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Napa County reports 22 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

COVID-19 update

Twenty-two more people in Napa County have tested positive for the coronavirus, the county health department announced in its daily COVID-19 update Wednesday afternoon.

Six people were being hospitalized locally for treatment of COVID-19, according to the posting at the Napa County Health and Human Services agency’s informational page. Fifteen percent of local intensive-care beds were available.

Napa County appears on track to remain in the federal government’s orange tier for having a “substantial” rate of viral spread, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – more than 50 new positive cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Fifteen people tested positive Tuesday, along with 39 others during the Saturday-to-Monday weekend.

The county briefly moved to the CDC's yellow tier for "moderate" COVID-19 transmission on Monday, only to return to the orange level a day later. Napa and seven other Bay Area counties have said they would relax mask-wearing mandates in indoor public spaces only if virus cases stay at the yellow tier for at least three weeks, maintain a low hospitalization rate, and vaccinate at least 80% of their total population.

Earlier, Napa county health officials announced 29 more COVID-19 positive tests that had been conducted Oct. 25 and Nov. 3, but whose reports had been delayed. The county previously reported 89 infections for the week of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, and 72 the previous week.

Well, the holiday season is here. You're probably starting to plan all of those trips and parties and all that fun stuff, right? Well, Dr. Fauci has some good news for you. If you're vaccinated in plan to be around other people who are vaccinated, he says you can all get together and do so safely. "Well, Martha, I believe strongly that it particularly in the vaccinated people if you are vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible and that is, obviously, very young children are not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween trick or treating and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your families. That's one of the reasons why we emphasize why it's so important to get vaccinated," Fauci said.Now, just a few weeks ago, Fauci had said it was too soon to tell whether or not holidays should go on as planned. As he stressed the importance of vaccines, he criticized bans on vaccine mandates like the one that we see in Texas. He said on Fox News on Sunday with Chris Wallace that the restrictions are not based in science and are harmful to the nation's fight against COVID-19. "That is really unfortunate because we know how effective vaccines are in preventing not only illness for the individual, but for diminishing the dynamics of the infection in society," Fauci said. "The data are very very clear. It doesn't matter what I think are not think of Gov. Abbott. The fact is, look at the data and look at the difference between people who get vaccinated versus the people who are unvaccinated in cases in hospitalizations and deaths." Fauci said masks and vaccine mandates are important not only protecting ourselves, but of course, the people around us as well.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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