SALINAS – With case rates rising to more than 10 per 100,000 in Monterey County, health official Dr. Edward Moreno said it is a reminder that we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. , but there are things people can do to protect themselves and others around them.
On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health pegged Monterey County’s case rate at 10.2, up from 9.8 last week. A month ago, the CDPH reported a case rate of 3.6 per 100,000.
At Wednesday’s Monterey County press conference, Moreno said, “We’re still in a pandemic, and it’s really important for people to remember that there are strategies that have been shown to be effective in protecting people. against illness with COVID-19 and prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death.
But as the rate of cases has increased, hospitalizations remain relatively stable.
Moreno said what has been observed with the omicron variant and its sublines is that it is more infectious than previous variants but not necessarily more virulent, meaning it cannot cause disease. worse.
“People will have milder to moderate symptoms and fewer people, especially now that many people have been vaccinated, will get seriously ill,” he said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that among people ages 5 and older eligible for vaccinations in Monterey County, 87.5% have received at least one dose and 78.1% are fully vaccinated. Of those in the county ages 12 and older who are eligible, 51% received the first booster.
Comparatively speaking, nationally, the CDC reports that 82.7% of people ages 5 and older have at least one dose, 70.5% are fully immunized, and among those ages 12 and older who are eligible, 47.8 % received a booster dose.
“For people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, if they are eligible to receive the second booster, I think it is important to do so now because we are seeing a slight increase in case rates,” Moreno said. “So if you are eligible for a second recall, now would be a good time to do so. For those who choose to wait for the second reminder, we encourage people not to wait too long.
From April 11 to April 17, 2022, unvaccinated people were 5.4 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than people who received their booster dose, according to the CDPH.
The CDC currently rates Monterey County’s community level as low. A COVID-19 community level, categorized as low, medium, or high, is based on hospital beds used by patients with COVID-19, new hospital admissions among people with COVID-19, and the total number of new cases of COVID-19 in the area.
Based on Monterey County’s current level, the CDC recommends staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, getting tested if symptoms have developed, and wearing a mask if symptomatic, tests positive, or has been exposed to a person with COVID-19. The agency continues to recommend wearing a mask on public transport and reminds people that they can choose to wear a mask at any time as an added precaution to protect themselves and others.
Although masks are no longer required indoors in California with a few exceptions, they are still highly recommended. The CRPD requires masks in health care facilities, emergency shelters, prisons and homeless shelters, and strongly recommends masks on public transport, in train stations, terminals and airports, in indoor public places and day care centres.
“We are still in a pandemic and we still strongly recommend that people get their first shots and boosters when eligible and, where appropriate, use face coverings,” Moreno said.
He added that if a person comes down with CODVI-19, is eligible and is offered treatment, that person should receive the treatment because it has been shown to reduce serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths.
According to the California Department of Public Health, the county’s test positivity rate on Tuesday was 4.8%, up from 3.3% a week ago. The CDPH reported 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Monterey County on Tuesday, up from 8 last week. There have been 733 total confirmed deaths in the county from the virus since the start of the pandemic, up one from last week.
A month ago, CDPH reported that the county’s case rate was 3.6 per 100,000, its test positivity rate was 1.5% and there were 12 hospitalizations.