COVID-19 grim number, stats

Dennis Evanosky    The statue of Jack Daniel in front of Lost City Antiques on Park Street reminds passersby to be certain to wear their masks when they shop. Many stores and restaurants in Alameda opened last Friday for business

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda County continue to surge upward at rates unseen before. 

The Sun has been monitoring coronavirus cases in two-week intervals. Between June 1 and June 15, Alameda County saw 966 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, from 3,515 to 4,481, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) dashboard. New cases during this stretch was down slightly from the 993 new cases confirmed between May 18 and June 1.

However, in the week since, new cases have gone up exponentially. Confirmed coronavirus cases in the county now sits at 5,140 as of June 22, up 659 in just seven days. That averages out to about 93 new cases a day during the seven-day stretch. New cases between May 18 and June 1 averaged about 71 a day, while new cases between May 4 and May 18 averaged about 44 a day. 

The county confirmed 169 new cases on Friday, June 19, alone. This is the most cases in one day since the county began tracking COVID-19 in March. In fact, ACPHD reported the second and third most cases in a day on the following two days. ACPHD confirmed 126 new cases on June 20 and 132 on June 21. During the three-day weekend 427 new COVIF-19 cases were confirmed. 

One of the reasons for so many new cases is there have been more COVID-19 tests conducted. The county ran more than 16,000 new tests between June 15 and 22, according to the dashboard. This is more than any seven-day stretch since the county began testing people in March. Just 3.5 percent of all tests came back positive for COVID-19, according to ACPHD. 

New cases in the City of Alameda has significantly gone up. ACPHD reported the City of Alameda had 11 new confirmed coronavirus cases, from 61 to 72, between June 15 and 22. The cases are much higher than previously reported. The city saw just 10 new cases, from 51 to 61, in a two-week stretch between June 1 and June 15. Between May 18 and June 1, Alameda had nine new confirmed cases and just two new cases from May 4 to May 18.

Men still make up most COVID-19 patients in Alameda County, but just slightly. They account for 2,611, while women make up 2,476 patients. Fifty-one patients are of unknown gender. People 18 to 30 have the most COVID-19 diagnoses. There are 1,213 coronavirus patients that are between 18 and 30 years old. There are 1,038 coronavirus patients between 31 and 40 years old.  

Hispanics make up almost half of the county’s COVID-19 patients with 2,566, according to ACPHD. Last week Hispanics accounted for 2,123 of the 4,481 COVID-19 patients in Alameda County. That means Hispanics accounted for 443 of the 659 new COVID-19 cases between June 15 and 22. Asians are second with 652 total coronavirus cases. Whites are third with 543.

The coronavirus death rate this week has been steady compared to the two weeks prior. ACPHD reported 120 deaths due to COVID-19 as of June 22. That is an increase of eight from the 112 deaths reported on June 15. Coronavirus-related deaths grew by 15 between June 1 and June 15, according to ACPHD. This was an increase from the 11 deaths reported between May 18 and June 1. The eight deaths this week is below the death rate reported last month. Coronavirus deaths rose by 20 from May 4 to May 18 and by 24 from April 20 to May 4. 

Hispanics also account for the most deaths with 34. Whites are second with 32 deaths. Though 26 Blacks have died due to coronavirus, they make up the highest death rate in the county per 100,000 people at 13.2. Hispanics are at 8.9 deaths per 100,000 people. 

Sixty-eight men have died due to coronavirus, while just 51 women have died. One death is someone with an unknown gender. Forty-five people over the age of 81 have died due to coronavirus in the Alameda County. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently made it mandatory for people in the state of California to wear face coverings while out in public. To view ACPHD’s coronavirus statistics, visit www.acphd.org.