Latest facts on COVID-19 testing in Modesto area
The number of COVID-19 patients in Stanislaus County hospitals continues to increase, along with positive tests for the virus.
The state reported 127 positive tests in the county Thursday, down from 143 the previous day but still a concern. The numbers should average 40 or less to make progress on reopening the local economy. The county reported 162 more on Friday.
The positive rate was 9.96% for Thursday, based on 1,274 tests, according to the state. The rolling seven-day average was 11.28%, down from 11.58% a day before. The 14-day average was 9.81%, up from 9.72%.
The county’s five hospitals had 124 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, up from 114 on Thursday. The figure has roughly doubled over the past 10 days. It had spiked to about 220 in summer but hovered around 40 in early fall. Eight intensive care beds for adults were available Friday, down from nine.
The county Health Services Agency announced another death to the virus Friday for a total of 416. It reported that 19,964 residents have tested positive, 200,570 have tested negative, and 18,372 are presumed recovered.
The county did not update its demographic breakdowns of the positive tests. The figures as of Wednesday:
- 54% are female
- 46% male
- 8% are 14 years or younger
- 16% are ages 15 to 24
- 20% are 25 to 34,
- 18% are 35 to 44,
- 15% are 45 to 54
- 12% are 55 to 64
- 6% are 65 to 74
- 3% are 75 to 84,
- 2% are 85 or older.
- Though they make up 47 percent of the population, Latinos represented 64 percent of the positive cases.
- Modesto has 7,322 positive cases
- Turlock has 2,795
- Ceres has 2,395
- Patterson has 1,033
- Riverbank has 969
- Oakdale has 500
- Newman has 397
- Waterford has 295
- Hughson has 206
- Supervisorial District 5 has 1,244
- District 3 has 1,106
- District 2 has 931
- District 1 has 439
- District 4 has 154
ZIP Codes (highest per 10,000 residents):
While it doesn’t represent the highest rate of infections per 10,000 residents in the county, residents in Modesto’s 95355 ZIP code has had the most reported positive results in the county in the last 30 days at 305, up from fewer than 200 last week.
In other nearby counties as of Friday:
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