SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Twenty-three Santa Cruz County residents have now died from Covid-19 directly or with the disease as a contributing cause.
Santa Cruz County health officials shared with Good Times their latest information on the demographics for those who have died:
- 21 were 65 years of age or older; one was in the 45-64 age range; one was in the 35-44 age range
- 13 were male; 10 were female
- 13 were Latinx, six were white, one was Black, one was Asian and two were of an “other” or “unknown” race
- 14 had underlying conditions; nine did not
There have been 2,633 known Covid-19 cases in Santa Cruz County, of which 207 are known active cases, according to information last updated Tuesday by county health officials. More than 160 people in the county have required hospitalization while sick with Covid-19.
Statewide as of Tuesday, there have been 855,072 Covid-19 cases and 16,639 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health.
In anticipation of people wanting to gather for the holiday season, the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance on private gatherings during the ongoing pandemic. The state guidelines allow for people from not more than three households to gather. The state says the host should collect names of all attendees in case the list is needed for contact tracing, should anyone from the gathering test positive for Covid-19.
See the full guidance and requirements for gatherings on the state’s website here.