Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

One more person has died from coronavirus in Contra Costa County, and the number of confirmed cases moved past 500, health officials said.

The death is the ninth on in the county since the spread of the pandemic, and the second added to the county’s list in two days. The Contra Costa Health Services Department put out its most recent update Friday morning.

The county now lists 511 people as having tested positive for COVID-19. That number went up by 27 from the previous day. Over the past seven days, 194 people have been added to the count. The list includes people who have recovered.

Overall, 6,720 people in the county have received the test.

The coronavirus also had 35 people being treated in a hospital Friday. That figure is the largest one-day total since the county began releasing hospitalization numbers with figures from March 20.

Health officials listed the first COVID-19 positive case on March 4.

Also on Friday, the number of cases in Richmond moved past 50. With 51 confirmed patients, Richmond has the most in the county.

Concord (with 46 cases), Pittsburg (39), Antioch (37), Brentwood (34) and Orinda (33) are the other county cities where the virus is most widespread. Orinda’s cases are spread among a population of 18,098, putting them at a rate of infecting 182 out of 100,000 people, the highest frequency for the diagnosis in the county.

Of the 511 people diagnosed, 272 have been female and 233 are male. All but 38 of the confirmed patients are between 21 and 80 years old, and doctors have diagnosed just 16 people under the age of 21 with the virus.

The approximately 1.14 million people who live in Contra Costa County remain under a stay-at-home order that has been extended at least through May 3.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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