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Sonoma County reports new COVID-19 death

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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.

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