The number of new coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County rose to 10,000 on Tuesday, June 23, as the county reported its largest one-day increase in cases so far.
An additional 649 cases were announced Tuesday, bringing the total number of residents infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, to 10,010, according to the county’s online panel, up from 6.9. % since Monday June 22.
The deaths remained at 234, the county board shows.
Like the rest of the state, the county is seeing increases in cases among younger populations. Tuesday’s record of new cases follows two set last week in San Bernardino County.
On Tuesday, the county returned to the county state public health department watch list that has seen increases in cases and hospitalizations. The county first appeared on the list on June 9, but was later removed.
The county’s positivity rate, the percentage of all tests that tested positive, has been 8.6% cumulative but has been above 9% in recent days, Gary McBride, county executive director, told the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. . The state requires an average 8% positivity rate over a 7-day period.
The increases in cases are linked to meetings held on Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekends, reopens and protests over police brutality that drew crowds, McBride said.
“I think we are starting to see all of these different events that have caused the meetings to start resulting in some of our highest positivity rates,” he said.
Since early June, McBride said they have seen an increase in cases among residents ages 20 to 29.
As health officials are seeing across California, more younger people are testing positive for COVID-19 recently in San Bernardino County. A third of new cases diagnosed in the past month were in county residents younger than 30, according to figures from the public health department. There are now more confirmed cases in people under 30 than in those over 60.
Across the age spectrum, from children to 90-year-olds, younger age ranges are adding cases at faster rates than older age ranges, analysis of county data shows.
That lowered the average age for all who tested positive to age 42. A month ago, there were 48.
However, no county resident under the age of 30 has died so far. People age 60 and older continue to account for about 80% of deaths in San Bernardino County.
Six people have died in the past seven days, which is below the peak of 40 deaths over a seven-day period in May, McBride said.
According to county projections, some 5,666 projected people have recovered from the disease.
The time it takes for the virus to replicate in the community continues to increase at 19.1 days.
The tests increased 2.3% from Monday, with 2,529 additional people being tested for the disease. In the county of 2.1 million residents, 111,590 have been tested, of which 9% were positive.
The county has performed 16,451 serological tests, of which 1.17% were positive for antibodies against the coronavirus.
On Monday, June 22, 301 COVID-19 positive patients and 84 suspected patients were in county hospitals, up from 270 and 74 the previous day, according to state data. There were 109 positive patients and 14 suspicious patients in intensive care, compared to 97 and 11 on Monday, according to state data.
While hospitalizations have increased, McBride said there is still ample room.
As of Sunday, June 21, 31 of the 1,136 beds available for a wave of patients were in use and 159 intensive care beds were still available, according to the board.
There were 266 fans in use and 543 still available Sunday, the dashboard shows.
See a list of community-by-community cases here.
Writer Nikie Johnson contributed to this report.