It’s been two years – El Latino
Since the first outbreak of COVID-19 in CA
SAN DIEGO.- This Wednesday, January 26, when the edition of El Latino San Diego is in distribution, it will be two years since the first outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in the state of California.
In fact, ten of the first twenty confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States occurred in this state.
As if these data were not clear enough, it was also in the so-called “golden state” where the first case of the new Omicron variant was detected, it was a person who had already been vaccinated and returned from a trip to South Africa on the 22nd of November and tested positive on November 29 (one week later).
More than 6 million infections
In the two years that have elapsed, in the state of California -according to the most recent figures published as of January 17 on the official site “California COVID-19 Tracking”, which includes the last 8 weeks, there had been 6 million 735 thousand 980 cases of contagion by the virus, which would mean -according to their figures- 110 thousand 497 people infected on a daily average, and 272.4 new casesa per 100 thousand inhabitants.
Likewise, 77,720 deaths had been reported to date -44 on average- and 0.1 new deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
The state report highlights in the same sense that they had applied in the entity, 67 million 611 thousand 110 vaccines, which, according to their figures, the dose had been applied to 80.9% of the population.
Regarding the percentage obtained in the tests for the detection of COVID-19, it was announced that “the positivity rate” (or those who tested positive) in the tests was 21.5% of the total.
Latinos, the group that has suffered the most from the pandemic
One of the most significant data is that of the total deaths, 45.2% is that of Latinos (the group hardest hit by the pandemic), followed by the Anglo-American population, with 33.0%; Asian-Americans, with 11.1% and African-Americans with 6.8%.
As for the county of San Diego, with the most recent data published by the Health and Human Services Agency, there was an increase in the number of hospitalizations related to the disease.
Amid the new Omicron variant, 19,710 hospitalized patients, 1,975 were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as of Friday, January 14.
And it is clarified, however, that “some COVID-positive patients may have been hospitalized for other reasons and their COVID status was discovered through hospital-ordered tests.”
It was also indicated that San Diego County “reported 9,878 new COVID-19 infections and five additional deaths” (for that reason, on Friday the 14th).
More than 4,500 deaths in San Diego County
Globally, the information source added that the county’s cumulative data, at the time of writing this information note, “increased to 568,212 cases (of contagion) and 4,545 deaths since the pandemic began.”
Regarding the application of vaccines, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported that as of Wednesday, January 12 – the date of the last update – 2,814,323 people had been vaccinated with at least one vaccine ( or 89.4 of the eligible population) and fully vaccinated, 2 million 487 thousand 773 – 79.0% of the eligible population.
In this sense, it is clarified that “fully vaccinated” refers to those who have already received a single dose from Johnson & Johnson or both from Pfizer or Moderna. And the eligible population was as of January 12, 3,147,936 San Diegans.
Likewise, 6 million 944 thousand 985 doses had been received (on the verge of reaching 7 million vaccines), having been applied 6 million 384 thousand 985 doses, plus the recent 906 thousand 615 reinforcement vaccines or “booster-shots”).
Although it has already been mentioned that the Latino population continues to be the one that has suffered the highest number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 compared to other ethnic groups, statistics from the San Diego County Administration revealed that only 29.5% had been vaccinated, while Anglo-Americans accounted for 36.9%.