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Napa County reports fourth death due to COVID-19
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Napa County reports fourth death due to COVID-19

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A Napa County resident has died due the coronavirus, becoming the county’s fourth fatality, officials reported Wednesday.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been on the upswing over the past several weeks, but the county had gone 38 days since its last death on May 11.

The four Napa deaths are part of 5,203 reported deaths statewide as of Wednesday. The county declined to comment on the latest death, saying it wanted to be sensitive to the family at its time of loss.

Another three confirmed COVID cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the county’s total since March to 202 cases. The county said 111 cases have recovered. Another 213 people are under monitoring due to close contact with a confirmed case, the county said.

The number of people hospitalized locally with COVID-19 remained at six, the county said. Since March, there have been 19 hospitalizations.

Areas with the most reported cases are: City of Napa, 116; American Canyon, 31; Calistoga, 25; St. Helena, 6; Angwin, 4; Pope Valley, 3, and Yountville, 2.

Cases have been surging since the start of June, with 92 cases so far this month, County health officials have attributed the jump to more social gatherings during the Memorial Day weekend and an increase in household and community contacts at a time when many businesses have reopened.

The county reported 15,250 tests administered locally since the start of testing, with 14,998 tests coming back negative.

For an overview of the coronavirus situation in Napa County, including the availability of health care resources, go to https://bit.ly/2US1Czh

Napa County is encouraging residents to be tested for the coronavirus, particularly anyone at risk of exposure out in the community.

Testing is now available to all county residents over age 18, but appointments are required.

To complete a screening and schedule a test, visit countyofnapa.org/2776/COVID-19-Testing.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.

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