SANTA CRUZ – A 50-year-old Hispanic died of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County this week, according to the Santa Cruz County Health Department.
The man was not fully vaccinated and suffered from many comorbidities that contributed to his death. An HSA spokesman said this week that he did not live in a hostel.
It was the 221st people to die after contracting the virus since the pandemic began, the county’s coronavirus dashboard showed on Monday. The dashboard now shows the age of death in smaller groups; for example, once upon a time all people over the age of 30 fell into one statistic. The county now shows mortality rates for ages 25 to 34 in one column and ages 35 to 44 in the next column. The deceased was the eighth person in his age group.
To date, more men than women have died from COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. Roughly 80% of those who have died from at least one serious health problem that has made it harder to fight the coronavirus. More than half of those who died did not contract the virus while living in collective living quarters, whereas just a few months ago, most of the COVID-19 victims in Santa Cruz County were from group homes.
This latest loss is an example of continuing inequality in how the pandemic has hit the Hispanic community in Santa Cruz County, especially in the Southern District. According to the county’s database, more than 80 Latin Americans have died, accounting for over 36% of the county’s total deaths. Demographics affected nearly 50% of the total cases. According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics make up only 33% of the county’s population.
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As the two-week post-Halloween mark approaches, the county dashboard shows a slight increase in COVID-19 activity, especially with regard to hospitalizations. However, this does not exceed the forecasts of local epidemiologists, the deputy chief of health, Dr. David Gilarducci, said on Monday. Thanksgiving will be a higher broadcast event, he said, but health officials hope that if there is a surge, it and future surges will be smaller than the waves of disease that hit Santa Cruz’s shores last year.
“There were four (hospitalizations) today, and we predicted about five, so that’s correct. Simulations now show that the number of hospitalizations should continue to decline to less than five, at least until the end of November, ”Gilarducci said during an interview, although the total was down an hour later.
The physician pointed out the importance of initial, supplemental and booster shots for eligible individuals to ensure that district activity remains low. Locals can find vaccination records at santacruzhealth.org.
“I would also add that if you fall into the high-risk category, continue to wear the mask in public. Be careful, ”he said.
Total cases: 20 284
Active cases: 326
Refunds: 19 737
Current ICU hospitalizations: 0
Current hospitalizations: 3
Beds in open intensive care units: 3
Negative tests: 219,434