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Santa Cruz County reports another COVID-19 death - Santa Cruz Sentinel

SANTA CRUZ — Another Santa Cruz County resident has lost their lives due to the complications of the COVID-19 virus, the region’s Health Services Agency announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

The deceased was a Latino man in his early 50s with more than one underlying health condition. He was not vaccinated. As a result, COVID-19 was his main cause of death.

“This death and almost all others are particularly tragic since vaccination makes almost all of these deaths preventable,” Deputy Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci said in the HSA memo.

In the name of promoting vaccination, which Ghilarducci and his colleagues have numerous times called “the way out of the pandemic,” HSA staff asked residents qualified for a booster shot due to their age, condition or date of initial vaccination and residents qualified for an additional shot due to their immunocompromised state to reach out to health care providers or local pharmacies.

“Eligible unvaccinated residents should also get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. These vaccines are free, safe and highly effective,” the statement reads.

To learn more about getting vaccinated in Santa Cruz County, visit santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine. Individuals interested in having their vaccines administered at home may fill out a form through HSA accessible at tinyurl.com/yzz3thj9.

By the numbers

Total cases: 19,705

Active cases: 355

Recoveries: 19,134

Deaths: 217

Current ICU hospitalizations: 1

Current hospitalizations: 4

Open ICU beds: 3

Negative tests: 208,274