While President Joe Biden declared the COVID-19 pandemic nearly three weeks ago, San Joaquin County’s public health officer took a more reserved stance.
“We’ve certainly come a long way in this pandemic, but there are still several hundred people dying every day from COVID-19 in the United States, and we’re facing the possibility of a fall-winter spike,” Dr. Maggie Park said. “I will defer to the World Health Organization to determine when the pandemic is over.”
According to Reuters, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters during a virtual news conference in mid-September that “the end is in sight.”
Ghebreyesus, however, urged nations around the world to remain vigilant and likened the pandemic to a marathon.
“A marathon runner doesn’t stop when the finish line appears,” he said. “She runs harder, with all the energy she has left. So should we. We can see the finish line. We are in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running.
There have been a total of 197,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,312 related deaths in San Joaquin County since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The county’s current case rate is 7.4 per 100,000 residents, and the positive test rate is 5.2%. Both haven’t been this low since July 2021.
In addition, there were an average of 35.3 COVID-19 patients treated at the county’s seven hospitals over the past seven days, the lowest since May.
There are 20,981 cases and 312 deaths in Lodi and 2,308 cases and 30 deaths in the Lockford area.
There are 1,444 cases and 21 deaths in Acampo’s 95220 zip code; 152 cases and one death in the Clements 95227 zip code; 1,003 cases and 13 deaths in the Woodbridge 95258 zip code; and 242 cases and four deaths in Thornton’s 95686 ZIP code.
About 480,273 residents in the county are fully vaccinated, representing 66.1% of the eligible population.
Sacramento County Public Health reported Friday that there have been 346,345 cases and 3,473 deaths in that county since the pandemic began, and the current case rate is 7.2 per 100,000 residents.
There are 7,941 cases and 85 deaths in Galt, where 55% of the city’s eligible population is vaccinated.
Across Sacramento County, 67.6% of the population is fully vaccinated and 73.1% is partially vaccinated.
MPX cases exceed 20 cases in the county
San Joaquin County Public Health Services reported that MPX cases increased to 23 as of October 3. Three patients were female and 20 were male.
MPX was formerly known as monkeypox.
Registration for county MPX vaccine clinics is at MyTurn.ca.gov and the vaccine is available to anyone who believes they are “at high risk of exposure to MPX.” Information regarding vaccination opportunities will be posted at www.sjcphs.org.
MPX is a viral infection that spreads primarily through close contact through direct exposure to infected wounds, scabs, or body fluid. It can also be spread by touching materials that have been used by a person with MPX and by respiratory secretions during prolonged, close face-to-face contact.
Symptoms can include high fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. Most people will develop a rash within three days, which may look like pimples or blisters, which may appear anywhere on the body, including the face, arms, chest, legs and genitals, or may be limited to one part of the body .
The disease can spread from the time symptoms appear until the rash heals completely, crusts fall off, and a new layer of skin forms, which can take up to four weeks.
Most cases of MPX resolve on their own and rarely require hospitalization. There have been two deaths attributed to MPX in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
County Public Health advises anyone who thinks they may have MPX to talk to close contacts and sexual partners about their health and any recent sores or rashes.
Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with MPX, and avoid close skin-to-skin contact, such as by kissing, hugging, cuddling, or having sex with people who have a rash that looks like MPX.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cover exposed skin in crowded indoor spaces, and use appropriate personal protective equipment when caring for others with symptoms, including masks, gowns, and gloves.
Do not touch or share bedding, towels or clothing with a person with MPX, and do not share cutlery or glasses with a person with MPX.