Sonoma County reports new COVID-19 death
An unvaccinated Sonoma County man between the ages of 65 and 75 died of COVID-19 on Saturday, officials reported late Tuesday.
The death was the first coronavirus-related death to be reported in the county in two weeks, bringing the local coronavirus death toll to 316.
The man had underlying conditions and was in a hospital at the time of his death, according to Matt Brown, a county communications specialist.
Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said COVID-19 deaths are becoming increasingly rare here because “vaccination has been so effective,” especially in the 70- to 75-year-old age group. More than 90% of that population is fully vaccinated, she said.
She said the vaccination rate is ramping up and that’s causing infections and deaths to drop. The last death in a skilled nursing facility was Feb. 16, she added.
“We’re doing really well; that’s why we haven’t been seeing these bad outcomes,” Mase said.