Mono County positive Covid-19 cases cut by half; Is positive outlook on Tier reassignment justified?

The number of positive Covid-19 cases have been dropping dramatically in Mono County, with health officials saying that the county positive test rate has dropped dramatically by as much as half in the past few weeks. The big question is whether or not the trend continues. There have been ebbs and flows in the number through the last year, and there is no clear evidence of the “herd immunity” that is so loosely thrown about as the sign of pandemic’s end is real.

The county’s PHO Dr. Tom Boo is reported as saying that the county is in the nine to 10 percent test positivity range for the week ending Jan. 23 and it appears to be holding steady. He noted that the county’s case rate has dropped and “We were just under 30 cases a week or so per 100,000 (population).” Just a few weeks ago the county was averaging over 100 cases a week per the measurement used by the state to determine the 4-Tier-color coded system used by the state on business reopening, which for Mono County was the “Widespread,” Purple Tier.

There have only been 4 deaths since March 2020 when the pandemic began. And the positive Covid-19 cases have stayed low. No one is currently in the hospital because of Covid-19. All of which adds up to the possibility that the county “might” be able to move to the Red Tier with fewer restrictions in the next few weeks…as long as things don’t change. But this is the Covid-19 virus, which has been proven notoriously difficult to predict, especially with concerns over some variant strains that, while not appearing more deadly, do seem to increase transmissivity. Another concern is that the levels of visitors to the mountain have been steadily increasing since the recent snowstorm…with more snow forecast later this week.

The only thing in shorter supply than hope during this pandemic has been the supply than the supply of Covid-19 vaccines. In the coming months, it should become clear that the current vaccines will be effective against any new variants of the coronavirus, and whether, after being vaccinated, the immunization lasts more than six months to a year. No one yet knows.

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12 Responses to Mono County positive Covid-19 cases cut by half; Is positive outlook on Tier reassignment justified?

  1. Sami February 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm #

    I wonder how much their dropping numbers are due to shipping sick people down to the hospital in Bishop…

    • Lydia February 10, 2021 at 5:02 pm #

      Zero actually. Where on earth did you get that idea!
      You shouldn’t start rumors based on baseless theories

      • Sami February 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm #

        Sorry! I’d heard that from people who I thought knew what they were talking about (working with inyo healthcare). Difficult to properly fact-check in a rural area, but I know someone who’s not on my list of trusted sources anymore…

    • Glassgoddess February 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm #

      Good grief … Haven’t we had enough conspiracy theories to last a lifetime?!
      Even if this were true the numbers would be counted where the testing occurred .

    • Charles James February 10, 2021 at 6:27 pm #

      Sierra Wave received this response from a spokesperson at Mammoth Hospital: “We typically don’t transfer patients to Bishop and we have not transferred any COVID patients. If we do have to transfer to a higher level of care it is typically to a larger tertiary center that has resources we do not as a critical access hospital (i.e. Renown.) Thanks and hope this helps with the rumor mill!”
      We are awaiting a response from Inyo Healthcare District as well.

      • Sami February 11, 2021 at 3:59 pm #

        Sorry for passing on rumors, I’d heard that one repeated a lot, but fact-checking in rural areas is a bit difficult. Thanks for getting the info!

  2. Allyourbussinessesarebelongtous February 8, 2021 at 12:37 pm #

    You guys think this is over? This is just the beginning and you haven’t seen anything yet.

  3. Mono Person February 8, 2021 at 6:33 am #

    On Mono County’s rona site, it looks like half our population is vaccinated?? I think we could move off the chart…but we got to keep the people “controlled”….

    • M.Anderson February 8, 2021 at 1:20 pm #

      Not clear where you get your statistics. The Mono County vaccination website on 2/8/21 lists 3819 first doses given, and only 606 second doses. With a population of 14,310, that’s hardly half. More alternative facts?

      • Mono Person February 8, 2021 at 3:42 pm #

        Your right, it says that they have over 8,300 vaccines received. Get em in arms! And let’s get back to work!

    • erik simpson February 8, 2021 at 4:22 pm #

      A more recently updated count for Mono County vaccinations is here:

      It shows Mono at nearly 34%. Not bad (in fact the best in California), but not half by quite a ways.

    • David Dennison February 11, 2021 at 7:53 pm #

      Mono Person
      I doubt getting a vaccination is the Government’s way of trying to “control” the people.
      Or are you thinking a micro-chip is also being inserted into the arm while the vaccination is being administered ?


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