May 13, 2021

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A year later, Stanislaus County coronavirus death toll rises

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Exactly one year ago Saturday, Stanislaus County announced its first death related to the coronavirus.

The death toll is now at 1,017, according to the latest data released by the Health Services Agency.

Last summer, to illustrate the seriousness of COVID-19, the county published a chart showing the average annual causes of death in the county during a stretch from 2014 to 2018. Heart disease was No. 1 with an average annual total of 1,207. Cancer was second at 895.

Last month, deaths tied to COVID surpassed 1,000 before reaching 1,017 after the county announced two more deaths on Saturday.

The county also reported 97 new positive test results. It now has 53,445 total cases, 532,584 negative test results and 51,933 people who are presumed recovered since March 2020.

On the state dashboard Saturday, where numbers reflect the previous day, the positive rate was 5.05%, up from 2.1% the previous day. The rolling seven-day rate was 3.54%, down from 3.68%. The 14-day rate was 4.26%, down from 4.29%.

According to the Los Angeles Times tracker, the county has the fifth highest rate of infection in the last seven days among the state’s 58 counties. Its rate of deaths over the last week ranks 11th.

The county remains in the red tier, the third most restrictive in the state’s four-tier response plan. That system could go away in mid-June, Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week, amid signs of improvement. Residents are still urged to get vaccinated and follow other safeguards.

Other details:

Hospital cases: There were 73 patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county’s five hospitals, down from 74 the day before. There were eight staffed adult intensive care unit beds available, up from seven on Friday.

Vaccines: As of Saturday, 176,870 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been allocated to Stanislaus County, unchanged since March 26. This includes 85,429 doses to health care providers and 91,441 to public health.

Here is this week’s county vaccination schedule.

  • Monday, April 12: Stanislaus State University, 1 University Circle, Turlock; 1st dose, Pfizer (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
  • Monday, April 12: Hughson Community/Senior Center, 2307 4th St., Hughson; single dose, Johnson & Johnson (no appointment necessary), 3-7 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
  • Tuesday, April 13: Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St., Modesto; 1st dose, Pfizer (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last), 2nd dose Pfizer (no appointment needed), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
  • Tuesday, April 13: Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community Center, 450 East A St., Oakdale; 1st dose, Moderna (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last), noon-7 p.m, (or until supplies run out)
  • Tuesday, April 13: Salvation Army Turlock (Mobile), 893 Lander Ave., Turlock; single dose, Johnson & Johnson (no appointment necessary), 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
  • Wednesday, April 14: Stanislaus State University, 1 University Circle, Turlock; 1st dose, Pfizer (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last); 2nd dose Pfizer (no appointment necessary), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies run out)

  • Wednesday, April 14: Hammon Senior Center, 1033 West Las Palmas Ave., Patterson; 1st dose, Moderna (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last); 2nd dose (no appointment necessary), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., (or until supplies run out)
  • Thursday, April 15: Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St., Modesto; 1st dose, Pfizer (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies run out)
  • Friday, April 16: Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community Center, 450 East A St., Oakdale; 1st dose, Moderna (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last); 2nd dose (no appointment necessary), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (or until supplies run out)
  • Friday, April 16: Hammon Senior Center, 1033 West Las Palmas Ave., Patterson; 1st dose, Moderna (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2nd dose (no appointment necessary) (or until supplies run out)
  • Saturday, April 16: Stanislaus State University, 1 University Circle, Turlock; 1st dose, Pfizer (please make appointment but walk-ins available while supplies last); 2nd dose Pfizer (no appointment necessary) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until supplies run out)

California has administered 22,281,619 vaccines through Saturday, up from 21,725,654 on Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker. The state ranks 29th in the country, having administered 56,392 doses per 100,000 residents. New Mexico ranks first, Alabama 50th among the states.

It’s important to note that if you’ve had part or full vaccination, wearing a mask and keeping with all the safety precautions like social distancing is still recommended by the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention. Also, those who have had COVID-19 still need to be vaccinated.

Case demographics: Here are the breakdowns of the positive tests in Stanislaus County as of Sunday morning:

  • 53.6% are female
  • 46.4% male
  • 8.4% are 14 years or younger
  • 16.4% are ages 15 to 24
  • 19.2% are 25 to 34
  • 17.2% are 35 to 44
  • 14.9% are 45 to 54
  • 12.1% are 55 to 64
  • 6.6% are 65 to 74
  • 3.4% are 75 to 84
  • 1.9% are 85 or older.
  • Though they make up 47 percent of the population, Latinos represented 63.7 percent of the positive cases.

Geographically:

  • Modesto has 19,999 positive cases
  • Turlock has 7,214
  • Ceres has 5,407
  • Patterson has 2,558
  • Riverbank has 2,489
  • Oakdale has 1,794
  • Newman has 1,185
  • Waterford has 641
  • Hughson has 581
  • Supervisorial District 3 has 2,816
  • District 5 has 2,545
  • District 2 has 2,235
  • District 1 has 1,273
  • District 4 has 424

Here’s a look at the numbers from nearby counties through Saturday:

As of Sunday morning, there were 3,696,980 confirmed cases in California and 60,384 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were 31,151,904 U.S. cases and 561,783 deaths.

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Editor Brian Clark has worked at The Modesto Bee since 1990. He’s worked in various departments, including sports, news and on the digital side for a decade before being promoted to editor in 2018. He’s a native of Berkeley and a graduate of San Diego State University. Prior to The Bee, Brian worked at the Turlock Journal and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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