San Bernardino County still sees more than 500 new COVID-19 cases every week. However, unlike last year, the demographics of those infected are shifting, and the greatest numbers of new cases involve adults aged 18 to 34, followed by those between the ages of 35 and 49.
“A considerable number of these individuals, including many who are young and otherwise healthy, will suffer from the coronavirus, and some will require hospitalization,” said Interim Public Health Director Andrew Goldfrach. “Some will even die, which is heartbreaking when one considers how easy it is to schedule a free vaccination appointment. Young adults tend to be active and mobile, so they are likely to come in contact with many people of all ages. As a result, we could see hospitals admit younger patients who have not yet been vaccinated.”
The seven-day average number of new COVID-19 infections eclipses the 14-day average in about half the country, with 40 states hitting that benchmark last week.
On Monday, April 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is at more than 67,000 cases a day. Four weeks ago, the seven-day average was 53,000 cases a day.
“A big part of our effort now is to convince younger adults to take a few minutes to schedule a vaccination appointment,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The more people who get vaccinated, the fewer infections we will see.”
As of Tuesday, April 27, over 1 million vaccine doses have been administered to county residents.
The county has received 463,905 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 384,700 of the Moderna vaccine and 53,200 of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Of the county’s Pfizer inventory, it has distributed 398,817 doses, allocated 65,088 doses and has no doses available as of April 27. Of the county’s Moderna inventory, it has distributed 371,150 doses, allocated 13,550 doses and has no doses available. Of the county’s Johnson & Jonson inventory, it has distributed 44,100 doses, allocated 9,100 doses and has no doses available. As of April 27, 703,333 county residents have been vaccinated, 42 percent of the population over the age of 18.