Yolo County seeing unprecedented spread of COVID-19 – Davis Enterprise

City of Davis accounts for nearly half of all new cases

Yolo County saw its worst three-day stretch of the pandemic so far with 1,488 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday.

The city of Davis, where residents test at a higher rate than elsewhere in the county, accounted for nearly half of those cases, with 715.

Woodland reported 296 new cases over that three-day period, followed by West Sacramento with 263. The city of Winters has had 19 new cases since Friday and unincorporated areas of the county reported 192.

In the city of Davis, cases were highest among the college-age population of 18- to 24-year-olds, with 399 new cases reported.

According to the UC Davis COVID-19 dashboard, 1,144 students tested positive between Jan. 2 and Jan. 9, with an asymptomatic test positivity rate of 5.02 percent among students during that period. More than 40 percent of all cases on the UC Davis campus during the entire pandemic were reported in the last seven days and more than half (55 percent) of the university’s isolation and quarantine beds are currently full, according to the dashboard.

Children under 18 in Davis accounted for about 10 percent of the city’s cases reported since Friday and local schools are feeling the impact.

The Davis Joint Unified School District on Monday evening had 369 students and 58 staff members in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

Another 134 students and one staff member were in quarantine following exposure.

Davis High School has the most current cases (108), followed by Emerson/Da Vinci Junior High with 33; Harper Junior High with 28; Holmes Junior High with 27; Montgomery Elementary School with 22; Pioneer and Willett with 20 each; Da Vinci High with 18; and Cesar Chavez with 16.

Pioneer and Montgomery each had seven staff members out with COVID-19 on Monday — the most in the district — followed by Holmes and Emerson/Da Vinci with six each.

Davis High had five staff members with COVID-19. Other schools with current staff cases include Birch Lane (3); Cesar Chavez (2), Korematsu (2), North Davis (1), Patwin (2) and Willett (1) elementary schools; Harper (3); King High (3); Korematsu Early Learning Center (2); and Davis School for Independent Study (1).

Four DJUSD employees in the district office are in isolation after testing positive as are three employees in the operations offices on Fifth Street.

Ten or more students were in quarantine on Monday at Emerson/Da Vinci and Harper junior highs; and Montgomery, North Davis, Patwin, Pioneer and Willett elementary schools.

But even as the city, the school district and Yolo County confront unprecedented spread of the virus, hospitalizations remain largely unchanged from a month ago. On Monday, there were 11 COVID-19 patients in the county’s two hospitals, all but two unvaccinated. No new COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the county since mid December.