SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Health officials reported three new coronavirus deaths Tuesday in Marin County including a woman in her 80s at a Kentfield care facility where two others have been stricken by the illness.
Officials did not release any other details about the two other victims in regards to age, gender, how they may have contracted the illness or where they may have been treated.
The woman died in her room at the WindChime of Marin senior living center on Saturday. The facility treats patients with dementia and other memory-loss illnesses. Health officials said did not give on an update on the condition of the other two residents.
The number of people being treated at Marin County hospitals for coronavirus infections jumped to 27.
As for testing, 1,780 county residents have been tested for the virus with 148 of those coming back with positive results. In a statement released via YouTube video Friday evening, Dr. Lisa Santora, the acting county health officer, credited the nearly 10 percent positive rate to the county’s older population.
“Nearly 10 percent of the patients have tested positive,” she said on the video. “In Marin County we are seeing higher rates of deaths and hospitalizations because we are an older community.”
She said that nationwide, 80 percent of the deaths have been among those aged 60-and-older. There have been 6 deaths among Marin residents as a result of infections of the virus.
“Aging with dignity is hard during a pandemic,” Santora said.