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New map tracks COVID-19 cases in Citrus Heights, county

A screenshot of a new county health department map taken on April 9 shows the number of COVID-19 cases in Citrus Heights and Sacramento County, with darker shades representing more cases.

Sentinel staff report–
A new interactive mapping tool released by county health officials this week shows the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths by zip code across Sacramento County, including the two zip codes that make up the city of Citrus Heights.

As of April 9, the map showed 31 cases of COVID-19 in Citrus Heights, up from 23 on April 7. The map shows the zip code of 95610, on the eastern side of Citrus Heights, has had a slightly higher number of cases than the 95621 zip code on the western side of the city.

Countywide, the latest total is 613 cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths. As of Thursday morning, only one death has been reported in Citrus Heights, while there have been 14 deaths reported in the city of Sacramento and three in Elk Grove. The cities of Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Galt and Isleton have not had any deaths reported.

The map shows varying shades of color documenting which zip code has the highest concentration of cases. Zip codes with less than five cases show up with no shading, while zip codes with 26-36 cases show up in the darkest shade.

Zip codes in some parts of Rancho Cordova and Antelope have the darkest shades, while more rural communities on the outskirts of the county tend to have under five cases.

A pie chart breaking down cases of COVID-19 by age shows roughly one third of the cases involve individuals age 65 and over, while those under 18 make up less than one percent of the cases. About 40% of the cases involve persons age 18 to 49, while roughly one-quarter of the cases involve those age 50 to 64.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom credited social distancing and other efforts with successfully “bending” the curve in California, but warned that cases will continue to increase until peaking in May.

Sacramento County health officials on Tuesday extended shelter-in-place orders for another three weeks. Among several clarifications in the new order, funerals with 10 or less attendees can now take place and real estate agents can show homes to prospective buyers.

To view the county health department’s interactive COVID-19 map online, click here.

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