Tuesday, June 22, 2021


County COVID-19 cases hold steady

For the first time since COVID-19 cases began to plummet in Colusa County in February, the number of positive cases has finally stabilized.

“We haven’t had a positive case in three days,” said Elizabeth Kelly, director of Health and Human Services, on Tuesday.

Colusa County has had a total of 2,155 positive tests since COVID-19 first presented itself last March.

This week, the total number of people isolated with the virus dropped from 21 to 17.
As of Tuesday, one person remained hospitalized, and deaths from COVID-19 complications remain at 14, Kelly said.

At the same time, the allocation of coronavirus vaccine has increased from about 200 doses per week to 500, which Public Health staff have administered at vaccination clinics at the Colusa County Fairgrounds.

About 2,120 vaccines have been given out to date, mostly to health care providers and the elderly, Kelly said.

“Our vaccine clinics are completely full now that we opened to the Ag community,” Kelly said. “The clinics have been very successful.”

With the decrease in positive cases over a seven-day period, Colusa County has entered the less restrictive red tier on the state’s blueprint for opening the economy.

The status allows restaurants to open for indoor dining with restrictions. Museums, gyms, and entertainment venues can also open with restrictions.

Neighboring Yuba and Glenn counties remain in the purple or most restrictive tier.

Kelly said Colusa County’s goal is to get 500 people vaccinated each week by accommodating more people at a time and over the course of a full day.

On Monday, the state expanded vaccine eligibility to the homeless, transit workers, and people 16 to 64 who are extremely high risk for complications from COVID-19 disease.

On April 1, the state of California will allow anyone to get a vaccine if doses are available.
At that time, the public is expected to utilize the state’s website “My Turn,” to schedule an appointment, Kelly said.

Although case rates have decreased across the state, public health officials said people should continue to adhere to health protocols to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases.

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