county’s hospitals, up from seven the day before.

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Stanislaus soars past 20,000 positive tests

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Stanislaus County on Saturday surpassed 20,000 positive case results, reporting 180 new cases for a cumulative total of 20,144 since the pandemic began. The death toll remained at 416. A total of 18,471 people are presumed to have recovered.

The state, whose numbers are roughly a day behind the county’s, reported 153 positive tests in Stanislaus, up from 127 the previous day. The numbers should average 40 or less to make progress on reopening the local economy.

The county’s five hospitals had 133 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, up from 124 on Thursday. The figure had spiked to about 220 in summer but hovered around 40 in early fall. Seven intensive care beds for adults were available Saturday, down from eight.

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Stanislaus rise in hospitalizations, cases mirrors nation

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Mirroring numbers across the nation, Stanislaus County continued its spike of hospitalizations and positive coronavirus test results, according to data it released Saturday night.

The number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county’s five hospitals grew to 88 on Saturday, a 44% increase since Wednesday’s total of 61.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent state data from Friday, the county’s seven-day infection rate grew to 9.25%, up from 8.11% the day before, and the 14-day rate stood at 7.34%, up from 6.91%. The state’s 14-day average is 4.2%.

In the most recent date released by the county, Saturday’s positive test results numbered an astounding 152, the largest single-day total since late August.

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(CNN) — California just became the second state to surpass 1 million Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic — closely following Texas, which hit the grim milestone earlier this week.

More than 5,000 new cases and 18 new deaths have been reported so far on Thursday, for a total of 1,000,631 confirmed cases and 18,126 deaths statewide, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

And health officials report that, like most other states in the country, California’s Covid-19 numbers are all trending in the wrong direction.

At a November 9 news conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state recorded more than 7,200 new cases in a day and had a 7-day average of about 5,889 infections.

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County appealing purple tier COVID status

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The California Public Health Department has plans to move Stanislaus County back up to the more restrictive purple tier because the area has failed to meet the state metrics for controlling COVID-19, but health and county officials are appealing.

The county plans on appealing the designation, partially because local leaders believe the data will show that most of the transmission is happening in homes and gatherings, rather than at gyms, hair salons and restaurants.

“It is our intent to create an opportunity for dialogue to encourage using our local data and circumstances to drive appropriate mitigation restrictions” said Mary Ann Lilly, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency managing director. “We want to protect our community, preserve healthcare capacity, while supporting economic sectors and activities, that with proper precautions, can operate safely.”

The appeal of the tier status gives area businesses and churches at least another week to remain open. Stanislaus County will be assigned to the tier determined by the CDPH no later than Nov. 17. Schools that have already re-opened will be allowed to stay open for in-person learning, regardless of whether or not the county is moved into the purple tier.

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Hospitalizations, new cases spike in Stanislaus County

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Hospitalizations of patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus grew by 10 to 63 on Saturday, according to data released by the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

The total is the highest in at least a month as the county struggles to keep the number of infections down in hopes to avoid returning to the state’s most business-restrictive purple tier in its system to track COVID throughout California.

Additionally, the county reported 82 positive tests results, more than double what officials feel is needed to remain in the red tier. Zero deaths were reported Saturday, keeping that total at 407.

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Coronavirus update, Oct. 26: Stanislaus County maintaining high levels of infection

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The number of positive coronavirus test results released Sunday remained on the high side, with the current five-day total the highest Stanislaus County has seen in two weeks.

On Sunday, the county reported 57 more cases, maintaining a level above what was seen as drop in cases in mid-October.

The last five days have seen 276 reported cases. The five days before that, there were 194 cases and the five days before that 158.

Sunday’s positivity rate was 9.55%, only the fifth time it’s been above 9% in the last 15 days.

On the upside, the number of deaths in Stanislaus County remained at 396 for the second straight day, and the number of patients with confirmed cases in the five Stanislaus County hospitals fell by five, down to 43. The number of available adult intensive care unit beds grew to 15, up from 12 the day before.

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