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New COVID-19 cases continue to slow in Citrus Heights, region

A screenshot from Sacramento County’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the number of new cases in the county, from March through May. (See data)

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The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Citrus Heights and Sacramento County has continued to drop from a high point in early April.

In Citrus Heights, there has been a total of 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of May 29, according to data tracked by the Sacramento County Public Health department. Three weeks ago, on May 7, there were 67 confirmed cases.

Compared to a peak of 50 new cases reported in one day on April 1 in Sacramento County, new cases have dropped significantly. Countywide, health department data shows only two new cases per day were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday last week.

Last Sunday, May 24, was the highest number of new cases reported in the past two weeks, with 14 reported countywide that day. Only one death associated with COVID-19 has been reported in the past two weeks in Sacramento County.

Health department data shows hospitalizations have also continued to drop, from a high of 77 in early April, down to eight on May 27, the latest date where information is available. ICU cases involving COVID-19 saw a recent uptick, rising from two on Monday to six on Wednesday.

The county has a total of 814 surge capacity beds, with none currently being used. A total of 659 ventilators are also available, with 119 in use.

See county health data: click here

Of the county’s 1,373 confirmed cases of COVID-19, health officials report that 1,141 are “likely recovered.” Fifty-six people with COVID-19 have died in Sacramento County, eight of whom were from Citrus Heights.

County health officials say all deaths in Citrus Heights and Sacramento County “are among those age 65 and older, had underlying conditions, and/or had other risk factors.”

Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, issued a revised health order on May 26 which continues directing individuals to “stay home as much as possible and carry on with social distancing protocols while beginning to relax restrictions on lower-risk businesses.”

The order allows for reopening of churches, with occupancy capped at 100, along with in-store retail shopping, hair salons and barbershops.

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