The number of cases of new people inflicted with COVID-19 in San Joaquin County continues to inch downward.
There were 357 new cases Monday since the last posting three days prior to reflect 120 new cases a day, roughly half of what was being reported daily two weeks ago.
The number of people currently with the virus is 1,648.
Postings on the San Joaquin County COVID-19 dashboard on Monday as of 11:50 a.m. show 1,648 persons out of 760,000 San Joaquin County residents are currently positive with the virus although they are not necessarily sick. That is the number once you subtract the 13,360 people that health officials have determined to have recovered from the 15,008 cases since March
Many of the recovered may never have been ill.
The mask order and social distancing is designed to protect people from those who may not know they are carrying the virus and who may never show symptoms.
The number of deaths in San Joaquin County is now at 269. Of the 269 deaths only 14.1percent did not have pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, or diabetes.
The site stressed case data after July 27 “is severely delayed due to major technical issues in the State’s electronic reporting system. Data regarding deaths have not been impacted.” It is not clear if there are any other backlogged test results from San Joaquin County yet to be released by the state.
As of Monday there were 39 of 72 beds at Doctors Hospital in use. Six — down from 10 a week ago — of the beds had COVID-19 patients with four in ICU beds. Kaiser Foundation Hospital of Manteca on Monday had 24 beds in use, 10 COVID-19 patients, and 6 using ICU beds.
On Monday there were 160 COVID-19 patients countywide. Of those, 53 were using ICU beds.
COVID-19 patients account for 43 percent of the ICU load. There are 122 ICU beds in use of which 24 were converted beds. That means as a group hospitals in the county are operating at 123 percent of licensed ICU bed capacity.
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