New COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Natomas

Graph showing spike in COVID-19 cases in Natomas.

Source: Sacramento County Public Health

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Natomas recorded the highest increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to data released today by Sacramento County health officials.

There were 68 new coronavirus cases among those who reside within zip codes 95833, 95834 and 95835 between June 22 and June 29, according to the data. That’s a 46% increase in the number of new cases from the week prior.

Contact tracing shows the overall day-over-day rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is due to people transmitting the virus through private, in-home gatherings with family and friends.

“…A situation that most often results in little social distancing, no face coverings and a relaxed atmosphere,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, Director of Health Services for the county. “Unfortunately, multi-generational family gatherings leave elderly and immune-compromised family members most at risk to complications from COVID-19.”

Gatherings of any size, with people you don’t live with, is a violation of the current health order.

In Natomas, 33 new cases were reported in zip code 95833. In zip code 95834, 16 new cases were reported and in 95835, 19 new cases were reported.

Vice Mayor Jeff Harris took to social media in response to the increasing numbers in his district, specifically in South Natomas and Gardenland. In a post on Nextdoor, Harris urged his constituents to wear masks, avoid crowds, and wash their hands frequently.

“As a result of the increased transmission, Natomas Pops in the Park is canceled for 2020,” Harris wrote.

The Natomas Buzz requested information on what contact tracing found related to the jump in new cases in Natomas, but at press time the county had not responded.

County data shows the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Natomas since April 7 is now 230 or about .2% of those who live in the 95833, 95834 and 95835 zip codes. This figure is based on the estimated population of 110,000 in Natomas, according to data on the U.S. Census Bureau website.

The zip code data does not reflect the number of tests administered to residents within Natomas, negative test results, and/or recoveries, hospitalizations or deaths from the virus. There are two free COVID-19 testing sites in Natomas — one at the the Natomas Unified School District and one at the Mexican Consulate.

Countywide there have been 3,004 confirmed COVID-19 cases overall; 1,776 of which are within the Sacramento city limits which includes zip codes 95833, 95834 and 95835. Countywide there are currently 87 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals; 21 of whom are in intensive care.

The county has not made data available by zip code for hospitalizations or deaths.

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For information about COVID-19, the current health order and more, visit the Sacramento County COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) website.

Graph with lines for each of Natomas' three zip codes which tracks new COVID-19 cases since April 7.

New COVID-19 cases in Natomas by zip code.


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