Contra Costa County, California – According to health services director Anna Roth, Covid-19 cases are decreasing in Contra Costa County.
Hospitalizations across the county have decreased and cases in county detention facilities have decreased to zero.
“Our case rates have continued to go down this last month,” Roth said. “We’re now at 7.9 cases per 100,000 (residents); that’s compared to 13.2 cases per 100,000 a month ago, so that’s a 40 percent decrease.”
“Testing has gone down a little bit, but we are still at 5,500 new tests per day; that’s compared to about 6,700 per day a month ago,” Roth said.
“We are at 59 patients hospitalized currently, compared to 83 a month ago,” Roth said. “We have 18 people in critical care, and that’s compared to 37 a month ago.
The county is now administering about 3,800 vaccinations per day, 775 of which are first doses.
Some mask restrictions have eased this week in Contra Costa, in settings not open to the general public like gyms and offices. No more than 100 people can gather without masks, and the owner of the private facility must verify that everyone going without masks is fully vaccinated.
For restaurants and other indoor public venues, the county must enter the yellow tier of infection rate as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have fewer than 95 COVID-19 hospitalizations countywide (Contra Costa has 59) and either have a countywide vaccination rate of at least 80 percent (Contra Costa is at about 73 percent) or be eight weeks past the date the FDA approves vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.