Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Wednesday, Sept. 29 @ 11:22 a.m.

Despite Downward Trajectory, Del Norte Prepares for COVID Briefing Thursday

Though the average number of new cases has decreased, Del Norte County will host another community briefing on the COVID-19 surge on Thursday.

The Del Norte County Public Health Branch identified six new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a decrease from 33 over the weekend and 30 on Friday. There are 106 active cases in Del Norte County as of Tuesday and six people in the hospital, according to the Public Health Branch.

Thirty-eight people have died of COVID-19 in Del Norte County with two deaths occurring over the weekend, according to Public Health.

Despite the overall decrease in the average number of new cases per day, Del Norte County’s public health officer, Dr. Aaron Stutz, will join Del Norte Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Harris and a representative of Sutter Coast Hospital at a community briefing on Thursday.

That briefing will be held at 6 p.m. via Zoom. People can submit questions by emailing

On Tuesday, Stutz told the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors that the county’s vaccination rate has risen to 47.5 percent, while 55 percent are either fully inoculated against COVID or have received at least one shot so far.

Six people in the hospital is also a huge improvement from August, Stutz said.

“If you’ll remember, we were in the 20s and 30s in August, so we’re down under 10,” he said. “I don’t know if anybody is intubated in the ICU, which is awesome.”

Stutz told supervisors if the county keeps on its downward trajectory with case counts and hospitalizations, he could see lifting his mask mandate in about two weeks.


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