Following the deadliest day on record in California since health officials began to grapple with the novel coronavirus, the disease continued to spread across the state, according to new numbers, but at a slower pace.
According to data compiled by this news organization, health officials in California reported 751 new cases Saturday and no new deaths — a number nearly certain to reflect slow weekend counts more than any major progress fighting the disease after a record-setting week of troubling fatality tolls.
On Friday health officials reported 215 deaths, surpassing the previous record of 193 deaths set on July 29. Through Thursday, the state’s seven-day average was 117 fatalities.
With a population of just over 260,000, Marin County is the Bay Area’s biggest coronavirus hotspot by population with about 4,987 cases as of Saturday and a death count of 70. But Imperial County in Southern California remains the state’s worst outbreak, with 4,909 cases in a population of about 191,000. About 220 people have died from coronavirus in Imperial County.
The number of patients in the state hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 declined by 2.4 percent to 7,999 on Thursday, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. The number of patients in intensive care unit beds with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 declined 2.6 percent to 2,163.
So far 9,364 Californians have died from Coronavirus, including an Oakland couple who died a week apart. Keith Robinson, 61, of Vallejo and his wife of 35 years Gwendolyn Robinson, 62, died from complications of the disease after possibly contracting it at work. Keith Robinson worked as a US Postal Service carrier and Gwendolyn Robinson worked at the Veterans’ Home of California in Yountville.
But the disease isn’t affecting everyone the same way. In Redwood City, 63-year-old Rick Wright said he displayed no symptoms even through he tested positive for the coronavirus after contracting it aboard the Diamond Princess cruise in February.
Seven months into a pandemic that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands, scientists are still trying to figure out why the virus affects some people and not others.
In a report by this news organization, emerging evidence suggests a person’s genetic immune response could determine the severity of illness.
At the same time the coronavirus wreaks havoc across the state, the economic implications of its spread are becoming more clear as Bay Area residents are pushed to the brink — and sometimes the streets — even in some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest neighborhoods.