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Napa County confirms first death of a fully vaccinated COVID patient

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Updated: Napa County reported its first death from COVID-19 in a fully vaccinated resident. 

A woman was a city of Napa resident over the age of 65 with underlying medical conditions. She died Wednesday from complications of COVID-19 after a prolonged hospitalization, the county said in a news release Thursday night.

The woman tested positive for the B117 (UK) variant, which is more transmissible and causes more severe illness, the county said.

Vaccine breakthrough cases occur in only a small percentage of vaccinated people. The County has identified 32 breakthrough cases in which fully vaccinated residents became symptomatic and tested positive for COVID19 — out of more than 71,371 residents who were fully vaccinated as of June 3.

This translates to an infection rate of 0.04% among fully vaccinated residents in Napa County. Cases of COVID-19 have declined substantially across Napa County in recent months since vaccinations became available, a testament to the tremendous efficacy of the vaccines, officials said.

However, seniors and immunosuppressed people may not mount as strong an immune response to the vaccine, underscoring the importance of increasing vaccination rates in the community, county officials said. So far, 62% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in Napa County.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this individual,” said Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio. “No vaccine is 100% effective, but this does not diminish the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated, especially as more variant strains emerge.

"Vaccines provide exceptional protection against death and illness from the virus and all residents should continue to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.”

This was the county's 82nd death tied to COVID-19. 

On Friday, Napa County said that there were 17 new cases this week, up one from last week, but still the lowest level in a year.

The highest proportion of new cases were people 17 years and younger — 33% — while people in their 20 represented 19% of new cases, the county reported. Among races/ethnicities, the highest number, 40%, were among Latinos, the county said.

The county said 2,919 doses of vaccine were administered over the past week, for a total since December of 185,070 doses. Sixty-two percent of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated, and 73% have received at least one dose.

Information about COVID-19 vaccinations, including a calendar of Public Health vaccination clinics, is available here:

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