San Mateo County Reports 249 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 Deaths

Gideon Rubin

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — San Mateo County Health reported 249 additional coronavirus cases Tuesday.

The latest report brings the countywide case count to 25,973.

The county reported seven additional coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday, bringing its COVID-19 death toll to 234.

There were 172 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Mateo County as of Tuesday, of which 41 were being treated in intensive care units.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area and beyond, San Diego County public health officials Tuesday reported 24 new confirmed and four probable cases of the more contagious strain of SARS-CoV2 that was first identified in the U.K.

The new cases bring the county's confirmed cases of the variant to 28. The cases were confirmed by whole genome sequencing and the four probable cases are directly linked to the confirmed cases and have positive diagnostic nucleic acid tests, but are not yet sequenced.

There have been no COVID-19 deaths locally connected to the variant, but one woman had to be hospitalized. She is now at home recovering, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Nearly 90 cases of coronavirus remain active at Santa Rita Jail among the facility's inmates and staff members, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

As of Monday, 80 inmates and nine staff members have active cases of the virus, according to the sheriff's office.

Eight of the inmates are symptomatic and none are hospitalized.

Roughly 6,800 tests have been completed at the facility since the pandemic began, with another 102 outstanding.

The prison's population as of Monday was 2,158, according to the sheriff's office.

To date, 414 total positive cases have been confirmed among inmates at the jail, 139 of which were eventually released from custody.

Including active cases, 93 staff members have also tested positive.

No coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded at the prison, according to the sheriff's office.

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There have been 2,481,124 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 27,046 coronavirus-related deaths in California as of Tuesday afternoon according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The United States had 21,007,694 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 356,540 coronavirus-related fatalities as of Tuesday afternoon.

There have been 86,230,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,865,267 coronavirus-related deaths reported globally as of Tuesday afternoon.

— Bay City News and City News Service contributed to this report

This article originally appeared on the San Mateo Patch